Love What You Do
Ok we have all heard it before “Love what you do and it will never feel like work” etc. I had heard it, I have loved the sentiment of it, and I had wished that it could happen to me. I was stuck in a job that I never wanted, or that I was qualified for. I tried for 10 years to do my best, to love what I did, to enjoy my time, to think of creative and awesome things to do with my ‘kids’. You see I have my Masters of Teaching Secondary Visual Arts and Social Sciences but I got stuck teaching elementary Core French.
I loved my school, I love the staff and students. I loved trying to find innovative and fun things for the kids to do in French. I loved being pretty good at it, and the kids learned a lot. I loved so many things about my job. But I didn’t LOVE what I did. I hope that makes sense. As you know, my family and I have recently made a move to our ‘forever home’ in Muskoka. I took a leave of absence from my last board, in hopes on getting on up here. I knew that it was going to be a challenge, and I would have to start at the bottom. But it was a risk that Greg and I were willing to take. We knew that I would never be happy where we were, we knew that there were more possibilities up here. We knew that he would have a commute for a while, but he would also be able to find something up here.
What I didn’t know was how wonderfully things would fall into place. I am a believer in God, but even my non believer friends have said “there is clearly someone, or something looking out for you”. First by chance I met someone who would turn out to be one of my dearest friends up here at the local Early Years Centre. We have so many things in common, and she was even a NICU nurse where my children spent time in the NICU when they were born. We have husbands who work a lot, renovating century homes, that just happen to be on the SAME street. Since then we have a couple of dinners together a week, and thoroughly enjoy each others company.
Then, again by chance, a friend sent me a survey a local business owner was sending out about a new Art Studio opening up (Let the Cat Go). I was thrilled, exactly what I always wanted to do, but didn’t know the business side of things to take that challenge. I made a comment about how thrilled I was as an Art Teacher. One thing led to another, a coffee later, and I was going to be working there. What? Working at an art studio, as a teacher? My dream came true.
I didn’t really know what that meant until I had been working there. One day, for whatever reason, Hayden couldn’t go to school, and I had no one else to watch him. I asked if it was OK that he came with me to work, and of course, it was perfectly fine. Seriously? Where are kids welcome to come with their parents to work. I was able to sit with my kid and do art, and work, and help him all day. There were so many times, I would look over at him and see him painting on a canvas, and make a comment on how awesomely lucky I was to have this job. To be able to do art on a regular basis, and where my kids are welcome to spend the day with me.
For once, the first time in my life, I LOVED my job. I woke up and look forward to going to work. I even did work for free, because I loved it, and what it meant for our town. Finally, I was able to be creative in a way that brought joy to not only me, but to my kids too.
So I want you to really look at what you are doing, if it doesn’t bring you joy, find something that does. I never really knew what that meant until now. I really didn’t know how much it would change my life, and the lives of my family. Things are not perfect by far. We miss our old life, and our old house and friends. We miss having a steady income and not being stressed about money, we miss a lot of things about our old life. And it was not an easy decision by my husband or myself. But we took a chance, and it was the right choice. To finally love what I do, and be on a path to continue to do things that I love, is a choice I would make over again and again.
I encourage you to love what you do, and do what you love. In any way that you can. It has changed our lives….for the better.