Today I found a letter I wrote to myself exactly three years ago. I posted in on Facebook and after that someone asked me to translate it to English to have it published on a blog. Three years have gone by and things have changed. But I can only say: I was right that everything will always work out in the end. In fact, it made me unhappier every day I went there. I made the decision to take the leap and become a freelance illustrator. I gave up my well-paying job to follow my heart.
To me it feels like I have no other choice because illustrating makes me happy. Just so you know, my mum had me tested. What keeps you from being happy? Of course you need to earn a living. Then you make a very valid point. If you do what makes you happy, the money will come. Or not. You will find a way to make a living. You will learn to be satisfied with less. A job on the side because paying your bills is preferable can be found if you are comfortable with yourself.
Nobody wants a person like that in their office. Add that little bit of happiness to your life. It will make you a more balanced person. People around you will sense and appreciate that. And you will see: better things will come on your path.
Smile - Petula Clark - The Other Mans Grass Is Always Greener made this drawing around the same time I wrote this letter.
I felt like I was falling in mid-air, not sure where I would land but having faith it would be alright. Especially when my bank account is empty again. And sure, you will find me the corner of my room crying and feeling sorry for myself.
A while back I seriously asked myself if I made the right choice by giving Sensible - Various - Boxon Makes Me Happy my secure and safe life. I gave up a lot to pursue my dreams. Choosing a career or path that makes you happy comes with ups and downs. The downs are terribly low at times but the ups are sky high. I can understand that the majority of people prefer the safe way of living, like a steady line. But when you feel unhappy and you know in your heart what you need to do, then by all means: do it.
But you can gradually build it off. Ask yourself what suits you better. To have the career of your dreams and having loads of bucks in your bank account is only for the lucky few. Try to accomplish a bit Sensible - Various - Boxon Makes Me Happy happiness in your life. Looking back on it, I know I was at my worst right there. I left my home town just six months earlier, I had to sell my house with incredible loss, I had no money, little income, and still I was determined to make it.
If I would have made sensible choices, then I would have quit and looked for a more steady job. It is still ups and downs, although it seems to me it has become more steady over the past three years. Because I know I made the right choice even though a lot of people said it was risky.
Please do let me know in the comment section below. What are your thoughts? What would you do? Do you do what makes you happy? Looking forward to it!
Hi Marloes, Dankjewel voor deze post. Raakt me heel erg. Ik wil Bodyguard (Club Mix) - Tina B - Bodyguard, het liefst de hele dag.
Het maakt me zo blij. Maar idd, hypotheek, kinderen, zo af en toe nieuwe sneakers, lekker eten. Nu teken ik alleen nog maar voor mezelf, en misschien blijft dat ook wel zo.
Maar het opgeven voor een goedbetaalde fulltime baan zou ik zo zonde vinden. Ik ga nu ook proberen het te combineren met een parttime flut? Jouw verhaal trekt me net over de streep.
Sensible - Various - Boxon Makes Me Happy Peet somesimplelines. I did. I did choose what make me happy first because if we can make ourselves happy than we can spread A Country Boy Can Survive - Hank Williams Jr.
- America (The Way I See It) happiness to other people and by that means we make people happy. And I can related to all every words you write T.Raumschmiere - Blitzkrieg Pop there.
When we come to the downs it is a very down line, and when we came to the ups it is high as the sky. And I love your illustration of this Friday Night - Various - So Fresh Clothing Presents: Quit Hatin On The Bay: Crushing The Block Edit jump from the cliff with big smile.
And those soft and calming colours palette is amazing. Even my drawing develop well. And yap about the money. Maybe I became happier inside, but the money not follow that rule I guess lol. But money still can afforded, right? And if I hope not, I wish not the worst thing happen about financial, at least there is still fertile ground to plant edible, clean water to drink, chicken to rise, and this nature will be home.
Thank Sensible - Various - Boxon Makes Me Happy Marloes, for these encouraging words! Oh so amazing! And I love love love your work. Thanks for the sharing. I happen to be experience that too. I left my steady job to pursue my Sensible - Various - Boxon Makes Me Happy job. Struggling right now.
But your words and experience encourage me alot. Marloes schreef hier een mooie blogpost […]. I did things the other way around and started as a freelancer full-time, with an occasional small part-time job on the side. I spent a few years being happy with an occasional teary Sammy Hagar - Street Machine session and financial frustration.
After some years, I decided to try doing things differently. Now I have a full-time job that pays the bills and a part-time career as an illustrator. The nice thing is that I am not dependant on client projects and can devote more hours on my personal ideas if I want to.
You are right, though; it was never really about the money. Sure, I would sometimes be scared of how my future as a full-time freelancer would be when I would get older, but at those moments I was always fine. There was always a way to survive, living a simple life. It was nice to read your story. To quit your job, lots of courage is needed for that. King Liger - Jackie Opel - The Best Of Jackie Opel know because i quit my job too because i was unhappy with my life at that time.
We even had to sell our nice big house for my decision. That made my decision even more difficult. I have like you, my ups and downs too. But it has given me more peace and i enjoy life more than before this decision. Very inspiring post. So, Thanks for sharing your story! I discovered your blog about a month ago and your posts have inspired me to work on being happy with what I have and where I am.
I stopped drawing and creating a long time ago. I used to go to school and not pay attention in class because I was too busy doodling. Art class was my favorite subject. After school I would go Sensible - Various - Boxon Makes Me Happy and I would still be drawing. Is it fear?
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