If you haven’t had a chance to attend a Creative Mornings session, I highly recommend it. Creative Mornings is described on their site as a “breakfast lecture series for the creative community”. They’re free, and they are offered in 142 cities all over the world: Click here to find one!

I recently attended one for the first time, and I loved it. The speaker was Holly Combs, co-founder of The Department of Public Words (yes, WORDS, not Works!). If you live in Indianapolis, you probably already know their work. They create amazing public artwork including the “You Are Beautiful” mural on the Murphy Building. The art is used to empower people in the community, educate children, and inspire adults. Who knew that three simple words could mean so much! Read more about their mission here.

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“You Are Beautiful”, Murphy Building – Fountain Square, Indy.   Source: Department of Public Words

In her speech, Holly shared her story, as well as her team members’ stories, which includes her husband. The team is small but mighty, and incredibly inspiring. They all discussed the risks they took to be able to do the work they really love. Holly talked about her struggles with dyslexia in school, and how she was labeled by teachers with terms like “slow” and “retarded”. Listening to her speak, it’s obvious these labels were far from the truth (not to mention terribly disrespectful). I may not be able to relate to her particular struggles, but I think we can all relate to being told we’re not really good at something we love, or being told our ideal career may be impossible to achieve.

I think back to some of the risks I’ve taken in life. I am 35, and I have had anything but a typical life after high school. I didn’t get my B.S. until I was 31, and I still struggled to find what I want to do for a career. Part of me has thought: as a married mom, I need to get an office job that pays well, and deal with it – whether I’m happy there or not. Is this really what I need to do? The more I work in an office, the more I realize it’s not for me. I like to work, but I have control issues and want to do it on my own terms. Last July, I quit a good-paying job simply because I was so unhappy. I am very fortunate that I have a supportive husband who was able to help me through my crazy ways. I started doing a small amount of freelance work in December, and I finally found what I love. I have been slowly getting more work since, and although I am not getting rich anytime soon (sorry hubby!), I am ready to be brave and take this risk to have a goal to become 100% freelance social media manager/writer. I have a lot to learn and do before I get there, but I want it to happen and I know that I can do it. I may not be the best writer, but I am curious, love learning, and it’s what I feel most passionate about. Freelance work allows me to take on as much or as little as I want, and I can work around my family’s schedule.

What are some risks that you’ve taken? Leave me a comment!

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