When I was 11, I teamed up with my BFF to create G.O.F.C. (Girls Only Fun Club, obviously). We designed and ordered business cards for babysitting, convinced a local shop owner to display them, and ran a seven-year neighborhood monopoly. There was also a killer jewelry biz. I sold homemade friendship bracelets and beaded key chains door to door, looking much like Deb in Napoleon Dynamite.
Like most kids, I had hustle. I was curious, creative and determined to make a buck doing what I liked. But somewhere along the way, like most young adults, I shelved hustle for a more predictable path. Journalism, which I loved, became my thing. I studied it in college and when I graduated, I settled on marketing and communications.
But I never felt at peace with my path. I transferred colleges, from California to Missouri, and considered switching my major more than once. Out in the “real world”, I landed MarComm jobs in the radio, not-for-profit, finance and education sectors. All the jobs interested me, but I hopped around. Eventually I felt bored, FOMO or frustration that the job just wasn’t my “forever home”. After switching to my fourth job in five years, I suddenly felt insecure about my winding career path. Was I a quitter? Did I lack expertise? Was I proving every Baby Boomer right about Millennials?
Last fall, about two-and-a-half years in to job #4, I turned 30. Despite some super positive thoughts about the milestone, I was mostly overwhelmed by the opposite. I just wanted to figure out my real thing. Truly up a creek, I searched “what should I do with my life” or something equally dramatic in the Amazon book section. Somewhere on Page 18 of the search results, I found Refuse to Choose! Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams by Barbara Sher.
If you’re thinking the book must make readers feel like special snowflakes, you’re right. I do feel like a special snowflake because my new BFF Barb just gets me. Her book helped me understand why I couldn’t stick to anything, why I couldn’t focus on one thing, and why I pulled away from my path. I fit the personality type of a Scanner. Scanners are genetically wired to be inquisitive and fiercely curious. Scanners don’t jive with norm, a 9-5 job. So the book offers solutions for making an income while enjoying the work and exploring endless interests.
One solution is starting a business.
So, this is it. Welcome to the home of my new full-time gig, freelance content creation! For more about what I do, click here. This is also a home for the hundred odd things that entertain my thoughts and free time – jewelry-making (à la Deb), cooking, travel and lots more.
Looking back on my childhood hustle, the idea for this business should’ve hit me earlier. But, thanks to my dear mom and dad, I think everything happens for a reason. Had I started sooner down this path, I would’ve missed out on eight years of connections and experience. Today I also have tremendous appreciation for the freedom that comes with doing my own thing and for the unwavering support of family and friends.
I took the path well traveled and that has made all the difference.
This is my story and I’m sticking to it.