08 May 2015

Taking the plunge

Following my passion is something I have been dreaming of for so long, but the thought of chasing it scares me. For a while now I've been thinking about whether I could make a career out of creating drawings and illustrations.

Ever since I was young I have loved to draw, but I never thought I would be able to do it as a career and make money from it.

I am a little critical of my work. I never think its that good. At playgroup the other day I showed some Mums a photo I posted on Instagram of some shells I had drawn. One Mum didn't realise it was a drawing at first.

If I think back to when I was 14, I wanted to be an artist. When I left high school I studied a Fine Arts course at college in the hope to become an artist. But as I didn't have much encouragement from my parents (my Mum tried bless her) I also took on a Office Studies course at the same time, which I could 'fall back on'.

After college, I worked in various secretarial roles moving my way up from Junior clerk to an Executive PA over 9 years. It was in my last role that I realised I still enjoyed being creative, so decided to leave for a career change.

For the next 9 years I worked in roles where I provided desktop publishing and graphic design work (although I never had formal training in graphic design), web content management and development, technical writing including producing PowerPoint presentations. While I was getting something creative out of these jobs, it wasn't what made me truly happy.

While raising our girls I have been on a "career hiatus", now that Popette is in Year 1 and Cherub is at Preschool two days a week I'm thinking of returning to the workforce. After six and a half years of being home with my two sweet girls I don't want to just return to 'any job'. I want it to be 'the job'. I want it to be a job that makes me happy. I'd hate it if I was sitting at a desk being miserable all day and wishing I was at home with Cherub.

So now I need to decide whether to take the plunge and see if I can make some money out of my art. If I don't do it I know I will always wonder if I could have made a go at it.

Have you ever taken the plunge into the unknown? How did it work out for you?


  1. You're very talented. I say 'go for it.' :) Dive in!

  2. I am mid plunge and admit it is terrifying. I wish you well and love that you are exploring this hon xxx good luck

  3. You should TOTALLy take the plunge lovely girl as you have some incredible talent and it would be such a shame to one day be left wondering if you could have lived your dream I say do it - leap and the net will appear xx

  4. Go for it, Julie!! Some people don't even know what their passion is let alone have the opportunity to follow it! So, do it x


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