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I Hope You Like Your Job

Vintage Office Worker


I started the blog post I had set for this week. It was about using some of the creativity techniques I talk about to find joy in your workplace. I’ve decided to scrap it. No matter how I approached it, it felt inauthentic.

The truth is that I have never been so unlucky as to have to stay in a job I didn’t like. Over my career/s I have worked in theater and film, in retail (both enjoyable and not) and as a waitress. I’ve been a canvasser for an environmental group, a junior executive in a fashion company, and a skin care product demonstrator. I’ve worked in offices as a temp and as an administrative assistant connected with desktop publishing. I’ve been freelance, and I’ve been salaried.

The worst job I ever had was when I worked as telemarketer, setting appointments for the sales reps (horrible people at least in the office). Darkest two weeks of my working life! Best job? Not counting parenting, or my current life, it’s hard to say. My time as the Resident Designer and Technical Director of a small theater company in Sydney ranks right up there, as does every movie I ever worked on.

So other than that nasty two weeks, my working life has been pretty closely aligned with my core principles. It’s been either highly creative, or had a nice service orientation. I haven’t always been fabulous at my job, but I’ve never been miserable. Bored at times (the junior executive in charge of the mail order department was frustrating because it seemed like I never got ahead of the orders or returns – and it was just me, alone all day long.)

So I don’t really have a baseline of experience for giving anyone advice about how to bring creative thinking to bear in finding ways to be happy in work that doesn’t thrill you. I found articles about why people don’t enjoy their work, and strategies for quitting elegantly, or seeking new jobs.

Despite what people may believe about themselves, they DO have a wellspring of creative, original thinking inside that they can tap. We are all born enthusiastically keen to learn and discover, and solve our problems – babies are relentless experimenters, applying trial and error repeatedly, endlessly curious. That ability to make new connections that lead to insights is still inside all of us.

Creativity is not just for the arts. Creative thinking is problem-solving-thinking. One could argue that the “problem” in the arts is how to express ideas in emotionally engaging ways. It’s been a way of life for me, for so long, to design, to write, to make – and to know that even if someone was hard to deal with (that awful director that time!) it was only temporary.

I honestly don’t know how to help someone who feels endlessly trapped in their job, who doesn’t have the wherewithal to leave, perhaps because of their responsibilities like their family and home. I’ve always been able to escape, to find something better, to find work where I was truly happy. Indeed I continue to be truly happy as a writer, even if I do make wrong turns into literary cul-de-sacs every now and then.

Families are forever layout

Nothing to complain about.

So this week, no tweets with ideas for implementing anything in the theme – just tremendous gratitude for having followed a circuitous working path and generally having a great time.

Creative thinking Meditation Garden

The Time of Your Life is Now Online Workshop

“I let go of what I didn’t do. I release it to be carried away on the wind while I sleep tonight.
I look forward to all that awaits.  I open to the possibilities without being attached to the outcome.
I separate my value from the things I do. I identify with the goodness and grace that I share.
I declare to live a life in the pursuit of happiness.
Of my own desired design.”

Time of Your Life is Now

Here’s a creativity blast extra!

My good friend and creative being Flo Gascon is offering her creativity and life enhancing program, The Time of Your Life is Now as an online workshop for the first time.

The self-paced, email supported workshop is full of ideas and gentle guidance towards making this year, this month, this minute the beginning of the best, most fulfilled, time of your life.

And the great news is that the next supported session starts this Monday, July 15th, although you will have full access to the workbook materials the instant you register!

From the website:

The Time of Your Life program helps you design:

  • opportunities to be seen and known for your unique self
  • meaningful and productive celebrations of you
  • a toolkit for making things happen and feeling good while you do it
  • an arsenal of happiness and gratitude that inspires you
  • emotional space that honors where you’ve been while moving on


  • a New Step and Exercise in your inbox every day except Sunday for two weeks
  • a 40 page pdf workbook for in-depth examining and planning; a place to put your commitment in writing; a reference guide to remind you of your intentions
  • Intentions and Tools to make this the time of your life

My method + your work = sparks to create the life you want to live


The recommended price of the program is $37, and you can define the value of the program and choose to pay more if you wish.


But Flo understands that sometime people need a bit of encouragement and practical help to live their dreams, so she is offering the amazing “pay what you choose” option, allowing you to pay any amount from $15 on up, without judgment or sales pitches.

Click here to learn more and register.