Do what you love, screw everyone else.

As a freelancer/small business owner, I constantly get remarks about what I do. People often ask me why I don't have a 'real job' , why I prefer staring at my laptop than apply at retails or fastfood, etc. 

I'm not going to lie, at first, I thought there was something wrong with me. Since 2011, I've been trying really hard to get out of my freelancing job and look for a 'real one'. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, I applied everywhere I can just so everyone would shut up about it. Needless to say, it never worked out for me. 

In October 2012, I took a big leap and opened my shop. I was self employed and had very little money so it was quite a risk. The thing is, I was so sure that this is what I wanted to do. I was prepared to make big sacrifices and a do lot of work. I considered the consequences (such as juggling uni with my shop, advertising budget, and other fees that I need to pay) and I was confident that I could do it. Why? Because for the first time in my life, I finally knew what I was so passionate about. I never give up on anything that I really really love, so I worked hard and here I am today.

However, it seems like there are people (who are close to me and supposed to be my ultimate supporters) just don't get it. I still get the constant "get a real job" advice, or "you'll never go anywhere with that type of job". They never fail to remind me that all of these stuff won't matter in the long run, as I'll be graduating in 2 years and off to a "real job". 

I don't understand why people just don't realise that the so called real jobs are not for everyone. I simply can't imagine myself working at a retail store. Not that it's horrible, no that's not what I meanr. What I'm trying to say is, my interests and passion just can't be done inside a mall or restaurant. 

All I want right now is one person to tell me that this is okay. That what I'm doing right now, how I'm supporting myself, it absolutely fine. All I need is to hear "Keep doing what you love" instead of "Get a real job". I can't help but feel down whenever I hear those negative words. I try my best to fill my surroundings with positivity and encouragement but I can't do it alone. Sadly, people around me are doing the opposite.

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  1. Thank you for this post! You are such an inspiration to me. I know that sounds extreme, but I have always felt just as you do. I have always had that entrepreneurial fire inside of me.

    I have worked retail and "real jobs" but never felt like I fit in there. It's not my passion. I also went to college and got my degree in business, I even went back and will be graduating with my MBA in May..mostly because it's what my parents want for me. Everyone constantly tells me once I graduate I will get into the "real world" and get a "real job".

    But all I really want to do is own my own business. I really want to own my own kawaii goods shop. Right now, I have a small online jewelry business which I just love. I can't wait until I save up enough money and courage to open my shop one day. Thanks for the inspiration!! You made my day.

    xo Aubree

  2. I totally feel the same way! And it is awesome that you are doing what you want anyways. So inspiring.
    Almost Endearing

  3. I think people don't realize as well that there has never been more opportunities for freelancers AND there's never been more outsourcing of jobs like...ever. To be a freelancer designer is a legit career choice, just because you set your own hours and you don't have an upper management looking over you, I mean why have that stress? You're doing what you love and you have your own successful business to boot. It's a whole different generation but it looks like a lot of the mindset is still the same, it's just not valid anymore. We have so many choices and avenues we can go down these days and I think it's amazing that you're creating your own path, screw the nay sayers :)

  4. Keep doing what you love for as long as you can! "Real jobs" are not fun, if I could make a freelance living I would.

  5. It's so hard to take that leap of faith, let go and follow your true passions. I'm working on that now... self doubt always creeps up and when it does I have to try really hard to recognize that it's fear of failure.


    Jules of Canines & Couture

  6. I'm so happy that you posted this Gia. The people around me are the same, when I tell people that 'I blog' and that's what I want to make a career out of I never seem to get a positive response. At least there's someone that I can relate to! What you're doing IS okay, and considering how wonderful your work is I have no doubt that you'll be extremely successful, whether you have a 'real job' or not. :) xxx

  7. I am supporting you all the way, Gia :))

    Just don't mind those people who tries to pull you down. Always keep your head up high and do what you believe is right.

    Keep it up!

  8. Keep doing what you love!!
    I also don't want to be stuck in a 'real job' but literally have no clue what I can or want to do with the rest of my life after I finish a levels!!
    You're such an inspiration, you have a lot of support from all of us, so just keep doing what you love and you'll be fine :)

  9. I know how you feel, and all I can say is that you should definitely keep doing what you love! Originally I'm an actress (although I've put that career on hold and am currently a translator!), and I can't tell you how many times I've heard all this. But I kept on doing what I loved, and ignored all these people who didn't understand it. It paid off, and I'm proud to have stood my ground. :)

  10. Dear Gia, I give you all support I can!!! And of course, listen only to yourself! Others said such things because of the fear! You have your own life, your own wishes and believes! Keep doing what you love to do and let your heart will lead you on your own way!!!! Everyone deserved to be happy the way they want!!!!

    Hugs and Love!!!)

  11. I don't see why anything is wrong with an online shop if you can live from it, especially when you're still a student! Don't let those people get you down because I know you will prove them wrong and your shop is and will be a huge success!

  12. Girl! Go get it! I stumbled upon your site and would've thought you had been doing this for years. I hope you keep going. I am doing the "unconventional" job right now as well, building my photography business. I did the 9-5 "creative" desk job working for someone else, and I never felt creative because I wasnt doing what I wanted. It's terrifying, and adventurous and fun all at the same time. But I have heard and read of so many success stories, that I know if I put in the time and hard work it will happen. And you've got the talent, so just keep going!