Last year I experienced an epiphany: I had mistaken comfort and job stability for satisfaction. I was left wanting more in my daily life,
namely in the career area. I felt a strong desire to do something creative as opposed to the analytical, data-driven work I’d done for the past several years. I worked for a decent small company with a kindhearted mission, but it wasn’t my passion. I found myself daydreaming about what it might be like to be my own boss, write, experiment with my craft supplies…in my mind, the possibilities were endless and exciting. I grabbed a legal pad and began scribbling down ideas.
When the gut feeling became so strong that I had to take action or I would burst, I stumbled upon Creative Live and took a live webinar course with Michelle Ward as the instructor – (She’s the When I Grow Up Coach, a certified career coach specializing in the transition to creative careers, and she’s simply awesome. Check her out here!) Lots of notes were jotted onto the pad during the daylong course. Hearing other women (and a few men) voice their creative and entrepreneurial aspirations encouraged me to pursue this new path. Michelle’s creative career tips and brainstorming exercises armed me with the tools to begin on this scary, exciting ride. The exercises in her course led me to a form a list of skills and things I’d do in my “spare” time, which then morphed into another list of goods and services. I was rewriting and crossing out sentences and underlining and using too many exclamation points!!! Something new had sparked in me, though I think it’s been there all along, but it burned brighter now, with the job of possibility and hope.
Most – (or quite possibly, all!) – of this creative entrepreneurial stuff is brand new to me, but the more I learn, try, research, do, and interact with brightly shining people, the more my excitement and enthusiasm builds, and that’s really something. Turns out life is pretty wonderful outside this old comfort zone.