So, I’ve been thinking a lot about how hard it is to find or make the time for creativity, for rest, for fun. Our careers have a tendency to take over our lives. Add a house that needs remodeling, a pet or two, a kid or two, and you’ve got a whole whack of responsibilities threatening to eat up every single moment.
In the last year, I’ve been in this terrifying, amazing space. My primary client killed my workload, and my income last July and since then, it’s been a crazy scramble to find enough work. At the same time, I realized that I wanted to do something different and the universe conspired to give me an opportunity of time and space to create something I have had in the back of my mind for ages. That company is now well on it’s way to being a reality and I am so, so grateful and amazed. Not only do I get to work with some really loving, beautiful inside, smart people but reaching out into the local community and online has brought me in touch with some friends I would have never met or made if that one event hadn’t happened.
Yeah, I’m pretty broke but I have support and I’m making enough to fund the company on cash – which is important to me. I’ve considered driving a school bus, learning to make coffee, and applied for any number of jobs that are well below my education level but certainly not below my work level. I’ve applied for technical writing jobs I could do in my sleep only to be offered a salary less than what I earned just starting out almost 20 years ago. It’s horrifying. It hasn’t been easy. It certainly has been humbling. It has also opened things up for me in so many ways.
I used my knowledge to design, organize, and record a class for Lynda.com. I proposed a second class, too, which I’m working on now. These classes take a tremendous amount of up-front work for relatively little money, but the long-term result is passive income.
I am now in the process of organizing and building a woman’s entrepreneurial group like no other. I have been to almost every networking event, every support group, every business group in my local area and not one of them has given me the support I needed. All of them are operating on their own agenda, without regard for what smart, experienced, entrepreneurial-minded women NEED. It’s a shame.
The SCORE folks are friendly but they are (excuse my bluntness) so out-dated that they couldn’t offer any help. Plus, they cannot refer my skills to new business owners starting up, so they aren’t a good fit.
The Women’s Economic Venture folks are amazing – very helpful for women who need ground-up training in creating a business plan, a marketing plan, and getting financing. I know several of their graduates, and I respect them, but if a woman already knows what they have to offer, they aren’t much help.
I can go on and on, but the long and short of it is this: all we have is today. If what we need isn’t easily or readily found, then it’s time to seek out others who also need it and make it happen ourselves.
Looking forward to sharing more in the coming months.