I have felt very fortunate over the years to have the ability to do what I love not just for fun, but to also make a living. I have the ability to enjoy my work and invest myself 100% into what it is I do. I am a firm believer in making sure you love what you do for work. Many people have heard the phrase similar to, If you love what you do than it isn’t work. I go back and forth with weather or not I feel this is accurate. Even though I love that I get to travel the world, BASE jump, Skydive, climb ect and enjoy it I still have to work very hard and yes it does feel like work. But the difference is my attitude towards the work that I do. It is not my idea of fun to stay up all night, writing, emailing, sending proposals, stressing abut finances or budgets, responding to project ideas, submitting project ideas, receiving emails declining my projects or worst of all, not receiving a response at all, just to name a few. But for me this is all a necessary evil to have the ability to participate in a lifestyle that fills my life with so much joy, love and excitement. So by default my work becomes less of a burden and instead more of a way to accomplish what I truly value in life and that is enjoying my life to the best of my abilities every single day. I promised myself at a very young age that I wouldn’t work a job that I didn’t love. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I do have to say it has most certainly been a struggle at many different points in my life. Not finding work, not having a steady income and even at times not having a place to live. It hasn’t always been amazing trips and exciting adventures. But through it all I stayed true to myself and I firmly believe this is the only reason I am where I am today.
To lead the life that you want it will take work… lots of work. But I can assure you that if you stay true to yourself, your desires and your happiness that one day it will all pay off. In the long run loving what you do is worth every sacrifice you will have to make along the way. I have learned so much about myself through the process and grown in ways I wouldn’t have if I had given in and pursued a “normal” Job. I’ve worked harder than I ever thought I could and in the process have felt so rewarded by my experiences.
My result has been massive amounts of happiness and a much bigger sense of accomplishment. I feel so fortunate to love what I do and will do what ever it takes to continue to do what I love and love what I do!
It’s not all fun and games… but it sure is worth it!