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A Day Job Doesn’t Mean Giving Up On Your Dream

November 1, 2016

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Sometimes a question comes in from a MarieTV fan that I practically jump out of my chair to answer. That’s how I felt about Natalie’s quandary regarding writing, day jobs and never giving up on your dreams.

Although she’s already a published writer and illustrator, she’s not yet earning a full-time living from her art. She’s hustling her butt off to promote her work and diligently setting goals, visualizing and doing all of the standard spiritual, self-help practices.

The problem? She’s near penniless.

Natalie shared that her purse strings are pulled tight as a violin, and yet — she’s resisting getting a day job. Why? Because she fears finding work outside of her art means sending a flashing neon-signal to The Universe that she’s given up on her creative dreams.

That somehow, getting a day job means she’s not serious about pursuing her lifelong goal of being a professional writer and illustrator.

I have strong thoughts on the value of day jobs (or bridge jobs). If you’ve ever wondered if finding other work means that you’re giving up on your creative dreams, this episode is for you.

HEADS UP: In six years, this is the first time The Universe itself has made an appearance on MarieTV to weigh in on a question!  

As you might imagine, what The Universe has to say about writing, art and day jobs is worth listening to. You’ll also hear about the realities of writing and earning a living from two women who walk the talk, Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed.

DIVE DEEPER: Have you been skeptical about manifesting? Me, too. Until I got schooled on all things law of attraction. Here’s everything you need to know to get started: Manifesting 101: A Step-by-Step Guide with Gabby Bernstein

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to know.

What’s your take on day jobs and creative dreams? Do you now or have you ever funded your creative dreams with other sources of income? Any lessons from the field that you can share to support Natalie?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Thank you so much for reading, watching and sharing your voice. You bring so much joy to my week.

With tons of love,


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