Week 8 – Do What You Have to Do to Make Money Doing What You Love

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I quit my job to follow my dream.  Many people have told me that I need to get a job and suck it up so I can make some money; nobody gets to do what they love.  Really?  That seems ludicrous.  You should be happy you had a job because so many people are out of work, especially right now in the economic downturn.   Evelyn, you should be looking for a job doing what you did before because you were really good at it!  But that is something I really do not want to do.  I do not want to be miserable for eight (or more) hours every day of my life, and even if I enjoy it, miss the opportunity to live my dream.

Who are they anyhow?  Giving me unsolicited “advice” when there is no impact to them.  This “advice” is just judgment; they are telling me what they think of me.  Or rather, they may believe that nobody gets to live their dreams.  There are always going to be haters.  There are always going to be people who do not ‘get it’.  People who feel that they have the world figured out and that if everyone just behaves the way they think each of us should, then everything will be just fine!  But it won’t be fine, will it?  Exactly why did I leave that job in the first place?

Because I have a dream.

Now, let’s be realistic; just because I have this dream does not mean that is it going to manifest itself.  Not without some input from me.  Whether you want to start a business, become an actor, write a book, record music, teach dance lessons, go back to school, open a charitable organization, move to Latin America, design clothing, have a baby, etc., etc., whatever turns your crank, you need to put effort into moving your dream in the direction you want to go, AND you are going to need to be able to support yourself while you are doing it.

It is nobody’s business how you support yourself, as long as you are not borrowing from them, leaving a debt to society, or stealing or doing something illegal in order to fund yourself.  It is NOT their business if you want to use your savings to pursue your passion.  It is NOT their business if your spouse (partner, parent, friend, etc.) is willing to pay the bills; that is only between you and that person.  No one else’s judgment counts.  If you don’t have money you can rely on, then you are going to have to rely on you.  Again, it is up to you how to earn it and how much you need.

Before I left my job, I wrote myself an affirmation “Work on your passion as if it was your job, because it is.”  I have not honored this affirmation as I should since I have been off work.  Previously, I would leave my home each day at about 6:15 am to go to work and arrive home anywhere between 6 and 9 pm.  That’s anywhere from 12 to 15 hours each day dedicated to a job that I hated.  Can I not find the motivation to dedicate at least half of that amount of time to my passion which is my life purpose?

There is a lot that a person can do to lead them closer to achieving their goal.

Recently, I have discovered that I can go work at the public library and access internet for free.  They also have computers and printers free of charge if I need them.  I could go to a local coffee shop that has free Wi-Fi as well!  This gets me away from all the distractions that occur at home from chores, to my family, to television.

When I google ‘Writing Jobs’ and I find quite a few possibilities that could be done on a contract or full-time basis dependent on my qualifications.  There are also lists of places to advertise my blog and get advertisements to include on my blog page – another way to get paid.

I have eight hours a day (minimum) that I have identified should be dedicated to work.  On average I teach about one fitness class a day, plus the travel and prep time, so that leaves about six hours each day that I can dedicate to my job of writing.  I need to research publishing a book, free writer’s circles, volunteer writing assignments (and paid ones if I get that lucky), research the topics in my book that need more realism, increase my vocabulary, network with other writers, (publishers, editors, etc.).  Just a quick search shows me that there are grants, writing contests, sponsorships that I am currently unaware of.  You know nothing, Evelyn Earl!

Instead of bogging myself down in the mire of laundry, dishes, watching television game shows and reruns, I need to focus on what I want to do and who I want to be.  Writing is not just about…writing, but all those peripheral activities that go along with it.


Sure, I could allow myself to fall back into the ‘quick fix’ of making money by getting another job that I absolutely hate and being eternally too tired to write when I get home after work, or I could take the opportunity that has been lain before me right now and just…WRITE!

So seriously, if you want to start a business, then spend eight hours a day investigating what it takes; what registrations and licenses you need, how much money and where can you get it, what is the best venue to use (brick and mortar building or online), who are your competitors, what makes you special.  If becoming an actor turns you on, investigate actor’s associations, movies and theatre in your area, someone you can practice with.  If
you want to record music, start a Youtube channel, go to karaoke, get on local television, start a band.  If you want to go back to school, research ways to have it paid for or get a job that works around your schedule.  OMG, anything that you want to do has some way of doing it.  There have been pioneers before you that can show you the way and there is sooooo much on the internet to get you started.  Do not be afraid to pick up the phone and start making phone calls; even if the response is a ‘No’ you can keep calling others.

It is up to you to make your passion, purpose, pursuit into a cause worth fighting for.  If you do this, then you will be successful.


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5 Responses to Week 8 – Do What You Have to Do to Make Money Doing What You Love

  1. Michel says:

    Very good blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress
    or go for a paid option? There are so many options
    out there that I’m completely confused .. Any tips?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Evie says:

      Hi Michel,
      Selecting the correct platform is something I also struggle with. I recommend that you start with something that is low cost and easy to use, that you have the option to move it to another platform should you find something better. I took a couple of courses at my local continuing education centre to learn ‘how’ and they talked a little bit about the options. I also googled several blog forums that provide some feedback; however, it seems to me that the choice comes down to personal preference. I wanted a provider that was Canadian and offered appropriate security options and a variety of themes. One resource I have found very useful is https://startbloggingonline.com I hope this helps! Thanks so much for reading my blog post!!!

  2. Mavis says:

    I savor, lead to I found just what I was having a look for.

    You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a
    great day. Bye

  3. 123 says:

    First of all I would like to say awesome blog! I had a quick question which I’d like
    to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind
    before writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.

    I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes
    are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?

    • Evie says:

      The first thing any writer needs to do is just write. Just sit down and write and do not allow distractions to be your excuse. As for clearing your mind, I like to keep things that inspire me close by my writing area: a map, inspirational quotations, interesting art or murals, an open window to a fascinating scene. Also listening to your favourite music helps. Listen to a short video that may have some triggers for you. Sometimes if I journal for 10-15 minutes, I start thinking about what I want to write and then I can sit down at my computer and go for it. Other times, I feel like getting away from everyone and just using a notebook and pen – like sitting on the roof outside the window where no one can find me.

      Hopefully, this gives you some ideas. Each one of us is different. Thank you for reading my blog.

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