Getting a Paycheck Doing Something You Love

The summer of 1987 was a great summer for me. I was between the junior and senior years of college and had decided that I could give up the retail job that I had held since age 16. Instead, I took a job working at the Essex Institute (now the Peabody-Essex Museum) in Salem, Massachusetts.

The Essex Institute owned numerous historic houses in Salem. During the summer months, they offered guided tours of four of the houses, each dating from the 17th to the 19th century and furnished with period furnishings. As a history major, I loved those houses and I loved having the luxury of spending time in them, whether I was giving a tour or simply studying the furnishings, art and architecture.

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5 Responses to Getting a Paycheck Doing Something You Love

  1. Best Bun says:

    Not to get off subject, but your post brought up a wonderful childhood memory. Every summer my DM would take DS and I on the cultural tour. The Peabody Museum and the House of the Seven Gables! Old Ironside and Beacon Hill! What a carefree time! Thanks for the trip back. My DM us a precious gift by quality family time, learning, and just plain fun.

  2. Ann says:

    Well, I left corporate to take up carving full-time, but I made plans and life happened, as they say!

    Actually, this winter I’ll have my website done. I participated in enough woodcarving shows to know that a lot of people don’t respect what goes into it, whereas at art shows, people seem to get it. My media interests expanded into stone, cold-cast bronze and clay. I found that I prefer doing one-of-a-kind pieces. Hmmmm. Guess life knew what it was doing, when it threw in some delays!

    My life is such that I’m able to do what I love and I’m confident that the money will come. I couldn’t give up creating, even if I wanted to! I’ve never been so happy or so much at peace.

    Life is definitely better than good.

  3. Jules says:

    This is a great post! It serves as effective encouragement to get out there and try to make a little money doing what we love. Even when one enjoys their career, there are still interests that may not be fully explored through their primary job. Being able to dabble in the things that really bring true, simple joy to our lives (whether for pay or not) is a little piece of heaven.

  4. Ann says:

    Jules, you are sooooo right!

    I’m one of those bizarre people whose first degree was in art, then I became a CPA and got my masters in finance and reporting. Making a living didn’t leave me time (I didn’t think) for any artwork, so, when I got back into it, it was unbelievable!

    I didn’t originally intend to leave corporate, but as soon as I started creating again, I became a happier person. If my financial situation hadn’t been such that I could leave all that behind, I’d still be a much happier, relaxed person doing it on the side.

    A person needs to pursue what brings them joy to whatever extent they can — it refreshes the soul.

  5. Pat says:

    Reading all the wonderful comments has set my creative juices to work. I love writing romance storys. And I will do this between the hum drum staleness of everyday life. Thanks to all of you for the injection to enjoy life again.

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