Part of the Living Well Spending Less Blog Tour
This post is written as part of Ruth Soukup’s Secret 13 Blog Tour, which I am excited to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more about the blog tour and join us, click HERE. To find out more about the Secret 13 Essay Contest and your chance to win a weeklong Carnival Cruise for 4, click HERE.
I know what you’re thinking having read the title. As we get ever closer you’d expect to Christmas this to be a post filled with sweet treats, chocolate and cake. Sorry to disappoint, there’s no cake today. Instead I’m taking a look at a different kind of sweet spot. The one where everything in life seems to come together and life flows. It’s the point where our passion and ability meet and from which a new and less stressful life can flow.
In her upcoming book: Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life, Ruth sums up the sweet spot as follows:
From Chapter 3: We All Have a Sweet Spot
“Our sweet spot is that place where our greatest passions and our talents or our abilities intersect. It is that special place where we are able to do whatever it is we feel most called to do, that thing we love, that thing we are great at, that thing that makes life worth living. Living in the sweet spot means having the courage to follow our dreams, take risks, and work harder than we ever thought possible to accomplish our goals.”
So what does the sweet spot mean to me? Well not too long ago, early 2012, I was working in a part time admin job. It wasn’t anything I was excited or passionate about. I often struggled to get up early to make the journey across London at rush hour to get there for 9am. Basically it really wasn’t for me but there didn’t seem too many other options out there.
However there were two things I loved to do. Cooking lovely food and then sharing it on this blog. After talking with Hana I took the plunge and started an internship in marketing alongside my admin job. After a few months I also picked up a little freelance blogging, copywriting and content marketing work here and there and before I knew it December came around and I was quitting the job I didn’t want to be in.
My freelance work and writing had picked up and I was earning (just) enough to take it full time. It has taken time to build it into a stable income and work stream but every day has been worth it. For the past two years I have woken up every morning with a days work ahead which I can say I honestly love doing.
I had to take a leap of faith, leaving the stable world of a regular paycheck behind to achieve the freelance lifestyle. But after a mountain of work, some sleepless nights and I found the place where my talent for cooking, ability to write and passion for both intersected to open a whole new avenue. Is blogging and writing about far flung destinations or fantastic food what I was called to do? Maybe. What I do know is that working from home, setting my own hours and workload is my sweet spot.
So what am I doing to keep myself in my sweet spot? I’m working hard all the time to keep the freelance lifestyle going. Recently I have started working with PR agencies and fellow bloggers, contributing restaurant and product reviews, which have been really fun to do. It is definitely something which I’d like to carry on with and build up on in 2015.
Living in my sweet spot has helped me to have a much happier and lower stress life. Is it stress free? As stress free as any job ever is. There’s always the worry about work drying up but in today’s world job security (whether freelance/ contractor or in house employee) isn’t what is used to be and being my own boss is more than enough benefit weighed against the risk.
Discover your own secret of the Good Life with tips on how to find your own sweet spot in Ruth Soukup’s new book, Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life. Through personal stories and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals, homes, and finance. It is real, honest, and speaks to the heart of the matter—how can you live the life you’ve always wanted? (And be sure to preorder now to take advantage of Ruth’s AWESOME preorder bonuses!!)
What is your own sweet spot? Have you found it yet? What are you doing in your life right now to make sure that you are living in your sweet spot—that place where your talents and your passions intersect?