Please, Do What You Love. It’s Worth It.

do what you love

Dear awesome people,

Last Sunday night I had an anxiety attack.  It was Sunday night and I knew when I woke up it would be Monday.  The first Monday morning of my new life, and I freaked.  You see, I walked in May and wore a funny little hat, then I had to go back to finish six credits over the summer.  I finished up in July and headed to the east coast for a vacation.  That was all lovely.  Then Sunday night came, and it brought the realization of what I’d done.

I gambled on this wacky idea that I could do exactly what I wanted to do, not what was “practical.”  A lot was riding on this gamble.  When I got divorced at 22, I could have found some job, moved into some apartment, lived some sort of life.  But I didn’t.  I moved in with my parents, went back to school, became a broke full time student simply because I wanted to major in something traditionally considered useless if not used for teaching: English.   I worked hard so I could have a freelance career that would allow me to travel extensively.

This was an idea I never wavered on until that Sunday night.  What if I had made an expensive mistake?  What if I wasted my time on something that was never going to work?  But you know what happened over last week?  Work poured in.  So much work that I had another mild anxiety attack last night wondering how to do it all.  I’m so grateful that I gambled. This won’t be an easy life, but it’s a life spent doing what I love while traveling the world.  I’m not going to spend my days working a job I hate just to get a check to pay bills.

I don’t think any dream or passion is placed in our minds for no reason.  I think these dreams were there to spur us on to greatness and a fullness of life.  Do what you love.  The Millennial Generation is marked by a desire to be fulfilled by what they do over the desire to make lots of money.

  1. Joy.
  2. Money.

And I’m begging you all to follow suit.  Do what you love.  It’s worth it.   You have one life; fill it with the things that make you excited to be alive.  Even if your passions can’t pay the bills, they should exist in your daily life.  Because why else are we here?

Today I’m grateful: so grateful to have finished up a degree in what I love, so grateful to know I’m spending my life doing what I love.  My heart’s about to burst.  *Currently doing my happy dance*

Love you,

Tay

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

37 thoughts on “Please, Do What You Love. It’s Worth It.

  • August 2, 2015 at 10:39 pm
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    You write very well. Good luck to you as you pursue your passion! :)

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    • August 2, 2015 at 10:44 pm
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      Thanks so much Gina!

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  • August 2, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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    Yes!! When your career and passion align with each other you will never work a day of your life. I love my BA degree, and now in my masters I fall in love with my career as I learn more! Awesome and uplifting post.

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:06 am
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      Thanks Gema! I couldn’t agree more :)

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  • August 2, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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    Taylor, I pray you do well in this new phase of your life! <3 how exciting.

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:07 am
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      Thanks so much! I appreciate it :)

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:07 am
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      That’s awesome!! I believe in you – you can do it :)

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  • August 3, 2015 at 12:25 am
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    My new college is going to start soon and I’m totally freaked. I hope things go well. So I totally understand anxiety attacks! But, I agree that we should never give up on what we believe in. There’s no point to our life if we forget what brings more life to us! :)

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:08 am
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      OH I so know how those freak outs feel!! BEEN THERE!! I’m sure things will go even better than you think :) Best of luck xo

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  • August 3, 2015 at 1:23 am
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    This was so much and needed in my life! I’ve been goong back and forth with my self to do something traditional or go the creative route and i think this helped me make my decision!

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:09 am
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      I think it never hurts to go the creative route. The author Elizabeth Gilbert always encourages people to take a regular job if they need it in the meantime, but only to allow you the flexibility to keep pursuing your art form! I agree with her :) Best of luck xo

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  • August 3, 2015 at 4:01 am
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    Oh my gosh girl…I could not love this enough. You have no idea how much this resonates with me. I just graduated college last December. It took me five years to graduate because I couldn’t decide on a major. I was a business major for the longest time, which I knew wasn’t the right path for me. I was so focused on making money, that i was ignoring my true strenghts. Finally I got some sense knocked into me and I chose a path I love, counseling. :) Will this field bring me wealth? hell no. So important to not always think about money…and do what you love instead.

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:10 am
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      AHH!! Love this SO MUCH! I’m so glad to hear that you ended up majoring in what you love. Isn’t it such a freeing feeling? I always thing: What’s the point of being rich in a miserable life?! I’d rather be happy :) You’re awesome!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 4:15 am
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    Love this read! What a great and motivating post and might I add, right on target. I think we all have been there.

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:10 am
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      Thanks girl!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 7:35 am
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    I’m a fellow English major that didn’t want to teach. I love that you said it’s “traditionally useless.” SO many people throughout my college career asked me why the heck I would major in English if I didn’t want to teach it. Um… maybe because I like it? Because I’m good at it? What better reason?

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:11 am
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      Girl. Yes. I totally understand. If I had a dollar for every time somebody asked me what I’d do with my degree – I wouldn’t have to work 😉 Love my fellow English majors!!!!! xo

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  • August 3, 2015 at 7:49 am
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    Yay!! That is so exciting! I was worried when I graduated too, but I love what I do so that’s all that matters! So excited for you!

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:11 am
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      That’s so awesome! Yes, that’s totally all that matters :)

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  • August 3, 2015 at 8:45 am
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    I feel you with the anxiety attacks! I always over analyze every situation and tend to assume the worst. Good for you for going back to school! That’s so awesome to took a leap of faith to follow your dream (:

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    • August 3, 2015 at 9:12 am
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      Oh yes! I’m the queen of over thinking every little thing and scaring myself to death! Thanks for stopping by, girl!

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    • August 6, 2015 at 10:37 pm
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      Thanks girl!! Yes, life is too short to not do what you love!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 9:58 am
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    Great post! Before I went to college, I wanted to go real badly. But after going through the process, I started to hate it after the first year and knew it wasn’t for me. Unfortunately, I decided to stick with it and didn’t enjoy it at all. The only thing good about my college years (that I see so far, because I’m sure someday in retrospect I’ll see more) is that I met my now husband. I have been sitting here so discouraged for months now because I can’t do what I want to love. Why? It costs money and I don’t have the extra money to invest into my passions and dreams right now. It sucks, but one day I’ll get there. I just seem to always have to work extra hard to get what I want.

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  • August 3, 2015 at 10:29 am
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    I absolutely love this! It is inspiring because I’m an english major and I hate it when people ask me whether I want to become a teacher? or why English? I want to be a writer, but it isn’t respected much as a sole career so it’s kinda hard but thank you for sharing…

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    • August 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm
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      It’s so true! I got that so many times, and it left me frustrated. The thing to remember is you don’t have to prove anything to anybody. You only have to do what you know is true, and what you love to do! Once you start working, people will start understanding :) Love my fellow English Majors!!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm
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    Visting from Ember Grey Grateful Heart….I agree! Do what you love – I teach. I teach part-time. I can’t find work full-time which is okay but I’m doing what I love. Have been for 17 years and I’m okay with it. No, it doesn’t pay all the bills, but it helps lift the burden from my husband.

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    • August 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm
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      I love this so much. You’ve accepted that teaching will never make you rich quick, but you do it anyway because you love it. So inspiring :)

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  • August 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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    I can relate. I am currently through this moment in my life. In this society it’s hard to remember to do what you love. Very inspiring.

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    • August 4, 2015 at 10:42 am
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      It’s definitely hard to remember. The message seems to just be: MAKE MORE MONEY AT ALL COSTS. But I think sometimes the cost is too high! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  • August 4, 2015 at 9:56 am
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    I love this SO much. You’re definitely right, do what you love. It’s worth it. I fully believe in living a life of purpose, and you, my friend, hit this right on! :)

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    • August 4, 2015 at 10:42 am
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      Thank YOU so much! Love your encouragement!!

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    • August 5, 2015 at 8:27 pm
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      Thanks so much!!

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