A YEAR OF HAPPINESS

a year of happiness // artsocial Wow it's been a whole year of the Be Happy linkup and my blog happiness project has officially come to an end. I collaborated, I grew my numbers, I hosted events (!), I worked with brands, I launched services (!!)... crazy how much can happen in a year, huh?

You may be wondering, am I happier? Happier in life? With my blog? With my career? I can wholeheartedly say that I AM. Not in an annoying Susie-Sunshine-every-second-is-rainbows kind of way, but in an I'm-genuinely-excited-and-fulfilled way. Last year at this time I knew I had a lot of growing to do and, more importantly, a lot of soul-searching to do where my career was concerned. This project has helped me immensely. It took a major commitment on my part, but it was SO worth it. Having goals and focusing on them one at a time for a year? Amazingly effective and satisfying.

If you're trying to figure out the next steps in your career, make some serious long-term goals. Take the time to make plans. I know it can feel frustrating and even silly to plan out an entire year in advance, but I'm tellin' ya, friends, really thinking about the future and where you want to be is KEY. The more clarity, the better.

Now the question is: do I start a new happiness project? With new goals and even BIGGER dreams? What do you think? Have you enjoyed hearing about my happiness project and reading the Be Happy linkup posts each week? I wanna know!

Also, I've been thinking - the best part of this linkup is community, right? Right. So guess what? I'm passing the Be Happy linkup baton to Louise of Laid Off Mom for the entire month of October! So starting next week, grab your happiness posts and linkup over on her uhmazing, gorgeous blog. Wahoo! High five to Louise and to everyone in the Be Happy crew! xoxo

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FOR HAPPINESS

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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