“You want to be excited to get up in the morning and go to work.” - My Dad. He instilled within me the idea that you should love what you do. The message was grounded in a sense of practicality and humility; not entitlement. First, be grateful to be able to get up and go to work, to have a job and to be making a living. Second, love the work. Be excited to learn. Be the first one to show up and the last one to leave… not because you HAVE to but because you WANT to. And if you don’t love the work? Do it anyway while working to get to the thing you love. Maybe it’s no wonder my graduate degree is in English lit. Clearly, I wasn’t thinking about landing a huge salary. I knew I was passionate enough to do the work and that gave me the quiet confidence to believe it would lead me somewhere. It did. From the stacks at Georgetown Library to a career in politics to household operations to wellness consulting and fitness teaching, I have done some pivoting, guided by passion, values, and intuition. Now I know my personal circumstances are unique from yours. We all have different challenges and obstacles. At the end of the day, there are bills. But I believe life is too short to spend the days uninspired. There is a better way. Find the thing that lights you up then do it on the side or get creative so you can do it full time. But do it because that’s the magic only you can give to the world in your unique way. A boss and mentor once told me, “Sometimes you have to go out to go up.” Life’s progression is seldom linear. Forget the excuses and all the ways your mind will try to keep you from listening to the stirring within. Take a chance to do what you love. For inspiration and real life examples of what I mean, check out @cathy.heller and her Don’t Quit Your Day Job Podcast. Also super proud of longtime friend @tanyagat and her new podcast Dreamboard Social Club. Tanya is a mom and a nurse anesthetist with a side gig business and passion for chasing dreams. Check it out. Interested in partnering in wellness? Shoot me a message. Tag a friend below who inspires by doing what they love.