A Whole Lotta Hustle

I did not want to be an entrepreneur.

I wanted a titled job (and/or a husband with one), a suburban house with a white picket fence, dinner on the table at 6:00, etc., etc.

But after 32 years of marriage/adulthood, I have to confess what many people who know me well will already know – I AM an entrepreneur. And I married an entrepreneur. We are both “creatives”. Which means the titled corporate job drives us mad and the suburban house with the white picket fence (which will, in all honestly, probably be red or green or some other gorgeous hue – I am a colorgirl), is a bit more of a challenge to come by. Dinner on the table at 6:00?? Well, now that we’re empty-nesters, dinner comes along whenever we look up from our studio tables. It’s a much more free-form and, quite frankly, insecure way of life than I thought I wanted.

But coming to peace with myself (and my husband) has been a great relief. The realization that we are creative entrepreneurs has given us a sense of purpose and direction that I have fought against for far too long. I am, instead, grateful for the opportunities and lessons that have come our way because of our entrepreneurial spirits. I wake up each day excited to learn something new, work on the next adventure, and use our talents and resources to create a life we can feel good about and enjoy. While I still have corporate-envy when it comes to things like a steady paycheck, insurance, and retirement benefits, I have a peaceful heart and feel a quiet determination to make a life we love in a creative way.

4 Comments

  1. Teresa Hadley

    I admire you. I wish I could take that leap of faith in myself. Keep it up, you can do this!

  2. Darcie Naylor

    In my search to find “my purpose in life” as far as employment goes, I hear the phrase “Do what you love and the rest will follow” a lot. It used to frustrate me, but now I get it. I love you!

  3. Cori

    Thank you, Teresa! I appreciate you kind comments. You are very talented and I gain so much inspiration from your beautiful paintings.

  4. Cori

    I’ve heard that phrase so many times myself. I’m finally starting to understand it and hope I can achieve it. I stand in awe of your perseverance in getting your degree. Love you!

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