Careers are one of those things we spend years of our life planning and stressing about. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a common question when we’re young, then we go to school to “figure it out.” But for a lot of us, we end up falling into a career that we often didn’t see coming, or even necessarily want. It’s hard to see outside of that role, though, and to figure out what we’d rather be doing, or would make us happy doing daily.
But instead of trying to figure out how to live up to the saying “find a job that you love” or something clichey, I like the idea of turning habits into careers. Trying to figure out the perfect job can be totally overwhelming and make people feel bad about themselves—because it’s hard to know what you want to be for life! It makes more sense, to me, to find out what you like to do in your spare time, then see how a career can come from that, not the opposite. It doesn’t have to be some fancy hobby either. Something as simple as “sports” can turn into a sports blog in your free time, then maybe a full-time role down the road at ESPN or the NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.
If you’re stuck in a career that you don’t absolutely love—or aren’t sure what you want to be, I think you should do something about it. And I hope I don’t sound like some know-it-all trying to make you feel bad about yourself if you don’t love your career—because that’s the last thing I want. I simply think it’s important to find the pockets of happiness in your day, and turn that into a career, or even a side job. It doesn’t have to be some big change; think about small steps that might turn your hobbies into a career.
Obsessed with baking? Create a baking account and start Instagramming your work. If you’re into writing, start blogging or freelancing. If you love animals, volunteer at a shelter. If you want to be a comedian, go try a few stand up gigs. You never know what can turn into a job, or what can inspire you to create a new career.
If you’ve turned hobbies into a career you love, I’d love to hear about it! If not, what are your hobbies?