The Importance of Doing What You Love

The Importance of Doing What You Love

‘Find a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’


My Past

From the moment I was asked to choose my GSCE topics in high school, I wished I actually knew what I’d love to do. I had friends who knew they wanted to be nurses, doctors, lawyers. The choices seemed easy for them. All they had to do was pick the options that suited their future careers. Me? I was a little more unrealistic ambitious and had always thought bigger than the average career. I day-dreamed through my art classes. Thinking about how I’d move to LA and become the next Lauren Conrad. At one point, before their controversy I wanted to become a dolphin trainer at Seaworld, Orlando. I wished to be the next Rachel from Friends or Carrie from Sex in City. Obviously none of these options were overly realistic. I guess I didn’t realise that real life comes easier if your parents are well connected and really well-off.

I’ve never been ‘realistic’ and I’ve never been happy to settle. In high school I wanted to be creative, fun loving fashion intern living in Hollywood so badly. I even took art after being advised by my teacher that I shouldn’t. I got a B grade and created a portfolio of work which ultimately led me to a double A award in Applied Art at Sixth Form. Sometime after that though, I lost the confidence and ‘I’ll prove you wrong’ attitude which had driven me to do well and helped me to succeed so far. I’d done well enough to be accepted into a creative school, to do well and to enjoy it.

Here’s the sucker; I didn’t. The competitive creative industry and the lack of jobs in my area scared me off. I bailed and chose a degree I had no passion for just to tick the box and to keep my options open. I also spent the next four years in jobs that I didn’t enjoy. Although they provided me with work experience and money, I lost all passion, interest and satisfaction. I’d lost my way.

What I love

My Present

I started blogging less than half a year ago which was a big deal for me as an under-confident being. I had dreamt of starting a blog for a while but really struggled to find the courage. As we all know, embarking on any new and public venture leaves you open to criticism and failure. Career blogging is so competitive that I didn’t think I had a chance and found it easier to become a wallflower.

When I finally plucked up the courage, I had no idea just how much I would fall in love with writing and how much I missed being creative. It was both a lesson and reminder to me. If you don’t enjoy what you do, then so much of your waking life is being wasted. Whatever you do there will always be people who have less than savoury opinions of you, but I’d rather be the girl that tried than the girl who settled and allowed herself to fade into the background. Blogging is something that I love and although I’m making progress it’s certainly a long way off being my only source of income. What I have gained is a new sense of purpose, a satisfaction and a sense of pride that I’m actually giving something a shot. A girl’s gotta pay the bills, but it certainly shouldn’t be the be all and end all of a life.

The Lesson

Find a job that you love and paying the bills is just a bonus. It’s easier said than done but if you have a dream then don’t just leave it there, don’t settle for an easy life. Dreams don’t become realities from thoughts but from actions. If you’re not sure what you love yet then just keep trying new things, take up hobbies and enjoy your time. Don’t be afraid of putting yourself out there like I was. It’s a cliché that we most regret the things that we didn’t do, but there’s also truth in it.

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  1. January 11, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    I loved this post! I’m at the point of my life when I’m trying to figure out exactly what are the things I could do every day, earn money and not feel like I have to go to work in the morning 🙂 Good luck with your creative path! 🙂

    • January 12, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! Good luck with your path too lovely!

  2. January 11, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I’m also a person that preaches not settling. Life is grand, and life is full of amazing opportunities, if you don’t give up. Great post. I’m so glad you found love in blogging 🙂 xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

    • January 12, 2018 / 9:19 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more! Thank you lovely!

  3. January 11, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    Yes! Love this post, such an important message. Thanks for sharing your experiences, I hope you find a way to really do what you want to do <3

  4. January 11, 2018 / 10:41 pm

    Thank you for your post! I am a big believer of find somthing you like to do and doing it to the max!

  5. January 11, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    Awesome that you could speak out about your experiences! Hope you 2018 creates opportunities for you
    💛

  6. Emily Isobelle Jane
    January 12, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Im so glad you shared this. I’ve never settled and 100% agree you should go after what you love but it can be so difficult when you are working out what that is! You will find a way to do what you love and Im so glad you started blogging I love it <3

    Emily xx

    http://www.isobellejane.com

    • January 12, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! So glad you’re the same and are determined to go after everything you want, you deserve it all!x

  7. January 13, 2018 / 8:32 am

    This is beautiful. I think it’s not a race, or a ranking game. There is nothing wrong with choosing something totally ordinary, or less than glamorous for others. There’s also nothing wrong with reaching for the stars. But there’s everything wrong with settling for less than what you desire. xx

  8. January 14, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    YES to this post 🙌🏼 I’m in a job at the moment which is fine but it’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life so I’m always on the lookout for my dream job, I don’t want to settle. I’m so happy you found love in blogging.

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    • January 14, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      I wish you the best of luck in finding your dream job! Thank you!

  9. January 14, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Remember too it’s never too late. I went down one path and gave it all up a few months ago to become a personal trainer. It’s a complete career change but now in my late 20’s, I’m finally doing what I truly love.
    Anna x
    http://www.glass-shoes.com

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:18 pm

      Its so nice to hear that you’ve found something that you love!x

  10. January 14, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    I feel as though I can relate to this in so many ways as I’ve always wanted more than a typical normal job! You sound so motivated and hard working I’m sure you will get to finish writing the end to your story with the way you want it to end💖
    http://www.jessdownard.com

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:21 pm

      I’m so glad its relatable! Good luck with getting everything you want! I have my fingers crossed for the both of us!x

  11. January 15, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    I resonated with this post so much! I’m in college right now wondering if I’m wasting money on a degree I might not use. Or if I’m being too practical when really I’m just like you said…wishing I could just be like Rachel from friends.

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:28 pm

      I’m glad it was relatable! Its really tough isn’t it, I have my fingers crossed that we both work it out!

  12. January 15, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    Great post! Just followed your blog and I look forward to reading your posts in the future! Wishing you all the best in finding what you want to do, follow your dreams!

  13. January 15, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    This is such a great post Sophie. I think it’s great to be ambitious and go for your dream job, even if it takes a lot of time and effort to get there.

  14. January 15, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    Yeah you are PREACHING IN THIS POST! Life is so much more rewarding when you are living a life that will bring you joy and satisfaction as opposed to having a routine monotonous life where you don’t like what you do . At the same token the tough part about being an artist is that you’re taking your heart and putting it out in a platter . For everyone to see and touch . I admire those who are bold enough to do so

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more! Its so tough and scary to go after want you really want but it can be so rewarding too!

  15. Hello Bexa
    January 15, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    I can completely relate to this 💖. I’ve spent years in jobs which I didn’t enjoy and I still dunno what I want to be when I grow up he he. Blogging is such an amazing creative outlet, I’m so glad I started one too ☺️. I hope 2018 is a brilliant year for you and you find what you want to do 💕. Very inspirational post Sophie! ✨

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      I’m glad it was relatable! I have my fingers crossed that we both find and exceed in what we want! Thanks lovely x

  16. January 15, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    this is TOO real. I was one of those people who always knew what they wanted to do, I was going to be a barrister. From the age of 7. Then the week before I sat down to do my UCAS application I lost it and realised I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Ended up doing a random degree I thought I might enjoy and hated it. Realistically I didn’t actually want to go to uni. But I didn’t know what else to do. So instead of taking a bit of time out to figure it out, I wasted three years doing something that made me miserable. Only to have to figure out later. But it taught me to always follow my gut! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      omg how strange! Our experiences are way too similar haha! It sucks doesn’t it, but at least we’ve both learnt lessons from it! I have my fingers crossed for both of us that we enjoy what we do!x

  17. January 15, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    What a fantastic inspiring post ❤️ I started blogging around 7 months ago and like you I have fallen in love with writing – so glad I made the decision after many years of pondering! Good luck in 2018 doing what you love ❤️

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • January 15, 2018 / 6:57 pm

      I’m so glad you’ve found happiness in blogging too! I hope we both continue to enjoy it and are as successful as we can be! The best of luck to you too!x

  18. January 22, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    This is a great post! I, along with so many other people, have related to what you said! Great read x

  19. January 23, 2018 / 11:45 am

    Great post! It’s so easy to get discouraged in this generation especially by looking at other people’s success but I think we need to remember each person has their own unique journey and it’s not about competition! I hope you can pursue what you are really passionate about! 💕

  20. February 5, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    I love how honest this is. I had a bit of a hard headed attitude about wanting to do physics but htnakfully gave it up to do creative writing and english, which is what I’m good at. (or just not as bad at as everything else.) It’s though though, people, especially in schoo, tell you so many mixed and counteracting messages, no wonder most people are lost. I’m glad you’re going for what you love. These are our lives, we shouldn’t settle for anything less than perfect.

    • February 5, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, I couldn’t agree more! I’m glad you chose what you enjoy and are good at too!

  21. October 4, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Such a great post, this is exactly how I’ve felt since leaving school a good few years ago! I love blogging also and as it’s something I love to do then why not be ambitious and make it your day job even if it takes time! If you be positive and put your all into something you love you’ll get to where you want to be one day.

    Love your blog 🙂

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com/

    • October 4, 2018 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks Chloe, I’m so glad you relate! x

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