Permission to Dream
Every morning I saunter into my home office wearing yoga pants and a sweatshirt. My basset hound, Daisy, follows along and plops down on the floor beside me. I look out my office window at the trees in my front yard and the squirrels scurrying across the lawn. I go through my emails and then get to work, writing content for a client or coaching a new freelancer. Am I living a dream? Yes, yes I am!
That's not the case for many Americans and job holders around the world. About 85% of employees worldwide say they're "emotionally disconnected from their workplaces," according to a 2017 Gallup poll. Only 15% feel engaged and passionate about what they do for a living. I get it. I reached that point of deep dissatisfaction a few years ago. Here's how I dealt with it:
First, I asked myself, "What do you NOT want to do?" I knew I didn't want to commute to Atlanta, sell my house and move, or give up writing.
Then I asked myself, "Well then, what can you do to keep writing?" Simple — I wanted to work from home. But how? How would I make a living working from home?
Lots of research, reading and reaching out to other freelancers came next. All roads led me to the same conclusion: working as a freelancer full time was within my grasp. I just had to take the leap — so I did! Best. Decision. Ever.
If you feel stuck in a job you hate, here's permission to dream. Consider your passion and start doing what you love for a living.