Work is Life

Uuuuuugh. I’m completely burnt out from working retail jobs that do nothing for me! I want to follow my passion and pursue a career that I love, but I don’t know exactly what that looks like!

There are things I love, like reading, crafting, gardening, makeup–but how can I turn those into a career that support me? I’m 23, out of college, and don’t have any idea what I’m doing with my life!

And why is that so taboo to say in our society? I believe that most people my age don’t know what they are doing/going to do and don’t have a plan. I don’t think this is such a negative thing, as it is more of a symptom or “sign of the times”. We’ve been placed into an education system that doesn’t teach us to follow our skills and passions, but rather to conform and be good at all subjects. It’s like demanding someone who’s natural gifts and abilities are in art to also excel in math and science (which some people can, and that’s great, but I’m speaking to those of us who have more specified skills and desires). I don’t believe we are all cut out to be good in all things, but excelling in our chosen fields.

I wish I had done that when I was younger, then perhaps I’d have more of an idea of what I’m actually good at instead of feeling mediocre at everything. I don’t find myself standing out in much of anything.

We’ve been taught that our passions won’t get us anywhere, or we’re not good enough at them, or they won’t support us. I refuse to believe that now. I believe that if we are passionate about it, we will naturally excel in it and find ways to support ourselves.

So, now it’s about finding what I’m passionate about.I used to think that was fashion, but since being in the fashion world, I dread it! I don’t mind creating my own items to wear every now and then, but even that’s more about the creative aspect of design rather than retail and gross manufacturing.

I have an idea, things that I’ve always loved to do and what I fill all of my free time with. For me, that’s making crafts, doing others (and my own) makeup, singing, reading, and following DYT (dressing your truth).

Now I’m going to pursue those, and I encourage you to follow yours!

Wish me luck!

As always, thanks for reading!

Alexzandra, CIC

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