I can remember where I was when I realized I was a project-driven artist.
My wife and I were having dinner at a local pub-estaurant we love and I was talking about how my day job as a corporate sales trainer was good, but not artistically fulfilling. Sure, I was thankful for the job, the pay and the people I worked with and the trainees I’d helped, but a part of me was needed a little nurturing.
That part wasn’t being fed or watered. I felt it inside me grasping for breath.
My wife mentioned that she thought we were ‘project people’. That is, we like to birth an idea, cultivate it until it can stand on its own and then release it and move onto the next project. Sales training was the opposite of that concept and though I enjoyed several parts of the job, I wanted more.
I wanted to contribute more. I wanted to see the process through. And I wanted it for myself.
That last part…the ‘for myself’ was probably the most difficult to come to peace with for me.
“Why do I need to do something for me? Why am I so individualistic? Am I being selfish?” I thought.
But it’s not selfish to realize who you are, how you’re wired and then take the necessary action to make who you are and what you do align.
And that’s when it started to happen…
- I wrote my first ebook to give other creatives a roadmap to a more creative life.
- I started connecting with other creative people and have made some great friends for life.
- My wife and I began A Couple Comments, our couple’s blog filled with 99% ridiculousness, 1% helpfulness.
- Bitten by the writing bug, I started writing another book with Dave and Todd. Can’t wait to share more of that with you.
I’m energized with these projects, and sure, they don’t completely pay the bills, but they are food, water and shelter to the project driven artistic life I wish to lead.
Instead of being a sales trainer, I’m now a Public Relations Manager for the same company. In this job I do nothing but projects. All projects! Additionally I get to do a ton of writing: press releases, newsletters, copywriting for advertisements, scripts for commercials! I’m so grateful.
But it all started with realizing I was a project driven artist with a need to write, to create, to collaborate and then to share those creations.
I don’t know what the next step is but I do know this: I just had an idea for a blog post, wrote it and now and releasing it to you…and that makes me so very happy.
How about you? How is your artist life lining up with what you do everyday? Let us know in the comments.