Posts Tagged With: dream

Daily dose of happiness

I used to be one of those people that worked for the weekend. Every Sunday night, I used to have that funny feeling in my stomach whilst lying in bed wondering what I was actually supposed to be doing with my life. I used to think of work as this daily 8-hour task that was completely in the way, when I felt I should be giving my attention to something else. Ok, I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be doing instead, so as bills do exist and have to be paid, I had no choice but carry on doing whatever I was doing. Needs must.

When I first came to England, fresh with a Marketing degree, I got a job in an advertising agency thinking that I’d start working in my area of choice, but then I got completely diverted when my employers wanted me to study accountancy and offered to sponsor the course for me. In a foreign country, I thought that some additional qualifications wouldn’t go amiss, so I decided to go for it. For 3 years, I studied numbers and more numbers and nearly died of boredom. Well, now reading this last sentence again, I guess I’m being a little unfair. I did enjoy some parts of it as the world of accountancy can be interesting sometimes. But the passion wasn’t there.

After deciding that Accounts wasn’t floating my boat and no matter how much I tried it never would, I went back to marketing. And in my job now I get to be creative, which is what I enjoy the most. Marketing is about finding clever solutions for problems, and working with the team on finding the best ways to communicate to an audience is something I feel it’s worth spending my time on. I’m in much more contact with words than numbers now as well, and this makes me happy.

There is some kind of security you get with working in accounts,though. If it balances, you know it’s right. There’s no chance that 1 + 1 isn’t 2 and that’s that. With marketing, it’s a completely different picture.It’s not a black and white science, even though many theories do guide the trade. It’s a matter of grasping quickly what needs to be said and then saying it in the best way. It took some time for me to decide to go back to marketing after 5 years in the financial world and this was because, somehow, finance seems a less volatile world and you tend to feel more secure working in an area like that. However, once the decision was made, there was no going back.

I always thought that very few people get to earn a living by doing something they enjoy, so I was surprised when one day I found myself in that category. Of all the agencies I have worked for, this is by far the best. At Happy Creative, we are a small team of 8 that has a lot of fun in the workplace. I like the wacky ideas we come up with in our brainstorms, I like the results we bring to our clients and I absolutely love the fact that there is no set routine.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that if you have a funny feeling about work and feel that you should be doing something else, maybe you should. Trust your gut feeling. Work out what makes you feel worthy and go for it. I did just that and, although I don’t earn as much as I did doing Accounts, that Sunday night feeling is no longer there and this has made such a massive difference in my life overall. It’s not all about money. Life is too short to waste the 260 days a year you spend at work being miserable.

Go for your dreams, believe in yourself and fight for what you want. It’s like they say… “love what you do and you’ll never have to work another day in your life”.

 

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The map of life

Yesterday we watched the movie “The Adjustment Bureau”. Please stop reading now if you haven’t watched it as I’m about to spoil it for you if that’s the case. The movie is about a “higher power”, the fate commanders. They basically decide people’s fates and make sure that everyone is following the path they are supposed to be on. If something doesn’t go according to plan, they then intervene by making little things happen (such as spilling coffee on someone’s shirt), so timings are adjusted and things can get back on track. If the little things don’t work, mainly because some things do happen by chance and by chance only, then they move on to making bigger things happen, all in the view of keeping to the plan, keeping to the map of life which is supposedly written by someone “up there”.

I didn’t think the movie had enough depth to it, if I’m honest, and if I compare it to Inception (which has a similar storyline), well… there’s no comparison, really. But this post is not about the movie itself. The movie made me think about bigger things… about destiny, about fate, about how much we are actually in control of what happens to us. Sentences like the good and old: “If it didn’t happen, it’s because it wasn’t meant to be”, “Everything happens for a reason” and “Things happen when they have to happen” are said too often, but do we really mean that or do we just say them because they make us feel better for not achieving what we originally wanted? Is there really a destiny controller, like in the movie? If so, what is the use in us planning carefully where we want to be in 5 years’ time? What is the use in us planning what to eat tomorrow?

I know this sounds quite stupid and, of course, we are in control up to a degree, but I wish I knew if all the careful planning of my own life is not just a big waste of my time. Should I just swear by the most used sentence of all, when it comes to destiny? The old “Let’s just wait and see”? I don’t want to just wait and see, I want to plan and see, I want to dream and see…

I can’t tell if there is a God of destiny… I do know, though, that some spooky things do happen sometimes and I do, like many other people, find myself thinking: “if this didn’t happen, then the other wouldn’t have happened”, and so on… Maybe there is someone magically swapping the pieces of the jigsaws that are our lives. Maybe there isn’t. I do know, though, that people do overcome their own capabilities all the time… think of athletes, think of ill people that are given months to live and end up living years and years, think of lovers that were not meant to be, like in this movie, and find a way to be together despite all the contradictions destiny puts in their way . There’s proof out there that, somehow, things do happen just as people make them happen.

My belief is that yes, there is a destiny written for each one of us, but I do believe that we can change it. It might not be the wisest thing to do all of the time, but we can do it. It’s a risk, like most things in life. It may pay off, it may not. But one thing I know: “getting there” and knowing that you mapped out your own path means one thing: achievement. And knowning that you made it happen with the careful manipulation of what was available in your life is as rewarding as living the dream itself.

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Always there

I went for a walk today and witnessed a gorgeous sunset. St Annes never fails to present people who can be bothered to walk to the beach with a marvellous array of colours when the sun goes down. I don’t go to see it every day but, when I do, I feel so so lucky! I don’t yet have the house by the beach, but the beach is not too far, so for now I guess it’s good enough. : )

Sunset in St Annes

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The house by the beach dream

It’s now the second of January and here is my first New Year’s resolution accomplished: to start my own blog… once again. I have always had outlets for my writing… either on the journals that I have written all my life, or on other blogs that I still write for or had in the past. But this one is different. This is the one where I will be so honest it may hurt. With this one, I don’t really care if people think I’m self-obsessed, if they don’t agree with my opinions, if they think I’m not worth reading. And the reason I don’t really care is because this is a selfish blog. Simple as that. If you enjoy reading it, cool, I’ll be most pleased. But if you don’t, that’s fine too. One of my favourite pastimes is to find the right words to form great sentences, so if you want to be a witness of my infinite trials, I welcome you.

A  house by the beach has always been a dream of mine, and I assume I share this dream with many other people. I love the idea of a desk by a window overlooking the sea, where I could sit, observe and write. This is an utopia, of course and I sometimes don’t feel I’m doing a lot to achieve this, but my dream comforts me and directs me, even if slowly, to a place where I feel happy. And, sometimes, just thinking of it does the trick to drive me forward.

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