May 072011

I thought to myself: “How is it that I think I have so much creativity and passion inside, yet here I sit — selling news to corporations?”

I’ve always been so inspired by my friend because she makes her own choices. Twenty years ago, we were living large in Aspen, having an absolute ball after college. But after having my two years’ worth of fun, I knew it was time to move to Chicago to pursue what some referred to as a “real job.”

But not my artistic, independent friend.  She thought we were all crazy.

“Are you kidding me? I’m staying put.  This place is awesome,” she said. I listened but dismissed her comments as foolish. I was going to be a “homeowner” after all — not a “renter” for the rest of my life.  (related article: Homeownership Can Be A Dream Killer)

Needless to say, she ended up being the owner, and guess who ended up being the renter? Funny how that turned out.

It made me think that my fierceness wasn’t so fierce after all. I was obviously too timid to risk pursuing my passions in order to live life my way for fear that I’d fail.

But that’s when a shift started taking place; I started to rethink that approach.  Maybe it was age. Maybe it was boredom. Or maybe it was just time to get up off my lazy rear to do what I loved so I’d love what I did.

Living like you mean it takes effort.  Not to mention, courage.

Flash forward to today.

I quit my corporate job and followed my dream.  I work harder than I ever  have as an internet entrepreneur, but I wouldn’t change a thing.  When it comes to my work, I feel passion.  I’m dedicated.  I love the challenge, and it can be challenging.

I could use more money…more time…more emotional support.   But I’m focused on the finish line: living and working and thriving on my terms, from anywhere I choose.

Some would call this living the dream.  For me, it’s living my reality.

Contributor: Connie Hammond

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