Career Change vs. Stability
When Paying Your Bills Becomes Secondary to Happiness
During your commute, you drift off into space and think, "I could be writing my novel while taking in the sunshine and drinking tea." Unfortunately, if your hobby or dream is expensive or doesn't provide a steady income, it gets put to the side. How can we lead a fulfilling life while maintaining financial stability?
Our Job Does Not Make Us Who We Are
If you are a paralegal, like me, don't get caught in the role. You work as a paralegal, but that doesn't define who you are. It's okay to love your work, but never let your job role define who you are as a person.
Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal is a great way to capture your ideas. Not to mention, you can spill your soul onto the pages of how your current job is draining the life out of you. With every pursuit, there needs to be some sort of structure. De-clutter your thoughts and collect the scattered parts of your brain to channel your goal onto paper.
Nothing Is Permanent
The idea that nothing is permanent can either scare us or give us relief. Even when you become a "permanent" employee, it is still temporary, in the bigger scheme of things.
Take Advantage of Your Break at Work
Typically, a break could range between a half hour to an hour. Instead of texting on your phone or sleeping, put that time toward your passion. When there is a will, there is definitely a way. Some of you may be thinking "I don't get a break," or, "I'm too busy to take a break." First of all, whether your boss likes it or not, you are required to take a break. Take advantage of it! If you have an hour break and work 5 days a week, that is 5 hours working toward your passion.
You ALWAYS Have Options
When we feel as though we've run out of options, desperation sets in, causing us to make decisions out of fear rather than practicality.
When There Are No Options in Sight, Make Some
There are ALWAYS options. Story-time: when I started my new job, I felt as though I had no time to spend with my dogs. I'd get up, make my dogs and myself breakfast, take a shower, get dressed, and head out the door. By the time I got home it was already time to fall asleep. I narrowed down the issue: not having enough time. With that, I came up with a solution: get up earlier. Now, I have time in the morning to spend with them, I get to work on time so I can leave earlier. Is it easy to get up everyday at 5:30 am? Absolutely not! I do it so I can spend more time with my dogs. The key question is, "What exactly is the issue?" Most people would blame the job, commute, or other external factors. The truth is, many of our dilemmas come from not being able to accurately pinpoint the true issue.
The typical reason for people not pursuing their dream is, "I don't have enough time." If that is the biggest reason, find a solution to make time. Nobody said it would be easy or fun, but it will help in the long run to pursue your goals.