Even when I worked full time in the corporate world I dabbled in creative freelancing on nights and weekends. And while I loved my “day jobs” in marketing and finance, I can’t say I ever got the same thrill, or rush of energy as I do when I’m in my workshop.
Almost two years ago I was blessed to have the opportunity to leave my FT job and stay home with my girls while working my business on a more permanent basis. It’s been great, but not exactly what I imagined. At first I felt so productive…the girls would nap twice a day and I got so much done during that time. They went to bed at a decent hour and I could stay up late and work some more. As they’ve gotten older the naps have all but disappeared and in order to get them to even lay down at bedtime they demand we lay with them.
I’m not complaining, nothing beats snuggling with your little ones, but my productivity from a business perspective started to drop significantly. My mood and energy levels changed; I felt drained and exhausted. Most people might think it’s from taking care of my family and our home. That’s only partly true. When I entered my busy season I was working for hours and hours, staying up half the night filling orders for several weeks. I was working more and sleeping less. Instead of hating life and being tired, I felt energized…and a huge sense of accomplishment.
I loved it; I am a creative being. I HAVE to make and design and create and DO SOMETHING. It feeds my soul.
My husband has been traveling quite a bit lately which means I don’t get to spend as much time in my workshop as I would like on a daily basis. This past weekend he took our girls with him to visit his family, leaving me home for some very much needed “me time”, and off to the workshop I ran!
It was awesome…I designed, I engraved, I cut vinyl, I took photos, I sewed, I filled orders, I made things. And that was just a few hours! I noticed several times I would pause to take a deep breath. I realized I felt like I could breathe again. And THAT is how I know I am doing what I was meant to do, I am in the right business for me.
It made me think of the quote “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s true. I put in WAY more hours in my business than I ever did at any of my previous jobs, but it doesn’t feel like it. I can’t NOT do it, (I’ve tried!) or I would suffocate.
What about you…do you do what you love?