Media & PressDo What You Love

There’s that famous quote floating out there somewhere that if you do what you love, work never becomes work.  As a person in my mid-twenties, many of my friends are in an assorted places in their lives in terms of doing what they love.  Some of my friends are fortunate enough to have known what they have wanted to do since birth, and have always had a driven passion towards what it is they wanted to pursue, such my friend back home who translated her childhood love for animals into a lifelong dream to become a veterinarian. Others are content in having pursued a practical profession, that isn’t exactly what they love to do, but gives them the ability to do things that they do have a passion for, like traveling or fine dining.  Others, are still struggling to find out what it is they do love to do, or are attempting to see how they can start working in the field they want to do.

I firmly fall into the latter camp, having majored in more sensible majors in college, that I wasn’t particularly interested in,but which I thought would give me a more realistic chance of getting a job after college.  I was easily scared by my parents, who told me horror stories about jobless English majors.  Now I’m at the point in my life where I’m ready to transition, take a courageous stand, and begin pursuing something I truly love.  I’m slowly beginning to work towards that, although the process has begun with more baby steps than I would like.

Regardless of what camp or stage of life you belong to, I wanted to share an inspiration I found, the site Modish Biz, which has weekly interviews with people who actually pursued what they loved, aptly named “Do What You Love.” It focuses particularly on interviewees that are in the creative and design industry, one of the hardest to break into.  Some discovered their loves at a late age, and started their business off slow in the spare rooms or basements of their own house, or selling small on Etsy.  You may recognize some of the interviewees for the feature, including Grace Bonney, editor of one of our favorite sites, Design*Sponge and Wendy Downs of Moop Bags (check out her cute Market Bag, featured left–is it not the perfect hold all for everyday life?)

P.S. Another good inspiration to look at is Fashionista’s Life With, with does in depth features articles about well-known people in the fashion industry, to get an idea of how they got started in their industry and what they do day to day.  Past subjects have included designers Costella Tagliapietra; Eva Chen, Beauty Director at Teen Vogue; model Behati Prinsloo; Who What Wear editors Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr; and one of my personal favorites, Jenna Lyons of J. Crew.  Do you have any favorite sites you read for inspiration?  Share in the comments!

3 Comments

  1. katie  |  10 September 2009 at 6:40 PM

    “Irregardless” is not a word.

  2. Carolyn  |  11 September 2009 at 7:58 AM
  3. Melissa  |  8 October 2009 at 12:43 AM

    Kathleen,
    Unlike you, my parents encouraged me to major in English. They wanted me to go to law school….I did. Deep down, I knew this was probably a mistake. As such, I insisted upon a double major in Business. Currently, I am a 31 year old, single woman and live in Tampa, Florida. I have a J.D. and a M.B.A.. I worked as a lawyer for 4 years. I was dreadfully miserable. I decided to quit to pursue my passion. Needless to say, I am struggling, in a tragic job market, to break into a career that combines my true loves….writing and/or music.

    More often than naught, I wonder if I made a mistake? During those times, when I feel that I am alone, unemployed and lost, I re-read your article (and the attached links). You have provided hope for a Tampa girl looking for jobs in bigger cities where I can pursue my passions. THANK YOU!

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