IT'S NEVER TOO LATE
I would imagine most of you have spent your fair share of days wishing you could quit your job and dedicate every waking hour to the trade of your dreams. You, me, and all the other dreamers of the world know what it means to have to push through the wait (masked as “a long day’s work”), only to try and find a few hours for stretching our passions.
This kind of “grass is greener” mentality is just a facade, dear maker.
Don’t be fooled, I promise.
Speaking from years of experience, even IF you were given every hour your optimistic self thinks it needs, you wouldn’t spend it how you think. No matter the task in front of you, real life will always take over. There will always be phone calls, proverbial “fires”, and the never-anticipated hourly interruptions—just as they are now. We have to edit and focus our schedules so we can take every minute captive.
It’s never too late to dedicate your energy to doing what you love.
- A Maker’s Guide, p.36
I can’t believe that almost three decades of working my mission have passed, and to this day, I can’t even squeeze a tenth of the studio time I would like into my jam-packed schedule. In all honesty, as my creative skills have grown, so has my business sense. As a veteran entrepreneur, my time and focus rightly gazes on running a business, more than anything else!
Some might say, “Keep your work and your play separate.”
While that might be true for some, I say, there is no reason your work can’t be earning a living off of your play!
I would like to spend some time today focusing on the discipline of loving where you currently are -- no matter the stage.
When Gene and I first started rescuing and restoring hidden treasures, we were both working full-time, and then some. With two daughters to raise, business classes to attend, art classes to teach, and Gene working his family’s business, spare time was a laughably rare occurrence. Neither of us were fully satisfied, nor fully-funded, in our current state, so we made a decision to do what we could to pursue the dream we declared. I decided to edit and focus my usable time toward my dream—in the stone face of adversity. We decided together to go “all-in” and start with buying vintage furniture.
As I talk about in A Maker’s Guide, the road to our first flea market felt like a gateway to our freedom. One weekend trip and a few sales later, we were hooked. It wasn’t just the work we loved, it was what the work meant to our emotional and mental well-being. There is no satisfaction I can compare to personal success. When we saw that we could be well-received and successful in something we were passionate about, there was no turning back!
It was very important to our well-being that as we looked back at the years spent working outside of our dream, we didn’t grow resentful. Pursuing your purpose is not about an “arrival”, but rather, the quality held by every step of the journey.
The “you” now is so much more capable than the “you” of before. As you mature, you gain willpower, fortitude, strength, and most importantly of all, a sharpened eye for who you are and what kind work brings you joy.
There isn’t a perfect time for your dream, or even perfect ratio of your time that you have to target.
No, it’s called persistent measurable steps.
No matter the age, no matter the stage.
Small, persistent steps, dear maker.
A few questions to ponder for this week:
1) Where does your dream fit into your life right now?
2) What opportunities exist right now to use your talents?
3) What steps can you take right now towards your dream?
Until next week,
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