CAREER VS CALLING

career-vs-calling Do you have a career or do you have a calling? When you're asked what do you do - do you respond with shameless or defeated I-wish-I-was-doing-what-I-love tone or do you respond with a proud I'm-so-glad-you-asked tone?

I can't count how many times the response I get is the former rather than the latter. Whether you're the leading marketing consultant at a bigwig firm and believe it's too late to follow your dreams or you're an overworked waitress that feels helpless on making a living as a musician - the feeling is the same. Fear of failure, feeling unequipped, negativity and the unknown control you.     

Today you can change that. Just a shift in thinking and focus can help you start living a life bigger than yourself.

Here are 3 tips to make that shift today:

1. Positive Thinking - "Believe you can move mountains and you will" was a quote a read years ago and thought - yeah right, move mountains? I was missing the point - if you believe you can do something and that anything is possible then you have half of the game figured out. If you don't believe you can ever make money as an illustrator, designer, consultant, business owner or singer, than you never will. But once you start believing, something begins to happen. The universe hears you, it hears you're ready. Things begin to shift, mountains move, the path becomes clear and everything begins to fall in place.

2. Goal-Setting - Dreams are goals with a deadline. Do you dream of starting a business that allows you to work from home so you can be closer to your children? Do you wish you could make money creating watercolor paintings all day long? The only way dreams will over become a reality is if you get it out of the head and onto paper. Just writing your ideas down is a huge start, but following through is another. Easy-to-do tips on how to successfully goal-set here and here.

3. Grow - If you're not growing you're dying. Are you dragging your feet, wishing for more but don't know how to make it happen? The most successful people I know are constantly growing, learning and moving forward. Take a class, read a book, attend a conference - anything to keep you growing, expanding, learning and inspired.

So would you rather live a life full of impressive titles, promotions, long hours and salaries. Or live a life doing what you love, that professionally fulfills you, that's intrinsically rewarding so you feel like you're contributing to a higher purpose?

TEACHING | MY FIRST CALLIGRAPHY CLASS

TEACHING-Calligraphy Tomorrow I teach my first calligraphy class. I am both excited and nervous. Excited because ever since I was little I wanted to be an art teacher. I am nervous because this is my first calligraphy and my first adult class.

I have experience teaching cosmetology classes and art classes for children, but never adults. There is so much left to wonder - like will they like the class, will they leave the class feeling inspired and feel like they actually learned something, will they like me, will they have fun, will they love calligraphy, the list goes on.

So as the day approaches, here are some things I am doing to prepare for my class:

  1. Decide on a location - I will be holding my class at Fort Houston, an amazing industrial style space full of creatives from woodworkers to printers to photographers to metalworkers.
  2. Choose a price - I had some help from The Skillery (the organization I am teaching through) with pinpointing a price that fits the class offering, time and end deliverables.
  3. Plan ahead - I have written 2 or 3 check lists that have everything I need to bring, to what I still need to get for refreshments.
  4. Promote it - Share your class on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and on your blog. Create a Facebook event and mention it to friends.
  5. Write out a detailed agenda - Down to the 15 minute mark, I have my class planned out from the moment I walk in and set-up to the moment I clean up and leave.
  6. Create worksheets - Some people learn from seeing, others learn from hearing it. Be sure to have worksheets for those that need to see it.
  7. Surprise them - A great tip suggested by The Skillery was to give them an unexpected surprise. From snacks and refreshments to a bonus activity at the end of class, I am ready.

How about you, have you taught a class? If so what steps to you take to prep? What classes are you teaching?

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