The Day Job vs The Dream Job

There is a moment in every freelancer's career when they have to make the shift from clocking in at their day job, to jumping off the cliff into their dream job. (It might sound dramatic, but that is what it feels like for everyone.)

In today's world of social media, it seems like everyone is pushing forward - doing big, creative things - while you are still sitting at your cubicle from 9-5 and then clocking in at your dream job from 5-9. You know what? GOOD. FOR. YOU. 

You're actually doing everything right, because there is an in-between moment when you are actively working towards #livingthedream that seems redundant, but it is oh-so-important. This time is actually a luxury - you probably have a 2 week paycheck and are able to pay your rent - heck, maybe even be provided health insurance. This all creates a safe space and foundation for you to build your business, save some cash, and set yourself up for future success. 

I worked at IKEA for 3 1/2 years during the start of my business, so I could pay my bills and start investing in good equipment. If we are being real, it was more than that, because I was also investing in both my dream job and in myself. Those days are long, but it's also a special time. If you are really making it all happen, the hustle is exhilarating and fun. 

Now, one day, I do encourage you to take that leap and pursue your passion. If anything, just to try it out, push yourself, and see what the possibilities can be! If being a freelancer isn't for you, but your creativity is something you need, simply make that a part of your life. 

"He didn't quit his day job to follow his dream; he just folded his dream into his everyday life."

- Elizabeth Gilbert