Love Life & Blank: Creating A Life You Love

by TaylorR

Almost exactly 8 years ago, I was a young college graduate with dreams of becoming a doctor.

Why? Because that’s what I thought I had to do to be successful. 

Isn’t that what we’re taught? You go to school… get a “real” job… get married… have kids… retire… It’s the cycle that has been drilled into our heads over and over and over again.

When it comes to getting a job, it isn’t about finding a job that makes us happy, it’s about finding a job that pays the bills. 

If it were about being happy, then more than 13% of people would enjoy going to work

Lucky for me, I have a husband that likes to think outside the box and encourages me to do the same. If not for Dan, I likely would be with the other 87% of unhappy employees, starting Monday morning already counting down the days until Friday at 5pm.

But I am one of the lucky few, I am one of the lucky 13% that wakes up each day excited to invest my time in work. After all, we have to work 40+ hours a week, it takes up the bulk of our time. So shouldn’t it be something we love? 

I thought so which is why I turned my hobby into a profession. 

And I am not alone… 

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Source: LoveLifeSurf

Today I have a very special guest on the podcast. Christine is a fellow blogger for LoveLifeSurf and just recently began taking steps to doing the same. She decided that life is too short to not love what you do each and every day, so she turned her passion of yoga into a career.

So what if she has kids, and had a set plan? She needed something else and decided that life is too short! 

How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Career

We live in a time unlike that of our parents and especially our grandparents. The tech world has opened so many doors and opportunities for us. We have the ability to literally do what ever it is we want. 

If your dream profession doesn’t exist, then make it up. Create the profession! 

Christine shares her drive and you can get a full sense of her passion for yoga and balancing life. She shares that while life can be tough, and we often find ourselves just going through the motions, it is possible to change and find a sense of belonging.

Her biggest tips?

–> For those of you wanting to change things up, have support. There are going to be days when you want to give up and you question what you’re made of. That support system is going to be key.

–> Make small, manageable goals. That’s great if you know you want to own our own yoga studio (or whatever) but plan it out. It can be extremely overwhelming to start with just the big picture in mind. Map it out, and follow the steps. As you do, you may find other paths that fuel you.

Listen in to the podcast to hear Christine’s full story on her road to become a yoga teacher. The whys, the hows, and the what nows are all shared! No rock left unturned! Her story may just help you to think outside the box!

Get hooked up with Christine and say hey!

Answer me this…

Do you love your job?
You know what I do, what do you do? 

 

  • http://abs-of-steel.com Abi@AbsofSteel

    I have a feeling I’m going to really enjoy this podcast. I’m a big believer in finding a career you love even if it does not make a lot of money, of course it’s not always as simple as loving your job especially when you’re not completely sure what you want to do.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Yes, I think you will love it!

  • http://day-with-kt.com Kim

    Well, even though we own a business, I don’t really have a job. I try to make sure and only agree to do things that I really want to – lately I’ve been failing miserably.
    My husband is in that 13% and I’m so glad.
    In fact, for years we have told our boys that the #1 thing when they start deciding on a career or what they want to do with their lives is to find something they love and that makes them happy!!
    So glad that both you (and Dan) and Christine have been able to do just that!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      That’s great that Chris is happy in his job! I grew up watching my dad walk in the door so tired and drained. I never wanted that. What a great lesson to stress to the kiddos!

  • http://www.lovelifesurf.com Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    Thank you so much for having me on your podcast! It was so fun and it was great to chat about this topic. I think it was good for me too reflect on this too!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      I am so glad that we were able to chat! I agree, it’s always refreshing and eye opening to rethink about our decisions! Helps us appreciate things all over again! Thank you!

  • Sheena

    I really like my job :) Some days I love it and some days I’m planning my weekends on Monday! But I didn’t always, I studied Engineering and used to work in a conventional Engineer position but I work as a Mechanical Designer now which has increased my happiness tenfold and allows me to have the mind space to do things I enjoy more outside of work. I think it’s very important to find what you like, it’s your life after all. You and Dan seem to have done just that and often success follows along when you’re doing something you enjoy!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      That sounds like a really cool job! What type of stuff do you design?

      • Sheena

        Our division builds trains so I do the installation designs for a bunch of the sub-systems and the interior designs like seats and floors and handrails. It’s pretty neat seeing it all come together :)

  • http://www.TheTinyTerror.com Amy Lauren

    I really do love my job! It’s not the most glamorous job, and no one gets a writing degree wanting to write instruction manuals (manual labor… haha). But, it involves writing, I can do it at my house wearing what I want, it’s flexible, and it pays pretty well. Originally my plan was to be a journalist or editor at a newspaper, but I’m really glad that didn’t work out because I had friends who did and saw the lives they live (let’s just say tech writing is a much better field for women, as my journalist friends always had to work nights and weekends and miss out on being with their kids).

    I’m really glad you found your passion and love what you do too! It is truly more important than just making money :).

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      I think that is great that your career allows you the flexibility to enjoy what you do outside of work! It’s a great feeling to not be held back in the other aspects of life. Yes, happiness is so much more than a number in the bank account!

  • http://eatteachblog.com Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    I adore my job. And, sometimes I do still wake up with the frustrating feeling that it’s Monday. But I absolutely love what I do.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Yes, I think no matter how much we love what we do, waking up early on mondays can still not be so great!

  • http://www.cottercrunch.com lindsay

    ahh i love it! love christine! can’t wait to listen!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      And you might even get a special shout out :)

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