If Money Didn't Matter...

Have you ever asked yourself, or perhaps had a conversation with a friend, about a hypothetical future in which money didn't matter... what would you do? If money wasn't an issue, what job would you have? If you could do anything in the world, what would that be?

I love asking people this question, and am always ALWAYS amazed at the answers I get in return... yoga teacher, baker, chef, architect, dance teacher...

You know what is most surprising about all of these answers? Nobody--not one of the people I've asked--is actually doing the thing that they wish they could do. "I would have to go back to school" "I don't even know how I would get into that business" "I could never make a living off of that" "I would probably fail"... all of these reasons come from a place of fear. And I get it. I think everyone has a secret career/dream saved for some alternate universe where fears and doubt didn't exist.

I would own my own bakery. I can't even tell you why. I'm not a particularly good baker, nor do I know how to run a business. But something about waking up each day, making something with my hands, interacting with smiling customers in a room filled with the scent of freshly baked bread and cookies... I love the idea of choosing the music that plays in the background, and laughing with the pastry chef over his latest cookie creation. Or having a regular set of customers that stop in for lunch or whose orders I easily remember.

This all sounds magical to me. But I think the best part would be waking up and genuinely looking forward to each full day. Again, I enjoy my job, but it's not something that easily gets me out of bed in the morning.

Well, what do we do about all of these dreams that we ignore, or put on hold for 'when we retire'? Do we really have to go through 30 years of being partially fulfilled in our current careers before we can even think about doing what it is that we'd really love to do?

I'm not a fan of that idea.

I'm not saying we all go out there and dive into our dreams... I get it, I wouldn't quit my day job to buy a bakery tomorrow. But, there has to be something in between. I think there are ways to try out a 'dream job,' or do a little bit of what you love even if it's not a career.

I've found a few baking classes in and around DC, and have started looking into volunteer opportunities at bakeries or charities. I signed up for a cake decorating class at Michaels, because why not. Maybe if I get serious about this I can shadow the owner of a shop or find a part time position? To me, even these little steps bring me closer to doing something I would love to do.

I have a friend, who is one of the most creative people in this world. And her passion is traveling. The thing she loves most is planning each trip, researching, and coming up with fun itineraries. She and her husband go on the most interesting excursions around the world--stuff that is definitely OFF the beaten bath. And you know what she would love to do? Be a travel writer, or find a way to travel for a living. This friend of mine decided to open a side business, an online service that plans these fun, creative trips for travelers at every budget because she believes that traveling shouldn't be off limits for people with smaller budgets. It's amazing! And I can't wait to see where it takes her.

So, what would you do if money didn't matter?
What's stopping you?


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