So, 2 things happened.
First thing: I am not only revamping my brand right now but also my copy. Let me just pause and say that I struggle the same way YOU struggle when it comes to copy. Especially the homepage. How to explain everything I do in such a small space? Here is one of the lines I wrote that stopped me in my tracks:
I help you get paid to do what you love.
I stared at it for a long time and realized that isn’t 100% true. My thoughts have changed so I changed it to this:
I help you do exactly what you want… and get paid for it.
Now, that’s TRUE.
Second thing: I had just spent 3 days watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a transmedia experience that was engaging, well-written and SO MUCH FUN. And so good. I woke up this morning and stared at the still frame after the last episode and honest to goodness, wanted to cry.
Why? Because it’s something I love. Something I want to do and have wanted to do my WHOLE LIFE. I have a computer at home with scripts, I have diaries full of imaginary stories.
So, if you’ve been around for a while, you know I am honest-to-goodness here not because of an escape (I was too young to have one, fresh out of college) but out of DESIGN.
There was nowhere for me to be happy in the world as it was presented to me.
This is an important detail. For me, my business is about love (I really enjoy my work and I am really great at it) but it’s not JUST about love for me. It’s about experience.
It’s about lifestyle.
How did I want to live?
Technically, I could have gone the writer route. I could have gotten a full-time job and gone to writing groups at night and on the weekends. I could have stayed at my parent’s house an extra few years and kept working at it with the hopes I would get a chance to do what I love to do. Write stuff and get paid for it. I could have become a teacher or an assistant and worked up the ladder.
But that isn’t the lifestyle want. And I can still write without going the path that most people go when they decide to make a living being a creative writer.
Honestly, I do believe that you can get paid to do what you love. There are COUNTLESS examples out there but how long are you willing to wait for it? And who is to say there isn’t something else you don’t LOVE?
I want to live in my sweet spot, create a world where I can do work that feels good for me while also helping people live the life they want.
Asking quality questions like:
- Do I want to have appointments everyday?
- Is it really necessary to work on Mondays?
- How do I work best?
- How often am I creating space for thing I love?
- How do I work best with my clients?
- What do I absolutely not want to do work on?
- What boundaries do I have?
- What does success look like?
Creates my world:
- Not having appointments everyday
- Not working most Mondays
- Not wearing my bra on a lot of days. No pants either
- Writing. A lot. Most days.
- Working with groups
- No copywriting
- No designing
- Being in charge of my time
- Making good money
And that is what I want my business to be about. Helping you live the LIFE you want. Not do what you love.
I am lucky in that I have so much love and ease for the work I do but that isn’t something I stumbled on, I worked on that shiz.
I have spent years doing every type of service imaginable and I’ve realized that love with work (just like love in real life) is COMPLICATED, hard to identify and if you wait around for it, paralyzing.
For me, love for what I do came with looking at what I wanted and forming my business around that instead of forcing it the other way around.
Doing what I do now FEELS GOOD, while also helping me get a great apartment, lots of Amazon Instant rentals and summer rolls when I want them. And that makes me happy.
It’s like this story I know about a friend who realized she hated designing sites and was going to quit design all together because she figured she wasn’t actually passionate about it. At the time, I was like YEAH GIRL QUIT THAT SHIZ (because that is what I did). Soon enough, though, she realized that she did have a passion for design but not all of it. She wanted to do logos. All the time. Now, that is what she is known for and gets paid lots o’ money to do it.
Eventually, I will write. I’ll write something awesome. In fact, I’ve already taken the first steps by creating a personal blog (yay it’s here) but I am also enjoying living the life I want and doing what I want.
It’s so common for people to NOT like their businesses, even though the invest so much money and love into it. It’s common for folks to feel confused and overwhelmed about it and I think this is the key:
Figure out how you want to live FIRST and then start to work on everything else.
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