Waking Up- Getting happy with your work.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

— Steve Jobs

 

Some days I wake up stressed, other days I wake up dragging ass and super tired, but today I woke up genuinely happy. I cuddled with my handsome man who in two weeks I will have known for seventeen years.

Our son having just got out of the shower and freshly dressed jumped in bed with us and cuddled too.

Our two dogs stuck their cold noses on our legs and whined to be a part of the cuddling mess of arms and legs that we had become.

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Over almost seventeen years we’ve come a long way. Just yesterday I unlocked an old email address I hadn’t touched since 2009, specifically looking for a photo of our son from a past fourth of July but instead I found some not so happy emails from ex-friends, ex-landlords, and ex-difficult freelance clients.

It made me really appreciate where we are right now in this moment.

We are no longer struggling financially, emotionally or physically.

We have arrived. We have comfortably set ourselves in the driver seat of our personal success.

We had goals, we surpassed them.

We caught up in the working of things sometimes and take for granted these facts.

Here we are with two thriving businesses, a happy family, two career jobs that we both love and the ability to start knocking off items from our bucket list; like our first European travel trip next year.

How did we get here?

Last year after two years of my husband struggling to find the right job; one that made him happy and paid the bills, I sat him down and asked him some questions.

What type of work makes you happy?

What can you see yourself doing for more than eight hours a day that will keep you happy?

His answer was DRUMS!

Sure a musician who has played drums for over twenty years would love to have a job where they can be around drums all the time. Which led into the next question:

How can we turn this into a profitable business?

We sat down and brainstormed ideas. He could repair drums for other drummers, teach lessons and provide drum tech services. However that wasn’t enough, we had tried that once before in Sacramento when our son was born. Then an idea came to us and we thus gave birth to the Star Wars Drum set and the start of our first business Ink & Beats.

After about six months of us figuring out what we were doing with our own business and testing the waters with different ideas he landed himself a job selling drums and working with more drums at Sam Ash.

We’ve found a way to productively do what we both love while having jobs that we love. It’s much easier to build a successful business while you still have a career paying the insurance and the bills.

If you’re unhappy where you are and with what you’re doing you just have to ask yourself those same questions:

What type of work makes you happy? 

What can you see yourself doing for more than eight hours a day that will keep you happy?

From there make a plan on how to get to that happy/work space.

You might have to work at a place you’re not exactly thrilled about for a while to get the proper training or financial build that you need to bring it to fruition.

My main piece of advice is to stop making excuses on why you can’t and just do it. Just like in the book “He’s just not that into you.” If a person is really into you they’ll move mountains to make it happen. If you really want to be happy with your work, you’ll make it happen.

 

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”

MAYA ANGELOU

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