I’m going to start this post off with a warning to all the male readers I have out there (and I know there are a few of you…Hi Dad!). Today’s post is going to be pretty girly. Or at least female-focused. So feel free to stop reading now, or you can’t say I didn’t warn you.
The first draft of that paragraph said that I was going to apologize to my male readers out there, but I decided that an apology wasn’t appropriate. “Why should I apologize for advocating a little girl power?” I asked myself.
Clearly my all-girls’ high school education was not wasted on me.
But back to my girly post.
Reading about Monday’s risk-takers reminded me of a great book I got for Christmas last year, by a fellow Notre Dame alum, Katharine Sise. It’s called Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career.
The book combines advice from Sise, tips from successful “creative girls,” and thinking/writing exercises to help you figure out what your creative career might be. Sise herself is an author, jewelry designer, and TV host, so I think she knows a thing or two about making it in an unconventional, creative career.
And while the practical advice in this book is great (as I reread portions of it on the train this morning, I marked the pages where Sise recommended job search and money management websites), I think the overall tone of the book is the best part. Sise makes you, the reader, feel like you deserve to love your job and find a career doing something that makes you happy. There’s a very encouraging, “You go, girl!” kind of tone to this book.
But it’s an attitude that’s also grounded in reality, one that realizes that even the best job in the world has boring or stressful days, and part of finding a job you love means putting in the hard work and long hours to get there. This morning, I particularly enjoyed the tough love in the section “Interim Survival Guide,” for those girls who aren’t happy with their current job and are looking for the next thing. Just a sample:
“…[N]o one’s stopping you from writing your novel, oil painting for hours outside of work, or taking a night class on a creative skill you’d like to improve. I know you’re tired when you get home from work. So take a brisk walk or grab a cappuccino. Do not sit in the couch and zone out in front of the TV. This is where the creative I wish types are separated from the creative I will types” (page 76).
It’s like she knows all about those reruns of “The Office” that I’ve been watching on TV every night…
Inspiring words, which led to this blog post, and which will make me turn off the TV tonight and get moving on building that writing career I’ve been talking about.
And if you’re looking for some reading material, this book is definitely one to check out!