Personal Reflection

Making Money Doing What You Love

I don’t have a problem with people making money doing what they love. Says the girl who isn’t.

I hope I get to that point someday though.

It’s easier said than done, of course. Every time I think about making money, I get all sad. Maybe because I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to support myself while pursuing my passions.

I remind myself of the days I first started writing and blogging when I didn’t turn a profit whatsoever. When I was beyond excited to create every day because I enjoyed the creative process.

I’ve been worrying a lot over my future. If I don’t do more schooling after graduation, I’ll need to get a job.

I joke to my friends that I’m unemployable. I want to work for myself as well.

I feel conflicted. Unsurprisingly, I don’t enjoy feeling this way.

I’m not sure how I’ll earn enough to pay my way through life, however long mine lasts. The cost of everything seems to go up all the time.

Now that I’ve obsessed over this, I feel my problem isn’t how much I make, but whether I’ll have the freedom to do what I love. I don’t need to be rich to be happy. Yet I still need enough time and money to go after my dreams. Being well off can help create a bit of freedom or flexibility for the sake of my sanity.

Obviously, I don’t want my lifestyle to change for the worse.

The world is a big, bad place. I’ve yet to find my place in it. I hope I can navigate through and not seem utterly lost at every turn.

What a fun post to publish on Christmas Eve. Happy holidays!

7 thoughts on “Making Money Doing What You Love

  1. It sounds familiar and painfully unfamiliar–meaning I’m not in your shoes, and I’ve been there. Your comment about the real issue is right on target–will you have freedom to do what you love? I’m hoping your educational process will point to a mentor or two who can help you think about things like this. I owe a huge debt to just a few professors who cared enough (when I was in seminary) to both encourage me to go further, and, in one case, actually helped find a little financial help for me right up front–when I needed to learn German. The most important thing, though, is to keep doing the best you can, and don’t make any quick decisions. Ugh. I just gave you advice. Something I ‘shouldn’t’ do–but would have loved to have anyone I knew back then give me–knowing, of course, that they ‘shouldn’t have’! 🙂

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    1. I know what you mean. Mhm, I’m realizing freedom and free time is valuable. For sure. I’ve had some incredible teachers. That’s amazing. Good for them and you! You know German? I’ve always wanted to learn the language. Well said. Thank you for the advice. I appreciate it. I’ll try to follow through. All the best.

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  2. You sound like me. I worry about this every single day. I was lucky enough to quit my job to pursue my passions, but nothing happens overnight and my bank account is looking a little sad. It makes me wonder how much longer I’ll be able to last. I’m hoping my blog will start making me a steady income in 2018, but then again I don’t want to feel like I’m blogging only for the money. But I’m sure everything will work out in the end. If you work hard and are really passionate about what you do, you’ll get there.

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    1. One day I’m hoping to follow in your footsteps. I don’t know how you do it. 2018 will be your year. That’s understandable. But you blog out of passion and for the right reasons. I think you’re doing a great job. You’ll continue to do amazing things. Exactly.

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