You Can’t Escape Your Passion

September 30, 2010 at 6:40 am (Quarter Life Crisis) (, , )

After working longer hours than the “average” 9am – 5pm ever since I left university, it’s time to give it up.

It’s like a bad habit, an addiction. I’ve been addicted to the security that corporate life has given me for years and ignoring the voices (of my family, friends and my own) that keep pestering me about my love of music and the creative arts.

There is something about working for 8 hours plus the 2 hours travel into the city that grates with me. Perhaps it is the ‘free spirited Sagittarian’ in me. Perhaps I’m just afraid that I’m not really living.

It stops in 2011. I have decided to take my music degree and use it to earn a living rather than as a quirky fact I tell workmates or new acquaintences. I will be teaching singing lessons to both children and adults, working a maximum of 6 hours a day, allowing plenty of time for practice, attending auditions, writing, taking dance and instrument lessons, exercise and exploring my city.

Why had I not done this sooner? I think it takes a lot of courage to give up security for passion and flexibility. No more sick leave, annual leave or employer superannuation. No more socialising with colleagues, free printing or training. But I will be free from 2 hours of travel a day, office politics, making people coffee, enforced lunch times, mind numbing tasks, purchasing workwear and doing something every day that I don’t love. That is worth the risk.

I’ll keep you updated on how it’s all going over the next few months, but if you have any tips or suggestions they’d be welcomed with open arms.

I think there comes a day in every person’s life where they have to listen to their heart and jump.



  1. Jade said,

    You go Girl! Thats fantastic to hear :) Bring on 2011!!!

    • Kimberley said,

      Thanks so much Jade. Very excited. xx

  2. Kelly said,

    Babe – what a brilliant post. I don’t think I can express the affect it’s had on me today. Can I just say “TIMING”!!! I totally agree with all points. We can all take something from what you have said. I love what I do but I hate so much of this 9-5 life. Maybe it is too the free spirted sagittarian in me als0 (December baby too). Thank you so much for the kick up the ass I needed it!!!

    • Kimberley said,

      Kelly, what a beautiful comment. I read it when I stepped off the plane and it was a lovely welcome home for me. Thank you!
      I am so glad it was perfectly timed and hit a chord with you. What are your plans/ideas? Knew you were a kindred spirit, now I know why (Sagittarians). xx

  3. x Corrine/Frock & Roll x said,

    Awww, good for you, KImberley! I’m so excited for you! :)

    • Kimberley said,

      Thanks Corrine! xx

  4. Tresna said,

    Well done for recognising your true passion and deciding to base your life/work around it!

    • Kimberley said,

      Thanks Tresna. You are very inspiring yourself, following your heart and not letting yourself be guided by money or “security”. Seeing you so happy working in hospitality and getting in touch with who you are and what you love is something that helped kicked me into gear. Thank you. xx

  5. Cindy said,

    This is fantastic! I recently gave up all the employee perks for a contracting job with a better environment for me and I do not regret it at all. I’m sure you will feel the same but even more so! Good luck and keep us posted on your journey!

    • Kimberley said,

      Thank you for your comment Cindy. Sounds like you made the right choice for you and am so glad you’re enjoying it. It’s always great to hear other success stories before you embark on a frightening (but satisfying) journey. Thanks for the positive reinforcement! xx

  6. Laura said,

    Wow Kimberley, that is wonderful, congratulations on taking that big step! You may be inspired by a blog post by Natalie of which differentiates between a job, a career and a calling. People who believe their work is their calling are so much happier than their counterparts! I can’t wait to hear about how it all goes for you lovely, best of luck xx

    • Kimberley said,

      Thanks Laura. It is a big step, but a neccessary one I think. Thank you so much for the link to Natalie’s blog – it was a great post and well timed! I couldn’t agree more, and at the moment I am in a “job” which will eventually kill my creativity. Something needed to be done and I hope this is the right move. xx

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