How I Turned My Passions Into My Career
Do you wish you were spending more time doing things you absolutely love? Do you wish the passion you have for your hobbies could be applied to your career? And then (as icing on the cake) wish you actually could make money doing something you love?
If you already have your kickass job (or are not planning on starting your own business), this may not be for you. I’m writing for those of you who feel stuck like I did, but knew there must be another way. And you’re right! There is definitely a way to make money doing something you’re excited to do daily!
People ask me every day:
- Why did you decide to start an online business?
- How did you set your own schedule/hours and work from home?
- How did you get so many people following you on Facebook in such a short time?
- How do you come up with such great content for your Facebook page and in your newsletters?
- How did you put all of your websites together?
- How do you market your business without sounding so salesy?
- How are you managing to run your own business and raise a family?
- How are you getting to do something you love every day?
As you may know, if you’ve read my story on my website, I worked for several years in corporate America as an attorney. I knew after a short while that there was no way I was not going to be able to sit at a desk all day long writing argumentative briefs and making someone else money.
I had a passion for fitness and wellness and so I knew it was time to write the next chapter of my life. I studied and trained to become a Pilates and yoga teacher and a certified holistic health coach.
Yeah for me, right?
Well, not really. Although I was now in a field that I loved, the money was not great. I was working crazy hours and it was not paying off.
For years, I was SO frustrated. I was working my butt off. My schedule was never really my own. I was at the whim of my clients’ schedules. I felt guilty if I took a day off. I got pissed off if I got sick. And I was getting burned out.
So, knowing there had to be a better way, I hired a life coach and began to design my dreams. That project, in itself, was a crazy experiment. I had no idea what I really wanted until I started writing it down!
In addition, I started doing some research and began to follow other women out there in cypercpace who had thousands of subscribers and who I knew were doing something right. Finally, I found a group of smart, motivated, entrepreneurial women, like me, with whom I could discuss ideas.
The first few months were scary and hard. I took a risk and quit my day job. Luckily I had some money saved and my husband was still working. But we had to watch our wallets for awhile. However, I knew that in order to make my new life manifest itself before my eyes I was going to have to go all in.
I also made a financial investment. It was also evident that in order to make my online business work, I had to be seen. I hired someone to design a beautiful website for me and as my business began to take off, that one website actually turned into 4! I’m sure you’ve heard the motto – in order to make money, you will have to spend some money first.
Knowing it was an investment in my life, I jumped in without hesitation. For me, there was no other choice. And right away, I started to see amazing changes in my career and with my online presence.
I spent about six months implementing all I had been learning and still working my butt off. (Let’s face it, any new business takes a major time commitment in the beginning.) But very quickly, I went from feeling overworked, stressed out, and miserable to loving my life AND making money!
When I went back to reviewing the dreams I'd written six months prior, they had all come true. When you send that kind of intention into the universe, it comes back to you, I promise.
So why am I telling you all of this? It’s not to brag or make you jealous. I’m telling you my story because I know you, too can be happy doing something you love. I’m telling you my story to inspire you to define your dreams and help you figure out a way to make money living a life you love.
I know that you, too, can:
- Turn your dreams into a profitable career
- Be clear and concise about your business goals
- Build your ideal website with the most amazing content
- Attract your ideal clients
- Get tons of subscribers to your blog or newsletter
- Turn your subscribers into paying customers
- Sell your services and products that you know are helping your clients without sounding salesy
- Rock your world!
You’ve only got one life. What are you going to start doing with it? Write it down. And when are you going to start?
I hope right now.