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Doing What You Love

November 17

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Are you doing what you love and loving what you’re doing? Or is something getting in the way? I’m on a quest to fulfill the saying that’s been going around: “Do What You Love. Love What You Do.” It goes along with my joyful intentions theme for November.

do what you love - this mom's delight

I spent over two months unemployed enjoying time with my toddler, blogging and finding part-time work assisting another blogger with blog formatting and promotion. I enjoyed all of these things.

My toddler and I laughed, played, cuddled, read books, and had no 9 to 5 job keeping us apart. I loved this time together!

I published sixteen posts during the month of October. This was the most I have published in any given month in a very long time. Don’t get me wrong. The little one kept me super busy because he learned he could grab my attention with his sweet little kisses and pleas to be held and played with. Yet, I was able to fit in regular periods of writing. I loved this time to write!

I reached out to a few bloggers about doing some of their blogging tasks. I now have two clients for whom I write, format and promote blog posts. I love using my office and blogging skills to work from home!

Then…

I found a job, doing something completely different than I ever have done. I have found it to be enjoyable as I welcome opportunities to learn something new. Yet, I hate leaving my little one. I have also neglected my blog, only publishing one post within a two weeks period. This makes me sad. Thankfully, I have managed to complete my client’s projects up to date. That is important to me, because I hope to build it into my main source of income over time. My time with my son and being able to blog consistently are important to me, too.

“I hated doing something I loved outside of work, feeling alive and engaged, only to have it all disappear the moment I walked through the door of my day job. … I hated that my dreams had to go into hibernation every Monday morning.”

Jon Acuff (page 2 of Quitter) expresses my feelings exactly. I enjoy working outside the home, but I feel like I can’t work on my dreams while I am giving most of my days and weeks to this job that pays the bills.

Yet, I can’t let this keep me from working on those dreams. I need to find a way to balance it all until I can be the full-time self-employed, homeschooling blogger that I want to be. Yes, you heard me right. I want to homeschool my son. More on that later. I need a plan and I need a realistic way to carry that plan out.

I’m not giving up! This is my dream and I’m sticking with it until I succeed.

Are you doing what you love and loving what you’re doing? Or is something getting in the way? Leave a comment sharing your dream come true or what’s keeping you from your dream.

4 Comments

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    Shannon
    November 20 at 6:15 am

    Having a dream is very important, but it’s the courage to sieze it that makes all the difference.
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    Andi
    November 20 at 6:17 pm

    This is definitely something that both my hubby and I struggle with. I want to be a full time blogger and my hubby wants to be a full time photographer, but we both want to pay our mortgage and have a retirement so we work very busy very demanding corporate jobs and have a few moments every week of joy when we get to do what we really want to do. I understand completely!
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      Tami
      November 23 at 6:21 am

      Oh, photography sounds like a wonderful dream. I want to be a full-time blogger myself, but I have a long ways to go. You truly are headed in the right direction with your blog. Your blog looks and reads “professional blogger”!

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        Andi
        November 23 at 11:06 am

        Wow Tami, that is really kind of you to say! I think full time blogging is a lot of people’s dreams but only few actually get to achieve it, but cross our fingers – here’s to trying to do it anyway!
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