For Sale?

Last night I woke up at 4 AM thinking it was a more reasonable 6:30 AM. In my effort to go back to sleep, I started writing this morning’s blog post in my head. I should have thought to write it down, because as soon as I did fall asleep I immediately forgot it.

Then a rare moment brought it all back. Last night while making dinner, Adam and I discussed the ever-elusive direction of my career. Everything that’s happened in the past two years has more been a product of chance and situation rather than motivated career moves. So far it’s been great. It’s giving me the opportunity to move around the world without him and to try new things as they present themselves.

Ultimately though? I’d like to be in a place where I could take some time off and write all time. But what does that mean? I would still want something to keep me busy (and a steadier cash flow. Even JK Rowling didn’t see big money until the third Harry Potter book).

jen darling by j.k.h. nelson Someone told me recently that I have an entrepreneurial spirit. We talked about if I ever wanted to start my own business, And I have certainly toyed with the idea. It could be fun to open up and accessories store. I could focus on jewelry, home accessories, and everything travel related. Especially if you can monogram it.

Or I could completely do a 180, move to England and open up a millinery shop. I would love to make giant hats and bring good old Southern charm to those stuffy British aristocrats. My friend Chelsea could come and do all the marketing and PR, and we could drink gin and tonics while waiting for HRH the Duchess of Cambridge herself to come in and try on one of our creations.

I think the first option is a bit more likely. Then Adam brought out the dreaded BP. Business plan. Really making me wish I paid a little bit more attention in my handful of MBA classes. Something to work out on a rainy day.

jen darling by j.k.h. nelsonThinking this all through again this morning, it doesn’t matter what I sell. Regardless of your job, we all sell ourselves to pay the bills, buy Christmas presents, and go visit mum and dad. It all depends on how bothered by the system you are. I think the thing that I’m looking for most, either in my own business or in someone else’, is a more creative space. I want to be surrounded by fun, energetic, artsy people who challenge me and give me great ideas. Right now I’m happy where I am, we’ll just have to see what the future holds.

If you could take your career anywhere, how would you ‘sell’ yourself? 

{image 1; image 2 + some doctoring by moi}


3 thoughts on “For Sale?

  1. Rachel

    Finding a more creative inspiring space, ever illusive. I used to think I wanted to paint, design or live the romantic life of an artist. Now I see that I am complete creating in my own time, creating in my own house for the people I love. However I do want an internet business where I can connect with other people locally & globally. To inspire & be inspired by someone else.

  2. Sean Trank

    I love selling things. When I was in 2nd grade I used show and tell as a sales pitch. I use to sell door-to-door through a magazine until I realized I could sell my own products and If I had some sort of cause behind it, I would make bank. The key is not just selling yourself, it is loving what you sell.

    1. jen Post author

      Haha that’s awesome Sean. And I totally agree. Any type of work boils down to selling either yourself or your time, and it’s definitely more rewarding if you are doing something you love!


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