We've all heard the saying, "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." I've never really understood it maybe because I've never had a job that I really LOVED going to every single day. Don't get me wrong, there were days and years that I loved teaching and there were absolutely moments that I loved (I have them written down in a notebook!), but it was difficult to not let the negatives outweigh the positives, especially in the last few years. Lots of mommy guilt for not being home much and when I was home, spending so much time on my business. That made it hard to love going to bed Sunday evening and getting up Monday morning. I was in love with the "idea" of teaching and not so much the daily grind and stress that came with it. I would look at colleagues who clearly loved what they do and wonder to myself "how do they do it?"
Everything was a countdown...days until Labor Day, days until Thanksgiving, days until Christmas, spring break, summer vacation...you get the point. When everything becomes a countdown, you miss out on quality time because you're so focused on what's coming ahead instead of what is here in front of you now.
Fast forward to this weekend. I was doing a Chalk Couture paint party and there were times it was a little hectic because it was a big group and we were trying to keep up with cleaning stencils and helping everyone, but it was still so much fun. As we were winding down and our hosts had poured us a nice big glass of wine, I had a thought come into my head "OMG I get paid to do this??!?" That was when I realized I really do absolutely love what I am doing now. I get paid to craft and make stuff - seriously, how could I not love that? Are there things about running my own business that I don't like? Yes. *cough* taxes *cough* Is it stressful not having a guaranteed paycheck every month? Yes. But those things are so miniscule in comparison to everything that I love. I have a job now where my income is a direct reflection of how hard I work and that is so motivating for me!
If you already truly love what you do, then you're set! But if you don't, take some time to think about what you really do love doing. You might think that it's not possible to make a living doing what you love, but you never know unless you really think about it, do some research, and jump in with two feet! Maybe you don't want to or simply can't make your hobby a full-time business but you want to get back into doing something you've put on the back burner...that's okay too! Now I'm not saying that you should quit your job tomorrow and go start your own underwater basket weaving business. It took years for me to decide to go full-time with my business and it was not an easy decision. But I'm so glad that I did and I haven't looked back. I miss my teaching friends terribly and I miss the good times with the kids, but now I get to spend time with my own kid and teach him what you can do with a little passion and hard work! That is something I can definitely say that I love. :)
"Always Believe Something Wonderful Is About to Happen"