Good morning, friends! I promised that I would be bringing up a topic for discussion on Wednesday, and I didn’t quite make it so I hope you forgive me! But this morning I do want to have a little chat, does that sound good to you? So go pour yourself a fresh mug of coffee or cup of tea, and pull up your favorite chair…
As most of you know, I am a design student – albeit part-time, while also juggling new motherhood as well as keeping current on this blog ;) Taking courses in design is something that feeds a long-standing passion of mine that I had not previously tapped into. I got my toes wet by launching Lolalina in April ’09 and connecting with the many creative individuals out there blogging, and then last fall, I finally made the leap into design school. I had a blast (and worked my butt off!) taking two Interior Design courses, but in the end made the decision that Interior Design is not the direction I want to go in professionally – it will always be a passion for me, and I will continue to blog about interiors, but getting a degree and taking on clients in this area is not something I want to do.
But I knew that I still wanted to do something in a creative field, so I did a lot of brainstorming and list-making and talking with people who know me best, and came up with Web Design. So right now I am in the middle of taking my first introductory Web Design course, covering the basics of programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and Dreamweaver. Things are really clicking for me, and I am planning on continuing with the certificate program – my goal is to be finished by the time Bixby starts preschool!
Taking a few classes may not sound like a lot, but if you are looking to change career paths as I was, I highly recommend beginning with a class or two first to see if it is something you really want to pursue instead of committing yourself to a long or costly program right off the bat. There are many resources to look to when you want to explore a new potential career or sideline: TED talks, podcasts, e-courses, blogs, books, life coaches, and classes available in your community can all be hugely helpful.
Of course, not everyone wants to switch careers :) Living your sweet life is living life by your own design, whether that means dropping everything and moving to Europe or keeping your 9-to-5 office job while using your free time to knit, blog, and sell your wares on Etsy or DaWanda! I know that for me, just taking that time on Monday evenings to pack up my things and leave my baby with my hubby for three hours while I take a web design class makes a big impact.
So now it’s your turn… Are there any major goals you are working toward right now? What are your thoughts on the work/life balance when it comes to creativity – are you content to keep your creative pursuits and passions on the side or are you longing to make a deeper lifestyle change? Any books/websites to recommend?
Whew! Thanks for bearing with me through this longer-than-usual post, I just felt it was an important issue and I really do hope you will join me by adding your two cents in the comments!
(images: Lonny Magazine)