The Mid Life Pivot
That old saying, find something you love doing and you will never work another day in your life. Well, I have heard it and have often thought how nice that would be to live that way. But your 20's are spent grinding away at work and partying like you will never see 30. Then your 30's roll around and you find yourself getting married and having kids and doing adult things like buying a home. Those 3 things don't exactly promote risk taking and passion project seeking. Us thirty somethings often have too much responsibility to be able to pivot careers and dive into doing something that will allow us to never work a day again, like the old adage promises. Then by the time you are 40, some people think it's too late.
Well... I am in my late 30's. 37 to be exact. And I have spent this past year...let's call it dabbling. Dabbling in the wading pool of another career. Because I am doing it for 'fun' and not to necessarily pay the bills, it is obviously something that I love and am incredibly passionate about. But now I want more. Corre Marie is still in the starting blocks, but it's already growing. Not only that, I can see a number of various platforms for future growth. What started with antique and vintage rugs, is now segueing into interior design and product design. Home Decor is next and I can finally start giving my customer's access to what I call my Treasure Trove. A collection of amazing items from years of estate sales and flea markets.
So what now? Corre Marie can't pay my bills right now, but I know that one day it will. However, until that day comes and even after that day comes, I want to hold on to my 'real' job. My real job pays my bills and promises stability for years and years to come. But... it doesn't excite me like Corre Marie. However, since I own my own company as well over in my other life, I have more flexibility. So off I go. I will take Corre Marie as far as I can take it as a passion project and I have a feeling the decision will be made for me. When passion and excitement meet product and hard work, the outcome is fairly predictable.
So here's to rolling the dice.