Thursday, May 1, 2008

inspirational reading list

Do you work at a 9 to 5 job, but have a yearning inside to be doing something else? Something creative? Something more, you? Do you love art, music, design, writing, or anything else that is not the "typical" career? Are you making perfectly good money, but unhappy at your job? Are you a stay-at-home mom that is itching to be creative (and possibly make money doing it)? Then I suggest you spend some time this weekend and read the inspirational series that Holly over at Decor8 has been featuring called What to Do When You Don't Know What To Do. Holly is not only inspirational in the design sense, she's also a genuinely nice person that cares about other people and wants to see them succeed. That genuine desire comes out in her blog, with this series being a perfect example.

She's been interviewing a series of people who have stepped out in the design world to pave their own way; in many cases, to be self-empoloyed; many who left the "9 to 5" to pursue their own personal dreams. Many others were able to find their calling within corporate America. While the interviews have a bent towards design, there are concepts that are universal to anyone who is trying to decide what to do...questions like, how do I know what my dreams even are? What did I love to do as a child? I realize that I'm a creative person and so this kind of thing really appeals to me; but even you left-brained folks may enjoy reading through this series. There are so many nuggets of wisdom that are worth digesting.

There are a lot of interviews, so bookmark it and start diving in over the weekend. It's almost a mini-book. I plan on going back to re-read it more in depth when I get a second. It's worth it.

photos 1 & 2, Holly Becker for Decor8
photo 3, House to Home via Restyled Home


  1. Such great advice there! As one who has followed my own heart to a design career, I know how much it must mean to others to have such a great series to inspire them to their own dreams! Good for Holly!

    Happy day!


  2. Melissa, I totally agree! I am loving stepping out in a new design business and direction, and want the same for others who are geared that way. I'm so glad she took the time to delve into the subject. And thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Ooh, I love stuff like this. I've got to go check it out. Thanks for pointing me in that direction! -Julia


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