So, as most of you know, I am a copywriter. This is something I truly love to do, and it pays the bills while constantly keeping me challenged. What you may not know is that I’m also a musician and visual artist. In addition to helping to paying the bills, my writing work also funds my creative endeavors. My creative work informs my day job, and vice-versa. I find this balance to be crucial and have made sacrifices to keep that balance.
I want to take a moment and emphasize the importance of your own creative work. It is essential to make time for yourself to do things that feed your soul – even in the midst of an exhaustive job search. What is it that you love to do? By “creative”, I don’t just mean visual art, or music, or things that are obviously “creative” pursuits – it can be building model airplanes, flying a kite, doodling in a notebook while listening to music, writing letters, even taking walks simply for the pleasure of taking in the scenery around you. It also doesn’t have to be a Big Project that you’re sure will take off and make you famous. Just something you love to do.
Whether you’re spending your days trying to find a job or working in a 9-5 (Ha! Those were the days! Maybe more like 7-6), take time for yourself to indulge your passions. I know others have said this, but doing this might make the job search less daunting, your workday more pleasant.
I just started a blog on my other site (all art and music, no resume advice). It’s fun to share this with clients, friends, and colleagues. If you’re reading this and would like to comment about your own pursuits or link to something you do on the side that you love, please do! I’d love to see what you all are up to.
Enjoy your day!