I just started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I know! How have I not read this already?? I'm only on page 34 and it's already given me soooo much to think about. Lately every bit of advice I receive, any episode of Oprah I see, and/or any fortune cookie I eat relates to one aspect of my life: career. Even my favorite tea that comes with an inspirational saying on the tag seems to be giving me career advice. You are limitless. Gasp! clearly that means I should blog for a living cuz I love it and I'm limitless, no limits means I can do anything I want and that thing is blogging. That was pretty much my thought process...
Dude why so cray about your career? Wellll after so much school, specializing further and further into a particular field, then bouncing from one contracted but coveted arty job to the next, I think I want out... I don't want out of the art world, but I think I've finally accepted that I don't want to work in a gallery or a museum. Kind of a heavy realization for someone who went to school for museum studies. Seeing some of my friends advance in the museum world and looove what they're doing only confirms it, it's not my steez, my thang, my passion. I wish there was a museum kool-aid I could drink that would make me love it, that would make things so much easier... but prolly boring. Why do I feel so guilty for wanting to change course, it's allowed! Lots of people change direction... and if I'm following my own advice from this post, I'll get out now. No regrets.
SO as of now, I have less than 4 months on my current museum job contract... and for some reason I thought I had 6 months - gah! Good thing I'm not trying to be an accountant or do some other numbers-related job. Anyhoo, I need to figure some things out, do some soul searching, and I think The Happiness Project is the perfect thing for me to be reading right now. If you've read it and disagree, just don't say anything. I'm grasping for advice from tea bags over here. Jokes aside, I'm confident I'm on the right path for me... sometimes the scariest option (ie leaving a "grown-up" job) can be the most rewarding one in the long run. Cuz I don't want to settle for just any job. I know I deserve (we all deserve) a career that makes us happy, one that we really believe in.
How about you? Are you in the midst of a career change? Want to read The Happiness Project with me? Or just get together and drink these and forget all about this career stuff? Ok cool.
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