When I decided to go to art school back in 2005, I had no idea where that decision would lead. What I did know is that you only live once, and passing up opportunities seemed silly when you think of life that way. It was clear that I wasn’t happy in my corporate job, so I figured I owed it to myself to give it a chance.
Life is a series of choices and some decisions will seem more like an exchange. When I decided to work for myself, I knew that this road would not be paved with gold, it would instead be more relaxed and filled with happy time. Everyone has bills and everyone must eat, but beyond that we get a choice. I spend my days drawing instead of spending. I share a car and a cell-phone with my husband to save on expenses. We are frugal, but we have so much fun!
Are you happy with what you do? Would you like to spend more time doing what you love?
5 Steps Toward Living a Passion-Full Life
1. Love Me Do
Think about what you loved as a child. If money were no object, what you would do? Do you enjoy art, cooking, writing or helping others? Whatever your passion, there is a way to make a living from that passion. It might take a little more creative thinking to spin your passion into something lucrative, but it is worth the thought and consideration. If you are not sure what you actually love, take time to try new things without big commitments and narrow your list down.
2. Family Circle
There is no way that I could do what I do without the support of my husband. He has been there for me every step of the way. If you are considering a transition, talk to your family. Having the support of your family will be your biggest asset. If you let them know how important it is that you find your passion, they will understand. It is essential to have family in your corner to help you with ideas and support.
3. Trimming the Greens
The best thing that my husband and I have done, to make things easier, was cutting our monthly costs. Once I made the decision to work from home, my hubby and I traded in our two cars for one and that saved us both a car payment and monthly car insurance. We share a cell-phone now as well, before that we had THREE phones (2 cell & a home phone) — what? These simple changes took a nice chunk out of our monthly expenses. We also dine at home at lot more and tend to put more thought into the material things that we purchase. Do we really need that?
4. Cut it in Half
If quitting your day job isn’t practical, then consider going part-time. Working part-time is a great balance of steady income, while freeing up the rest of your time to focus on your passion. You may need to find something part-time elsewhere, if your current employer doesn’t offer part-time. If possible, find something part-time in the field that you are considering. For example, if you want to do something artistic, you could work part-time in a support role at a design firm or a printing company? That would be great industry experience and a possible future foot in the door.
5. Just Do It!
Much like planning to have a child, you are never going to feel ready enough to make such a big change. If you know what you want to do, you have your family’s support and have a plan in mind — do it! There will never be a better day than today to start. It probably won’t be easy at first, but in my experience, nothing worth having seems to be easy.
Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way. — Eileen Caddy
Today I am at home enjoying a hot cup-of-joe and drawing. I feel very fortunate for what I have and grateful to my husband and family for supporting me no matter what. I hope that you are also working on something amazing today and enjoying this beautiful day.