This Choice Is Up To You | Creative Art Inspiration

It’s not uncommon for passionate people of any field to battle the question: “should I quit my day job for my art?” I’m one of the lucky few who has managed to find a career that allows me to be creative, write freely, and experience art in a way that also helps others increase their skills and knowledge. It’s a win-win, and most days it doesn’t feel like work at all. In fact, as I considered how to word today’s newsletter, I considered using the saying that “it’s called work for a reason,” but in all honesty, I would still be doing the same type of “work” even if I wasn’t getting paid for it. I love what I do.

That hasn’t always been the case, of course. We don’t simply graduate from school and then land where we’re meant to be forever (although I do believe that all my previous experiences leveraged me to being here, now). For many years I struggled; although I’ve never had a job that I didn’t like, partly because I choose to maintain a positive attitude–you should ask me about some of my teen jobs–there were times that I felt the call to quit the day gig and try to make a full-time career of my creative endeavors.

I think it’s something we all go through. I don’t know anyone, in any creative field, who began learning to paint, play guitar, dance, or sing because they thought it would be a great way to make a living. That’s what our left-brained friends do. We, you and I, presumably, gave creating art a go because it sounded fun, enticing, expressive…the list goes on and on. Maybe there comes a point when you master the techniques and think “I could/should get paid for this.” It happened to me, and then the daily mental struggle began. “I love this so much, I want to do it all the time,” I thought. But having the commitments of a family and mortgage made it a very scary jump to take. I waited, rode the wave, and found myself where I should be, now: writing about creativity.

But if your career path isn’t aligned with your art, don’t fret. Here’s the important thing to remember: this is your life, and you can choose to do what makes you happy, whether or not you’re getting paid to do it.

That said, go and create your art.

Warmest regards,
Cherie

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