Friday, 5 February 2010

Opportunities

Home made cinnamon latte, windows flung open, fresh air sweeping through the house. I have had the week off. Half spent in Ireland with my mum and littlest sister and half at home, a birthday in the middle, with a special dinner cooked by my dad and other sister and an inbox brimming with messages and exciting opportunities.

I am taking a step back from my day job, reducing my hours, with my husband helping me update and expand my blog so I can spend more time writing and introduce some new regular features. I love so much expressing my creativity and interests on this page, meeting and talking with you. Things are looking better than ever. Once the DIY and repairs are done to our apartment building we will hopefully be able to start looking for a cafe/shop space or even seek out the beginnings of that boutique B&B I dream of running.

Anyway must get back to stitching new garlands and making the flat all pretty again, there is talk of another photographer coming to take pictures for a magazine, will update you about that later. Have a wonderful weekend.

Have you already given up a ordinary day job? if not how do you dream of spending your days?

56 comments:

jane said...

that all sounds marvelous - congratulations! i have similar dreams of reducing my hours and working with my soon-to-be-husband running a letterpress studio and freelancing. i'd love to work more from home and be able to enjoy activities m-f, rather than crammed into the weekend. but things will evolve with time... and I'm always daydreaming about my next trip.
have a nice weekend;)

mafalda Pinto Leite said...

I never leave comments, but i love your blog!! It´s beautiful...a breath of fresh air!! Keep up the lovely job ;)

carole said...

well done for following your dream - looking forward to your new ideas - what is your day job?
x

Emma Bradshaw said...

Ooo that sounds really exciting, I can't wait to see all the new changes here, they will be beautiful, no doubt! love Emma ;0)

Elizabeth said...

I teach school...my dream job, so I would never quit, but if someone put a gun to my head or something (ha) I would love to own my own brick and mortar dress shop, everything sewn by me. Wouldn't that be lovely?

Your B&B idea sounds equally lovely.

Liv said...

I guess you could say I gave up an ordinary job, as in I stay home with my little boy. But while he's an easy one to take care of I get to spend my days playing, dreaming, painting, and writing. I wouldn't change it for anything!

Wellies and Vogue said...

we gave up our jobs and london to run our own little company.. mainly for that better quality of life. And I have to say we love it. we work so hard, we're never ill.. but everything we have and do is ours. we took that risk young as we were still employable and had nothing to loose..

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

Oh if only wishing made it so - would love to be in your position.

Would love to get of the corporate mouse wheel and spend more time with my boys and less time reading contracts.

Getting back to creativity on a daily basis would make me happy too.

Congratulation on the exciting changes ahead for you!

jules

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Yes, I gave up my lovely but demanding job and it was terrifying! Moved to the country and slowly began to do the things I always wanted to. It hasn't always been easy but I am so much happier and content with my life, go for it!

Sarah x

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Jeska
So lovely to hear that you will be more present on the blog! And great to hear that many opportunities are winging their way towards you- that's because you are a very talented and creative soul :-)
I did give up the day job, three years ago. I was a Primary Headteacher and decided to have a break (sabbatical).... I started to enjoy my own time and space so much that I never went back. Fortunately we have a very low mortgage, are extremely thrifty (though we still have treats!) and I did have some savings to fall back on at that time. Though I do some occasional supply teaching now, I can't imagine working full time again. I love my own company and have been more creative with my hands and in my writing than ever before.
As long as your finances are sorted, go for it! Here's a fab quote: "leap, and a net will appear" - I truly believe this.
Good luck to you, can't wait to hear more - and read more blog posts!
Happy days
Denise x

Tonia said...

I dream of my own little shop in a small market town, two doors down from the best deli in the world, with a terrace out the back.
My dreams are quite specific!

Melissa A. @ Design Delights said...

Sounds exciting for you and Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful weekend.

Helen said...

In the next few months, I'll be doing the opposite of you! I'm training to be a librarian and looking for a fulltime job now, which means I'll have less time to blog and bake and do other creative things. This makes me sad, but I know it is always something I can come back to. My dream would be to open my own little cupcake cafe (with a bookshop in it too!)

Kate said...

I gave up my real job nearly 5 years ago (although I still go back to it occasionally to earn a bit of money), spent four years at college retraining, and am now trying to find a way to make a living in a new field. I will get there eventually - and it will definitely have been worth it! Or at least, I hope so....

Caroline, No. said...

Congratulations. :) I resigned on January 4th, leave my day job completely on April 16th, and want to concentrate on my blog, writing properly (I'm going to try a novel! might as well aim high), and seek out other opportunities. Sometimes you just have to make a leap of faith. GOOD LUCK!

from me to you said...

Good times ahead Lady, it makes me smile to see the dream is alive and kicking, I gave up full time work and started freelancing a few years ago and in the process have started a slow and steady incline to building my own little something. I hope my new year brings less freelancing in London a new home in St Leonards and more time spent designing and sewing (by the sea). Here is to blurring the lines between work and play. ttfn :)

Cassie said...

Wow! All sounds really exciting - well done you. Hope it all works out and looking forward to hearing all about it too. xx

Herself said...

Good for you! Wonderful! Can't wait to see the new and exciting things coming your way!
Thanks so much for stopping by my place!

Jessa said...

thanks for such an inspiring post. i've been feeling more smothered and bothered about my 'full-time' job at a doctors office. all i want to do is create beautiful things, read good books, enjoy morning light through my windows, sew cute little things, listen to wonderful music and learn to bake.

my friend and i are brainstorming the idea of a small boutique for hand-made things {hand-made by us}. i'm scared. i'm nervous but I know that if we don't try, i'll regret it the rest of my life.

thanks for always making lovely things look so appealing to my heart. you've been a huge inspiration to my creativity for a long time now.

xoxo

Stephanie said...

oh thats so exciting!! I am a full time mommy/artist designer from home! It's so much fun to quit your day job and allow room for your creative talents and dreams to grow. I cannot wait to see what new things are coming up in your life.

Vanya-Endless Inspiration said...

V exciting and scary all at the same time, I salute you. I gave up my job, flat life etc in London beginning of Nov and moved lock stock back to NZ for 6 months. With the plan to work 6 months NZ, 6 months UK. Have been working hard on my sisters wedding (last weekend) and in my Mum's shop - now its time to do things for me. Feeling rather in limbo and ever so slightly terrified, but that's the way it goes sometimes, nothing like testing oneself!!!!

:)

Rachael said...

I dream of spending my days in a hut by the ocean somewhere tropical with lots of friends and endless hours to paint....maybe I need to be like Ernest Hemmingway

Suzanne said...

How lovely! Happy Birthday, and good luck with all your new opportunities - can't wait to hear about them.

v said...

how exciting! and happy birthday...

Temps perdu said...

Congratulations!
I reduced my hours, from 40 to 30hrs/ week. I feel I have so much more energy to do other things too. I feel that during the 6hrs I´m working on my first job, that I´m active and efficient and still feel energetic when I leave. For me it´s very important to feel I´ve done well at the end of the day, and this decision has defenately proved me doing very well.

Melissa said...

sounds like you have lots of great opportunities coming your way, how exciting. good luck with everything!

Emily said...

I dream of traveling, international wine tours, or taking boat trips with the kitties. I love my day job but as I transition into a new position I can't help perusing maps and potential tickets.... My husband and I both read "the 4 hour work week" and would love to start our own business.

ThiliBlooms said...

I love your blog and your work! Everything is so delicate and pretty!
When I had my baby girl I left my job (I`m a veterinarian that used to work at a big molecular biology lab) and became a stay at home mom.. and moved from Brazil to the US.. and started to make fabric flowers :) Now I started blogging and soon I`ll open an etsy shop :)
It`s a bumpy road but be sure that when you do something with your heart it will bloom something true, beautiful and long lasting!
Good luck!

Mystery Flight Vintage said...

sounds like you are having a lovely time, and that there are many more lovely times around the corner for you.

im enjoying your blog.

Kaylovesvintage said...

sounds wonderful
I "m freelance..and I tell you it's
wonderful

goldene said...

congratulations on those big decisions! i hope that everything turns out as you imagine...

Miz.November said...

Oh, I soooo hope that you get to do what you dream of. You are so creative and inspiring. I just hope that you share it all with us, whatever happens.
I wish I had the time (and nerve) to publish a book and really work on my Etsy store. But for now, I can only dream of leaving my regular job.

hypermom said...

This is the second week that I am out of my day job. Funny how things work out though. I wanted to sleep for one whole week but then, I ended up going to meetings and interviews all week last week. True, my deadlines are wall-to-wall but now, I am working for myself, not for anybody else, and that feels wonderful.

I'll be looking forward to hearing about all your news adventures :)

Lynne said...

Very excited about your opportunities. Although I'm working at home for now, and I'm not very productive...think the best balance for me would be a part-time job, and then lots of time to do my own thing too.

MissMtheBeekeeper said...

I resigned from my job the day I returned to work this year, and finished last Friday. Today is my first day on unemployment and I am sitting here trying to begin writing pitches for magazines...it feels so exciting to have made such a drastic change and although I have moments of fear I feel very proud to have made this first step. Even if I fail at least I can say I was brave enough to try! It is very encouraging to read all these comments, and I'm pleased you have managed to make a move towards spending more time doing what you love, and are fantastic at.

Letter Paper Flower said...

Oh, congratulations!!! It must be great fun to take a plunge like you are - best of luck!

Eadaoin said...

you have a lovely space on the internet here :) you're lucky to be able to take a step back from your job to spend more time creatively! it's a wonderful opportunity.

i'm hoping to go back to college in september to study music & i will either give up my job or work part time and i'm really looking forward to having more time to work on the things that really matter to me in life, i'm very very excited! at the moment i work in a library (in dublin city actually!) but i've slowly discovered it's not for me and i'd like to be doing something far more creative. fingers crossed it will all work out :)

Rachel said...

Good luck with all of that! I'm only 16 and everyone is really getting on at me about careers. I know I really want to go to uni and be an English teacher for a bit, but I don't really see myself being tied to a regular job. I'd like to work on getting my novel published, write some more, perhaps write a few plays as the theatre is something I really enjoy and I'm attracted to. Working on my blog for a living, like Gala Darling for example sounds fantastic to me!

Good luck with everything, and I really hope you succeed!

sk said...

good for you! I am envious. This is something I think about every.day. as I sit in my cubicle. I would love to be able to be home more, to spend more time in the garden, more time sewing, more time knitting, more time cooking, more time with friends and family!
Your blog is truly gorgeous and inspirational!
I am going to try to come up with some goals (really tiny ones, baby steps) that will point me in direction of working less for someone else. Please do share your progress, and thanks again for the inspiration!

Cathy said...

Congratulations on spending more time doing what you love! Back in June, I finally made the leap to quit my day job so that I could invest my time in my wedding photography business. It was like a huge burden was off my back, and I could spend time doing what I truly enjoy instead of putting in 40 hours working for someone else.

The Curious Cat said...

I think you and I see very much eye to eye - I want a cafe/boutique too and I want to write more... so wonderful you are following your dreams and going for it! xxx

keli * said...

this is great to hear. I look forward to seeing more from you! I admire your courage to follow your heart. Very best of luck!!

Harriet Hat Peg said...

Funny enough I am seriously looking to reduce my hours as I've totally had enough of working full-time for little reward. I am currently working as a Senior Library Assistant and to tell the truth all I am is a glorified security guard. Students are monitored the whole time and banned from the library if they're found to be using Social Networking Sights etc. It's not about the money: our television was struck by lightening in 2001 and still works, our settees are dropping to bits but who cares. I want to spend more time with my Mam and grandchildren. I totally can understand your reasons for what you're doing and admire you.

Anna Maria said...

Good luck!
I think you have a great taste!

bibbitybob said...

Well done on making such a big decision and for following your dreams.

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone for the comments...I know that they weren't intended for me personally, but I'm thinking of taking a very similar step and it was fantastic to read such inspirational stories and words of encouragement.

Rachel said...

Your plans sound wonderful and exciting! If you have the opportunity to follow your dreams you should take it and never look back. I have been daydreaming about a career change to focus on more creative work but have not been able to make the leap. I look forward to hear about your changes! xo

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

What a wonderful "fresh start" on life. It's exciting looking ahead to new dreams and new goals, isn't it? Looking forward to seeing what you make of it all!

Bocat said...

Your post and these comments are so timely. Last Friday was my last day in "The Cubicle". It was crystal clear that I was not meant to do that work so I plotted and planned and gave notice before all my brain cells turned to dust. I've started a pet sitting business and started blogging. As 'A bun can dance' said in the comments here: "Leap and the net will appear". And I believe that. I believe that will all my heart. Congratulations to you and all the others here who are beginning the life they've dreamt of!

marisa said...

I'm late to this post (new to your blog -- it's quite lovely!) but I just wanted to send a little encouragement your way. My husband was recently laid off from his normal day job, and instead of trying to find a new one, we decided to take the leap and expand his freelance photography business into something more. It's scary, not having a regular income -- we have a one year old son and plans for more children -- but the truth is that I wouldn't trade this time for anything in the world. I love that we are creating something together, I love the time we get to spend as a family during the day.

There are sacrifices, but when you think about it -- they are mostly material. Time, not money, is truly the most valuable resource.

I don't think you'll regret your decision. Good luck!

Suze said...

Good luck with your dreams...dreams are the spirit within the soul...
I gave up my day job eighteen months ago, deciding that if I didn't follow my dream then I never would...since then we've moved and things have slowly flowered, but if I hadn't taken that first step, the bud would never have even opened.

Lumo said...

Sounds wonderful. I wish you best of luck with your plans.

I am dreaming of putting up a lifestyle shop with rare and unusal (vintage) items, but in the current economy and having a free lance husband I probaly will continue working long hours and dreaming of my own business...

Cassandra said...

I've made the jump - from one side of the world to the other, from no children, to two stepchildren, and from corporate career ( how did I end up in all those meetings? ) to back to creating what I love ( in 8 months.....). My advice? Start with defining what you want your life to be, and then create the career to fit it. Make a five year plan, so that if something doesn't happen in the short-term, you don't get disheartened because you still know the end game. Last but not least - make sure you believe in yourself 110%. I hope this doesn't sound like a lecture.........

sarah said...

hey well done you, a leap of faith that will be so worth it.xx

Slim Paley said...

Good for you! Congratulations and I wish you every success!!
I am a new blogger (about 7 months) and I'm having so much fun in this brand new little world on my computer. I have good friends to thank for encouraging (OK, pushing) me to find a new creative outlet and I am so thrilled that they did.
Best of Luck to you!

Slim Paley

PS. I live in California, but I was born in Ireland :)

java said...

Such an inspiring blog and inspiring comments. A breath of fresh air. Best of luck. Love the blog. Dervla from Galway.

The journey of a cowgirl said...

i have been following this blog for quite sometime. i began following it to be inspired in different areas of my life. I always have felt peaceful when I have looked at the pictures. I have been inspired by the blog...yet I have not been able to motivate myself to be able to do the things I like and use the inspiration in my daily life. If there was anything that I could do with my life, it would be to enjoy each moment of life without worries. To wake up with excitement and learn. I want to do the things that make me happy but am often afraid to do it. I am afraid I will be not be happy. I am afraid that I will be happy....sounds strange but it is what goes on in my head right now.