Monday, May 14, 2012

day 12: career gal

Yes, I'm a little behind on my #31bloggingdays, but I have every intention of getting caught up and posting for every single topic!  Until then, enjoy these posts in no particular order. 

My main intention for including something like "Career Gal" in the #31bloggingdays challenge was to create a space to talk about the stuff I do in my real life.  You know, to pay the bills and all.  For the last few years, I've worked part time at the same company.  It's one of those jobs that can easily take over all of your personal time if you let it, so I've taken great steps - in the last few months especially - to really start structuring my personal time.  While I love my job, I would not consider it my career.  Ugh, I hate that word.  I guess because I've never been able to decide on that one thing I want to do for the rest of my life.  I'm always looking for something new and am just not wired to work at the same job for rest of my life.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work part time and still live comfortably.  I've always valued my time more than money, so while I may never be rich, I will be happy and I have no problem sacrificing the finer things in life for precious moments of time that no amount of money can buy.

That being said, I still manage to work around the clock.  I do a some freelance graphic design here and there, work a few hours a week doing marketing materials for a beer distributor, taking pictures for a local vintage shop, and blogging among other things.  It's really important to me to do the things that bring me joy.  Maybe that's an extremely idealized world view, but I just don't see the point in spending the marjority of your life in a position that stresses you out.  That position is different for everyone, and I'm sure that there are thousands of people out there who love their careers.  For me, the simple act of working for someone else stresses me out.  I want to be self-reliant.  I want to use my skills to create my own niche in the world.  I want to be in control of my time, my income and my destiny.

Over the last couple of years, I've been taking the teeny tiniest baby steps toward the one thing I think I could do forever.  Last year, I finally launched a wardrobe consulting service here in my small town.  My ideas were grand, the execution was lacking.  I kind of hit a wall.  Luckily, over the last couple of months, I've had a great stroke of luck.  Somehow, I landed myself a few clients!  It's always fear that holds me back.  I know that.  I've even written about it.  And I think the fear of working with real people - putting myself out there in a big way - was paralyzing me and my new business.

Things always happen for a reason, though.  Little by little, I started putting myself out there.  And little by little, I've started seeing some interest.  I'm not only selling myself, but I'm selling a brand new concept is this area, and I'm finally starting to find a market!  This is not to say that things are booming by any means, but I have managed to actually get paid for my dream job!  Does it get any better than that?!  As I write this, I'm pumping myself up all over again, thinking about how much I love doing what I'm really good at: styling clothes and helping people.

This post hasn't had a whole lot of direction and perhaps even lacks a point.  I guess I just wanted an outlet for accountability.  A place to write my goals, so that I can push myself to take the steps to get there.  I'll continue to write about my experiences from time to time.  They have been amazing!  For now, my next step is clear: marketing, marketing, marketing.  This month, I will focus on telling more people about my business, which means taking all those cards I've had on hand for months and distributing them around town.  That's a good start for now.  I'll be back in a couple of weeks to let you know how I'm doing.  Wish me luck!

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