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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On the Horse Farm

I overheard a conversation recently where colleagues were talking about a former colleague that moved away to open a farm. One said "We're here working and he's hanging out with his horses." The response was "He followed his dream, we followed a paycheck." The conversation immediately sparked a memory. When I stared this blog, there were tons of entries about finding my passion and following my purpose rather than chasing a paycheck. At points over the past 2+ years, I've struggled with that based on a need for stability and healthcare vs. the need to do something that fills me with joy. I found a sense of peace by carving out time to volunteer. I found relief and possibly an alternate form of paycheck by working on my jewelry and starting to sell it.

In all of it the tension between the need for money and the hunger for doing something you love is a lesson that I learned when I was immersed in Oprah's lifeclass. Earning a paycheck and following your passion don't have to be mutually exclusive. You can work a job that provides you with pay and you can take time out to follow the passion that makes you tick. If you are lucky, you can do what you love for a paycheck and earn enough to support the needs of your life. My ultimate hope is that I will be able to do just that. In the meantime, I think I have to keep following my paycheck (and my medical coverage) as I follow my dreams. Eventually, I will get to the "lucky" category. Great expectations!

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