Knowing what I didn’t like is so important in knowing the job that I want. I don’t think there’s one job that will fulfill all our qualifications, but there will be a few out there where our talents, skills, and interests will converge into one. I know I may come across as privileged and how I wish I could have said it differently, but this is my experience, and I can only speak of mine.
Growing up, we were trained to believe that work has to be burdensome, should take out the best time of the day to be outdoors (9-to-5), and should dictate our time off. But what I’ve come to know is that work does not have to be that way. It can be fun, it can be outside the 9-to-5, and it does not have to punish me when I’m sick or have to tend to family needs. Adults have made the world of work so much harder than it really is.
Disclaimer: the following works for me and may or may not work for you.
I try to diversify my income as much as possible. I do a regular job, writing and editing gigs, initiate side projects, and sell my stuff. Having several sources of income makes a lot of sense to me for apart from having more potential for savings, I have a Plan B in place in case of unforeseen events. It also adds a bit of novelty, a spark of creativity, to my rather mundane adult life. My key, though, is to focus on one thing at a time, a skill that I’m still working my hardest to master (now about that Netflix show…).
Sharing with you resources that helped me with work planning + inspiration:
Books: Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection, Christopher Ryan’s Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress, Emilie Wapnick’s How to Be Everything, The School of Life’s What They Forgot to Teach You at School, Timothy Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek. For reviews, visit Goodreads and Scribd*.
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P.S. My keys to sustainable work: do what works for you | when faced with difficult decisions, ask yourself why ❤