It’s been a hot minute since I posted, or, rather, since I felt like posting. I took an amazing trip to Italy that I over-instagrammed the crap out of, started prepping for my new summer work schedule, and spent a week or two in an inexplicable funk. Thankfully, the weather finally cooperated this weekend, and I felt like I wanted to get out and do anything and everything. My younger brother (aka amateur photographer) is home from college, and he’ll pretty much do anything for a fancy coffee and some tacos- so I’ve finally got some new photos, too!
Denny came home from work on Thursday and, being the good husband he is, informed me that a new mural was going up a few blocks away from us. Naturally, I put it on our list of photography stops yesterday, and it’s a really cool one! I’m all about color in the summer, and I’m completely OCD so the symmetry was much-appreciated. It wasn’t until I went across to the other side that I saw the #dowhatmovesyou emblazoned on the street divider. (Full disclosure- internet sleuthing has led me to believe this was an art project commissioned by Bacardi. I don’t think I’ve drank Bacardi since a bad night with some Razz back in 2007, but I’ll let it go.)
People love these kinds of slogans. I see them all over the city on street signs, buildings, restaurant walls- you name it. And who doesn’t want to see a positive message that encourages you to do things that make you feel passionate, motivated, and happy? At the end of the day, isn’t that the goal?
Well, I’m going to say yes and no. I absolutely love the feeling I get from doing something that sparks my creativity. It’s the reason I started this blog, and I love seeing pictures where the outfit, artwork, and scenery all come together. I also love going to my Pure Barre classes where I can block out the day and commit to a workout routine I never thought I’d have. My real life job in occupational therapy also brings amazing moments where I just watch a kid making progress and think “That’s so cool I got to be here for that.”
But having the mindset that you need to feel passionate, motivated, and happy every day can be dangerous, too. What about the days where you feel tired, unmotivated, and down? What about the days where you look at your schedule and think “Ugh, this is gonna be a long one.” I think there’s this idea that you’re supposed to constantly push yourself to make your “dreams” happen or you’ve somehow failed. We’ve all heard the sayings- “Do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life.” But what if you like your job just an average amount but feel comforted by the steady paycheck and sense of accomplishment? I say the phrase “I love my job” a lot. Overall, it’s true! It’s a great field where you form really strong bonds with kids and families, and you get to do a lot of creative problem solving. However, there are definitely days where I’m tired, stressed, or stuck on a challenging case.
I know people who have left their 9-to-5s behind to follow their passion, and I will cheer them on all the way. Some of the most badass women around who I admire and try to emulate have taken huge career risks that paid off big time. However, I’m not necessarily that person. I like stability, consistency, and health benefits. There are days that I’m less motivated than others, but I feel lucky to work for a company with a good reputation and great coworkers. Is it my dream job? Well, my dream job would be to get paid for watching Bravo and eating donuts, but I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon.
I love that there’s a surge of female empowerment and general kick-assery happening right now. I hope everyone can work a job where they feel fulfilled or find a hobby that makes them excited to get out of bed everyday. But it’s also okay to work a job because it gives you a sense of security or to consider Netflix your main hobby. We can’t all be Beyoncé.