Remember that book from years back, “Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow.”

I devoured that book and wholeheartedly believed the Gospel it, and so many other books like it, were preaching.

And if that concept works for you then great! Go for it šŸ™‚

But it didn’t work for me. First because I couldn’t figure out anything I loved enough to want to do it all the time, second because what I love has changed over the years and if I was still doing what I loved as a 20 year old I’d be miserable today and third because as nice as the concept seems, there are simply a lot of things I love that don’t and never will make money, nor would I want them to.

I love sitting on the porch in the morning and there are days I’d do it all day if I could. In fact I used to joke that the house could burn down and I’d be happy as long as the porch remained for me to sit on.

I love the simple, everyday tasks involved in taking care of my family, from cooking to washing dishes to folding laundry and lots of other mundane stuff. I love it because it’s for people I love but if I tried to do it as a career I’d hate it.

I love taking long drives on unknown roads, without time constraints or an agenda.

I love playing computer games. I also love turning them off when I feel like doing something else.

I love meditating, daydreaming, and zoning out from the physical world to visit my rich, inner world.

And on and on….

None of these things make money for me and I wouldn’t love any of them if they became a “job.” Yet they’re an important part of my life and I wouldn’t want to give them up or shove them aside in pursuit of wealth.

So if what you love doesn’t pay the bills, what, what CAN you do that’s enjoyable enough to keep doing, engaging enough to not kill you from boredom or drudgery, and lucrative enough to make the financial rewards worth doing it on the days you don’t really want to?

The key is figuring out how to do work you like “well enough” in a way that pays “good enough” and ā€“ this is the important part ā€“ integrating it in your life in a way that you have the time and flexibility to do the things you really love. And in keeping with flexibility, another key is understanding that what you love will change over time and so you have to remain open to new ideas and desires and brave enough change what you’re doing and how you’re doing it when it’s no longer working for your spirit.

Figure that out and you’re well on the way to living a life you truly love!

  1. Andrea Brock Hitchcock

    Hi Maria,
    I love all that you said. I always felt drawn to do what I love and it changes as time does. Money I have found comes and goes, the more you make the more you spend. I feel doing what you love that may pay less is better than a job that pays well yet you can not stand working it. I have been blessed to change what I am doing many times and I am so thankful I allowed myself to be open minded and follow what I feel drawn to and the changes it will bring. There are so many choices for us out there for us to renew and lift up our spirit to follow our heart and bring us happiness and with the right choices the money seems to be enough for what we need.
    Love and light ,

  2. Hi Andrea. Nice to hear from you! I’ve changed what I do many times too, though it seems to swirl around a central theme. I love what you said about so many choices to renew and lift our spirit. Following our hearts is difficult sometimes because it can bring up a lot of fear and limitation thinking, but if we can get in the habit of doing it then things get easier and the more we flow with life the more joy life brings us.

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