Profession Versus Passion

imageAbout eighteen months ago, I published a post that caused some controversy.

The back story to this was a conversation that I had with a friend of a friend, who I had met for the first time during a night out. I asked him what he did for a living, to which he replied, “I’m a photographer.” I immediately found the subject interesting (I love photography) and started asking him lots of questions – what his main points of interest were, who he worked for, how he got into it – and after a few minutes it became evident that he wasn’t a photographer at all. In truth, he was a barman with a good camera who liked taking photographs. I was a little confused (and slightly insulted) by the fact that this man had ‘bent the truth’ in an attempt to appear more creative and/or successful – I’ve done plenty of bar work over the years and in my experience it is a physically and mentally exhausting job that requires lots of patience, particularly when dealing with drunken, aggressive members of the general public. It’s a shame that he felt that he had to hide a profession that he should have been proud of.

The point of the post was to discuss the difference between having a profession and indulging in a hobby. The definition of the term ‘professional’ in itself is to be paid for doing something. In my own life, despite monetising my blog and earning a little each month from doing so after two-and-a-half years of blogging, I will tell others that I am a teacher when asked what I do for a living as this is my main source of income that pays the bills. (And for those who follow the blog regularly, I have freelance music workshops planned in different schools for September so it will still be my main profession despite quitting full-time classroom teaching). That doesn’t take away the fact that I absolutely love every minute of blogging and writing, and it has become part of almost every aspect of my life.

It was Freshly Pressed, and I had a number of comments from people (particularly writers) that took huge offence at what I had written, as if I had belittled them and their passions personally.

Last week, as I hadn’t shared the post in a long time, I tweeted it out during #SundayBlogShare and wasn’t surprised when I received another mixed response. While I respect everyone’s right to have an opinion (despite some of them being a little more aggressive than they needed to be), I spent much of the time writing the same replies to these comments:

Enjoying something, indulging in something, being good at something and pursuing a passion does not mean that this passion is not part of who you are, and does not take anything away from your creativity, ie. it doesn’t stop you from a being ‘a writer’ or ‘a photographer,’ but you cannot call yourself a professional at something unless you are paid for it. The barman/photography enthusiast may have been the most wonderful photographer the world has ever seen, it may have filled every essence of his creative soul, but he is not a photographer by profession. Being asked ‘what do you do for a living?’ implies that somebody wishes to know what job you do, and despite a number of people attempting to skirt around this question with various answers they would have given in an attempt to justify their anger (ie. I would have said I’m a ____ by trade but I also love ____) I know that most people would reply to the question directly.

imageIt’s an interesting topic, and one that not everybody will ever agree on, particularly when debating the validity of creativity. I took the opportunity to ask some of my favourite bloggers the same question, many of whom are self-published authors, and I got a similar reaction. There were some who call themselves writers because they are paid to, and others who do the same because it’s what they feel they are, despite the fact that they don’t earn money from it. Some will simply tell others what their day job is, because blogging is an enjoyable hobby. One or two, despite earning money from book sales are reluctant to mention it as yet, and one, who is a teaching assistant, doesn’t talk about his wedding photography unless the conversation continues.

Of course, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter what job someone does and should never be used as a point of judgement, but it was an intriguing topic for me at the time because I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my career and the direction in which my life was heading. However, these recent conversations and my new chapter also got me thinking about the professions that we have versus our passions and how different they can be. I spent fifteen years studying music and just under ten years teaching it, and I realised that, while it will always be a huge part of who I am and has given me the life I have now, my true passions lie elsewhere. I discovered that I was passionate about writing and photography, and starting the blog made me realise how much I truly enjoy the process of developing new content and being creative. I also love animals and animal welfare, and I’ve often thought that I should have trained in zoology. I love travel, being lucky to have visited many places on my bucket list in the last five years, and I love meeting new people and learning things about different cultures (it’s one of the many reasons why I live in a city as multi-cultural as Birmingham). I love cooking, baking, reading, and I’m starting to like running again.

Many others I know are in a similar situation. One is a very successful visual merchandiser for a department store, but would love to open a bakery (and I wish she would as her cakes are the best I have ever tasted). Another works for The Guide Dogs for the Blind, (which, to be fair, she really enjoys), but has a passion for fitness and nutrition and would love to become a qualified nutritionist. Another works in debt management, but loves writing beautiful poetry and would love to make a living from it. The Bloke, who is an IT Technician, enjoys his job, but has always wanted to write a novel and be able to play the guitar like many of his rock heroes.

It made me wonder: why did none of us pursue these passions right from the start and turn them into professions? Were we taught that the more creative subjects should be kept as passions and hobbies rather than careers? Is it the fear of not being able to meet our financial responsibilities that prevented us from following our dreams?

What do you guys think about profession versus passion? Do you make a living from your passions? Do you consider yourself to be a professional at something if you don’t earn any money from it? Are you one of those lucky people who wake up in a morning and look forward to going to work?

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116 thoughts on “Profession Versus Passion

  1. We are taught from young to follow a profession that will earn us money and that will bring bread to the table. Unfortunately creative work does not always do that (writing, art, acting, music, dance, photography). It is for this reason that our passions become hobbies and our jobs become just that – jobs.

      • I have always enjoyed being creative and this is shown in my sewing and crochet. I also enjoy creating activities for the children I teach. My desire to write, however, has blossomed since I started blogging. Slowly my oppressed desire to express myself with words has blossomed under the encouragement of my readers.

  2. I think the wording of the original question clearly dictates the answer. “What do you do for a living?” is quite different from “What are you interested in?” It gets complicated however when the term Profession is brought into the dialogue because it generally refers to a trade/skill of competency.

    e.g. I could be a Certified General Accountant (CGA) by profession but, due to circumstances out of my control, I am currently landscaping.

    Profession vs Passion surely comes down to reality, and responsibility. I have had, and still have, a variety of interests however, none of them will support me financially so an income from a Passion was never an option. Could I have jumped in “feet first” and tried to make a Passion work years ago? No! This is because I married and started a family when quite young and so had very definite financial expectations of which income security was major. Do I have any regrets? No! This is because I have enjoyed my various Passions without the stress of being financially dependent on them.

    I have known people who claim to be working their Passion, but the Passion fades a little with the demands and frustrations of depending on them. I once knew a bus driver who had really impressive credentials and so I asked him why he was driving a bus. His answer was that bus driving provided him with the financial resources to pursue his passion. He could totally enjoy his lifestyle because, at the end of every bus shift, he was not mentally drained or otherwise exhausted and could give his passion 110%.

    • Yup, this pretty much sums up everything I was thinking. Awesome comment. I don’t have many financial responsibilities which is why I’m exploring the creative side now, but I understand why passions take a side step when families are involved…

  3. The other day someone said they felt I wasn’t just a blogger- that one of my posts was of writer caliber. This made me blush a bit and feel warm to my toes 🙂 however, I don’t think if myself as a writer or a blogger. I think of myself as a teacher first, and a musician second (I get paid to play gigs and sing still) because I make the bulk of my money teaching. I agree with you, and I feel like you made a observation, not an attack.

    Do you think I could become a professional Photo Sticker Editor? Lol 🙂

  4. Lovely! I actually love writing and feel very fortunate that I earn (a little) from doing it. However, I really wanted to do archaeology when I left school but the fact that I didn’t have a Chemistry credit (despite being an honour student in History, Languages and Art) meant I didn’t qualify for the degree program. I am thinking of joining an amateur group to learn more about it (plus I have a book idea that I need to research) so I’m hoping I might finally get to indulge another passion. But being a writer is a dream and I feel very lucky to be living it at this point.

  5. The best combination is to find a job to be passionate about. Most bend to convention and push their passions aside. Too bad. I didn’t find my passion until mid life.

  6. My husband is a very rare example of someone who has made a profession out of his passion. He knew from the age of nine that he wanted to be a chef and that’s exactly what he has done for 35 years. It’s only in recent years that he’s moved out of the kitchen to behind a desk.
    For the first time in my career I have found something I’m passionate about and that’s managing volunteers.
    Great topic for discussion 🙂

  7. I think that, in some cases, people get stuck in a profession. For example, as a high school student, I had no idea what I would want to do. I ended up entering university right away “thinking” I knew what I wanted to do with my life based on what I though was “cool”. In my case it was International Relations.

    That flopped within 2 weeks. Since I paid for the year and could not drop out, I just changed my courses to languages, now thinking that I wanted to be a teacher.

    When I actually tried it, I disliked teaching.

    I think as young adults we do not have a chance to explore and we run into a career we know nothing about. Shoot, I do not think I knew myself well until this year and I am 24 years old!

    • My path was the same – I went to Uni thinking I was going to become a session musician, and realised very quickly that it wasn’t for me. As I had four years of it to get through, I did my best and then fell into teaching. I discovered I was good at it, but I never really liked it, I just did it out of necessity…

  8. I really enjoyed this thought-provoking post! I’d like to think that my passion has met with profession (almost!). I love the world of disability (whether it be rehab, recreation, or sport) and I have found myself a job in that field. However, if I were to be completely honest, my true passion is learning (maybe that’s why i keep going back to grad school? haha). If I could be PROFESSIONAL student (anyone want to pay me for that though, I doubt it!) I would do it in a heartbeat. But I think that’s why I picked a field of study (disability-rehab, specifically occupational therapy) that is constantly evolving and science is always teaching us something new, so there is so much room for learning. However, who knows if my passions will change as I grow up and mature? I guess only time will tell – and then maybe I’ll make a career change, or even a hobby change? However, I agree that when someone asks “what do you do for a living” – answering with the title of which you are paid to do is the correct response.

    • Thanks so much, and your chosen field and interests sound really fascinating! When I was having previous discussions about this, many of the people talking to tried to justify their angry response by saying that ‘what do you do for a living’ didn’t mean ‘what is your job,’ where they are from. Rubbish.

      • For anybody with English Language as their primary language, “What do you do for a living?” only means “What do you do that enables provision of the necessities of life (ref Maslow’s hierachy of needs). For anybody to suggest it means something else is well …………… diplomacy forces me to simply suggest that they were not paying attention during their Eng. Lang. classes at school! 🙂

      • You’re welcome! I really get annoyed when somebody “plays with words” in a pathetic attempt to shore up their own ego …….. which they risked by making the “play” in the first place. My first rule of ego protection: Happily admit to being wrong, apologize if necessary, and learn from the experience! 🙂

      • That’s ridiculous. They may very well consider themselves a “photographer/artist” by heart, but let’s be honest, people KNOW what you mean when you ask “what do you do for a living?” The anger is coming from a place where they wish they didn’t have to give you their boring answer. Sorry you had to deal with angry comments, but I’m sure you handled it appropriately, as per usual.

  9. It’s a fascinating discussion and a great question. I consider myself a writer, I have language qualifications and even make a little money out of it, but I don’t consider it my profession, because it’s not my main source of income. When someone asks me what I do for a living I say interpreter. I want to say writer…maybe one day…!

    • Thanks Mel! I was thinking of the chat we were having at the Bloggers Bash. I said I didn’t consider myself to be a writer and you replied that if you write, you’re a writer, which made sense and made me think about my first post on the subject. However, you’re a published author – at what point are you going to refer to yourself as a writer?

      • Another good question! Being a writer is who I am, soul deep, so why do I shy away from declaring it to the non blogging community? Not sure.

        I really enjoyed our chat, and I truly believe that those who write, who enjoy it, inspire others and seek a connection through words are, by their very definition, writers. So…seriously…what’s wrong with me? *grabs megaphone* I’m a writer, people! 😉

  10. Passion is blogging, my profession is an editor. I do make money off blogging but it’s minor, compared to what I make for a living. In an interesting twist though, it was my blog that led to my job, so I guess my passion and profession are united now. I love my job because it’s also connected to blogging. To answer your question I think people do choose better paying jobs over vocations or creative pursuits simply because needs must be met. In my case, I held out for a long time to get the role I wanted on my terms but I doubt many others have that luxury.

      • I write a parenting blog. A parenting portal took me on as a contributor and I sent in a few articles. Afterwards, I gave them some feedback on other articles on their site, telling them how they could tighten the language a bit and improve presentation. A few months later, they asked me to come on board as a Junior Editor. Couple of months after that I was given the Senior Editor position and here I am 🙂

  11. Very compelling, thought provoking post. Indulge me to side step for a moment as something popped into my head while reading the comments. Convention does pull us in certain directions. I’m reminded of my brother-in-law telling me that everyone that had been booted out of med school ended up being more successful and happier than those that made it through. Those people were forced to re-evaluate the direction outside forces had been pushing them in. It’s amazing where life can take you when you are forced to take the other fork in the road. I say, it’s good for people to be able to identify themselves with their “hobby” if that’s what is their essence and their soul. Maybe that’s what they need to be able to fully transition it to “profession” as others define it.

  12. No, if you’re not earning money, you aren’t a professional. As for following passions, that’s great, but that’s not all it takes. You’ve got to also find a way to get paid for those passions, or else it’s a hobby.

  13. I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – a job which I absolutely adore with the exception of all the paperwork, documentation, dealing with insurance companies and hospital politics. If I could just talk with the kids all day and not have to write everything down, it would be a perfect job. Working with children is a passion of mine – it’s all the other stuff that wears me down. My passions are gardening (although you couldn’t tell that by looking at my garden right now – too darn hot to get out there, no water to plant with). I love writing but I think if I had to provide for my family by writing, it would become a chore, and not something I love to do. I love photography, but honestly I don’t think I am good enough to earn money off of that either. So I have my passions that I enjoy, just because I love to create, and I have my profession which provides my family with enough income to be very comfortable.

    • I felt that way about teaching. if i could be in a classroom, teach and go home it would be the perfect job. but it isnt. It’s paperwork, reports, parents evenings, marking, developing resources… it’s crap.

      That’s another thing I was just discussing with a bloggy friend of mine – if a passion becomes a profession, would it be a chore?
      If you ever want to get your gardening skills on, I have a jungle at the back of my house that needs sorting haha!

      • I would love to. I remember my Granny’s garden on the Isle of Wight was a picture of perfection, so green and lush with the perfectly edged borders and the beautiful roses. Dark loamy soil. I am always trying to replicate that in my own garden but the sun and the lack of water this year have done a number on my flower beds.

  14. As many above have noted, what we “want” to do often doesn’t provide the life that we would like. So we find jobs that we can deal with to pay the bills, and pursue our interests on the side.

    Interestingly, I have a friend who went into social work. He did want to help people, but ended up burning out on it. In his mid 30’s he quit his job, and decided to move away to become a white water rafting instructor. After a few years moved back home and became a social worker again.

    I asked him why he came home, and his answer was that it doesn’t matter what you are doing – eventually everything becomes “a job”. Being an instructor had seemed so exciting and rewarding at first, but it had become rote.

    That’s when he realized that passion comes from within, and from what you personally bring into something. It needs to start with you.

    He now has a very different mental approach to being a social worker, and is finding the job rewarding in ways he didn’t see before.

      • Suzie – It may well become a chore, but then it might not. You can either spend the rest of your life wondering whether it might have worked, or you can jump right in and give it your best shot! Even if it falls short of expectations, you would be able to look back and say “At least I tried, and it was fun for a while!” If you do not take that “leap of faith” you are never going to know!

      • Don’t worry about it becoming a chore, but remember that nothing it perfect. Everything has a good side and a bad side. And some things that “seem” amazing seem that way because we idealize them. Once you are actually there you see that it has flaws too.

        I think the key is accepting the flaws as simply being part of something. If you can get past the idealization and accept it with flaws, then you’re good.

  15. Lovely post. As I said during our conversation on Twitter, if people ask me what I do I say I’m a writer and a marketing consultant. The reason writer comes first is not because I make more money out of it (I don’t, although I make some) but because it’s where I aim to make most of my money in the future.
    Becoming a self-published writer is a lot like starting your own business. Many businesses fail to make money in their first few years but you need to put the work in before you get the benefit. You wouldn’t say to the owner of a start-up company that they weren’t really a business person because they were yet to make any money. At the same time, I used to be in bands and make quite a lot of money when I was younger, but it was always a hobby and never a career, therefore I’d never have said I was a musician when answering your question.
    In the end, though, it’s down to each individual and how they feel.

  16. I’ve heard this before in different terms; that in this age of DSLR cameras and cell phone cameras being above average, everyone fancies themselves a photographer. Or every blogger (or most) are writers. I don’t have anything to add either way, but I find it interesting that as technology and access to such evolves that this is becoming more of a question.

    • I totally agree about the camera thing, I love taking pictures and on occasion I have produced some good ones, but I consider that to be a passion. I would never tell anyone I am a photographer though…

  17. Thanks for this post- once again you hit the nail on the head! Seriously, i have said this in my last 2 comments on other blogs and a 3rd time to you- my creativity is stifled by what people think. What would your job, church, friends say, etc. if you put up that video of opinions, etc. on youtube, your blog, what if you wrote that book? And with the internet and everyone being a critic and more critical because they aren’t really in front of you, is getting crazy! I really have respect for Jenna Marbles ha!

  18. I think the nerve you’ve touched has to do with identity. How we see ourselves, how we define who we are is more important than what we do to earn money. If we are very, very lucky, they are one and the same, but most of the time, they are not. Still, I see your photographer friend not as someone deceptive, but as a person driven by his dreams. I’ll take that over the person who plods through work day by day and dreads being asked, “What do you do?”

    So, what do I do? I post sticky notes all over the place to remind me of all the things I must accomplish over the next week or so. Doesn’t make me a sticky-note stickler. I’ve interviewed for a position as a student assistant. Should I get the job, I might say I’m an assistant teacher.

    I’m the assigned advocate for a person who can no longer speak for herself, and though I don’t get paid for this job, it is something I do really well (on the job training, as required) and that has occupied hours and hours and hours of my time for the past 6 years. Cannot say more without exposing a delicate situation. I guess you could call me a power of attorney but I have no legal background, only the moral and ethical ground on which I stand.

    What I really do is write, and have for 16 years. As yet unpublished, but I’m determined to pursue this, and yes, I do call myself a writer.

    I don’t care what you call me, Suzie. You may call me a writer or a dreamer or a fraud or even a sucker, but I hope you call me a friend. No professionalism there, but true heart.

    • I love your thoughts on this Sharon, and I agree that when someone’s identity is questioned they can become quite defensive. Have you heard back from the job? How are you feeling now btw?

      • Will probably hear about the job on Aug. 17, still have my hopes hanging up with the streetlamp. Getting over pneumonia, finally. Thank you for asking. Hoping to restart my own blog soon. Can’t wait to hear about your novel in progress – gonna let us in about a bit of it?

      • Ooh Ive got everything crossed for you – let me know how you get on! Glad you’re feeling better, and I’m looking forward to seeing your blog posts again! I’m not writing a novel – I’m certainly not creative enough – but I have thought about getting my favourite posts together in a book…

  19. This is a really good point. I am an associate nurse by job, and I love nursing, however, I am not registered so am not counted as ‘trained’ in my job (despite 2 years at Uni and a qualification)by the registered nurses even though I took the same IV course and medications course as them.
    My passion is my blog, and due to getting a little fed up at work due to politics such ass the above, would love to become a professional blogger (or maybe even writer one day)!

  20. I both agree and disagree with this – I agree that if you do something for money, then that should be what you consider your profession. But where does this put people who are pursuing some kind of profession but that currently isn’t their main source of income? For example, an actress who works as a waitress to pay her bills. Can she call herself an actress, even if that isn’t her main source of income? Not arguing, just curious on what your opinion would be on something like that.

    • It’s a good point, but if someone asks her what she does for a living she should say waitress. She could add she’s training to be an actress… It’s definitely something that people would disagree on…

  21. Growing up we’re bombarded with the beliefs that what’s going to make us happy/successful (or satisfied enough) is making money and having…whatever – that’s a whole purpose of a ‘job’. I tell the “truth” each time I’m asked ‘what I do for a living’, mainly because what I do for a living is very much a part of my life (I spend almost a whole day there), it pays the bills and expenses related to my passion(s). But if the conversation allows it, I add that I’m also a (non-published ) writer in my free time, aspiring to become an author. Writing is a part of my identity, so hiding or not mentioning it is like hiding a part of me. I guess, that’s one of the main reasons behind people’s reactions. However, I do believe that our passion can someday become our profession. With that said, I agree with you that one cannot call a passion a profession unless being paid for it. But it’s OK to admit what is…

  22. I went to uni and studied history as that was the subject I was most passionate about in school. I made the decision that, even though I may not get a job that pays stack loads of money, at least I was doing something I love. And hopefully one day soon I can make a career out of my passion… I have had so many people question this decision, which is at times very frustrating and upsetting! But I don’t care, I am pursuing what I love and that’s what matters to me. My partner is one of those annoying people that absolutely loves what he does, and I hope to be exactly the same one day.

    On another note – As for the professional/passion question, if someone asks me what I do for a living, I would say I am a dispensary technician in a pharmacy, because that is what I get paid to do. Obviously though, my passion is history, and of course my blog!

      • I would absolutely love to be a research assistant. Researching was by far my favourite thing to do during my degree 🙂 not so much the writing… Lol hopefully I can get some volunteering jobs soon and I am currently working on a journal article with one of my university lecturers.. So it’s slow and steady unfortunately – but hopefully it will all be worth it in the end 🙂 xx ps thanks for such a great piece!!

      • My fav is Australian history – which is funny because most history students in Aus despise it 🙂 British history would be fascinating, especially as the history would be allot longer and richer than ours over here! And you are most welcome 🙂 xx

      • The do! Hmm I think allot of people just find it boring and uneventful as our history is so incredibly short compared to other countries. Which is very true – But I feel like it is so important to understand what has has happened in the past, so we have a better understanding of present day affairs 🙂

      • Absolutely, that’s why I love it. Incidentally, I discovered through genealogy research a few years ago that one of my ancestors was sent to Australia as a convict, and one of his grandchildren became a well known taxidermist in Melbourne – I think there is some sort of plaque somewhere in the city…

      • Oh my goodness! How fascinating is that! I wonder where it is… I would love to hunt it down for you! I also hope to do some genealogy research one day, unfortunately I don’t know much about my family on either side past my grandparents, especially on my fathers side. I do believe my Granny’s parents were from England though, and all of her siblings were born over there, except for her.

  23. Great comments on this thread and I have to agree with them all. That dude clearly knew what you were asking and just skirted around the issue. Shit, I’d love to tell people I’m a fashion and beauty blogger that dabbles in travel than a boring old Personal Assistant, that sounds way more interesting LOL! xo

  24. I think that there is no one answer to the question “what do you do?” If it ends with “for a living” I feel like it is referring to what my primary source of income. But if it’s just “what do you do?” then I think you could answer any way you want. A persons source of income may often be only a job versus something else that may be their passion and better describe who they are.

    • I think that was why writers were annoyed with the initial post. I was asking ‘what do you do for a living?’ which was enquiring about his job, but normally in the conversation I would ask about further hobbies later on…

  25. Good to debate to start Suzie. If your question had been ‘what do you do’ which is what I get a bit it causes some degree of confusion. The ‘for a living’ is often implied and yet I’d call myself writer now rather than former lawyer. I used to rather resent the question, Mainly because, when people have lived life a bit they often had a view on and of lawyers and rather than how I defined myself it became how they pigeonholed me. I’ve learnt never to ask about jobs. So many, as you highlighted, do jobs to live, rather than live for their jobs and it tends to be more productive for me to dig around what they love to do – which might be their job. So great point, this distinction. It is spot on. Which is why I try and find the passion than the profession.

    • Thanks Geoffle! I’ve loved the discussion that’s followed from the post – there are so many different perspectives on profession, passion and working to live rather than the other way around!

  26. Hi Suzie, read your post with much interest. I also previously read your older post that generated so much discussion. It’s a fascinating debate! I suppose I am a writer by profession – my job depends on my ability to write and publish. But even so I don’t think I’ve ever called myself a writer – I stick to calling myself a researcher. Perhaps I feel ‘writer’ is not specific enough, or more likely I see it as something enjoyable and label it as a profession seems to detract from the creativity and passion that writing, in my mind, should entail. Now, I’ve realised I have made a separation between passion and profession, and why should that be necessary? Perhaps removing that barrier and blurring the lines a bit more would enable me to view my work as my hobby – after all, it did start out that way. I do enjoy my job most of the time, but might I enjoy it even more if I stopped seeing it as a profession, i.e. as a means of earning? Is that even possible when the pressures of producing and publishing in my field of work are a constant reality? One of the reasons why blogging is fun and cathartic is precisely because I don’t have any of that pressure. …anyhow, I’m going to try a thought-experiment as a result of this discussion, and see how I respond to calling myself a writer. If I have an epiphany I’ll let you know! Thanks for prompting the question.

  27. Good post! I started off as a writer/newspaper reporter when I graduated from college. I’ve been writing since I was 6. I got my degree in journalism. I didn’t make much money and it eventually wore me out. At the same time, I enjoyed meeting/interviewing bands. I then got into media sales to take a break from writing. It’s been about five years since I’ve been paid for a story. I started my blog almost six months ago to get back into writing. I’m looking into freelance writing again. I eventually want to write a book. My goal is to do it by 40. I’ll be 34 next month.

    • Thanks Lisa! I’m really enjoying your blog and I’m very jealous of your Grand Canyon pics! I wish that I had gone not journalism, but I know how much work it is, often for very little pay!

      • Thank you 🙂 Ask your boyfriend to take you! I’m sure he would love it too! You won’t regret it! Yeah journalism doesn’t pay much, especially here! I would have to get more experience and move to a bigger city. Yeah that’s not happening! We just got a house and we’re close to our family here. I’m contemplating another job but I’m not leaving El Paso anymore.

      • He’s been to Vegas but we can’t afford to go at the minute – it’s thousands of miles away from where I live! Glad you’re settled. I live right next to the UK’s second biggest city and I love it, but I’m glad to get out in the countryside and to the coast too!

      • I know! I’m sure you’ll be able to one day! You’re pretty closely to London! London is such a fun city! I would’ve loved attending the awards ceremony. Maybe next time 🙂

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  29. Great stuff! I also had a career change. It’s never an easy path, at least it wasn’t for me. I appreciate reading about other people’s experiences. I earned a phd about two years ago and never really made it into the academic world! Had depression for nearly a year until I found that I could use several of the skills I learned throughout my academic years in other activities. I still stay in touch with the area I studied, but mostly as a volunteer (which I also find a lot more fulfilling), whereas I’m trying to start a personal cook business here in New Zealand. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make some money from it, but cooking is certainly a huge passion for me as it helps me with my anxiety at the same time that it gets me to socialize more.

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