3 {Really Good} Reasons Not to Quit Your Day Job

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i’ve been dreaming about quitting my day job for years

Of making a living – a real living – from creating beautiful jewellery and photographs…

In the reality of my world though, a day job is the only way to go.

Two kids, a loan, a fondness for holidays and all the money juggling that that entails, means that for me – for the moment – a steady income is not a choice.  It doesn’t mean that I won’t stop dreaming.  I like to think of my creative pursuits as Plan B – for when the paid job ceases to exist (which is a possibility in the field I work in).

If you listen, there is always chatter in the online world about quitting your day job – how ‘following your passion’ is the cure for all that ails you, if you work a 9-5.

the problem with passions is that they aren’t that unique

Everyone has their own passion.  And it can be hard to succeed in your creative field when you’re competing against a whole lot of everyone else who has a similar dream.

It doesn’t mean that fame and fortune might not be just around the corner for you.  But it does mean that the situations you might find yourself in won’t be perfect while you’re ‘doing what you love’.
And while there are artists who are willing to balance the life that feeds their souls with the one that puts food on the table, I’m far too fond of my current lifestyle and its perks to live a truly bohemian one.

So why keep the 9-5?
Here are 3 reasons to consider before you pitch it in, rent a bed-sit and create until your fingers bleed:

the passion gives way to  the need to make money

Be honest with yourself here – are you still going to love your creative passion when you’re struggling to pay the bills?
Unless you’re so gifted that money just finds you, an inconsistent income is going to be a reality of quitting your day job.
Sure, you can prepare yourself financially prior to quitting, but what happens if you break your leg or prang your car? Do you have enough stashed away to survive a prolonged dry spell?

turning a passion into a business is a good way to kill the passion

You’ve had your morning coffee and sit/stand staring at a screen/canvas/blank page and the creative block has hit.
You have to have self-discipline to survive in your own business. You have to put in the hours, push through the creative blocks, minimise the distractions, stop losing focus - it’s your butt on the line now, and putting all that energy in to keeping the passion alive… well it can have the opposite effect.

happiness is the ultimate currency

Without the stresses of being your own boss, you can revel in the happiness of creativity – making beautiful things and sharing them with the world.
Because let’s face it – you can work a paid job and pursue your creative dreams as a hobby. There is nothing wrong with having the best of both worlds.
It’s a great opportunity to be the tortoise – to grow slowly and learn as you go. You’ll still love what you do, you’ll still be able to spend time with your family and you’ll still have a life outside of work. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

So now I open up comments!

share your story

Have you successfully followed your passion and recommend it to fellow creatives?
Did you try and fail?
Or are you simply happy to keep your creative passion a hobby like me?

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘board games’

The Weekend Photo Project prompt - board games

Board games are an integral part of our weekends.  Not every weekend, but most.

Usually the Little Man requests (read: begs) for Monopoly.  I think I’ve mentioned something before about having internal organs removed with a blunt spoon rather than play Monopoly, but every now and again we indulge him and then I try to play myself out of the game as quickly as possible.

monopoly is not my favourite board game

In fact, I don’t have a favourite board game.  Not one that I insist on playing.

But this weekend our photo prompt is board games - so dust them off, set them up and play, play, play!

Want to know where you can share your #twpp photos each and every weekend?

Then pop on over to this page where I outline the rules of The Weekend Photo Project (there are none) and where you can share your photos (lots of places).

Look forward to seeing your ‘board games’ for this week!

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{beautiful to me} Loui Jover

As Daughter gets closer to her HSC major work for Visual Arts, I’m becoming more and more aware of the art I see online.

She and I tend to bounce off one another artistically – I value her opinion and she looks to me for ideas.  And whenever I see anything that incorporates books (my Beautiful Girl is a voracious reader), I immediately bookmark it to share with her later.

so when i found the work of loui jover, i knew it was something i had to share with her

The way he uses fragile vintage papers – papers that already tell a story – as the backdrop for artworks that tell another story is quite magical.  I know that Daughter is particularly drawn to his works on manuscript papers (her other love is music, closely followed by dance).  

I love his philosophy on being an artist as well: I paint, I draw and I do it every day.  Sound advice for all creative souls.

You can find more of Loui Jover’s works at his Saatchi Art profile and follow him on Facebook.

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53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No.42

change is not a bad thing

In our family the Husband and Daughter don’t cope well with change…

Me?

i’m  more a ‘go with the flow’ sort of gal

Change happens.
We can stress about it and bemoan the fact that it’s happened – or we can dust ourselves off and see what it brings.

I think if you expect change, then it’s less of a shock when it does happen.
And who knows, the change that comes could be a turning point in your life…

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘favourite artwork’

the weekend photo project prompt - favourite artwork

Most of the artwork that graces our walls was created by either myself or the kids.

which can make it tough to pick a favourite artwork in my house

They’re all special for different reasons.

…the very first Valentine’s heart where all Daughter could do was sprinkle glitter…
…my Little Man’s footprints…
…the first canvases we created when we moved to our little town…
…a colourful burst of melted crayons that people always comment on…
…the ever changing pencil drawings and photographs in the hall…

Like I said – tough to pick a favourite.

I honestly think I’ll be photographing the Little Man’s Ned Kelly though.  There’s something about the simplicity of the colours and the perspective he’s used that really speaks to me.

And here’s where I’ll be sharing them with you - 

Facebook:  Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags).  You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog:  Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world.  Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr:  Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project.

Pinterest:  If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos.  Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them.  I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on.  If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram.  You’ll find me here on Instagram.  Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption.  Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog.  And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos.  Visit other peoples photos.  Like them.  Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project - the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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{glimpses} A Week in Sydney

Daughter has just spent the week at the National Art School in Sydney, studying Contemporary Fine Art Photography (yes, I was and still am jealous!).

Husband and I decided to spend the week taking the Little Man around and showing him the big city.  It’s been nearly 10 years since we’ve been to Sydney – and after spending the week there, we know why we let so long pass between visits.

I’m determined to travel with my kids, and whilst it was fun to see the sites, experience the different foods and cultures, and dodge the people and crazy traffic, we’ve decided that we are small town folk.  The sedate pace of our little town, where you can walk down the street, where your groceries are still carried to your car, and every second person says hello… much more my style.

that said, i’ll see you for round 2 in september, sydney xo

Working out where to visit during our week in Sydney

Pizza at Dimitri’s, while we look at the map to figure out where to visit while we are in Sydney.

All that symbolises Sydney

A walk along the waterfront to admire the view that has made Sydney famous around the world.

At the New South Wales Art Gallery.

A stop at the NSW Art Gallery to make the mumma happy.

Papua New Guinea tribal mask & silver art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Two of my loves – masks and silver. Tribal masks from Papua New Guinea and a silver sculpture.

Moon over Sydney skyline

You can’t see the stars at night in Sydney, but you can still see the Moon.

Playing with an interactive light exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.

We loved the Powerhouse Museum – especially the interactive exhibitions.

Visiting Bondi Beach and the Bondi Rescue life guard tower

The Little Man can tick this off his bucket list now – visit Bondi Beach. He admitted to being a little disappointed… not many people and the water was cold!

Saying goodbye after a busy week in Sydney.

We were glad to see the city in our wing mirrors. We just had to battle the traffic to escape… Only 6 hours to home.

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