I am officially unemployed now for the first time in my career. To tell you the truth I’m thrilled about it. The reason I’m not to stressed about money is that I put a lot of money away into the business over the years. It was used to pay salaries and expenses of the business and the debt to me accrued into my shareholder loan account. Now that I have left my business I will be paid out the money, with no interest. Nonetheless, I have the luxury of living off the money for six months while I find my way to living my passion fully.
Elizabeth Gilbert says that you are free when you are living your passion while fully paying your way. I don’t need to be obscenely wealthy. I’d just like to pay my bills and live a modest life. I am already rich in what I have in my life – a beautiful family and living in one of the best climates in the world. My major focus now is to write because I feel that it is my calling. It is the fulfillment of my destiny so I simply must follow it.
Now that I’m quite a lot better I have a coach to help me meet my goals. I know myself well enough to know that I’m not so good without external accountability. I need to have someone expecting something from me to deliver at my best. In my days of training for ultra marathons, I needed the fixed big scary goal of race day to motivate me. I also needed people waiting for me at the nearby shopping centre where we started our morning runs.
So I have now made a daily commitment to write purely on my book. My blog and articles will be extra if I have the energy. I do love my blog so I promise I won’t neglect it! I’m also trying to figure out whether I should write on the weekend or not. Perhaps I need to confine writing to the week days so that the boundaries between work and leisure are clear. Or is it better to write when the inspiration comes? I wrote two articles and a blog post on the weekend so I know that it’s possible to squeeze in writing when I’m feeling inspired. I then felt entitled to take Monday off. This is just the kind of freedom I need, not to be constrained by expectations and obligations.
Although I have not yet made money from my writing I feel that I’m making great progress. My book’s concept and structure are really taking shape and I’m applying myself to get the content in. I’m writing articles now which is fun for me. I am also becoming more organised in that I’m setting up a new website and will be moving my blog to its new home soon. I bought a new laptop and I am pleased to say that I set everything up successfully by myself.
I know that I have a long way to go before I can make money from my craft. But I feel that I really don’t have much of an option now that I know what my calling is. I am clear that I need to write but it is possible to make money out of writing in a variety of ways. Enlisting the help of a coach is my way of forcing myself to move forward and select the right option.
I’m a proponent of building your career from what you love. That is the key to happiness and a fulfilling life. If you are searching for meaning, your work has to be fulfilling. Have you understood yourself well enough to know what your passions are? Is your working life aligned to what you love? If not, what are you going to do about it?