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Quit Your Day Job

Quit Your Day Job Dreams
Photo by Vince Dudzinski

I am sure you have heard about people who quit their day job and followed their dreams to work for themselves.  It does happen to people.  Unless those people are not human and are super-powered extra terrestrial beings that have the ability to get out of the cubicle – and people like us don’t.

I realize the example below probably has odds of happening similar to those of winning the lottery.  I prefer to believe the chances are greater and I have read similar tales in magazines like Country Living and Oprah.  And we all know that if Oprah says something, it must be true.

Example:

You heard from a friend of a friend whose sister knows a Julie Schmulie so-and-so who left her six-figure monotonous banking job and is now following her dreams selling smelly soaps full-time on Etsy.  She just “wasn’t inspired at the bank.”  She loves her new life and the flexibility of working for herself.  She now gets up around 9am, takes her dog for a long walk, and then gets busy making soaps.

Let us all take a deep breath in (swoosh) and take a deep breath out (whhhooooo) and then, without hurting yourself, let’s all do a collective eye roll. Continue reading

Itty Bitty Stupid Little Baby Steps

It’s one thing to get this blog up and going, and another to actually start a regular routine of writing.  I’m sure the same thing applies to any goal you or I might have.  You can plan and plan, dream all day long and still, you actually have to DO THE WORK.  And sometimes, it’s not pretty.

This is usually the point where my motivation stamina fizzles out.  Yep, right at the very beginning.  A tiny confession here: it doesn’t feel like the beginning because I’ve spent umpteen months planning and thinking about doing it.  And right about now I feel like – whew I’m tired – time for a break!

I think taking baby steps can be very frustrating and, frankly, annoying.  I mean, we all want instant gratification, don’t we?  When I stare at a long-term goal it looks insurmountable.  Some of us give up just looking at our creative to-do lists before we ever start.  As much as I hate to admit it, baby steps is the only way to achieve your goals.  The hard truth is: DEAL WITH IT.  Accept it.  Taking baby steps now may feel like you’re not getting anywhere, but you’re always inching your way toward your goal. Continue reading

photo by: Cirrus Sky

A Blog Is Born

So, this is my first blog post…ever.  (Pause for the sound of faint applause and angels harmonizing in the background)  You see – I have been trying to sit down and start a blog for – um – well it depends on how far you want me to go back – truthfully, I’ve wanted to do this for years.  I procrastinated for a long list of reasons.  The main one being I have a full-time, life-sucking day job.  You, too?  Great!  We’ve already got something in common.

Why I am writing this blog:

This blog is about me finally, for real, no I’m serious this time, no this time I really mean it – getting. the shit. done.  And not just in regards to writing this blog, but in doing ALL of the things I want to do, talk about doing, think about doing, and dream about doing.  It’s about escaping my jail term in the cubicle, once and for all.  I’m 43.  I think I’m eligible for parole.

Why now:

Due to a recent mysterious injury involving my hand, I had time off the dreadful day job to contemplate what I’m doing with my life.  And here are the results of said contemplation:   I’m stuck in a rut, stuck in my job, and stuck in a town I don’t like.  I guess you could say more simply: I’m stuck.  I feel like this time off work is a do or die moment.  Like I said, I’m 43 and dying is not on my bucket list.

Who I am:

I am a grounded dreamer who believes in herself and periodically feels insecure.   I have a PhD in procrastination.  I live in central PA.  I’m a legal secretary by day and a wife, cook, Director of Our Home, creative-wanna-be by night.  While I am sleeping, I dream about being a jewelry designer, writer, photographer, creative Martha-Stewart-worthy genius, and interior designer.  I analyze things too much.  I’m a perfectionist.  I will do just about anything to eat a piece of chocolate cake.

Why I need You:

I welcome and appreciate your comments.  I would love to hear your stories, struggles, and successes with similar issues.  I want this blog to be a conversation for all of us to support each other on the things that get in all of our ways to creating the life we want.  Thank you for your support!