Another day, another kimono. Last time around I wore a cool vintage one and felt a little bad as it’s obviously one of a kind. This one is fantastic and a great price (it’s only $68). I’ve already worn it so many times. Usually I style it over a dress or a slinky tank but it was cold out so I did a long sleeve tee – I really liked the combination. You really can wear a kimono over pretty much everything… they are my favorite thing right now!! (Also I was happy to see that these Ferragamo heels are still in stock as they are the best. The heel really is a miniature work of art and they are THE MOST COMFORTABLE.
Anyway, YAY because we have a new podcast episode up! As promised, each week we alternate between book talk and advice so today Becca and I are answering a bunch of your career questions. (If you have a question, you can comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org). Today is our first advice episode. We took your questions and sorted them by topic so today we’re answering a bunch of career questions (as well as one wedding related question as it seemed a bit timely). I really hope you enjoy it!
I’ve finally figured out how to embed the podcast here. So you can listen directly from the blog or over on iTunes!
Also – if you do enjoy the pod, it would mean the world if you’d subscribe and/or leave us a review in iTunes. It really makes a difference!
One of the questions I loved most from this week came from a reader who asked how you know whether it’s a good idea to make your passion/hobby into your career. The person who wrote in loves interior design so was pondering whether she should make that her career. I don’t want to give too much from the episode away, but it was really interesting as Becca and I had such differing advice for her. I was really pragmatic in my response whereas Becca raised something I hadn’t really thought of. She warned the person that once you make the hobby into your livelihood it can stop being fun.
Makes a ton of sense. It’s why my dad (a chef) never really cooked for us as kids (now that he’s retired he cooks for the family ALL the time). Or why a lot of things about blogging that once seemed fun feel more like work now. It’s a really interesting point. I wouldn’t change my situation at all but it did make me think of one other thing that I didn’t say in the podcast: If you do wind up turning your passion project/hobby into a business/livelihood, make sure that you get a new hobby/passion project! Blogging was my hobby for SO long that for a while when I turned it into my job, I didn’t have very many other hobbies! That really changed this year when I moved to Brooklyn. For hobbies, I got super into interior design as I decorated my new apartment. I also rediscovered my love of yoga. And for a passion project, now I have this podcast!
It has been so long since I’ve felt like a true beginner at something which is both nerve-wracking and exhilarating. Every time we record, edit, or hit “publish” on a new episode, both Becca and I feel a little bit terrified and a little bit clueless. But we are learning a brand new skill which has been a lot of fun and so exciting!
Besides being fun, the other upside is that having this new passion project has actually made me MORE inspired than ever, which has trickled over to the blog and helped me to (I hope) improve upon my blog content + social media. That’s kind of the opposite thing you’d expect, right? Technically I have MORE work on my plate, but I’m doing a better job with it as I feel way more motivated and inspired. And as ideas come to us for the pod, ideas come to me for the blog. It’s a good but very unexpected thing!
Anyway, I’m rambling now but the point is that IF you find yourself taking the leap from passion project/hobby to career, be sure to find something else to find that void. You might not feel like you have time (are there ever enough hours in the day!?!) but take it from me – it is 1,000% worth it and the extra “work” will actually be a really good thing.
photography by Trent Bailey.