Musings of a Creative

The first paid gig

Some of you have been following my writerly dream for a long time. Some of you are just now introduced to me (hi, I’m Amy, nice to meet you lovelies).

All that to say, it’s been a journey. One that obviously isn’t done, because I don’t have a novel out yet. But I *am* now published. You heard that right! I had my first paid gig, that is to say, my dayjob paid me to write an article. It’s a step in the journey I am thrilled to have taken.

If you’re interested, go check out my article on Hope for Orphans. Orphan ministry isn’t just adoption, in fact, most orphans are not adoptable. And it’s so cool to see all the ways we can help! While you’re at it, see why the founders of Hope for Orphans are members of Samaritan Ministries (my dayjob). Health care doesn’t have to be impersonal.

Now excuse me while I do a happy dance for being published and paid for writing 😉

 

 

Musings of a Creative

The Place Between the Dream & the Comfortable

When people talk about “leavin’ the 9-to-5 to pursue your dream”, it’s usually in context to a horrible mundane place, where Mondays are dreaded and dreams  are scoffed. But I bet I’m not the only person to say, “that’s not MY 9-to-5. I don’t HATE my job!”

Executive Assistant isn’t my dream, but the company, the people made way for my creative spirit. I emailed the region daily motivational or hilarious memes to start the day off right. I dressed up an office mannequin and gave her adventures and stories (search #delilahtales on Facebook or Twitter). I wrote a Dr. Seuss poem about our work for staff retreat. I didn’t deal with painful coworkers – we were actually a team and even friends and enjoyed being together.

All of these reasons and more made it so difficult to choose to leave.

  • Be grateful.
  • You don’t hate your job. What all are you gambling away on the elusive hope of finding your calling and destiny?
  • They say the “dream job” is a myth. You’re just lazy and bored and spoiled first world probz. [Google it: “myth of the dream job” – it’s real.]

 

But it all started with losing my Dream Job.

Full disclosure: about 6 months ago, I applied for the dream job of all dream jobs – proofreader at a book publishing company. I was ready, I thought. And then I flunked the test. I think it was test anxiety, all the pressure of what this test could mean got to me. But it shattered my confidence. Maybe I’m not all that special. My hope took a beating, and it’s still in recovery.

So what got me to hope again, to take a chance at a step towards my dream?

Friends. Friends who believed in me when I couldn’t.

My past roommate shared the job opportunity with me. My work bestie was genuinely excited for me – probably more than I was – leaving her workplace but to pursue my dreams. My writers group kept my hope alive and pushed me to continue.

I’m not to my dream job yet. But I’ve taken a step in that direction, to learning a career of writing and proofreading. It’s scary and uncertain, but it’s moving forward.

 

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Should You Quit Your Job? or, Walking with Destiny

I had the privilege of hearing Brian Fenimore from Plumbline Ministries speak on Destiny this past weekend. I highly recommend purchasing his series here. Whether you aren’t sure what your destiny is, or whether you know and are looking for practical and spiritual steps to carry it out, this teaching is for you.

Something I learned:

No more excuses!

Culture teaches us that our destiny is to work really hard now to save up money so we can do nothing at the end of our life.

God’s destiny has nothing to do with doing nothing though. Or with working nonstop to get there.

When God calls to a task, we can often think we have to wait until we have the money or resources to get there. But that’s not how the heavenly  bank account works. We step out in obedience, then God provides what is needed for it.

How this applies to me:

I’ve been living as if someday in the distant unforeseeable future, I will be an author. When I have the capacity to dedicate more time to my writing. Until then, I write here and there to keep myself going, but I’m just in the “waiting room” of life for my destiny to start. That’s how I’ve been living. Is that truth? No.

God has called me to write now (hooray for puns!) Not later. No more excuses.

Am I quitting my job? (and here, Red Crossers across the region are hyperventilating.) Funny thing about destiny: it’s not a job, or a hobby, or bound by any circumstance for that matter. Red Cross isn’t just my day job or my source of income or my “waiting room.” It’s my destiny too. I’m not called to be an author. And I’m not called to be an executive assistant. I really don’t have the full picture of my destiny, but I do know this part: I am called to empower others to walk in their callings. That’s why my dream job is to be a copyeditor. That’s why I usually am thrilled to have a Red Crosser come to me because the copier is jammed or a package needs shipped or the heater is broken. That’s why I love learning new random things that can one day be used to activate others. So in this moment, Red Cross is my calling just as writing is my calling. Big sigh of relief.

Just for Fun!

Hey, lookey what I found. Rachelle Dekker recently had this guestpost on the topic of priorities. No more excuses about not having time because you’re too busy [insert important or not-so-important alternative here.]

What About You?

Do you know what your destiny is?

Should you quit your job?

Do share below, I’d love to hear about you 🙂