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    Default Re: Anybody make a living doing what they love?

    Just like Carmen, I guess I am doing what I like to do. I live in a rural area of Ontario.

    On top of listening to crickets and watching wild birds, I take care of two girls, driving school bus part-time, translate as a free-lancer, etc. Life here is quite slow but it is full of natural beauty.

    Of course, I grew up in suburban Tokyo, I miss "city" occasionally, then I go down to a big city, driving 1 hour from here.

    Or once in a while, we'll go visit a great Bit City, like Toronto. (Our girls are looking forward to seeing your performance in Toronto Buskerfest, Ski!)

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    I'm finally doing what I love, three years after dropping out of my previous career and the mainstream. I spent the past three years moving around from place to place, bartering my skills for food and accommodation via the WWOOFer community while working on my new career at night.

    Apart from a steady stream of casual relationships, I don't have a significant other, nor kids to worry about. Were I stuck in the traditional family environment, I wouldn't have been able to do things the way they have been done. That is the trap which has been set for all of us. I wish I'd followed my own path years ago rather than tried to fit in with society's boring and meaningless "norms". I was unknowingly just another financial pillar helping to prop up the current system of exploitation and control.

    If and when I ever procreate, I'll be encouraging my kids to follow their heart, think deeply about what they do and never settle just for the paycheque.
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    Quote Posted by SKIBADABOMSKI (here)
    I do indeed enjoy my job. I do this every weekend all year round. Now it's summer and I'm doing this everyday.

    You'd be surprised at how many people frown at this type of work. Of course in my face they show respect but they wouldn't want me influencing their kids.. lol

    It's a great escape from it all. I have helped hundreds of people get into this line of work. Especially in Japan. I think there are at least 75 performers now globe trotting from Japan that I helped from the start. Love seeing them live the life.


    Sorry to those that have already seen this

    Oh BTW I'm in Canada now.. I have 3 more festivals to go. Port Credit tomorrow and then Toronto and then Niagara Falls. I'm meeting a few members in Toronto.

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    This is a very important question for me. (existential is my damn middle name)

    I have a job that I wouldn't say I love. BUT - there are many aspects of my job that I do love.

    I get paid to help people. REALLY help people.

    While there are many aspects of my job that require me to jump through hoops, for the most part, I get to bring my knowledge of many non-corporate modalities of healing and health into my one-on-one patient-to-provider visits that I KNOW will make a profound difference to them and their daily living and longevity that they WILL NOT receive from any other provider they see.

    THIS makes me smile. I sleep very soundly at night knowing that I am somewhat of a stealth health provider, making less for Big Pharma than 99.99% of my colleagues while truly helping my patients live happier, healthier lives.

    I am beginning to carve out a very unique niche for myself in a field that I thought would surely kill my soul. ROTFLMAO!
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    Quote Posted by Rambo45 (here)
    I'm so sick of the whole get a high paying job just to have status and a ton of money. I want to do something more, contribute in some way, serve sort of like how Jobs lived his life. He always advocated doing what he loved http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/j...bs-061505.html

    I googled how to find what you love and this came up http://briankim.net/blog/2006/07/how...ou-love-to-do/

    I had an idea of opening a sort of spiritual bookstore but obviously Amazon is killing that idea. I just don't want to be like the majority of people who are just goign to jobs they hate just to survive. That's not living. That's just existing.

    Anybody here able to "escape" the system and do what they love and survive?
    work gets done 7 times as well when someone one is doing what they love vs something they strongly dislike.

    Which is the reason that the PTB like to use lies to start wars and appeal to patriotism, god, and duty: To make people efficient,and efficent workers when those people become the arm and motion of the PTB's war machine.
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    Hi nearing,

    Yes I have heard of him. He's a stilt guy I think. I don't recall ever meeting him but I read a lot of his posts on performers.net. He knows everyone I know and I know everyone he knows type of thing. I think I recall seeing a vid of him chasing people down the street on stilts. And I'm guessing he's from the US or Canada because his good buddies are all in that crowd. Quite old school I think. Been around the block type of guy. Sorry thats all I can recall on that name.

    We all meet eventually, somewhere.

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    Hold on I think he came to Japan once.. I'll have to do a search on him.
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    Hello , im a nurse (RN) and love my job, wanted to do this from my mid teens, am constantly inspired by people i meet, and experience love and joy thru this type of work, there is also my fair share of frustration(dont get me started!!) and sorrow that comes with the territory- but what a learning curve and i think its all good for the soul. I fit this paid job in around my unpaid job of raising my children

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    I was once a designer and had my own fashion company. Money came in faster than I could count it.
    Yet I somehow knew it wasn't what I wanted to do. Then in 1980 I discovered astrology, and I knew I had found my calling.
    I closed the business, moved to Barbados and the earnings stopped. Astrology doesn't pay. Two clients a week is too little income to live on.
    I invested my money in properties and have some income from the rents...I make jewelry to pay for my travel tickets.
    It's something I love doing.
    Spend most of my time now nurturing the Here and Now thread at Avalon.. zero earnings, but chatting with the friends is pure bliss.

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    Yup! Did that about 38 yrs ago. I was 20. Had nothing but a dream. Had an inkling that money was just paper. Had to be a producer. Its been rough. Hit bottom dozens of times. So what?

    "So what?" is the best question.

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    Yes. I am a massage therapist who loves what I do and take a couple of months off every year to heal up.

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    Quote Posted by SKIBADABOMSKI (here)
    Hi nearing,

    Yes I have heard of him. He's a stilt guy I think. I don't recall ever meeting him but I read a lot of his posts on performers.net. He knows everyone I know and I know everyone he knows type of thing. I think I recall seeing a vid of him chasing people down the street on stilts. And I'm guessing he's from the US or Canada because his good buddies are all in that crowd. Quite old school I think. Been around the block type of guy. Sorry thats all I can recall on that name.

    We all meet eventually, somewhere.

    Ski-

    Hold on I think he came to Japan once.. I'll have to do a search on him.
    Haha! Yes, he is a stilt guy! And mime. Very old school. I think he is originally from England but now lives in Vancouver. I have seen him perform (Toronto Buskers) and it is amazing! We are also friends, hang with a similar mind set crowd on an international level.

    What a small world!

    ----edit: I take that back, he is from New Zealand and now lives in HI! ( had to sneak a peek at his info, I had forgotten)
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    I got lucky... I used to be a professional gambler. After losing all I had (professionally - haha) and finding myself owing a bunch of bookies, one of them one day asked me if I wanted a job. The next thing I knew, I learned the art of odds making. Been doing that for over 20 years now and it has taken me all over the world. I love my... what's the word, my passion - and I feel blessed it supports my family and me along the way. justone
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    After 27 years of teaching (which I loved, loved, loved) it hit me in May, 2004, that it was time to leave. That huge life changing decision went something like this:

    Mind - “Woman, what do you thing you are doing? Are you nuts?”
    Emotions - butterflies and excitement
    Higher Self - peaceful, inner knowing, new leg of the journey

    My life goal became a search for the “State of Peace”. (I now know it's been there all along. I just had to clear the space to see it.) By the middle June, 2004, I left the clock-world. I walked away from the security of a job and chose to live a small, fulfilled life. So the label is “retired” with a small business in my apartment. I spend most of my waking days in reflections, reading, writing, Tai Chi, walks, all the stuff that everyone else does, but now have more time to do it.

    There’s a next coming... It’s still writing itself...
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    Anybody make a living doing what they love?
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    Happiness isn't a reaction to anything. It's something you create or find inside you, and then bring to whatever you may do.

    The way I see it, the biggest challenge of our life on this planet is to learn not to let the garbage and the junk and so on affect how we are on the inside.

    Otherwise, as Carmody indicated, a person spends most of their energy fighting themselves, because they're fighting against whatever they're doing, at the same time as doing that very thing.
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    I love what I do. I'm a commercial and residential lighting expert.

    And I definitely don't make as much as I should for how hard I work.

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    I love playing mee guitar,,, I have made more mulah sitting and playing in public, than I made otherwise, (in 2011...) I LOVE playing mee guitar... so, I guess I DO make a living (at least in part) doing what I love...

    If I had my way, I'd be making my ENTIRE living off of playing mee guitar...

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    just got home after spending 12 hours setting up a booth for a show that will be 18 days, 12 hours a day at the show, 3 hours commuting back and forth.......exhausted, but love working with my husband .......selling his art........so yea, I love it, don't always make enough but nothing else I would rather be doing.......wish me luck!

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    In 1997 I made music my fulltime career. I am so lucky to have been blessed with many opportunities to perform all over the US with some amazingly talented musicians and artists. In 2004 I gave up touring with a band that was performing over 300 shows a year to become my mothers fulltime caregiver,she passed in 2007 .. I wouldn't trade that time ,with her ,for anything
    Being a musician isn't the most financially rewarding job ,is a rollercoaster of professional highs and lows,but its something I can't get enough of ,and is one of the things that I feel a soul level connection too
    Music can and does bring out the best in all of us. The song reminds us of our past ,present and can have an profound affect on our future. It can bring out suppresed emotions long forgotten and can develop feelings we didn't know we had .
    It's a universal language shared by all of humanity ..I am beyond grateful
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    I wish. imagine the passion released when you can focus your energy into something that means something to you ...
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