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It’s very easy for each of us to get bogged down with the boring, normal day-to-day life.  This is especially true when your job is just a job and not a passion.  As someone who freelances, I have the luxury of not spending too much time at one job.  I can’t tell you how many times, though, someone has said to me (in response to my complaining or frustration at a particular job) “it’s just a job.”

While that is one way to look at things, that “it’s-just-a-job mentality” can really perpetuate a problem of unhappiness.  In this economy the smarter thing to do may be to just keep going to the job and making money but there really is a larger picture at stake here.  Every minute that passes is a minute that will never, ever happen again in your life.  It doesn’t matter if it’s just one single minute.  That is still one single minute that you will never have again.  It’s so easy for our lives to be built on throwaway time. You know, what I do in this minute doesn’t matter –> which soon adds up to what I do in this hour doesn’t really matter–> which adds up to what I do today doesn’t matter–> which soon adds up to what I do this week doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things –> which very quickly can add up to “what did I do this year?” or even worse “Where did my life go?” We can become so caught up in the insignificance of little things that we forget that we only have one shot at life.  We really need to remember to grab life by the horns!

Me at work on one of our very, very long days setting up for Commencement. Definitely looks like I’m in danger of slipping into the “it’s-just-a-job mentality. (when this picture was taken we were doing some serious troubleshooting of a system that wasn’t working out for us)

A really great example of this is my mom.  She was unhappy at her job.  Her and her boss just didn’t see eye-to-eye.  Her boss was not a clear communicator and just always seemed unhappy with whatever my mom was doing.  Eventually this unhappiness really caught up to my mom and rather than throwing away another 40 Hours a week until she retired or found something else –which, let me tell you, in this economy it may have taken until she retired to find something…okay that might be a slight exaggeration–she quit!  I’m very proud of her for doing so.

My mom and me on a trip to the art museum!

She took hold of her own life and made a decision to improve her overall well-being. I don’t think I’d ever be able to do that unless it was absolutely horrible and physically harming me!  I’m too much of a worry wort!  I like to know that I have income.  And, although her and my dad have to really watch their expenditures now while she is looking for other work, she is overall happier.

Happy Mom!

So, what if quitting your job stresses you out more than just sucking it up and living with the “it’s-just-a-job mentality”?  There is another way you can help yourself feel more fulfilled and happy in life and that is through hobbies and creative outlets.  Some people may like being artsy, some people may want to join a local soccer team. Whatever it is, do it!!!  There’s no point putting it off! A little adjustment in your life can go a long way.

I, personally, have really been working out regularly and also crafting!  I want to be healthy, hence the working out.  And I love designing and creating.

Three of the fascinators I made

So, making jewelry and accessories, especially out of unusual things is another activity I started doing.

One of my favorites! A cocktail ring I made out of an old clip earring!

Recently, a friend of mine even asked me to submit some of my crafts to a benefit she was involved with.  That was extremely flattering!

My Accessories, all tagged and ready to go to the Benefit!

(Her and her husband are also encouraging me to put the stuff I make up on Etsy to earn a little extra income… which, time permitting, I may do over the summer.)

Before I really started digging in and doing these things, I always thought, I don’t have the time, I’m too tired, blah blah blah.  Well, little changes really go a long way.  I find that now I feel more energized, I wake up in the morning happier to start my day and things don’t annoy me as much as they used to.

So basically the points I am trying to share with you for today’s Wisdom Wednesday are:

–  Don’t waste your time just coasting through

– Every Single Day do something that makes you happy (whether it is working toward a new career or something outside of work that you enjoy)

– Grab life by the horns and make things work out the way you want them to!

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Layout of some PBR craft fair items 2012

Starting with box, and continuing clockwise: a pair of dress earrings, a cocktail ring, a tea light holder, a vintage-inspired PBR pendant, a small shell-based PBR pendant. All items are at least partially made out of an up-cycled PBR can.

PBR Tealight Holder

The tea light holder made completely out of a PBR can.

PBR tea light holder lit

The PBR tea light holder lit in a dim room.

PBR craft fair

Vintage-inspired PBR Pendant

Tomorrow I will be participating in a craft fair in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia!  I have entered along with two of my friends, Tara and Morgan.  We will be selling jewelry, fortune cookies (with pickup lines!), tea light holders, and beer can dress up magnets!  The unique part about this show is that everything must be PBR themed!  That’s why all of the photos from one of this week’s crafting sessions have a common theme–Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.  All of our jewelry and tea light holders have been made, at least in part, out of recycled PBR cans.  In addition to local artists displaying their wares, there will also be live music, a chili cook-off, and plenty of PBR to drink from 3:00pm-10:00pm.  Sound interesting!?  Come check it out!  For further info, check out the Facebook Page for the event.  See you there!

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So, I am reinstating my EXTREMELY short-lived “Tips for Tuesday”!

Today’s topic is going to hopefully lead to more posts… Green for Green!  The first green means the “Going Green” or “Earth Friendly” Green.  The second green is talking about that major point of contention for many of us (especially us young

A Palm Tree

freelancers!): MONEY!  So today’s tip focuses on how to save BOTH greens!

One of the personal missions  I have embarked on is to not buy any new furniture for my new house.  Let me give you a little background information.  In about 3 weeks I am moving.  I am not moving out of Philly. In fact, I am not moving very far at all.  I am only moving a few blocks away from my current house.  But the most exciting thing to me is that when I move I intend to bring all second-hand furniture with me. Well, second-hand, recycled, and so on and so forth.

Which brings us to today’s tip!  Need something for your house, want a treadmill, wish you had a piano, trying to adopt a pet?  Well, there are

A Trailer

free ways to do all of that!  One of those ways, which is a way that I am a HUGE fan of is the  Craigslist.com free section!!  For example, the link I always go to is http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/zip/

I’ve found things such as pianos, dining sets, lamps, high chairs, exercise bikes.  Basically, you name it and with a vigilant eye you will find it!  The only catch is that most of the time you have to move it and transport it by yourself, or with that supportive group of friends you have who is just DYING to help you!

This really is a SUPER DOUBLE TIP because not only is it a tip for how you can SAVE money but it is also a tip on how to be good to the environment because by getting these second-hand items you are not supporting a giant non-environmentally friendly

A Working Player Piano

discount jumbo store AND you are not spending much money!  And, as an added bonus you and your team of SUPER SUPPORTIVE friends get to bond!

Usually these second-hand items are old and so they are often really well crafted.  And, sometimes they need a little fixing up.  You open up your world to a myriad of additional possibilities if you are not afraid of some extra elbow grease.

Here are a few more examples of some things you can find on the Craig’s List Free section… you should definitely check it out for your city!!

Washing Machine

Organ

Steel Desk

Wii Sensor Bar

A Vintage Living Room Set

So, as you can see being green truly opens up a whole world of possibilities!  Can’t wait to share more of MY second-hand green adventures with you!

Photo Credits: All photos were borrowed from Craig’s List from actual ads in the free section.

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