09 January 2012


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"Do what you love. Love what you do."

Such a simple phrase! So catchy!
And you can buy it on a sticker! A mug! A mousepad!

But, as with so many things, it's much easier said than done. And when it's done, it boils down to: the only thing I've ever kept up with is music. And second to that, there's my major in family science, which basically means I'll probably end up with a career that sends me home every night heartbroken and wanting to adopt 20,000 babies.

Throughout adolesence, I dabbled with Campfire Girls, Brownies, ballet, basketball, piano lessons... and goodness, the list could go on forever. So many clubs, so many activities, only lasting maybe a day, or a semester, at the most. There were even those times when I showed up for tryouts before remembering that I had no coordination (hip hop dance team) or always looked like I was drowning (swim team).

This is embarrassing.

So what's a girl to do when any hobby that remotely lasts a substantial period of time is not in the least lucrative?

What gives me hope is that there are actually some people who find that balance in life, and they make it work! Like Jordan of Oh Happy Day! or Courtney of C. Jane Enjoy It! or Sarah Jane with her beautiful illustrations! (Side note: I'm considering this as my year-theme. And when I say "considering," I mean I just need to send it off to Kinkos to print and it's a done deal.)

And now my question for you:

How have you found that balance?
How have you learned to "do what you love"
and "love what you do"?

Leave your thoughts in the comments. In the words of the musical ensemble OutKast:
"Lend me some sugar! I am your neighbor! (Ow!)"


Morgan Miller said...

yaay this blog is great.

I just got a job at the zoo! I love it and working with animals is something I have always wanted to do. I hope the career can continue!

Allie said...

Morgan! That is awesome!

HollBurd said...

I am still trying to figure that out for myself. It's a constant battle every day that I fight with myself. And what I have realized is that it all comes down to ME. Thinking about ME. I have to try every day to forget myself and work for a greater cause. It's not easy but if you can learn to forget yourself as soon as you walk out the door, it all gets easier. I love the words from Mates of State when they say "Everything's gonna get lighter, even if it never gets better". Things may never improve, but we can lighten the load with our attitude and willpower.