Win Taking Flight Book

September 3, 2008

Looking for inspiration? Would you like to win a free book to help you get started on some art projects you’ve been putting off? I’m so very pleased to talk about Kelly Rae Roberts today and the release of her new book Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings as well as a mini contest in which you can win a free autographed copy along with one limited edition print!

Before I tell you how to win, let’s talk about Kelly’s life and book for a moment shall we? I’ve decided to make it the decor8 book of the week since the theme of this book has already inspired me so much that I’m going to purchase a copy to rekindle my artistic side a little. With Fall on it’s way, it’s the perfect time to find some ‘cozy’ at home projects to work on and painting couldn’t be more fun!

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Kelly is what you’d call a late bloomer. I don’t mean this as an insult, but you know how it works. One is expected to go to college and settle on a career and go with that for as long as possible. There are bills to pay! Kids to feed! No time (or money) to change the tide and decide to take on a new career once you’re neck deep in what’s called “life”. I personally find this general mindset (one that forces sticking to one profession for life) both frustrating and mundane. If a person genuinely wants to change their course, I say GO FOR IT. Whether you change your career or just add to your day job with an exciting evening pursuit, dream big and jump right in. My goodness, we only will be the age we are today for one year and then we move on to the next and the next and soon we’re living with regrets (or let’s hope not) that we didn’t go for our dreams much sooner.? I’m especially fond of what society calls “late bloomers” like Kelly because I happen to be one myself, I didn’t listen to my creative voice until I turned 30. Kelly is a successful mixed-media artist who didn’t listen and develop her creative side until she was 30 but once she did, she found nothing but success by listening to her inner longing. How about that?

Maybe you can be another Kelly. Any why not? I believe that if you associate with successful people (whether online, through books, magazines, in person, whatever) you can become a success. That’s why I think it’s important to surround oneself with those who are reaching goals and fulfilling dreams like Kelly. We may never meet her in ‘real’ life, but we can meet her online, read her website and blog, and read her new book and there we can be around her and breath in her positivity. Perhaps this sounds corny or way too hyped-up but you know what? I believe it. To repeat what we’ve all heard a million times as children, “You are the company you keep”.

In addition to her new book, her work has been published both online and in magazines, she runs workshops, has a busy little Etsy store, she presents in juried art shows regularly, and her paintings are known, and collected, all over the world. The internet has given her business wings, as much of her networking takes place online and also during art shows, but through her etsy store, blog, website, and the supportive network of fellow artists online, her life has literally exploded into the things dreams are made of. Magic.

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That’s not all… Kelly just received a long-term licensing agreement with a large publishing company so you can expect to see more of Kelly on greeting cards, magnets, calendar, wall art (reproductions), and journals throughout America. All I can say is YOU GO GIRLFRIEND (*snap*snap*snap*)!

This is one inspiration story that deserves the spotlight. I think it’s exciting to see her grow right before our eyes online, I remember first hearing about her a few years ago and now to see how far she’s come further proves that with so many success stories out there, why not be one yourself if you heart happens to long for a walk down an alternate career path. Who knows what will await you if you follow your dreams.

Would you like to know a little about Taking Flight? It’s an art how-to book that demonstrates step-by-step instruction guiding you through creating your own mixed-media painting. Kelly, along with seven contributing artists show you the ropes offering a fresh new perspective to this medium. She also shares inspirational quotes, encouraging stories, and encouragement that may help you find, and follow, your bliss too. Of course no art book would interest any of us without images! Kelly features pages of her own work along with those from contributing artists so there is a nice range for your enjoyment and inspiration.

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Interested in winning a free, autographed copy of Taking Flight along with a free limited-edition print? Kelly has offered to give these things away to 3 lucky decor8 readers today. The contest will end on Friday at midnight EST and winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 9th. Kelly will sign and ship your prizes to you personally!

To win… Please comment below telling Kelly and I about your dream job and whether or not you are currently pursuing it. If you are living your dream, comment with the best advice you can give others to encourage them to do the same. If you are not living the dream, comment on why you are not and by all means, go into as much detail as you’d like. Have you found balance between the day job and a fun evening or weekend pursuit? No answer is wrong as they will be selected at random according to comment number. The goal here is to encourage yourself while encouraging others and hey, you just may win some free goodies so why not!?

Ready!? Set… Go comment!

(images from kelly rae roberts)


  • Reply Amy September 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Hmmm…it is hard to decide on just one dream job, but my job I currently have is one of them. My advice would be to pursue something you love and/or are truly interested in because then going to work isn’t such a chore.

    I hope I win!

    Amys last blog post: Emily Post Etiquette Website

  • Reply Alpha Shanahan September 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I am beginning to live my dream right now. I was a teacher for a long time before i got married, and having gotten married late, i decided to be a stay-at-home mom to my boys. I have my home studio where i do my drawings and paintings. I have started selling through etsy early this year, but was not able to be active in it, having been caught by the busyness of having just moved from one country to another. Now that my family is getting more settled in, i now give more attention to my online business. Well, what i can advice is that one has to make the shift of thinking from “this is just a hobby that brings in some money” to “this is business and my work and is a source of income for the family”. When i made the shift myself, i realized that i falsely thought i didn’t have enough time. The key is to approach it in the right perspective (as work) and have a schedule of tasks and goals daily, weekly, monthly and annually.

    Alpha Shanahans last blog post: Lowered Prices

  • Reply Juliette September 3, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    well, i’m not pursuing my dream job yet, because that requires another degree first, BUT today I just decided not to do the crummy fall-back job anymore and to pursue a less stressful line of work that I used to do. I used to love being a personal assistant and companion/house manager for private clients in the Boston area and am looking into pursuing that again — this time here in Europe — once my language studies are finished in early ’09. Yay – no more feeling pressured to do boring office jobs again! This is also good because I want to support my husband and I as he does his PhD and it looks like I’ll have LOTS of good work opportunities in the city he wants to study in!

  • Reply Susan S. September 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Unfortunately, I am not currently working my dream job. I work at a bank. Whose dream job is to work at a bank? Anyway, my dream job is to be a SAHM who does wedding and children’s photography and creates scrapbooks for others.
    It’s easy to say that money/time/resources are the reasons I’m not living my passion every day. However, I think fear is a big part of it, as well. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of leaving the steady paycheck. For some reason, I’m not even doing things right now that would move me toward this goal (e.g., taking photography classes, starting an etsy shop for my scrapbooks). The fact that I have a newborn at home certainly makes this more challenging, but should also be that much more of an inspiration and motivation for me to do so.
    A friend recently told me how journaling has really helped her manifest things in her life that she has been desiring. Perhaps I should get back into journaling (again) and focus on focusing on what I really want in my life. I am a creative person. Surely I can take that creativity and ‘create’ the kind of life (job) I want. I have two college degrees. Surely I’m smart enough to figure this out. But, is it really intellect/education that helps people find or create a job, or is it wanting that passion or that outlet enough to say, ‘I’m going for it, consequences be damned?’
    I admire people who are living their dream (job) every day. I look at them and think, could I do that? Do I have it in me? I hope so. I want to be someone who my daughter can look at as she grows and see a mommy who loves her family, and truly loves what she does.
    Thanks for letting me get this out!

    Susan S.s last blog post: I have the best co-workers

  • Reply Angela September 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    My dream is to create things that are both beautiful and useful. In a way, my current job fulfills one of these requirements: I am a software developer, making tools that people use everyday to make their lives easier. But tight time requirements don’t always allow for beauty.

    I really want to start creating in other aspects of my life but have trouble finding the motivation!

  • Reply Barbara September 3, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    YAY! Sign me up because her book looks great!!! Am I living my dream job? Nope. Why not? Got to think of paying the bills and saving for retirement. However, I do hope to have more time to persue creating as my daughter gets older and starts driving, and ultimately I would like to have an etsy shop and possible teach paper arts. After that, having a brick and mortar shop with paper goods and vintage items would be right up my alley, although my concern is that I might not have the time to create.

  • Reply Mandy Ford September 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Wow…this is so inspiring to me. Kelly…your art is beautiful and it is so exciting to see another woman my age (I just turned 30) living her dream. I dream of one day using my creative talent to earn an income that can support my family. I just had twin boys three months ago and I work full time, so my time to work on that dream is severely limited right now. But, I will still continue to work on it and try to find my niche. Right now I have so many ideas in my head, but mainly I would love to be a stationery designer. Congrats to you…such an amazing story! – Mandy

    Mandy Fords last blog post: {fall}

  • Reply Rita Vindedzis September 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Hey, I’m a late bloomer too!! and I’m living my dream!! I decided to pursue my dream of being a professional artist the day my son started Grade 1 and with a loving and very supportive husband and family and a lot of very hard work on my part, my dream came true. I have my work in galleries in Toronto and have a good designer following. I paint mostly landscapes and am now branching out into mixed media. I’ve discovered the freedom and joy of “playing” and have been inspired by Kelly’s style for awhile now. Her blog is so inspirational. I’d love to take one of her workshops but for now I’ll just have to be inspired by her blog and book. Wouldn’t it be lovely if I won??!!!

    Rita Vindedziss last blog post: 50th Blog Post Celebration Giveaway!!

  • Reply John Lucien September 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    My dream job: To manage operations of an internationally reaching school where U.S. students could have the opportunity to travel and come into direct contact with a foreign culture, way of thinking, and language.

    Only a creative person would be able to manage a task like that! And I think it’s helpful for every artist (from any discipline) to realize that their talents can benefit them in ways that a single individual cannot conceive.

    I’m rewriting my CV, creating new employment goals, and branching out my search for entry-level jobs in education administration and project management. When the hook is properly baited, the fish bite. As soon as I cast my line I know I’ll get a hit.

    John Luciens last blog post: Project: Lost Myths

  • Reply Ali September 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I finished grad school in urban planning and got my “on paper” dream job planning affordable housing developments. Has is actually turned into a dream job? Well, not yet. I still have hope, but my creative non-bureaucratic side longs to come out more often and be active during the hours of 9-5. Sigh.

  • Reply paper stories - kelly September 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I have A dream job though I don’t know if it is MY dream job specifically. Running a letterpress studio is a really wonderful experience. I love everything that I get to do and the flexibility of it all. I love printing. I love the freedom to do whatever I want, but running a business is a hard job all on its own. This part I don’t really care for sometimes. Plus doing all this while taking care of a 10 mo. old at home is daunting.

    I came from a career where I taught photography (high school and college) for nearly 10 years. I miss this so much and want to get back to my fine art photography eventually. I have always wanted to teach photo at a prestigious college or university.

    I think eventually if I can be in a position to teach letterpress classes, that would fulfill my need to teach along with my love for letterpress. I guess that would be my dream job. (Anyone want to hire me?) ;)

  • Reply Rocio September 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Hey there!

    Life’s irony sure likes to give it to me, cause just today I stumble upon this blog and this entry.

    Details? sure! I’m a college student that doesn’t feels down for her choice of studying, but rather nervous for the outcome. You just start with one idea, a feeling that when you finished what you choose in university (or in other aspects, in life) that dream job will be right around the corner after graduation, it will fulfill your passion in life and also your wallet at the same time. But as times comes for that event, I’m rather terrify with the idea that I won’t achieve it or rather I’m losing sight of it.

    I’ve ask many seniors about their new jobs and some answers are awful; why don’t quit and start again? They answer again that is the best option they have now or that there’s little options in the job market.

    So, is there any hope for us that haven’t even started working in any field?

    Maybe, as a dear friend told me once, you can have two jobs at the same time: one for your body and the other one for your soul, work them out until your dream job can be maintain without your fear interfering with it.

    Who knows? maybe if we can apply that as a way of life, we can all be happy in what we do

    We just need time and courage as Kelly :)

    (Ok… just pouring my heart out, hahahaha)

  • Reply Delmy Chinchilla September 3, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I love Kelly’s art. I am not a late boomer, but I did change careers. My BA is in engineering and now I work in my websites, this is my dream job. I like to inspire other people to be happy. I am not sure what advise I can give, someone said in Oprah that if it difficult to keep a job you do not like why not try to get a job you like. I think it is important to live frugally so you can save money to pursue your dream.

  • Reply Kim September 3, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    My job is a dream of a job because it allowed me ample time to be home with my kids while I was a single mom. And now that I’ve got spare time, I’ve taken up quilting as a hobby and that fills my creative side quite nicely. I can honestly say my life is joyful!

    Kims last blog post: Another pregnant teen!

  • Reply Sandy September 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    What a lovely way to encourage each other and possibly win something at the same time. I adore Kelly’s work, and any woman who can find external success in any creative fields.

    I spent my first year of university unsure and unhappy because of what my parents wanted. But I took a risk and pursued fashion instead. I changed schools, worked very hard (from the very bottom up) and I have spent years enjoying it. I am still trying to find the right balance, the right creative outlet, and most of all, more time! It is difficult, but surrounding yourself with inspiration is what works best for me. Oh, and lots of supportive, positive and HAPPY people that are cheering you on.

    I am now 33 and looking for more. More freedom to create from within. More flexibility to make a living from what I truly love. I find daily inspiration through other women who are pursuiing the same dream.

    Sandys last blog post: in the midst of life

  • Reply Marzi September 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I read and thought. What I read was from a story “Dry”, by Barbara Sapergia, “For Every woman who becomes a mother – acceptance of cycles is wisdom. The beautiful swan, looses her feathers when she becomes a mother – or so a myth goes – when her child becomes grown, the woman can reclaim her feathers, finding once again her true nature. ‘She circled the yurt, blessing him and their sons, then flew away, once more a graceful swan.”
    This is not an explanation of my dream job…it is a reflection on your comments about ‘late bloomers’. I found my dreams, quietly simmering -alongside my chosen and/or required daily tasks in being daughter, friend, wife, mother, co-worker – waiting for me to stir them up and finally consider them ready to dish out.
    With children well on their way to grown, a partner’s career climb realized and the ease of my own awareness of who I have become and where I might yet go – I am able at this point in my life,to define my dream job…while appreciating that I have done so much for others…and having the time and confidence from loving and being loved, to lay aside fear of ‘failure’ or having to ‘measure up’ to some standard (humour helps) to actually take some small steps towards that job.
    I picked up some canvas, a journal, some paints, some pens and began to ‘dish’. I then took a big breath and leap of faith and got some work into a local gallery. One dream realized.
    So, if you can be so generous to allow me to offer advice, I would say:
    – it is never too late to begin
    – dreams come true – you must keep them simmering but more importantly, dish them out when the time is good
    – keep looking and trust your guts
    and finally
    love and allow yourself to be loved.

  • Reply Lesley September 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Really I’m still waiting to bloom. I’m trying to give myself the time now to listen to my heart and figure out what I really want. This book would be an excellent resource in my discovery!

    Lesleys last blog post:

  • Reply s.patel September 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    my dream job is working with women of colour in a community health setting, and helping them to live their best possible lives. i am not currently living that dream, but am pursuing it by getting my masters of social work (i graduate in may!). i am very excited to pursue this dream when i graduate!

  • Reply Marissa September 3, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I’m only partially pursuing my dream job of a traveling photographer at the moment. As a sophmore university student majoring in psychology and fulfilling requirements, I haven’t given myself the chance to take a photo class! But I do take pictures regularly, tho amateur in quality, and surfing the net and blogs and flickr for photo inspiration more than daily, so I guess I’m sort of working on it.
    I think my dream job/life will turn out okay if I just have faith that everything will work itself out and try hard in everything i do

  • Reply Holly September 3, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    My story is very similar to Kelly’s. I am 30 and just this year have begun painting as a creative outlet. I have no training at all- I just paint what makes me happy. I had been searching and searching for just the right career for me (besides a mom), and feel like I have finally found it! I know I have a lot to learn still and a long way to go, but I know I’m on the right path now! Thanks for the inspiration Kelly! I could really use that book b/c it is still a challenge for me to “think creatively” since I never really did it until recently. :)

    Hollys last blog post: Vintage Flower Buttons

  • Reply inspirationbit September 3, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I’m not sure what my dream job is because I’m interested in so many things. One thing I know is that at least now I do what I enjoy and love to do. I recently quit the corporate world and went solo with my own small web design studio. I work from home, while staying close to my little girl, I have clients from different parts of the world, I run a design blog with over a thousand subscribers.

    A couple of months ago I got hooked on making my own jewellery. At the moment it’s still more of a hobby, but I’m trying to turn it into another business.

    I also love interior design, and managed to turn my daughter’s room into a picture perfect room and am getting compliments from everyone who sees it. But most importantly my daughter and husband love it. I’d love to challenge myself with some interior design projects, and who knows perhaps that’s what I’ll eventually end up doing.

    So as you see, there as so many things that I enjoy, if somehow I would be able to combine them all together, and be successful doing all three (web design, jewellery and interior design) that would definitely be my dream job. There’s also one other aspect that would define my job as a “dream” is the ability to travel to different countries to work on my client projects. Say a month in Paris to design a client’s nursery, or a couple of months in Prague to design a client’s web site.

    Anyhow, just wanted to add that I subscribed to your blog only a week ago, but enjoying it a lot. Usually I never win anything, but winning Kelly’s book would definitely make my day. Thanks for writing about Kelly’s path, what an inspiration she is (and you too) ;)

  • Reply aida September 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    I am beggining to experiment with acrylic painting and need some inspiration! Kelly Rae work is really beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Doris September 3, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Kelly, your work is gorgeous and so inspiring! I did leave my stressful career four years ago, despite getting a Masters degree to do it, I left it behind after 5-6 years in the field. My father died during that time, and I decided life is too short to be stressed and unhappy 5 out of 7 days and worry about it the other 2 days…so I quit. I’m not doing my dream job, yet, because there are bills to pay in the meantime, and I’m still defining what that dream job is exactly. But I’m getting closer every day and working on it a little every day.

    I can use all the motivation and inspiration I can get!

    Doriss last blog post: Monday Mile Marker

  • Reply Paula in NH September 3, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I am working towards my dream job – earning money while sharing my love my fabrics, stitchery and quilts. It could be in a quilt shop, teaching workshops or sharing my creations with others.

    Five months ago I suffered a meltdown caused by stress at my old job (it was not my dream job) and have not been working. I am well enough now and have the support of my tremendous husband to explore new career options.

    This book would be a great way to help me explore my options.

    Paula in NHs last blog post: Bead Mat Pattern?

  • Reply Jesse September 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I?ve started living my dream after a friend of mine asked me for maternity pictures in February 2006…back then I didn?t really know what to do with my life and had just about tried everything that I was interested in (working in a kindergarten, being an au pair in the US, studying tourism, working in the movie business etc.) and I was only 23…
    After asking for inspiration links on some online forums I was on, I was beyond stunned over the links of natural light photographers people sent me…I knew right then that this was what I really wanted to do with my life…being a natural light child- & familyphotographer :)
    I could not sleep the following nights because I was so excited and only a few weeks later I held my very first dSLR in my hands…I started to practice with friends? kids and at christmas 2006 I put my first website online.
    I was still working another fulltime job in Berlin at the time (as a financial support until things would start rolling here in Germany), but after my beloved sister died in July 2007 I quit that job knowing that it didn?t make me happy (I was very unhappy at the time…having my photography on my mind all the time and not being able to fully live it was really frustrating) and that this was not what my sister would have wanted for me. So I quit and have never looked back since…I?m a photographer fulltime now and love love love everything about my job…I could not be happier and really do live my dream…and I?m sure my sister would be very happy for me too :)

    Jesses last blog post: Happy Monday…

  • Reply Kami September 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I have to pick just one dream job? I have about 10! :) I feel very lucky that i get to be creative every day as a graphic designer, but of course like everyone else, i always wish there was more time and/or money for my personal creative pursuits. If only there were more hours in the day!

    On my list of future dream jobs i have interior decorator, pastry chef/bakery owner, full-time mom, design studio owner, travel guide writer, horse-ranch owner, bed and breakfast owner…and the list can go on :) I feel that as long as i stay in touch with my creative self and keep on learning and growing that i am always working towards any one of these dream jobs. One major theme that i notice on my list is that i always want to be the “owner”, so for right now I’m trying to focus on getting my financial situation in control and in a great place so that i have the flexibility and finances to make these dreams come true when i’m ready for them!

  • Reply kelly September 3, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Hello Kelly.. what a great name Kelly! Kelly’s of the world unite!

    I am a very lucky person. I get to be a graphic designer at a University every day. Its a nine to five, guaranteed pay check with benefits… which makes it very hard to step away from.
    Of course, graphic design is not always glamourous and is sometimes plain (yawn!) text editing. But.. for the most part it is an exciting art filled career choice.
    I do believe that I share the same big dream that many aspire to – and that is to work for myself one day. I would love to create from my heart whatever comes into it. For me this seems more and more to manifest itself in food creation.
    I would love to peruse your book and use it as guidance and inspiration!

    kellys last blog post: Canned Peaches

  • Reply KeRRi JoNeS September 3, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    First off, I love Decor8 and Holly…both truly provide me with a daily dose of heart felt inspiration and beauty.

    Second, Kelly’s book looks gorgeous. To write a book must surely be a dream come true. Wow! Can’t wait to check out her shop on Etsy.

    Third, I believe I am in the midst of living MY dream.

    I only began calling myself an artist a few years ago and I’m 43, a mother of two.

    I yearn to grow artistically and spiritually every day pursueing my happy creative life.

    I am a successful artist (success being defined by joy alone) and I dream. I make jewelry, I style window displays and I keep an on-line boutique. These are life long dreams that I am currently living. In the near future, I dream of a studio by the beach, I dream of easy gourmet cooking that makes people smile, I dream of molding clay in my hands, I dream of styling amazing photos, I dream of making jewelry of melted gold, I dream of textured, colored interiors, I dream of photography that touches people.

    I am grateful that I have the desire to be inspired each and every day, and above all, grateful for all the other amazingly creative people that inspire me.

    Cheers! Kerri

    KeRRi JoNeSs last blog post: ReSeRVeD FoR BLueANCHoR

  • Reply emily September 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    It seems like I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up…currently I feel stuck in a job that holds no interest for me (stuck because of the steady paycheck it provides)…it’s certainly not where I thought I would be…I think this book would provide some much needed inspiration! :)

  • Reply Kassie September 3, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Well, I guess I’m not necessarily a late bloomer, but a late-er bloomer! I finished my bachelors degree, worked for two years to really figure out what I wanted to do, and now I am halfway through a masters degree in school counseling. I can really see myself loving this job! Once I’m done with this degree, I want to learn to decorate cakes and make beautiful wedding cakes in my spare time on weekends and in the summers. I love Kelly’s work, and would love to have her book as well! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Patricia September 3, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I found my dream job back in late 2006. Unfortunately by early 2007, I found out that I was going to be migrating to the US to be with my now husband. My dream job was part of a Australian Government funded program that sent volunteers to the Asia Pacific region. I found it to be a challenging and diverse role with a lot of opportunities and allowed me to also travel all around Australia. It was the most grueling job I had ever done but one that I saw the rewards for. I met so many new people, did a lot of public speaking (which apparently I love doing!) and always felt I was helping out someone, somewhere even though I couldn’t see it first hand.

    That was my dream job THEN. I think I have a dream job NOW. Unfortunately I cannot work yet because I’m still waiting for my US Work Authorization. But I don’t think I could ever top my previous dream job so I’m looking for another. And I think I found it in photography.

  • Reply oolong September 3, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I do have my dream job. I am freelance graphic designer and I love it. I am working from home and that means spending a lot of time with my boyfriend and our dog too. Sometimes I just have moment of weaknes and I need some encouragement. I must learn to do things more boldly!!!

  • Reply L2 September 3, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    My goodness, reading about Kelly’s journey has me repeatedly saying to myself “That’s ME!”.

    Degree, check.
    Career, check.
    Mortgage, check.
    Happiness? Checked at the door.

    I’ve realized that there is nothing standing in the way of one’s own happiness except for that which you see in the mirror. Kelly’s book sounds very inspiring and I would love to absorb a copy of it to pick some lessons learned from her journey.

    My current dream is photography, but who knows, tomorrow, it might be something else.

    L2s last blog post: Kelsey and Scott (and Lily!)

  • Reply Kim Wallace September 3, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    I am a graphic designer and very much enjoy and love my job, however after over 6 years I realised that with all the deadlines and tight budgets that usually come with the job, I had neglected one of my biggest passions ? art!

    I am now in the process of setting up an online gallery selling contemporary Australian art & craft, and am once again actively involved in art courses, visiting galleries, exhibitions and art events. I am enjoying the process so much and am so excited to discover more of the amazing artists Australia has to offer each day!

    It is very satisfying to have a crack at something I believe in & am passionate about and I hope I can realise the vision I have.

    Kim Wallaces last blog post: Poached Egg Daisy Artworks ? Part Two

  • Reply Lacey September 3, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    My job is a sort of dream job. I work from home as a web consultant for non-profits. I studied online advertising in college so this is always what I said I wanted to do with the added bonuses of doing it from home and for non-profits. My advice for anyone pursuing their dream is really boring though. It would have to be to have patience. I had to do a bunch of not so dreamy jobs to get here. Or, in fortune cookie speak, your patience will be rewarded.

    Laceys last blog post: Are you Master of your domain?

  • Reply Leigh September 3, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I’ve spent a lot of time recently trying to figure out what my dream job is. It’s hard because I currently have an excellent job in fashion – one that many girls would kill for. I have a creative voice and my vision is often seen in end results. I’m learning about accessories. However, I’ve begun to see this job as a stepping stone. It’s given me invaluable resources – a look into trend forecasting + market research, the opportunity to develop my own artistic voice and a helluva education in print + color. But, I’m not satisfied.

    I’m a theatre director at heart and have been pursuing that in evenings and weekends since I graduated college. I love being in the rehearsal room. I love the creative process, collaboration, and experimentation. I have so many ideas about the type of theatre I’d like to be making. I have dreams of creating my own company.

    And yet, those theater dreams aren’t completely fulfilling either. I want to travel. I want to go to places off the beaten paths. I want to explore local markets and see young indie designers across the globe. I want to continue the work I’ve started in my new blog – discovering artists, illustrators, and photographers. I want to help them. I want to create a vast network of creatives who can help each other.

    I want to volunteer – at orphanages in South Africa + Cambodia, building latrines in Vietnam, helping in whatever ways I can in places that need human resources (that is human bodies, and hands and hearts to help heal).

    I want to combine all of these loves so that I’m not only taking from the global community, but also giving back. My stumbling block is – how? How do I combine all of these loves? How do I make them all meld and work together? How do I pursue all of my dreams?

    Leighs last blog post: M.Kendall: Typewriters

  • Reply Heather September 3, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    My dream job is to create art and other various things that put a smile on people’s faces. I graduated college with a BA in advertising and design, but my heart was always firmly rooted in traditional arts and crafts. Being 22 at the time, and easily manipulated by society, I took a job in corporate America… business dress, cubicle, paperwork, the whole nine yards.

    However, everything has changed in the past few months. I had an epiphany. I realized that I was never meant to spend my life inside a cube. After this realization, each day at work made me feel more and more like my walls were closing in on me. And then I did it… I quit.

    So now here I sit in my studio with my life as an artist sprawled out in front of me. This is how I wanted to spend my life, and now I have it. I laughed in society’s face and took the road less traveled… the road of an artist.

  • Reply kc September 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Kelly with a y, I am Kelli with an i – nice to meet you and I’d love to have your book. I need all the inspiration I can get my hands on! I am currently taking steps towards my dream job. I am a Junior Designer at an architecture firm studying for the license exam in October. I also just decided once the exam studying is over and done with to volunteer at the local African American history museum. My dream job would be to combine my love of all things design, museums, and African American history…how exactly, I have yet to come up with….but I have my thinking cap on! I can’t say I am my most creative at work, so I also long to do something creative with the little spare time I have. Taking Flight would be a great way for me to consider my options and be inspired all at the same time!

  • Reply leah. September 3, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    My dream job is to be a cake designer (or cupcakes). I am NOT currently living my dream–i’m actually quite the opposite (i’m an engineer). But i live my dream by being responsible for friends birthday cakes. I’m not pursuing my dream for a few reasons–it requires more standing than my body will allow, i’m scared onto where to start without losing my income, and i dont think i’m good enough yet. But i keep practicing whenever i can–even if that means baking my own birthday cake. If i finally tweak my recipe to be “GREAT” maybe i’ll reconsider pursuing my dream. :)

  • Reply darlene September 3, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    i do not have my dream job but am working on it … i have always been a late bloomer and finished both my degrees in my thirties; wrote and had a play produced when i was 30 and every poetry publication; photo publication and art show happened while in my thirties … and still in my thirties, after doing many photoshoots on the side, have finally plunged into wedding photography with my musician husband and we love love love it. i think that while i still have to work in my professional career as a project coordinator because i need the security for my son, i am living my dream life and i know that eventually i will be able to leave the office for good knowing that i can be replaced by someone whose dream job is my current job. kelly rae is such an inspiration ~ as are you :)

    darlenes last blog post: tasting the fruit

  • Reply Miranda September 3, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I am pretty close to having my dream job… When I was a kid I wanted to work at an ad agency (just like Angela Bower from “Who’s the Boss?”) and live in a really old house. I’m doing both of those things now. I’m expecting my first baby in December and love the idea of working freelance PR/marketing jobs from home and spending lots of time with my little bambino while continuing to redecorate our constantly-being-renovated 100 year old bungalow.

    Mirandas last blog post: Flashback Friday: Father’s Day Family Outing

  • Reply Jennifer September 3, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I’m in my early 30s & I don’t have my dream job. I come from a family that placed money and security as the highest priority…. They were ruled by fear and it was passed on to me. So, I got the safe job and now feel scared to drop it all and pursue my passion! What if I can’t make rent? What if…? I’m starting to do work on myself to find that courage and follow my passion.

  • Reply stephanie September 3, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    i’m currently in that recently-graduated-still-trying-to-figure-out- what-my-dream-job-is-phase, but i do know it involves creativity in some form. i currently work as a programmer at a film festival, which is quite awesome but not necessarily the best fit. i think i like to *make* things more than i like *organizing* things. i really enjoy collage work and want to start dappling in that again and i’ve recently taken up quilting, which i absolutely love!

  • Reply Glenda J September 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    My dream job would be to be a desktop publisher for non-profits. I currently am employed otherwise but I frequently do this for my friends and church. I think this would be a good book to serve as a “go to” when I am looking for inpiration rather than perspiration–ha!

  • Reply Isha September 3, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Currently I am trying to find a balance between my job within education and my time spent sewing. The job takes quite a bit of time and energy, while the crafting time relaxes my mind and somehow gives me energy. My dream would be to be able to sew full-time and expand my creativity to designing and printing my own fabric. I love, love, love fabric, it’s what drew me to sewing. I see this dream as a potential reality for the future, but for now I need to pay off all the student loans!!!!

  • Reply Andrea September 3, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I am currently living the dream job of being a stay at home Mom for my 2 very young daughters. I know I am lucky to stay at home, but sometimes I miss my previous job as furniture rep in commercial design. I think I’m most content when I find ways of mixing my interests with motherhood; teaching them to use oil pastels or pointing out beautiful architecture. Someday I will go back to work, but today I’m glad I don’t have to miss a moment with my girls :)

  • Reply Maggie September 3, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Kelly, what beautiful work and an inspiring story. Your painting mixed with collage work is lovely. Looking at your work I connect as the mood it sets reminds me of myself. Thoughtful…

    Living the dream job? Not presently during 9-5. My dream job would be illustrating full time in a creative environment where I can continue to learn and grow. More importantly, an environment that doesn’t feel like it is work which is what illustrating and designing does for me.

    After my day job, I currently work on nights and weekends as editor of a newsletter for a professional organization and on illustrate projects. Illustration is a way I connect with my inner self, the side of me that is bursting at the seams with energy and ideas. Dream job-I am working toward that goal and don’t think it is ever too late to find it. I feel like a perennial flower, constantly blooming and reinventing myself. One can never stop blooming if you listen to your inner self and follow what it tells you.

  • Reply Angela Martinez September 3, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    I am doing what I love to do–graphic design for a very wonderful architecture firm. Though its not my complete dream job, they allow me to be creative and experimental. Which is crazy for having a salary kind of job! =) I love it here but ultimately would love to run my own design shop/book shop. I am planning on taking some business courses and continue learning about graphic design. Wahoo to that one day!

  • Reply pam September 3, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    i wish i could live my dream. i’m currently working at a dead end job. in addition to this, my husband and i are closing our coffeeshop we’ve owned for the last 2 years. it was great, but it didn’t pay our bills. my dream job would be to travel the world in search of cute, fun, unique things and open up a vintage inspired boutique filled with all my finds.

  • Reply Maria September 3, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Yeah! I just started pursuing my dream job! After 17 years of working full-time, and creating art on the side, I will finally be able to devote myself to my art quilts. Going free lance is very scary, by exciting as well. No room for fear any more.

  • Reply Krystal September 3, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I am well on my way to pursuing my DREAM JOB. Just about a year ago I left the boring world of banking to follow my heart and find a career in a creative enviornment. I was determined to find a work/life balance. I did some soul searching with my family and friends and looked at all the things that I enjoyed doing and tried to find a way to turn my passions into a career. I have always loved interior design and have enjoyed working on my own home as well as friends living spaces. I was lucky enough to find a job as a Business Manager at an Interior Design Firm. I enrolled in design classes and decided to head back to college again at the age of 32. I work for four designers and I am gaining so much knowledge about the design industry. Making this change has transformed my life. I finally do have a work/life balance and I have found that I have more energy and zest in everything I do. It has made a better person. “We only have this one beautiful life to live”. Krystal

    Krystals last blog post: Early Fall

  • Reply phoenixc September 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher because I liked writing with chalk on the board. Then I thought I’d like to be a business executive and wear really great suits…after university I thought, wouldn’t it be awesome to read for a living? So I took some publishing and editing courses. For a little while there, I thought, it’d be pretty cool to review restaurants as a food critic, then I could eat out at expensive restos all the time. Now, thanks to HGTV, design mags and blogs like yours, I’ve got thoughts of turning to design…except that it seems so risky to leave the security of a steady paycheque now that I have a mortgage to carry. sigh. The other dream, which I share with my best friend, is to open up a little gift shop, selling lovely things like stationary and cards and candles and such. One day…

    phoenixcs last blog post: CB & WE in TO!!

  • Reply joyce September 3, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I’m doing a dream job right now. I was able to open my antiques store right as my kids were finishing up high school. I’m constantly on the lookout for vintage treasures and wonderful ways to display them…and working had to make it profitable. I did this on a smaller scale in antique malls when my kids were little. Now I’m trying it full time. This comes after many years of staying at home with my kids….which was a wonderful dream job…a dream I didn’t even know I had when I got married.

    Eventually, as my husband nears retirement, I would like to shift to focusing more on my artwork and marketing it in some fashion. I’m just now starting to add other techniques to my line drawings to make mixed media pieces. I’m 46….still not too old to reach out and try new things.

    My advise is this: You may not be able to do all the dreams at once, but each season of life might see you reaching out and making different dreams come true.

    joyces last blog post: New Table and Thresherman’s Parade

  • Reply Tobie September 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    My dream job is to be a full-time author. I can just see myself sitting in my office adorably decorated office typing away. In order to acheive this, I have written one novel and am now editing it.

  • Reply D. September 3, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    My dream job is twofold: a poet and poetry teacher.

    I love poetry. From such a young age, I can remember my mom taking me to the library and picking up every Shell Silverstein book I could get my hands on. Good, meaningful poetry can do the same thing any other art form (such as design, painting, floral arranging, etc.) can do: inspire and spur further creativity. It provokes thought. It provokes every emotion from joy to sadness, dreams realized to dreams abandoned.

    Last week, I started my master’s degree in creative writing and am serving the university as a graduate teaching assistant, teaching the introductory poetry course. It’s daunting and nerve racking, but I already love it. That being said, artistic endeavors I can undertake at home, to recharge creatively, physically, and emotionally, will sharpen my ability in the classroom and on the page.

  • Reply Brooke September 3, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    My dream is to be a full-time blogger. I am a graphic designer and am thoroughly interested in interior design. My best skill is creating the “Pottery Barn look for the Ikea price.” I love finding inexpensive ways to create a fun, new look, because restrictions usually inspire intense creativity. I love sharing my ideas with people and helping them come up with ideas.

    I do freelance web design and write a blog called I hope to be able to create projects weekly where I show readers how to make beautiful things out of what they have.

  • Reply ipek kuran September 3, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    my dream is to travel, meet people, draw them and write about them. this will not be happening soon, but i don’t really care, ’cause I love dreaming about it.
    I don’t know what would happen if everything I wished for came true, it sounds pretty boring.

    ipek kurans last blog post: Amerikan Cumhuriyet?ileri Aras?nda Bir Kad?n

  • Reply Miranda September 3, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    It’s hard to say what my “dream job” would be. But it would mostly be doing what I love(whatever it is that day) for a living. Be it painting, knitting, spinning, researching, etc. Right now I just have hopes of pursuing my dream. Last week I was laid off from my job, so I am taking it as a blessing in disguise. While collecting unemployment I will be searching my art as a way of making a living.

  • Reply Michele September 3, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Go Kelly, go noles! Loved your bio story… I always thought a late bloomer was a woman who decides to do something else in their 40’s. Oh wow. I started my own company at 24, rose to the heights in my professed profession and then left to be a full time mom, which I got a lot of flak for in the late 80’s. Exploring many different paths with a no holds bar attitude…I think we are meant to be many things, and that’s the joy of discovery for me. Much success on your journey.

  • Reply Jennifer September 3, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    I love Kelly’s work and recently bought my first piece from her Etsy shop.
    No, I don’t have my dream job. I’m not really sure what that is since I recently had to give up one dream.
    So, do I want to be a yoga instructor, a knitter, a jewelry designer, a sewer…
    And talk about a late bloomer – I’ll be 41 in a month!

    Jennifers last blog post: "We need families that thrive."

  • Reply Susan Elliott September 3, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    I would love to design embroidery for a haute couture fashion house in Paris. I would love to travel the world finding embroidery inspiration from various cultures and then re-interpret them for modern fashion.

    I am not pursuing this dream but my mind daydreams all day long about embroidery and needlework, which I pursue passionately as a hobby.

    Susan Elliotts last blog post: The First Day of School — Before and After

  • Reply Condo Blues September 3, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    I was downsized from my dream job of developing online computer courses. I loved the fact that I got paid to learn about new technology and then use my creative writing, graphic, and Web skills to present it to learners. Tech writing pays the bills now but it’s not as creative as my previous endevor.

    So I’m looking for a new dream vocation. On freelance writing gigs, I enjoy being my own boss (of sorts) and I love being about to take something that was supposed to be trash and turning it into a useful object or well-designed art piece. I’m still searching for the particulars on how to make that my new vocation. In the meantime, I’m taking on writing and design projects that focus more on design and creative subjects.

    Condo Bluess last blog post: How to Hem Pants Into Shorts, Then Use the Pant Legs to Make a Hat!

  • Reply Elisa September 3, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I just gave up a stressful sales job in the high-tech industry to have more time at home and with my kids.
    I would love a dream job that I could do from home and give me a little extra income, ideally when the kids are a little older it would be good to expand on it and put more time into it.
    Right now I would love to do some art work that I could sell at small craft shows or on-line.
    I’m a thirty something girl and now is the time!

  • Reply the butterfly collector September 3, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    At 33 and with two little boys, I have finally decided that I need to step up and out into the world and make something special and creative happen for myself! There is no time to wait for retirement, until things are more fnancially stable, until they are all grown up and left the nest! The time is now!!! There is only now, you only have this life, no time to waste, you must live your best and happiest one! Kelly is doing that amazingly, I want to too!!!
    I have just started a course with a life coach, I am creating art everyday ( even if I only get five minutes!), reading everything I can find about successful artists and crafters and following my passions! What a wonderful world it would be if we could all do and be more passionate about something we loved!

    the butterfly collectors last blog post: Dressed in Yellow

  • Reply Bianca September 3, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    This is quite a good question…My dream changed a couple of years ago. I always had the passion and desire to become a very successful marketing manager, studying International Business & Management. I started as a marketing officer in 2006 and really enjoyed the work I was doing, but couldn’t find a balance working with the people in the company (engineering). From that I moved on to work as a support person for a union, where I really enjoyed my time but couldn’t express my creativity. At that time I used to create lots of things in adobe illustrator and read an article about a Melbourne multimedia designer turned textile designer…that’s what inspired me to get my creations printed on textiles as well. I started hollabee and it kicked off rather well…so well that I changed jobs after 8 months and I now work for an educational institution 3 days a week and fill in the rest of the week with working on hollabee. The same designer who inspired me is now a good friend with whom I’ve started another venture. The three of us (Lara, Tegan and I) started ink & spindle recently, a textile yardage printing business. I’m hoping to be able to do this full-time next year…which means that I would have ‘a dream job’ at the age of 26 AND be co-owner of it…how good is that! The funny thing is that I am going back to my original dream, being the marketing & business development manager….and I’m so looking forward to it. We’re taking it slowly and that’s why I’m keeping my part time job, the bills still have to be paid and my partner, who is a photographer (yes, another artist) only recently found a full-time job. I think the only advice I can give people is to listen to your heart and explore the options to follow it, take little steps if needed…that’s what I did. It also really helps to have an understanding and supporting spouse and family and I’m a blessed person in that sense. Good luck everyone, I’d like to see a world full of creative people.

  • Reply Carolyn September 3, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I am not living my dream job, yet, but I do feel closer than ever. My biggest dilemma is FOCUS. I know I want to create something with my hands and work from my new fantastic living space but I’m all over the place right now: sewing, upholstering, drawing, painting, designing (and I want to learn glass beading, shoemaking and woodworking!). I need to land somewhere. But I am optimistic. I try not to get too down and frustrated about it. Fortunately my day job is very stress-free and a wee bit creative so I don’t hate it. Thanks for all your inspiring blogging and this great giveaway!

  • Reply Christine Snyder September 3, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Ladies… First of all Kelly Rae you are amazing, I’m so inspired by your work, journey and inspiration… and Holly, everyday you blow me away with your creative blogs, heart warming words and honestly both of you have hearts that melt away any sadness, fears or doubts that I can do anything, and conquer my current journey!! If it weren’t for an amazing God in my life, an awesome daughter and so many powerful, creative blogs I would read daily… my long stays in the hospitals would have bored me to death. :)

    Okay now that I said that… hehe!

    My dream jobs… yes (s)! I really want to own my own botique/flower shop, a place where I can let my creative ideas flow and fly free but also bring some color and inspiration into ones day! Also I have a passion for health, wholeness and bringing hope into other people lives… I already own an amazing business through a company called Usana Health Sciences, I really want to take my business to the next level. Transfer HUGE fiances into others lives, but also more than that… I want to (I’m working on) creating my own non-profit org that provides income for medical treatments or provide extra fiances for families going through intense medical treatments, to help even with the little things, like back to school clothes for kids, I also want to provide an outlet for people to go to an amazing hospital in Mexico called Sanoviv for the people whom qaulify.

    So in a nut shell…

    I want to have a shop that opens an outlet for my creative cravings, grow and have a more successful and abundant business that will allow me to build a powerful, heart warming and life touching non-profit business.

    The possibilites…. hehe!

    Thank you both so much!! xo

    Christine Snyders last blog post: I promise I’ll update soon

  • Reply pat sloan September 3, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    What a beautiful story! I do live my dream, but after 8 yrs full time I’ve learned that the dream is different than I thought it would be. I moved from a big career to a small design business later in life (much later than Kelly… you go girl for doing this SO EARLY!… it’s all relative you see …. hehe!)

    I too am motivated to encourage others. I try and do this through my blog and when I teach. I hope others will do what feeds their soul and not let anything stand in their way.

    LOVE this blog!!!

    pat sloans last blog post: September Newsletter

  • Reply lauren September 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    i’m working a regular “day job” while i search my heart to discover my “dream job”. i dabble with my creative passions – photography, scrapbooking & writing on the evenings & weekends but i would love to find a way to combine the three and earn a profit.
    in the end, i’d just love to be happy and content 24/7/365. wouldn’t we all?

  • Reply Brie! September 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    i’m 18 and i’m living my dream as we speak which is ridiculously amazing and scary all at the same time. Right now I’m studying at one of the top interior design programs in the country at Cornell University! Honestly I never once thought that it would be possible but here I am. Advice? From personal experience, you just have to go for it. Reach for it. Work your ass off for whatever makes you happy because life isn’t a dress rehearsal. Even if you think your dreams couldn’t happen there’s really nothing stopping you but yourself from trying to grab those dreams and live them like there’s no tomorrow. : )

  • Reply Funmi September 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I guess my new job is a stepping stone to my “dream” job. I started out as a journalist, covering topics that were dull and dealing with the politics of the pubishing industry. Several twists and turns later, I’ve landed at a nonprofit arts education program that is working to make arts and culture accessible to all children regardless of their socioeconomic class. Being surrounded daily by visual artists, musicians, other writers and the like has inspired me to reconnect with my creative side that had been dormant for a long time. I’ve actually begun a mixed media piece of my own inspired by my son. Anyway, my dream job is to take my passion for journalism and storytelling and tell stories that impact lives through photography, video and web. I’m begining to dabble in it through work, documenting how arts and creativity are opening imaginations and changing childrens’ lives. I hope to continue to tell more stories that matter.

  • Reply Kelli September 3, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Dear Kelly and Decor 8,

    I have been a dental hygienist for 15 years. I dreamed that when I was 14 and I’m happily practicing. I actually fear not being able to continue as I have Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy. I was diagnosed at 25 and I’m 36 now. I have been a little in denial as it doesn’t affect me much. I have trouble reaching above shoulder level. I can hoist my arm up there but control goes out the window. I recently attended my first MD meeting. It was scary. A lot of people with what I have aren’t doing so well. Wheel chairs and crutches. The man setting next to me told me I better do what I want now because who knows how long my good luck will continue. For some reason I thought of two things. Paint a room in my house and ride a jet ski. I painted my eat in dining area off of the kitchen antique red. It took awhile but I did it (alone). My husband has been so patient. I’m finishing the trim and baseboards. I think a lot of people waste their life letting one thing or another hold them back. Who knows what I will end up doing. I just now starting thinking about it. Kind of matrixy movie like. It’s good to be alive.

  • Reply Mariel September 3, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Yes I do, I do have a dream job, I am an art teacher and it is so amazing to see what students can do every class with their own unique style..
    No, I dont pay the bills with my job but the happiness I feel is enough for him to cover the expenses happily

  • Reply Coleen September 3, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    I wish I could say that I’m living out my dream job, but unlike so many other people I am stuck in the rut of a 9 to 5 doing tech support (yuck). While I never know what I’m gonna get when I come into work each day, I hardly find this a perk…My dream job would to be to have a photography studio right in my own home, get paid to travel to foreign places on photo shoots, have my work published in fancy glossy-paged magazines and play with Photoshop in my “spare” time.

    However, being the first person in my family to graduate college meant I had allot to prove. Looking back I would have followed my passion for all things artsy and pursued a more creative degree like Commercial Photography versus Information Technology, but I am slowly learning to accept yesterday and pave a better tomorrow.

    Coleens last blog post: "Rolling on the River"

  • Reply Nat September 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    My career (read job) path has varied over the years and I have been blessed to have some of my dreams come true along the way. I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my stationery design online store. After nearly 9 years working as a graphic designer within the government it is both exciting and little scary to put your work out there.

    Living in one of the world’s most isolated cities it was something I would never have dreamed of possible a few years ago but as the saying goes nothing ventured nothing gained. I’m excited to be learning something new everyday and being challenged by the process.

  • Reply alicia September 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I love my job and am so thankful I realized what I was meant to do. I think surrounding yourself with inspiration (like Kelly’s book) and working at something creative everyday, even if it is reading or jotting down a few ideas is key.
    Sometimes it takes awhile to see all the pieces fit together, but those building blocks and first steps are just as important as the the major accomplishments.

  • Reply hope September 3, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Well I am doing my dream job – designing full time… but there is another dream I have had since childhood and that is to be a writer – a young adult fiction writier… but I refuse to let anyone read anything I write though, so it will be a hard dream to fulfill if I keep that up!

  • Reply Rachel September 3, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    My dream job is to be a chef sharing my enthusiasm for great locally produced food in an unfussy communal way. I’d like to develop a line of organic snack foods with a portion of the proceeds going towards stamping out hunger because I believe no person should go hungry. In about a month, I’ll know if a buyout from my current job is going to happen. If it goes through, I’ve already chosen a culinary school to enroll in. Until then, I’ll keep cooking, sharing and writing about food.

    Rachels last blog post: Project Runway 2018?

  • Reply Kelsey September 3, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I’m currently en route to my dream job.

    I began working at a public relations agency two weeks after graduation (this past May, mind you). I’m going on more than three months at the agency now and am gaining great experience. I’m very happy with my job, but eventually, I’d love to do public relations work for anything relating to women.

    For example…

    I admire the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty (, where shapely, non-perfect women pose for ads, defying the world’s definition of beauty. Dove takes this initiative a step further, and this, in my opinion, is the best part of all. I especially love what Dove is doing do increase girls’ self esteem worldwide. By hosting fun, educational workshops and partnering with the Girls Scouts of America, Dove really is making a difference in young women by instilling confidence and comfortable femininity in girls in the midst of false Hollywood bodies and fabricated smiles.

    And therein lies my passion-encouraging women to discover their inner strength and beauty while embracing their God-given femininity and elegance.

    In short, though pleased with my current job, I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.

    Kelseys last blog post:

  • Reply Natalie September 3, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I am currently living my dream job, but I’m beginning to realise it doesn’t come as easy as I’d first thought! I was working as an in-house graphic designer for a marketing company but felt my soul slowly dying as I beat more and more deadlines. So I left in December last year so I could work on being an artist, as well as doing freelance design and illustration. This year I’ve been 100% committed to learning so many new things and just absorbing techniques and writing down all my ideas. It has felt much more nourishing, but it’s hard to crank up clients, commissions and paying work!

  • Reply Rachel September 3, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Two months ago I began working on a DIY blog in between work projects. It only took two 18 hour days for me to realize that this was my new calling and my dream job! As with most new endeavors, I eat, sleep and breathe this site and my love for this project only grows. Every day I spend time thinking about how incredibly lucky I am to have the opportunity to do my dream job, blogging, full time.

  • Reply Paula in Oz September 3, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Hi there, do i have my dream job ? I sit in front of a pc and answer phone calls, not my dream job but I still find it rewarding helping others. However I pondered on what my dream job would be, and what came to mind was, to be a photographer travelling the world taking amazing photos of animals and scenery, or perhaps an interior decorator, just letting loose with ideas and not having to worry about the cost, or dare I say perhaps an Artist (there i said it out loud….and it didn’t hurt too much), to have the courage to just do it, and not be too critical… but hey i am dreaming. In reality i feel i may have missed my chance as i am now in my fifties. But my wonderful partner has inspirated and given me encouragement to paint. He even said whatever i paint he will hang on the wall…So i went out and bought my paints, brushes, easel and canvas, then i thought ‘what do i paint’….(i use to love painting and drawing at school, and have an eye for detail….i do beading and make jewellery, had a go at card making, cross stitching, glass painting, and also love creating my garden and watching it grow…) I really feel that i am ready to paint but just not sure what, or the different techniques that are used. I have searched various websites (i love Google, we have a great relationship going, I want and it provides…hehe)…I came across the artist Elin Pendleston, loved some of her work and she inspired me even more, also checked out some beginners-learn to paint sites, still on my search (i ask the Universe and it provides) and today i came across your site and feel your book, something that i can view and keep would truly help me……
    What advice would I give someone about their dreams > Follow your dreams, go out there and do it, enjoy it, and have the time of your life…cause one day you may wake up and realise that life has passed you by……..My beautiful daughter once told me “Mum i want to walk on my own walking stones, and if i make a mistake, it was my mistake and no one elses” how can you argue with that logic…..
    Cheers Paula

  • Reply bethania September 3, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Do I have a job dream? Just one? I work as a civil servant by day (part time) and keep dreaming of working with patterns and colours. I love them both, but I do not feel capable of doing nothing much out of it. So I read a lot of blogs on the subject, read books and that is it. Sometimes I draw and sometimes I sew. Colour and patterned are involved in both subjects, but that is just a hobby.

  • Reply i.d. September 3, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Holly, you always manage to post about matters so close to my heart!

    I’m in my early twenties and I think I’m blooming right now.

    In high school, I loved fashion but instead I went on to study law. There was no pressure from my parents; I was simply convinced that I should do something “useful” and that anything creative would be frivolous. I finished university and have been working as a lawyer for the past 2 years.

    I consider myself quite successful – but by someone else’s standards, not my own. Despite some bright moments, I was pretty miserable throughout university and still am in my current job. There are several reasons why I put off making a change. Firstly, I was waiting for my “dream job” to leap out at me. It seems like several others are in the same boat – we don’t know what we want to do, so we don’t make a move yet. I’ve learned that you won’t find your dream job unless you look for it. Try it, and if it’s not right, move on to the next thing. Secondly, money is an issue. In a way, late bloomers have the advantage of having built up some financial security and starting a family from whom they can draw support (both monetary and emotional). It is hard to make a drastic change when you’re younger because you are struggling to pay student loans and bills, and find your feet in the world. On the other hand, blooming young means you haven’t built up an expectation of a substantial standard of living so you’re in a better place to take risks. Thirdly, it’s so easy to follow the crowd. Most of my peers have embarked on careers as lawyers, bankers, accountants, etc. A lot of them are willing to work in a field they don’t love and pursue their real interests on the side. I am definitely not one of those people. And I think there is something noble about boldly following a dream. If anyone denigrates you for it, they must just be secretly envious that they don’t have the guts to do the same.

    Anyways, I’m currently applying to several fashion schools and hope to start on a new career path next year. It’s scary and exciting, and I think I’m up for it!

    i.d.s last blog post: Armed and Dangerous

  • Reply annie September 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    right now i am pursuing my dream job – graphic design. i like that its combining text + imagery and much more, and thats what i love and am excited about. i want to design books and beautiful things. i also want to be creative everyday, no matter what.

    annies last blog post: nonsensical 12 zine

  • Reply Kate September 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    The book looks fantastic-hope to win it..but I can’t say I’m in my dream job right now; I’ve taken a 3 year “leave” to take care of my son who was sick and hospitalized and now has some issues because of the long intense hospitalization. I know people dream of being a SAHM but it’s different for moms with kids with disabilites and while no one can take care of him & things like I can, boy do I wish I had a paycheck! All in due time though; it’ll all work out soon I know & pray.

    Kates last blog post: Details details

  • Reply Harley September 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    My dream job is to have my own bakery. Unfortunately right now, I just can’t afford the start-up costs. Hopefully within the next year I will be able to get the ball rolling though :)

    Harleys last blog post: ..calling all stampers!..

  • Reply Danica September 3, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I’m just starting to live my dream job (or one of them) as a beginning photographer. I’m also a mom (my true dream job!) and have another part-time job right now while my husband’s in dental school. Advice for others? Don’t be scared to just start…and then read, Read, READ! I read everything I could get my hands on to learn more about photography. The more you learn, the closer you’ll get to living your dream.

    Danicas last blog post: keshav.1 year

  • Reply Jen September 3, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I teach 3rd grade. In college I had a really hard time deciding what to do and I always hated the idea of having to chose my life career when I was 19. I like what I do, but I’ve always wondered if there was something more, something I could find real passion in.

    Recently, I’ve found inspiration in wonderful design websites and blogs. I feel like they speak to me. I just love reading them. So I’m still not sure what my dream job is yet, but I know I’ve always loved creating, all kinds. So I’ve decided to spend my Saturdays creating. I’ve started creating art mostly. I get most ideas from the internet. I look forward to Saturdays and I enjoy every moment of it. Maybe these Saturday creating sessions will lead to something more in the future.

    Thank you Kelly for your inspiring story and your beautiful art.

  • Reply Brenda September 3, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    I have a dream job, I’m a designer/artist for Hallmark Cards Australia and it’s a great role. Sometimes it’s frustrating to create product that isn’t exactly to my taste but I love being able to produce work that I wouldn’t be able to on my own or with a smaller company. I also love seeing my product in store and seeing happy people receive cards and presents wrapped in my designs.
    I am aiming to do some artwork and designs on the side without the confines of mass consumption and other limitations that big companies and working for other people entails. Blogs like decor8 inspire me to create work that will feed MY creative soul. My ultimate dream job is one that allows me creative freedom, challenges and the privilege to choose my timetable.

  • Reply Jenni September 3, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    As of 30 days ago I started the path to my dream job. I left a wonderful business partner and growing business behind to fullfill this dream. There were many tears shed and nights I lost sleep as I planned for this future. It’s scary to think of myself as an “artist” in terms of finances, but I know my time will come. I am on the right path. The past month has been amazing as doors continue to open and my inner wings have opened to truly see who I am supposed to be. I love this blog and the sharing you give to us readers. It reinforces to me that we can fill our lives with joy in abundance once we come to truly grasp our potential. And that’s what I see ahead…potential. I can’t wait to read your blog and book. Thanks for sharing your story with me.

  • Reply red tin heart September 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    i would consider myself a late bloomer too..i love Kelly’s work. i hope i win, it would be great.
    xoxo nita

    red tin hearts last blog post: I Never Saw Blue Like That..

  • Reply Linda September 4, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I can associate with Kelly. I’m turning 30 in a couple of months, and ever since leaving school I have always umed and ahed over what my ‘dream job’ was. I’ve always wanted to do something creative, but instead of accepting places in university to study I chose to enter the workforce and do administration. Not exciting, but ok money, and a secure job with good benefits.
    Well now I have two little ones and I stay at home. This has always been part of ‘the dream’ for me. Becoming a mum has allowed me time and opportunities to be creative and to spend time in the home, to experiment with decorating and designing rooms, to make home a comfortable, attractive and practical place to dwell. So I have just recently made the decision to study interior decoration online (great for SAHMs!), and from this I hope to start my own consulting business and hopefully my dream job!

    Lindas last blog post: Goodbye Winter

  • Reply Kristin September 4, 2008 at 12:39 am

    I am living my dream as a mom. I am a scrapbooker who makes books that hold the memories of my family. I love that I can be creative and use the skills that I learned a dressmaker and designer in my books to bring them to life.

  • Reply Megan September 4, 2008 at 12:51 am

    My dream job would be to work half time in technology and also be a writer. I like my sometimes boring technology job for the times it isn’t boring, and for the lifestyle the paycheck allows. A year ago I cut back from an 80 hour a week job to a 40 hour a week job and I’d love to cut back more. I am pursuing the writing thing very casually by blogging, but I am really enjoying it! Now that I have said what I want to do, I expect it to come true because so many times I have made a little wish and when it comes true I think, “Why didn’t I make a bigger wish?!” Put that goal out there and see what the universe comes up with. (And now I am thinking, did I wish big enough this time?)

  • Reply Simone September 4, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Hi! I am a regular here and thanks to all independent creative blogging ladies on my blog list I am now in my last week at a firm I could not handle.

    I have no job lined up, I have my own little business plan and clients slowly coming out of the woodwork. I will stay in my field for now (web design), but the main reason I decided to go it alone is to explore some other creative endeavors.

    I think its “high” time to try new fields, not because hardly any women do it and i think I need to make a stand, but because I love it, because I live and breath it. What i need is to find my dream… its not there yet, but i now have the time to find it.

    YAY :)


    Simones last blog post: Something that made me smile

  • Reply Irene September 4, 2008 at 1:25 am

    I *think* I am actively on the path to my dream job – I’m a graphics manager on track to becoming an art director in the entertainment industry. The more time goes by, the more I wonder if it’s really much of a “dream” or if the ho-hum of reality has me wishing for something that eats away at less of my time and creative energies. I think finding that elusive balance is the key that I have not quite yet discovered.

    Irenes last blog post: Happy Halloweenie!

  • Reply made sweet September 4, 2008 at 1:35 am

    After three and a half years into college I discovered graphic design and really wanted to pursue that. So, even though it meant tacking three more years onto my schooling, I decided to do it. It was a hard decision to make since I could have been done with school real quick, but like you talked about, I figured that the best thing to do is GO FOR IT! I thought to myself, ya know what? Five years from now, I will be working somewhere either way. Do I want it to be what I’m pursuing now? Or as a graphic designer?

    So, I took one semester off of school to create a portfolio (because I had only taken one beginning drawing class my whole life, I definitely did not have enough quality portfolio pieces to be accepted into the art program). A few months later, I was accepted into the art program, and a year and a half (and many hard classes and sleepless nights) after that, I’ve been accepted into the BFA graphic design program! I feel very blessed to have found something I love, and am so grateful that I decided to do it. I hope everyone gets to follow their dream! Make it happen!!

    made sweets last blog post: made sweet boutique

  • Reply Hanna September 4, 2008 at 1:36 am

    I don’t really have a realistic dream job. If I could choose a job, it would probably be Anthony Bourdain’s, but without the writing. Just traveling around and eating good (or sometimes just interesting) food. Right now I am just going to school at a community college because I have absolutely no idea what job I would like to have and therefore what college would be good for me to attend.

  • Reply Paola September 4, 2008 at 2:26 am

    I am currently looking and working to obtain my dream job. I been working in the corporate world for some time now and I always known that is not what I needed to do to feel complete. I am trying to put together my own business on graphic design and hope to a least give it a shot. If that does not work I do have a back up plan, it will involve going back to school for my master degree.

    Paolas last blog post: Quote of the Month: August

  • Reply Adi September 4, 2008 at 2:31 am

    (sorry for the english- my first language is hebrew…)

    As a child I was painting and drawing in several courses, however, as time went by I had to choose between art courses and swimming- which took most of my free time, thinking art will always be there (and young body wont). Now, time passed quickly and I found myself entering into a scientific career that employs most of my time (“the free one”). As I wish to come back to what was my hobby at all times, I realize that all those different techniques I used all of these years (felt, sewing, clay, paint of different kinds etc.) are really important to me and I am thinking of changing my life- from hobby to a real job: designing children toys, fabrics and more.

  • Reply Ingrid September 4, 2008 at 2:47 am

    One dream job, thats a hard one. I am a dreamer and always has lots of dream jobs. Maybe a job where I could be important and where I could analyze our society in some way.

    I think it is important to be systematic when trying to get a dream job. First you need to find out what your dream job is, and why. Then you need to find out how to get it, if you need education or special skills etc. And then you finally have to believe that you can get your dream job, and that you are good enough, smart enough etc. And sometimes a little bit of luck is helpful too ;)

  • Reply Caroline September 4, 2008 at 2:55 am

    My dream job is illustrator. I really love drawing… anywhere, anytime!

    Right now, I’m working as graphics designer in an agency. I like this job but I work as illustrator in the evening / week-end. One day… I hope… I will be leave my day job and I will be illustrator at home… with my pencils, my paper and my lovely cat (who is inspire me all the time ^^)
    I’d like to create books, posters,… which can make me (and all the people who likes my world!) dream.

    I’m young (21) so I still believe in my dream and I will make everything to make it come true!

    I don’t speak english very often so I tried to express my feeling as well as possible. Hope you understand.


    Carolines last blog post: Kabaret

  • Reply alis September 4, 2008 at 3:05 am

    I knew I wanted to be an industrial designer since I was in middle school, now I am 23 with a BA and masters degree(almost) in industrial design. The appeal of this profession to me was being able to do different things everyday, and 3D thinking, or “imagining”.
    Right now I’m working in my first job as the only designer in a home development company. This is probably a very good place for a first job, but for the moment I am just “enduring”, sometimes I feel I am losing time, or like “I am selling my life”. Work is consuming me so much, although I am learning new things, they aren’t necessarily in the direction that I want to take. I am expected to do some design managing and some design work on home textiles, which doesn’t satisfy my need to create 3d objects. Industrial design isn’t very well understood in Turkey yet, so right now I’m trying to save money and wait for my boyfriend to graduate(also industrial design) so we can go abroad for an adventure and hopefully find our way up. My dream job is hard to achieve, I want to become a superstar designer, have my own studio, and do freelance design for major brands! My idol is Patricia Urquiola!

    aliss last blog post: Technical Difficulties

  • Reply Anke September 4, 2008 at 3:19 am

    I have this book seen mentioned on another blod and it looks so good! A real must have!
    As to my job: I am kind of jumping back and forth at the moment, would love to be a full time artist and teaching my art, and I am doing this at times, but then there are bills that need to be paid and stuff like that. So I have other jobs, too, to fill up my account now and then. I can live with this for now, but eventually I would like to concentrate on one thing, to be able to do better work/art, because swiching too often makes me very unconcentrated!

    Ankes last blog post: tagged and Circus!

  • Reply Gizel September 4, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Oh my dream job… It’s hard to define but it would include creating beatiful things part of the day and selling them in my little craft/book/coffee shop. I’d like to have a shop/atelier where I could draw, stamp, sew, paint and also sell the finished products. I’m into stationary, sewing , embroidering and painting. It would be great to have a mini-gallery for other artists in the shop, a couple of tables to serve coffee + muffins and some very special books on art, music, crafts, design for sale. I’d love to have artists to play live music or read during a weekly happy hour. Any investors? What? you will need a business plan? No problem ;) Right now I have a day job (technical writer) that allows me to get home early (16:30), be with my little girl and create in the evennings. I’m just going back to crafting now, after years I didn’t do much. I’m very inspired by blogs and yours is a great inspiration to me. I’d loove to get the book because it sounds great!

    Gizels last blog post: mood pages

  • Reply Christianne September 4, 2008 at 4:25 am

    My dream job would be to found a company that results in a movement of women standing together as they explore their stories and embrace what they are were made, finding freedom and total acceptance in each other as they go along. I’ve been working on it. I left full-time work last year to enroll in business school. At times it was hard to be the only person in my cohort creating a business that had so much “heart” plastered all over it. But it’s who I am and what I’m passionate about, so that kept me going. I graduated top of my class last month. Now I’m taking a grad program in spiritual formation to help nurture the part of me that is still learning the ins and outs of how people grow. But as I’m enrolled, I’m still working on the idea, taking baby steps every day, even if a baby step means sitting with my questions and listening to my intuition and to God in prayer. I love Kelly Rae’s work and am so inspired by her story.

    Christiannes last blog post: Reflections on Spring Arbor: Week One

  • Reply Anne-Marie Vos September 4, 2008 at 4:38 am

    Hi, I am a South African and work as a Comic book Colourist. I was lucky, right from when I was about 6 I knew I wanted to be an artist and as I grew older each year I was more and more sure of it. I studied Fine Art , but then reality struck and I needed a job that paid so I worked as a PA for 2 years (and other odd jobs) but after 7 years of not being on my chosen path I had to get back into it art for my own sanity. Now while being a colourist isn’t my ultimate job its pretty good and I am happy (I still get to be creative everyday! Why did I ever think my life could be any other way??). If I really had to choose my ultimate job I would freelance as an illustrater of childrens books, make beautiful crafts, decorate homes …..All while living on a wild plot of land with tons of animals (but not so practical dream is it?). Aaah but life, one never knows though what lies ahead.

  • Reply Laura September 4, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Although I know everything happens for a reason, I am still amazed how my life has turned out, and I would say that now today I have my dream job. I graduated from art school with my horizons filled with travel and promis, ideas and inspiration flowing. Then I began to suffer debilitating panic attacks, which developed into agorophobia. I was stuck if you like, and couldn’t go out to work. So I sketched, drew, stuck, knitted, doodled anything I could to chase away the panic. Now my life has changed, I wouldn’t say I was “fixed” but creating and designing got me through that bit of the journey my life took. I no longer need to chase anything, I crafted my self well! And everyday I awake and create, it is who I am, and what I do. And I feel like the luckiest person in the world!

    Lauras last blog post: Inspire me Thursday

  • Reply Ivana September 4, 2008 at 4:49 am

    I’m actually living my dream job now – I work as a proofreader for a month culture-guide magazine. I work at home (Internet is a miracle), my day starts at about 9.00 and last till I finish all my duties for that day – usually till 18.00, but sometimes till 22.00.

    Before I got this job, a was unemployed for eight months, and it was very hard period of time. But, I’ve always looked for new possibilities, tried to be positive and I used that time for learning new things for which I never had enough time before.

    My second love is decorating my home. Now I’m very pleased with all this what I have, especially for I work at home, so I can decorate my work area the way I like, and it’s not the classic office. It’s warm, I’m surounded by books – they are literally everywhere, there’s a piano, with some sweet details that make cosy atmosphere.

    My advice – it’s only important that you know exactly what you really want, and try hard to get that. When you have order in your head, order will be everywhere around you. You just have to try another way and new possibilities will open.

    P. S. Sorry for my bad English, it’s not my native language, but I hope you could understand what I wanted to say. :)

  • Reply Pavla September 4, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Ten or so years ago, I was doing everything to get my dream job. But it just wasn’t to be… Now, I have a job I would have never dreamt of, far away from my childhood dreams. I’m not complaining ? when the mood is right and I have some time to spare, I do what I love ? I paint, draw, sculpt, and make things with paper. Creating Christmas gifts for my friends and family gives me so much pleasure ? every year, I come up with a new technique. This year, I’m still searching for the right one…

  • Reply CreativeB September 4, 2008 at 5:19 am

    I recently had a landmark birthday (not saying which one!) and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had been working in a senior ‘creative’ role but was being seriously bullied by my superior who also happened to own the company. She had a very different vision to creativity and design and did everything in her power to hamper anything I tried to do, including being seriously critical of any work I produced (even though I have been a very successful designer elsewhere for 15 years). It got me down so much that I started to doubt my own ability and felt perhaps I wasn’t able to do it anymore. But one day, after the birthday event, I woke up and decided that if I didn’t spread my wings now I would never do it in my lifetime. I have a husband and family and they were very supportive of my decision. I left my job a few months ago and started up my own creative business which I am happy to say is doing well, I already have a few clients and if it keeps going this way I will make a profit in my first year (something I didn’t expect to happen so quickly). I really respect people for following their dreams but I never thought I would be brave enough to do it. Sometimes it takes a jolt like a birthday to wake you up and realise that life is for living and creativity is in your soul.

  • Reply Gul Sat September 4, 2008 at 5:29 am

    I have 10 years experience within NGO sector: community work, public awareness projects? Even though I have studied to become city planner, I have never worked as one. I always find the social works more satisfying. I never thought if it my dream job, but, when I recall now, it is clear that it was and it is. Even if it is hard to have a concrete carrier, as in other sectors, and I have to have some unemployment gaps between projects, just like I am having right now, it is for sure the best rewarding one, since it is helping to strongly feel that we all are belong to one community, one nature The Earth that is.

    Gul Sats last blog post: desk lamp detail

  • Reply ruthie September 4, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I’m not living my dream job but I hope I can someday. I’m working on it little by little. After spendig several years abroad I had the chance to leave my old job and life behind and begin anew. I’ve always been a very artistic and creative person, it runs in the family I guess (my mother and uncle are incredible painters). I like sewing, knitting, painting, embroidering and experimenting with different media. I also love to cook and I’ve even dreamed of opening a little knit cafe but Oh well I need to focus on something and work from there. Focus is my main issue right now but I’m working on it :-)
    thanks for this opportunity. I hope I win a copy of this fantastic book and the print. I love Kelly Rae’s work!

    ruthies last blog post: playing with ball

  • Reply Jessica September 4, 2008 at 7:08 am

    From early childhood on I have been fascinated by houses, their insides as well as outsides. I used to look at picture books and imagine how it would be to live in the houses depicted. I dreamt about tree houses and all sorts of quirky homes. In my youth my greatest joy was to read architectural and interior design magazines. I re-arranged the furniture in my room every few weeks, re-decorated and changed rooms within the house several times. My ultimate dream was to study (interior) architecture. But my grades were not good enough to get a place and I was sure not to be creative and talented enough to be an (interior) architect. I could not draw and a total failure at mathematics. But since my greatest fascination is with how people live, I went a slightly different, but in my mind related rout, by studying cultural anthropology. Since, I have been trying to find a satisfying job… But I am momentarily stuck in a very uninspiring office job and not really flexible since I have a georgeous little girl to look after. But for her sake I have recently rediscovered my creative side, making things for her (clothes and things for her room). I have also in the course of this discovered decor8 and loads of other (interior) design blogs. This has inspired me so much and I am determined to try to enter this career route after all. I am intending to start a course in interior design this year and see where it all takes me. I want to fulfill my dreams of designing fantastic homes after all!

  • Reply kayla September 4, 2008 at 7:54 am

    I am a junior in high school so I still have time to live my dream. I dream that when I get out of college I will get a job as a physical therapist and I would like to pursue art as well. I enjoy making little treasures and sending them out into the world. I have an etsy store and I was surprised by other people’s interest in my work. even kelly rae herself bought one of my quiltlets!!!!!!!!! this has given me the motivation to continue doing my art and love every moment of it.

  • Reply Thien-Kim September 4, 2008 at 8:10 am

    I recently found Kelly Rae’s blog a few weeks ago and devoured her blog posts! I dream of being an artist. Having my own studio to create, whether it was mixed media or whipping up fabulous clothes & bags! Currently I am living part of my dream job–I’m a consultant for Passion Parties and doing this fun fun fun job allows me to be at home with my almost 3 year old daughter. I can teach her Vietnamese (my first language), teach her how to play, and introduce her to art! Now to find the time for me to produce art. Somedays I get so overwhelmed by my thoughts I have no idea where to start.

    Thien-Kims last blog post: I won! and Giveaway extension

  • Reply kimberly September 4, 2008 at 8:30 am

    I love design, I have a good sense of style and can make a room feel comfortable. My talent is making people feel comfortable. I’m not sure how to translate that into a career however. But, until then, I want to do more web design and focus on making clean, easy to view websites for clients you want their users to stay on them. This blog is beautiful, by the way.

  • Reply ana-maria ciobotaru September 4, 2008 at 8:43 am

    I am 19 and I am currently a junior copywriter in an advertising agency in Romania.
    since I was little I started to write ads without knowing what I was doing I just liked to draw and compose messages.
    after a while I discovered that this is a job that people pay you to do so I searched the Internet, read a few books and learned on my own the secrets of advertising. that was happening when I was about 15 years old.
    at 17 years old I won my first creative prize, in an unconventional advertising festival in Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
    then came a few more awards in contests for freelancers or creative workshops.
    the problem is that in Romania we do not have an advertising school as it should be, each agency takes the role of the teacher on its own.
    now at 19 (on the 19-th of september I will be 20 :P) I am hired in a good agency in Bucharest, working on a big account, which is great for a beginner and the most important fact for me is that I didn’t apply for the job but they found out about me from creative directors who knew me…for me this the dream job :)
    thank you for reading my story.

  • Reply Cadet Gal September 4, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Hi! I’m a junior at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I’m on my way to becoming an officer in the United States Army (and trying to subtly decorate my barracks room in the process!) It was my desire to serve my country in a capacity that stretches my boundaries. In my two completed years here, I have certainly accomplished this goal and continue to be presented with new challenges. It took a lot of work, manual and intellectual, to get where I am right now. It’s going to take even more to get where I want to be.

  • Reply Christine September 4, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Hi there,

    I have loved reading all of the enteries, how inspirational! What a neat crowd of readers here on decor8.

    I recently started my dream job without even knowing it. I left the field of non-profit programming to start a blog and do some freelance writing about the many experiences that I have had in the non-profit worl working with low-income communities. I had no idea how much I would love it! I spend my days interviewing interesting people, concocting ideas and writing with a cup of coffee in hand in the comfort of my own home! I love being my own boss and being able to explore so many idea at once. One day I might write about an up-and-coming clothing designer and the next about how to raise culturally aware children! I get to combine all of my interests. Because I am doing what I love, success has followed and I am currently working on my first book!

    Also, because I love interior decorating and all things home decor, I started a blog dedicated to that. I have met so many neat people through the blogging community and it is a great creative outlet!

    I believe the key to finding your dream job is following what your gut is telling you, recognizing your talents and applying them and be willing to invest a bit of time and money to watch your business grow! Also, look back on your life at the times you were happiest- what were you doing then, crafting with your mom, reading books uder your covers? These memories will give you clues as to your true passions.

    I would also highly suggestive starting a blog and seeing where it takes you- writing each day might just open up a whole new side of you and you will gain valuable friendships along the way.

    Thanks for hosting another amazing contest!!

    Christines last blog post: Shop Talk: Simple Pleasures

  • Reply Chelsea September 4, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I just became a new mom and love staying home. I am working on an etsy store to open soon… and I guess my dream would be to bring in enough income from that to be able to spend time with my child at home *while* working. I think it’s really important to be with your child as much as possible during the first years, and I also find that fulfilling creative needs while making a bit of money to be extremely satisfying.

    Chelseas last blog post: 24 days until nuptuals

  • Reply Lexy September 4, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I always had it drilled into me at school that you couldn’t make a career in art, and I BELIEVED THEM so I went and did a Journalism degree. Yes, I also loved writing, but art was my true #1. (And straight-up newswriting was just too robotic, though I did love feature writing!!) I ended up looking into the art jobs straight away, instead of anything to do with writing, even though they all demanded that you be previously trained and experienced.

    If I had any advice to give, it would be to believe in YOURSELF, rather than believing in what some of your teachers might tell you!!

    In 2008 the idea of seriously creating art for a living crept into my head – I had been working full-time as a graphic artist. It wasn’t MY art – but that was still the beginning. I took my first small steps: I set up a blog and had my first solo show. I also found myself a job where I could work from home, so I could then turn my usual 3-hour round-trip commuting to the city into ‘art’ time.

    2009 and 2010 is going to be for medium-steps: I’m trying to get involved in as many group shows as I can. I’m going to get all my ideas down onto paper, and I’m going to turn all the images in my head into art. I’m going to experiment and I’m going to grow as an artist. I have so much I want to do!

    I also need to work a little more on my work/art/life balance. At the moment I easily spend 12 hours or more in my studio every day, getting through my work and then trying to cram some artwork in at the end of the day. Sometimes I’m so motivated, but at other times I truly do just burn out (and it’s times like this that I almost end up taking my ‘2011’ step too soon!!). Really, I just need to learn that it’s not a bad thing to need to take a break and recharge.

    2011 is for big steps. If my 2009 and 2010 goes as planned, I am hoping to have built enough of a portfolio, and hopefully enough interest in my work, to be able to QUIT working for anyone but me! Maybe I’m not giving myself a large enough timeframe, but DREAM BIG, I say! I’ve told myself that no matter how daunting this idea may be, I’m just going to JUMP! And having my aim split into steps that slowly get larger and larger makes it seem far more achieveable than just saying BANG! I want to quit work now and draw pictures all day. :D

    If I could wake up every morning and create what I want to create, that would be my absolute dream. I could never grow tired of it, and I’m so excited about the idea. Everyone should be excited about something!

    Lexys last blog post: I am. Another quick note:

  • Reply laura September 4, 2008 at 9:38 am

    My hope is to some day open a little shop of my own in which EVERYTHING is for sale. We’ll serve some coffee & baked goods for people to enjoy, but mostly it will be about the atmosphere…every piece of furniture will be one-of-a-kind & for sale. The art on the walls will be for sale. In back will be a gallery for local artists who have nowhere else to display their work & upstairs will be an apartment.
    For right now, we’re saving money for our wedding. Hopefully, though, as soon as we’ve settled a bit I can go to! …& did I mention my husband will be the baker? : )

  • Reply Jen September 4, 2008 at 9:38 am

    dream job… sort of – so far still have the corporate “day” job but working toward total independence free from corporate america. slow but steady. working on my art after work by entering art shows(festivals) on the weekends and building a portfolio.

  • Reply Meghan September 4, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I am currently not working my dream job, but I have started to take the steps to pursue it. I graduated in May with Bachelors in Fine Arts and I am currently starting to write my business plan, so I can get a loan. My dream job would to be to work for myself. I have dreams of opening my own invitation/clothing boutique. I am completely obsessed with all things design, so I couldn’t resist opening a store which carries beautiful things from stationary, cards, clothes, and home items. I also have plans to create my own line of letterpressed cards and invitations that I would sell on my store. I already have the letterepress, I just need a little inspiration on what I want my line to portray.

  • Reply alli coate September 4, 2008 at 9:48 am

    My dream job is working full-time as a freelance illustrator/designer/maker. I’m also very excited to learn as much as I can about how art, design, and craft can create positive world change! Currently, I’m working part time in a retail position that allows me to be creative. It’s hard to have energy to pursue my dreams, but I’m doing it anyway! I have more freelance work than I can handle right now- it’s stressful, but exciting to know that I’m getting closer to my dream.

    alli coates last blog post: Kid-friendly

  • Reply ashletta September 4, 2008 at 9:56 am

    My dream is to own land for an organic, all green, artist residency farm!
    -Maintain an organic farm to feed all residents
    -Green farm to be energy effecient and give back to the grid
    -Space for artists to create art
    -Oppurtunities for artists to give back to the communities through lectures, workshops and exhibitions

    I am currently in the saving, networking and research phase of my dream. Collecting any information I can from organic farms, artist residency programs and other business with the same goals. Shadowing some friends as they start there own residency programs and scouting out possibly locations to make my dream a reality.

    I see the full dream in the future and I am so thrilled!

  • Reply monicalee September 4, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Wow! lots of great comments to read! I am finally living my dream. I sat down one day and drew a MAP! That’s right big markers, big piece of paper and started scribbling what it was in life that I really wanted! A couples years later I finally had enough courage to quite my “fall back career” as a flight attendant and I started illustrating full time. And guess what?! With a “dream map” and no fall back postion-it is working! Hooray!

  • Reply Prill Boyle September 4, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Love Kelly’s work! It’s beautiful! I, too, am a late bloomer (graduated from college at 38, got my first full-time teaching job at 40, published my first book at 50 (a non-fiction book about late bloomers titled Defying Gravity), and am now writing my first novel. The oldest late bloomer I’ve interviewed was 104 years old. He was taking mandolin lessons! Pretty wild, eh? Anyway, there’s lots of us out there.


  • Reply Monica September 4, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Funny you wrote this post, because, I just woke up & was thinking “finally I’m doing something I love (atleast on one level) & it wasn’t due to some paper on the wall that states “I’m qualified in blah, blah, blah”. I too am in my early 30’s & only within the last year have decided to persue what I love “writing about beauty, fashion, & skincare”. OK so I’m not going to change the world & perhaps its considered shallow but its an area that I was always interested in, journalism. In my 20’s I applied to the “best” journalism schools & did not get accepted because I had no published works therefore I did a B.A in a general area. Finally, it was clear that if I didn’t believe in my self or my craft than who would? My blog allows me to explore the realm I’m interested in, so it doesn’t pay the bills, but, does doing something you love have to always involve a paycheck? And the funny thing is I also ignited my artsy side again which I had left behind in highschool. This weekend my objective is to start doing another passion of mine art. Time to get those paintbrushes out of hiding! Regardless, if I’m fortunate to win “Taking Flight” I’m glad I got this off my chest!

    Monicas last blog post: the Little Black Dress has met its Match

  • Reply Prill Boyle September 4, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Just re-read my comment. For a writer, I sure don’t know how to use parentheses. Anyway, I went on Kelly’s website and am going to contact her.

  • Reply Julie Prichard September 4, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I’ve been hearing so many great things about this book!

    I think I am living my dream life…but not being paid. I’ve always dreamed of owning a home in the neighborhood where I grew up. Check. Staying home to reaise my daughter. Check. Making art? Kind of. I think my paying job was a side step away from being an artist so I guess I am a late bloomer too…tryingto keep up with making ends meet and making a little money here and there.

    Julie Prichards last blog post: Sing Your Heart Out

  • Reply Quetxy September 4, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Life is very hard righ now since I’m pursuing my “dream” of being self employed living out of my creativity… specially living in a developing country where only a few people appreciate creativity. Hard sale is what people trade with down here.
    Fortunately (?) I have no kids, so my husband and I work 40hrs a week for somebody else (gotta pay the bills), then we get off work at 7 pm and go to “our” office to work on our own projects ( until 12 am, and if theres energy left, we try to do those creative things that make life better tasting and wonderful… Sometimes I wish I could just win the lotto so I could quit my job and work full time in my projects.
    The “dream ” seems eternally unreachable… but if I stop and think about it, I’M LIVING MY DREAM RIGHT NOW, every moment, working for what i want, when I’m the most tired and my husband is with me helping me sew up pieces together, or putting up a painting I did… I’m truly happy (and tired!).
    Its all about the ride! There’s not really a “dream”… there are objectives to accomplish, but the dream is now.

  • Reply doreen September 4, 2008 at 11:30 am

    It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with a serious illness that I began to reach for the creative life I wanted. When I realized that I may not have the luxury of a lifetime to wait, I put an ad on craigslist advertising my self as a vocalist. I made my “bucket list” and the top 2 things on it were, “sing with a big band”, and “sing American standards.” What happened next is wild, but true. I received replies from a large horn band needing a female vocalist, and another from a jazz drummer who, without me saying a thing about what I wanted to do, told me his dream of a group featuring a female vocalist doing standard tunes. He even told me his favorite female artist was one I have been admiring and emulating for years!
    I have been working as a lead and background vocalist with the big band since March. Not only has it been rewarding creatively, but they are some of the nicest people I have ever met. The jazz group has not fully materialized yet, but will be a winter project, I hope.

    All I can say to all of you, is just make the first step. Don’t worry about how this is going to happen, or what it is going to look like. Just do it. You just never know what life will bring you, including a bad diagnoses. I have never had so much fun in all my life. Good luck to all of you!

  • Reply rowena September 4, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Gosh. I would guess my dream job is something like Kelly Rae is doing… or maybe only in the same vein. I want to be a writer, artist, and teacher. Now, I am already doing those things, or have done them, but I want to be able to make a living through these creative pursuits instead of just doing them for my own enjoyment. Right now I’m a stay at home mom, so most of my energy goes into my toddlers, but I have been working during nap time, and hopefully, but the time the kids are in school full time, I will be able to support myself through my creativity, and not have to go back to teaching HS (which is awesome, but not quite fulfilling enough.)

    rowenas last blog post: Uh Oh, or The Past Rises Again

  • Reply samantharoddy September 4, 2008 at 11:46 am

    kelly rae is so cool!!

    samantharoddys last blog post: Hurt so good

  • Reply Michelle September 4, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I am currently in the process of shifting towards my dream job. Currently I am a work-at-home mom and yoga instructor. I just started a blog and hope to shift to doing more art and more yoga teaching, along with leading workshops. In the grand scheme, I think I would like to open a little place of my own that features a creative space for people to explore their passions. I am crossing my fingers to win Kelly Rae’s book!! She is a true inspiration!

    Michelles last blog post: My Secret Identity….and Sleepless Musings about Sarah Palin

  • Reply Leslie September 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I am currently not living my dream and I am accutely aware of this fact. I have slowly started to brainstorm other job/career possibilities and am finding it difficult to see how I can fit into a creative profession given that I have absolutely no formal training or experience (save my own meager attempts at some arts and crafts). My greatest comfort comes from the fact that I know without a doubt I will not remain in my current position forever (or even for another month) and that better, substantially more fulfilling opportunities await.

    I have been trying to get my hands on every book, blog, article, etc. that discusses how other people have created their own dream careers, in the hopes that I might feed off of their optimism and success. Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Reply Jessie September 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

    My dream has not left the nest yet. I have been dabbling with different mediums and beginning to make art that really resonates with me. I have even sold a few pieces to friends and acquaintances. I am shy and this makes it hard for me. I often worry that people won’t like the things I create. My dream would be to sell my work on a larger scale and not have to be so reliant on my “real” job.

  • Reply Stephenie September 4, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I want to live my dream job and wish I had more knowledge of how to go about it. I would be just as you described Kelly- a late bloomer. I’ve recently discovered the wonderful and exciting community of people online that share and make their own goods. Where have I been all these years? In addition I’ve taken an real interest in design and although I have no formal training at all, I’ve loved finding new ways to change the design inside my house with the help of blogs like this one! My dream job would be to merge the two. Have a local store that offers handmade, one of a kind pieces that you can’t pick up at your local Target store. I want things in my house that are unique and interesting, but also affordable and I’m sure others do as well. How enjoyable it would be to find the pieces I could offer and hopefully bring a new audience to those that make those pieces. The next step is to figure out how to make that happen!

  • Reply heather draper September 4, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I am so happy to be living my dream. I am lucky enough to have known I wanted to be an interior designer since forever! Not being accepted to design school didn’t slow me for a minute, in fact I was more driven to prove them wrong! I truly love what I do and it comes so naturally I don’t have time to question it, I’ve already blurted out my thoughts!
    I recently opened an Interior Design Boutique in beautiful Victoria BC, which I have always wanted, and been very well received by the city and canadian design media.
    All this to say:
    If you love it do it!!! you will not fail!! Your passion and drive will lead to sure success!!! Ignore anyone who questions your dream!!

  • Reply celticbuffy September 4, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    My dream job would be a combination of both writing my own books and reading new author’s prospective books and choosing what does or does not get published. Although I’m too soft hearted to turn anyone down. :)

  • Reply WhenIGrowUpCoach September 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve lived my dream and am now making room for another. After spending almost 10 years as an actress (sometimes working, sometimes struggling) I let that go for various reasons and mourned the one consistent goal I’ve had since I was 3. I didn’t think that I could find anything else to do that I would be passionate about, and it made me sick to think I’d have to suck it up behind a desk to be a “grown up”.

    I then discovered life coaching, and my heart had wings again. I now have my own life coaching business, where I specialize in dealing with artists who have taken the desk job and want to incorporate their passion back into their lives, as well as those artists that have been chasing that dream for years and want to find a new “career” (I hate that word) to love. That’s part of the reason I named my business When I Grow Up!

  • Reply zelga September 4, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    worth to give a try, the book must be wonderful.
    well, as for me, i think, i’m trying to achieve my dream. for now i have a master’s degree on computer science and have not so bad jot in a small company, i even think the salary i get is more, than i deserve, really. butfor a few years already my hands are shaking and my mind goes almost blank when i get a pencil in my hands. i want to draw, i want to create. what i produce for now i’m ashamed to show. i’m thinking f getting the second education in an art collage, but i am afraid that’s it’s to late and i’ll lose everything i acheved for now. however, i’ll definitely will do it next summer. i will.
    sorry for my mistakes.

  • Reply Renee September 4, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    I’m a single mom from Mexico city, i work as a web designer that’s where the life take me after I get married and recently get divorced, I always wanted to be a painter but It couldn’t be, between the house, two kids and a job (that i’m not all the way happy), that’s why I identify with every single word you wrote.

    Next year I’m turning 30 (I think that’s the itchy age) and want to get back my dream of become a painter and express the way I feel and bring all the creative thing inside me.

    I hope I explain myself, excuse my english i’m not good at grammar.

    Your blog it’s a delightful scape and inspiration.

    Thanks Holly.

  • Reply Angie September 4, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I’ve long admired Kelly and can’t wait to see her new book!
    I’m happy to say that I’m beginning to create my dream job. Since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to sell what I’ve created. Just last week I decided to take the plunge and start to set up my own business and etsy shop. Maybe that will lead to even better things :-)

    Angies last blog post: A Late Summer Day

  • Reply Jamie September 4, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    My dream job is to open a craft co-op… a place where people can work on projects together, or just soak up creative energy by interacting with one another. This place would have sewing machines, work tables, couches, computers and supplies for members to use and classes to keep members invigorated and growing. While I am constantly on the look out for local vacant spaces to inhabit, I’m not currently living the dream… Why not? Something about funding perhaps? Or maybe the uncertainty that others would value this type of space and that it is not just a selfish desire to hang out all day some place like it with like-minded crafty neighbors… Perhaps someday it will exist but in the meantime, its just a good dream and goal!

    Jamies last blog post: Chocolate Friands

  • Reply jillian September 4, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Just last night I sat down and wrote out my 1 year, 5 year, and 10 year goals. I realized that I was not living my dreams and goals to the fullest and decided to out them down to inspire me. I want to create a healthy lifestyle network for modern mommies. I beleive that as modern mommies we may take our kids to soccer and ballet but we do more for the world and ourselves. I want to inspire and share with other women the power we hold and the lifestyle and world we can create. Today is the start of what I know I can be…

    I really hope that I can win the book and print… what an inspiration Kelly is to us all!

  • Reply Laurie September 4, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I am happy where I am right now being a stay-at-home mom of a pre-teen daughter. That’s a job that doesn’t leave me a lot of extra time! I take on creative projects of all sorts as they come up. There are so many different things I would like tackle. I try to do a little something creative each day. Holly’s blog and books like Kelly’s give me lots of inspiration! Thanks to both of you!

  • Reply DeeDee September 4, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    That’s a loaded question…or at least a paint brush loaded with paint when it comes to me!
    I’m actually doing what I love…Decorative painting for the Interiors. Always sketched growing up until one opportunity gave the chance to create special finishes in a Model home.
    If I really wanted to expand my creativity…it would be able to work for a Mag. or Craft/Paint company which would let me play with all their goodies….create new projects or ideas that others would enjoy trying themselves.
    Whether designing a new wall, furniture piece or even jewelry…playing with paint, gluing the jewels or cutting paper, the thrill of the final creation is what makes my job a nice dream to live by.
    Thanks for the chance to share and enter the contest.

    DeeDees last blog post: Studio Time

  • Reply homedotmade September 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I’m pursuing my dream career by going back to school. I went back to college at 30+ with great trepidation. I had very small children at the time and all I could think of was how long it was going to take me. And then a brief conversation with my mom…

    “I’ll be almost 40 by the time I’m done.”

    “And how old are you going to be then if you don’t go back to school?”

    Duh. I still struggle with finding ways to release my inner creative voice amidst tedious classes, two school aged children, and the other multitudes of life that keep me away from my studio, and I’d love a book that could just possibly give me the impetus to get back there.

  • Reply Ithaka September 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Can one person have more than one dream careers? I think so; I am working towards one of my dream careers and hopefully taking steps towards another!
    I grew up being both a scientific nerd and an artsy creative type. I worked hard at my biology journals and also at my art journals. Right now, I am pursuing a career in science, and making it, i think! and recently, a couple of friends are joining forces with me to start making a line of cards and jewelry. I am excited about the baby steps we are taking. There is so much to do in life, so many ideas to explore, so many ways to express ourselves! Why limit myself?
    Am I living my dream job? I think I am certainly on the road to it, and what more can I ask out of life? (except, maybe a few extra hours each day. that would help.)

  • Reply Alicia September 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    My dream job would be to own my own store. I would love to have a store full of various papers from all over (the scrapbookers dream), a bead stores full of old tables covered in little glass dishes full of beads, or some sort of boutique for pet owners, full of anything and everything for pets.
    I am currently not doing this because I am in school and want to get that out of the way before I try to jump into the adventure!

    Alicias last blog post: Spring Butterfly Card

  • Reply deb September 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Listen to the muse, take risks, leap and let the net catch you if necessary.
    Know that, if the net has to catch your falling, it is in the getting back up that you get stronger.
    That each time you get stronger, you also learn more about who you are within.
    That turning within, you really learn as much in the not knowing, as in the knowing.
    And it is in the knowing, that you live your own dream, not someone else’s script of it for you.
    And it is in the finding of your self that you realize your journey has only begun…
    Listen to the muse, take risks, leap and….

    My dream career / job was to be an occupational therapist, but I detoured to another dream….to be a mother, move to the country, garden & can & cook. I am a mother of five, moved to country, grew food & learned everything about Domestics 101 I possibly could and loved every minute of it. I lived that dream until at 40, I closed an unfinished chapter in my life, and graduated with a BS in occupational therapy. Then I combined those two dreams and at 49 I found again my childhood love for art. I studied colored pencil portraiture which led to pastel portraits and paper portraits and collage and bookmaking and fiber art and on and on and on….. I am 56 now and still a part time occupational therapist and always a mother and now a grandmother and always an artist. I am living my dream ….it is mine and art allows me to define it my way…that there is no wrong way. The beauty of art is that as the expression goes….”it is in the eye of the beholder”. I belong to a local Art Guild and pinch myself sometimes that I have sold some of my art to that “beholder” . Sometimes it is easy to say you can’t find a balance or make the time, but truly the time it takes you to form that thought, you could have your hand on a crayon or your finger in the sand. Making time for art is like making time for me….and if I make time for me, then I am truly a fuller person to give of myself to others. It is in the giving of myself to others, through art, parenting, therapy that it all comes full circle….that we are all connected. It is my journey and I wouldn’t trade it for anyone else’s…then it wouldn’t be mine would it? It is my part to listen to the muse and to show up in the studio and get out of the way. The incredible thing is to realize that yes, it is my dream, my journey…but it is also about surrendering to a higher power that I call God, you can call it the muse, the Spirit whatever….but I do know it is bigger than me, but that we are all a part of it.
    Listen to the muse….

  • Reply mj September 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I’m not quite sure what my dream job is, but I think I’d be satisfied in doing work that allowed me the free time flexibility to do something creative when I wanted to, which is pretty close to what I’ve got now. I don’t know if I’ll ever try making something creative into my full time work.

  • Reply Connie Berends September 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    My late husband spent many years trying to convince me that if creativity has been placed in me that it is work that I must do, not just a fun pasttime. It took me a long time to “get it”. He passed away unexpectedly and I was a young widow. That is when my artwork began to really mean something. Some of my best work came through my grief. I set out to encourage other people – to give them hope for their lives – to use my faith to have fun with my art. It is my passion! I think I am living my dream now. I have remarried, living in a modest mobile home, teaching art to preschool kids 3 hours a day, using the rest of my day to paint, create, or be with my daughters and grandkids. We don’t have much, but I feel like I am one of the richest women on earth. It’s not about “stuff” or “vacations” or beautiful homes, or anything material – it’s an unexplainable joy deep inside and I wish it for every artist out there!

    Connie Berendss last blog post: COLORS

  • Reply mandy September 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    actually i dont know what my dream job will be. i like to read a lot and i would love to do this for a living. on the other side, i used to draw a lot and i kinda miss it. i think my inspiration is gone. i am still going to university and i think i need to focus on that, but at the same time i think i limit myself to this. and i have to work for my living. lucky me, i can work at a bookstore right now and all the people around me says thats right for me. and i allow myself a little creativity ’cause i start to sing in a choir and i am more interested in dercoration and art and crafty work. but still, its not nearly what i wanted in my life. as a kid and later as a teenager, i always draw and scetch and wrote tiny little stories and poems and i miss it a lot. but i think i lost it over the years and i wanna have it back. but i dont know how. i want some creativity back in my life:-)

  • Reply michelle September 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    i used to tell people when i was younger that my dream job would be to sit on the beach (where my heart feels at home) and put up a lucy from the peanuts style booth – only mine would be giving free hugs and words of encouragement and affirmation. the water is still my hearts home and i long to one day live near the wide expanse reaching it’s arms across the horizon. professionally, i am making baby steps, micro-movements to living a life that includes all of the fullness of art in it’s many forms.

    many many thank-full moments to kelly for sharing her journey with us all. we’re on to something here – this large community. peace.

    michelles last blog post: Afternoon Mix

  • Reply Cristina September 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I’m currently in a technical position. I like what I do, I even find myself enjoying my job. I’d love to operate an art studio of some sort. Either be a manger or owner. I’d have all sorts of art supplies available for others to use. Unfortunately, I’m in the middle of a divorce, so that little dream of mine will have to take a back seat for the time being. I know I’ll end up doing something creative, i just need to wait this storm out. Although, I have been happier than I have been in years, Divorce is difficult, it’s down right frightening… the only things worse was staying in a relationship that wasn’t getting any better. So I guess my words of inspiration would be… What makes you happy? How can you get there? What are the baby steps to launch that dream? What are you waiting for? Go. Seek. Strive. Your will will get you far. Go for it! Cast your fears aside, step into the unknown and soon enough, it’ll be familiar. Happy travels though life everyone!

    Cristinas last blog post: I.O.U.S.A.

  • Reply Joanna September 4, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    My dream job would be for me to be a full-time artist (designer, mosaics, etc..) and live in New York City doing it.

    Joannas last blog post: NW Christian Counseling

  • Reply Judit Gueth September 4, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Kelly’s book looks gorgeous. She must be so proud of it. Her work is beautiful; her graceful figures remind me some of Modigliani’s portraits.

    I’m a designer in Toronto, and thanks to an amazing and supportive partner, I am able to live my dream. I design rugs, wallpaper and lots of pattern. It’s not easy to market new products, but I am grateful to have the opportunity.

  • Reply win September 4, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I like to draw and paint, been to art schools here and there, got my BFA, studied in fashion, studied with a Couturier, had my own home decor and giftware store for 2 years till it got flooded from the apartment above, moved out of lovely physical store and moved online, slowly getting my store back up but it’s been slow. Just enrolled myself to make-up artistry course for 11 months, also taking up a language class in the evening. I guess my dream job is to combine everything i’ve learned and known, and do some good with it. I need to be creative, with my hands especially. It would be really nice to travel and make a living as make-up artist, and still paint and draw (on paper/canvas), and meet wonderful people around the world. One step at a time.

  • Reply Margit September 4, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    My dream job is to be a knitwear designer and dyeworks artist. I’m living it, but only part-time, and it’s hard. I started my own business 2 1/2 years ago and I’m only just starting to get my foot in the door. I still have to work my other day job half-time to help pay my mortgage. Maybe someday that will change. My best advice to others is to start small, and do what you can. It will grow. =)

    Margits last blog post: I had a dream

  • Reply lacey September 4, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    My dream job is to be inspire and inspire others everyday. When I am inspired I have this rush of energy, butterflies in my stomach and a surge of happiness. I love beautiful things as much as people who are so beautiful on the inside they are radiating. I dream of a job that I am anxious to go to and be in that particular mindset. I sometimes wish of working from home for the comfort and convenience. Although there would still be a need for others thoughts, critiques and opinions. My dream job would require creativity, thinking outside the box, solving problems, expressing feelings and moods through any desired medium all while making time for yourself, family, friends and your community.

  • Reply Froydis September 4, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    My dream job would be to work as the general secretary in the UN, it would be amazing to have the power to help all those who don’t have the same standard of living as we do! As far as pursuing it goes, I’m currently in college studying economics and political science and keeping my eyes open for internships! :)

  • Reply Elizabeth M. September 4, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    My dream job was always to be a mother and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 20 years. It’s completely fulfilling to me and I wouldn’t have spent the time doing anything else. I love my kids so much and I love raising them!

  • Reply ambrella September 4, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I have been on the pursuing my dreams in art path for almost 10 years now. I get distracted by shining similiar pursuis along the way, that I think in the end enrich my knowing of the ultimate destination. Sometimes I feel like I have been going about it all wrong, and other times I am quite proud of myself. I often feel like I am a step behind my soul, my higher self. It keeps me frustrated. I am currently working more concretely toward my dream job, which is to design and produce something that is beautiful and serves the world in some way. Right now that is taking the form of children’s clothing, but I think I am actually doing this until I discover something else. It goes back and forth, about whether or not I am listening enough…

    ambrellas last blog post: Trashy Thursday

  • Reply Kara September 4, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    One day I hope to be an established web/graphic designer. I am currently pursuing it half-heartedly, I suppose. I’m working full-time in retail and have just pulled out of my university degree. Next year, I’m hoping to get some formal tertiary education through TAFE in Advertising and Graphic Design. In the mean time, I’m trying to keep the creative juices flowing so work doesn’t drain the life out of me! We’ll see how it goes, I suppose. :)

    Karas last blog post: Flickr Favourites / Things I Love Thursday #3

  • Reply Chi September 4, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    My dream job is to work for myself :) Right now, I am living that by being an ebay seller and getting into blogging. I hope to keep it up and expand it further. Being able to work from home has been the best! :)

    Chis last blog post: NEW Blog Contests: 9/1

  • Reply Laura Stewart September 4, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I’d be a photographer for sure

  • Reply Joelle September 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway!! I am slowly, slowly trying to convert my dream job from a very teeny tiny web presence into a full-time job. I still have my day job and two toddlers to adore, but I’m determined to get there. My dream job is creating handcrafted birth announcements, invitations and cards. I *love* it!!!!! :)

  • Reply Maureen September 4, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I was formerly in communications and five years ago, while reading The Artists Way, which I highly, completely, lovingly recommend, I discovered I wanted to practice an art that was more visual.

    I’d been to a decorator’s show house where one designer in particular blew me away so I called her–repeatedly–and volunteered to intern for her for free. Seems like that opened the channel because 2 weeks later I was unexpectedly laid off and then within another few weeks landed my job that I have now working in a shop and having outside design appointments.

    The lessons I learned:
    1. Do the little, inspirational things, like reading The Artist’s Way
    2. Pay attention to what you learn and take a step forward, like making that call.
    3. The hard one for me, sticking in there when I felt completely in over my head.
    4. Keep learning
    5. Keep search and
    6. Above all, try to practice gratitude as often as possible.

    Five years later, there are things I would tweak to make my job perfect:
    1.I’d like to be a Home Coach, where I’d come into someone’s home and help them find solutions.
    2. I hear quite often about others issues within their families with money, communication, the way the house looks and they’re often intertwined.
    3. Through questions and a lot of listening, just like pure design, we could create a design for their life.
    4. Follow up could be done in person, online or over the phone.

    Okay, I’m going to copy this and use it as a reminder to do this!

  • Reply Sue Simpson September 4, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    My dream job involves art fulltime and teaching children. I’d love to have work in galleries. To spend my work time creating and exploring. I also have a love of working with children. It is so inspiring to see their faces light up and confidence grow as they express themselves. I can see a studio for workshops and play time as well as a gallery. Kelly Rae is a great inspiration. Thank you for sharing her story and book and of course…pick number 165!!

    Sue Simpsons last blog post: Make Life An Adventure….

  • Reply kerry September 5, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Aahh…the dream job…what I wouldn’t pay to have some wise soul tell me what I should do to make myself happy. The book A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle really made me think about my life, I am forever grateful for his work. His words changed my path, made me reconsider all the things I filled my days with. “Follow your bliss” has always been a favourite quote of mine. A few months ago I started a journey to find my bliss, I have scaled back my businesses, done a Style Statement Lifestyle Mapping class and started a blog. Through my blog I have found such enlightenment and I love writing, sharing and the feedback that results. Now I know the things that make my heart smile I need to find a way to make that a job. For now I will keep working on my blog, my photography, art projects and my home, I know one day I will find my calling and then my art will come freely again.

    Taking Flight is beautiful…I adore Kelly’s style and ambition to write such a giving book. Thanks for sharing her work and I look forward to reading more about her and looking through her etsy shop.

  • Reply Tiffany September 5, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Wow! I love hearing about late bloomers! That makes me think I’m not too late to get started on finding what I love and making a career out of it.

    I’m currently working a day job but have started the process of making a more creative life for myself. My work knows I’m leaving early next year, so the clock’s ticking for me to figure out what I’m doing next. I don’t yet know what it is, but I do know that it will be something creative, something that inspires me.

  • Reply Amanda September 5, 2008 at 2:48 am

    what a great contest!

    My dream job somehow combines being on the forefront of cognitive science, getting my hands dirty in the paradigm shift that is happening in how we view the mind, combined with activism for and reform of childhood sexual abuse, combined with making lots of art. Or maybe these are three separate ventures, but I believe there is a common thread in there somewhere. After taking a year off of everything in order for my own recovery, I am back in school, taking art and psychology classes, and I’m beginning to write again. I am trying to absorb as much as possible in these fields so I can find the unique idea that is mine to contribute!

  • Reply BigCat September 5, 2008 at 6:56 am

    I am still waiting to figure out what my dream job is. At 37 I plan to be one of those late bloomers. I have a sneaking suspicion that my dream is to be an artist. I took a step in the right direction earlier this year. I moved from full time work to part-time work in arts management to give me more time for making art and more exposure to a wide range of arts practices. I also decided to start trusting the universe more and believing that dreams can come true.

  • Reply Catherine September 5, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Well, where do I start (first timer here) um… I am a full time mother of four beautiful children. This is my most important job but i recently found my love of painting (I’m 36) while doing a short course a few years ago and I can’t get it out of my system. I would like to paint more (I never seem to have enough time to keep house and do something for myself) and draw and eventually sell my musings but I don’t really know how or where to start, or indeed, if I am any good. I would love to be able to find my inner creative soul and start a business and show my children what it’s like to pursue your dream and actually do a job for the love!

  • Reply Theresa N September 5, 2008 at 8:26 am

    My dream job would be a designer of fabric. I studied art in college (you want say how many years ago) but dropped out to raise a family. I’ve always felt a pull toward the design field.

  • Reply Terra September 5, 2008 at 9:03 am

    My dream job is to run my own business. My ideas for this are to start out with hand-printed wrapping paper & stationery, and then continue to expand into other areas. I love art & design in all its aspects and want to have a business where I could hire and work with a small group of really inspiring people. I see the internet as being really important – but I have yet to take that step.

    It seems I have started taking small steps toward my goal (just had my first one-person gallery show; taking on small design jobs, etc.), but as I work full time, plus teach outside of my work…my busy schedule often stops me from being productive on my dream. Plus, financially, I feel I am not in the right place where I could really start devoting myself to making it happen.

    I am also working on getting a real workspace. In the process of buying a house – I look forward to having an actual room devoted to my creative endeavors. Right now, I share an apartment with roomates & continually having to unpack all supplies, pull them out, and set them up in my small bedroom doesn’t always make for great productivity.

    However, I believe I will get there! I believe in enjoying every bit of the journey and to always follow what I love. If I’m always doing what I love, how can I be unhappy?!

  • Reply Bethanne September 5, 2008 at 9:19 am

    My dream job is being a fitness consultant. While I’m not living that dream right now, I am taking steps to get there. The best advice I can provide is to always believe in yourself and never, ever quit.

  • Reply Christine September 5, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I would have to say I’m working at my dream job. I’m a graphic designer and while all projects aren’t fun and totally creative, I do enjoy what I do and knowing that what I design has a small impact on people’s lives. I’m also fortunate that I get to do this from home in my pjs on my schedule. It also gives me time to work on other mixed media artwork at my leisure. One of my biggest obstacles is structuring my time. While I’m flexible of the time that I work, I do have a tendency to procrastinate and cram it all in at the end, which may not be representative of my best work.

    Kelly’s art is wonderful, and I think it’s great how she shares her passion with others. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

  • Reply Alicia September 5, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I loved this post, it was so inspirational! I am currently working towards my goal of becoming an interior designer which I discovered i LOVED completely by accident! I’m in school, I have a full time job and I’m breathing in every bit of knowledge I can on the subject. My father gave me this book which you can read in little bits at a time…easy read. Its A life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You were Born To Do, by Thomas Moore. Its really helpful and when you are feeling like you are just spinning your wheels in your career it makes you feel inspired to do something positive and you can always go UP from where you are! You are never stuck! Anyway, I am really excited to go check out this book! Its lovely to have a woman writing a book like that. yay!

  • Reply Carolyn September 5, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I thought it interesting that you described Kelly as a late-bloomer. I think she seems to be hitting her stride just when she ought to be! :c ) As for late-bloomers, I’m a 42 year old first time mom of a 9 month old baby girl. After more than 25 years in the wonderful world of retail (no sarcasm there, I swear, lol!) I am just now hitting my own stride living my dream of being a Mom (after a couple horrible heartbreaks) and finally finding the courage to call myself an artist. My dream is to grow both in spirit and in technique as an artist and online entreprenuer… I would love to be able to contribute more substantially to my family income by having my work liscensed, that would be one of my dreams.
    I hope to be an inspiration to women approaching mid-life who have always put their dreams on the back burner, I wish to inspire them to have the courage to listen to their heart, believe in themselves, and shut out all the voices of doubt. I believe it’s never to late to go for your dreams!!!

    Carolyns last blog post: Barefoot & Frilly circa 1990

  • Reply Janet O'Connor September 5, 2008 at 10:35 am

    This is beautiful news. For the past year, I have been in the process of re-inventing myself. As the mother of three beautiful children, I was involved in everything that made my children feel successful in life. This was amazing! As an educator, I had the opportunity to help children develop thier intellectual and creative minds. It was hard and rewarding work. Now I find that there is time for me to evolve my own creativity. I am thrilled to find such wonderful inspiration on the decor8 weblog. “Taking Flight” sounds like the kind of inspiration I need. Thank you for bringing inspiring ideas to the internet.

    Janet O’Connors last blog post: Marmalade

  • Reply Janet O'Connor September 5, 2008 at 10:54 am

    It is such a pleasure to find inspiration on the web. After spending the past year working on re-inventing myself, I find that my ideas are beginning to take shape. Thank you for bringing such inspiration to the decor8. As the mother of three, I worked to support my children as they developed into adulthood. As an educator, I found satisfaction in encouraging young children to explore their intelluctual and creative possibilities. “Taking Flight” seems to have just the right encouragement for my next steps.

  • Reply maisnon September 5, 2008 at 11:15 am

    I’m definitely moving towards my dream job! I recently quit my job in order to pursue work as an attorney that allows me to have greater control over my schedule. This is not just for my sanity – I also want to have more time to devote to my creative pursuits!

    maisnons last blog post: sing . song . sung

  • Reply Melissa September 5, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Can I say that I’d like to be Kelly? Wow, is her work ever inspiring. I couldn’t wait and just ordered her book. I love mixed media and collage, but have never taken the plunge to try my hand at it. Maybe now is the time…

  • Reply CB September 5, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Well, I am almost towards one of my two dream jobs: being a Ph.D. college professor! I hope to finish writing my doctoral dissertation by May.
    I love getting in front of my students and showing them that American History is something everyone should know about… And its fun too!

    My second dream job would be to have my own radio show that focuses on women’s issues…with a twist! A little sports stuff thrown in on the side!So before I concentrate on this one, I need to finish #1!

    Love your art! Best Wishes!

    CBs last blog post: John McWhorter op-ed

  • Reply Lisa Vollertsen September 5, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I love this contest! My dream job well I have two. The first is to work outdoors with fish, which I will be starting at the end of September. The second would be to sell my photography and bead work. I am currently working an administration job and trying to find balance between work and play.

    Lisa Vollertsens last blog post: Breast Cancer Necklace

  • Reply lindsay September 5, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Kelly’s journey is so inspirational. She is a very gracious lady…she has more than once sent me great advice on everything from printers to matting…I started painting/doing collage on a whim, and it’s somehow turned into a business, that I intend to grow. Alot of experienced artists have helped me with advice along the way. I think it’s that giving spirit that makes her so successful. What goes around, comes around. :)

    lindsays last blog post: Nie recovery…you can help…

  • Reply Jodi September 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I have 2 dream jobs – One I currently work at part time designing my own collection of fashion jewelry “Astarte Desgins”. This has helped to keep me creatively sustained while I toil away at my day job which pays the bills & my husband’s tuition….

    My other dream job is a loooong term goal to design my own line of fabrics one day. I’ve been following the careers of numerous talented designerns and bloggers as their own dreams have started to come true in this area of design. It has given me lots of hope and determination that I too can make this giant leap when the time (and finaces) allow for it.

    My absolute dream would be to work from my home studio and create lavish jewelry and colourful textiles full time. Surrounded by family, pets, and lots of creative inspiration in a large studio with lots of light!

    Jodis last blog post: ATC swaps & Stitched by Hand

  • Reply Silvina September 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kelly’s artwork. I have been wanting to take a mixed media art class for months but have been unable to find one in my area. I am a 43 year old mother of two who studied art and fashion design in college but found very little support and encouragement at the time and moved on to a “real job” in the travel industry. I later quit my job to become a full-time mom and decided that when I was ready to return to work I would pursue my original dream of being a designer and artist. In the last few years I have taken college courses, researched, read books, and started a small Interior Design business from home. Although I have many goals, my dream job would be to have a business that combines all my loves: art, textiles, interior design, fashion design, photography, travel. I’m not asking for too much, am I? I just have to figure out how to go about it. I have just discovered blogging and have been very inspired and encouraged by everyone out there. I don’t know what the future will bring but I can’t wait!

  • Reply steph September 5, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    kelly rae roberts has been a great inspiration of mine for almost a year now…i am currently working in a studio environment during the day and working toward my goal of personal success in my free time (not tied to my regular job, but to my painting). i know it will take time, but people like Kelly have proven to me that it can be done :)

  • Reply Jessicca September 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Oh, how easy it is when you’re young to talk about what you want to be “when you grow up”. I’m 22 and still am not quite sure what I would “like to be”. A friend recently asked me why I started my design blog and really I’m not quite sure. I love interior design and creating things but am having a hard time deciding how I want to put that into effect. I hope to someday be able to put my creative side to use. But most of all I just really want to love what I’m doing. If you have to do it everyday it SHOULD be something that you love.

  • Reply Holly Hanks September 5, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    I am fortunate enough to have my dream job as a SAHM. Some people might that that isn’t really a “job,” but just ask my husband…it’s harder than any day he puts in at the office. Plus, I have all of the nap-times and quiet evenings after bed time to work on my creative endeavors. It is certainly a blessing, and something I doubted I would ever be able to attain. But, we’ve just made some sacrifices here and there to make it possible to spend as much time with our kids as we can. I cherish every moment of it.

    Holly Hankss last blog post: Saying goodbye…

  • Reply ANg September 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I am not living my dream, however i am learning to dream, to remember and know that i count in this world, to not apologize for the space i take up in this world and just live a peaceful loving life.

    ANgs last blog post: Heart Sad 2

  • Reply Janet O'Connor September 5, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I hope to enter this contest. After trying to submit a comment 2 times, nothing has appreared on the blog. Is there a membership requirement?

    Janet O’Connors last blog post: Marmalade

  • Reply Blake Watson September 5, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    My dream job would be a full time artist with my own shop !! I do all kinds of things, I draw, paint, sew clothing, quilt, block print, make purses etc…… My walls are running out of room. Anything I can get my hands on I will do. I actually had my first art showing about a month ago which was cool and occasionally paint (and get paid for it–woo hoo). But as of now at age 34, I homeschool my 6 children!! I didn’t actually realize I had a knack for artsy stuff until I was about 30 as well. What is it with the age 30–oh yeah WE ROCK!! Talk about a late bloomer. I just converted our basement to an awesome work station/classroom, so I can create while my children homeschool!!! Thanks for letting me share! Go LATE BLOOMERS!!

  • Reply Sarah September 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I’m not living my dream – yet. But I’m beggining to make some decisions that are putting my into the right path. I just quit journalism college and will be studying art instead. That’s something I though I’d never do, but now that I think about it, I don’t see how it could be different.
    I’m not even sure what my “dream job” would be, I’m still figuring that out. But as long as I’m happy with what I’m doing, I’ll feel sucessfull.
    And the first step is to stop dreaming and actually doing something. Stop idealizing and have goals instead, to be reached in real life. I’m not aiming for perfection, but for improvement.
    I never commented here before, but decor8 is my favorite place to run to when the world gets too cruel, hehe. I’ts a neverending source of inspiration and eye-candy. And congratulations to Kelly for fullfilling her dream, and sharing her art with the rest of us! Just looking at the cover of the book actually put a smile on my lips. =)

  • Reply Christa H. September 5, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    I am in my dream job which is teaching foods and nutrition to high school students. They eat up your every word and are learning so much that will affect them the rest of their lives. Teaching is so much fun. I look forward to that every day but not all of the paperwork involved.

    Christa H.s last blog post: Vintage Orange Mugs

  • Reply Laura September 5, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    My dream job is to be a full-time jewelry artist who gets to create her unique designs on a daily basis and who doesn’t have to work for anyone else to make ends meet. Am I there? Partly. I’m making the jewelry, starting to show it, starting to get some fans. I just need to get to that magical point where I don’t need my dayjob to pay my rent and keep me fed.

  • Reply Elizabeth Floyd September 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    This is a wonderful contest. Yesterday when I read this post, I thought ?wow, I am one of those late bloomers also!? I am now 34 and a few years into altering my career focus from architecture to the fine arts. My goal is to be a full time artist, creating beautiful oil paintings focusing on still lifes, landscapes, and the occasional figurative piece.

    In my journey to switch to a career where consistent earnings are not guaranteed and knowing that I do have some responsibilities to cover, I seek out examples of fellow women who have made the change and have prospered. Kelly?s story really struck a chord with me. I have been pondering since reading the post how I can maximize my current plan. How can I leverage what I have already accomplished to gain the results that enable me to devote my full time to art creation?

    Presently I work a condensed work week, so I have three full days devoted to painting and my art career. I use all of my spare time to develop painting ideas and then try to capture those ideas when I am behind the easel. Overall I believe I have maximized the outside-of-work method and now need to seek ways to ramp down the hours devoted to my full time day job.

    Thank you for offering this great opportunity to share my story with others.

    Elizabeth Floyds last blog post: Sketchbook Entry

  • Reply odd chick September 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    No one in my family or my “culture” sketched or painted. It was an odd thing to do among my peers. But secretly, I kept a journal and read and reviewed art books, and soaked up images all around me. It wasn’t until I married my sweet husband and got to a really safe, happy place in my life that I began to express what I had been filling my heart and mind with all my life. Kelly Rae doesn’t know it, but she was a major catalyst for me. I followed very carefully some of her instructions in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and made a beautiful painting that my daughter and her friends fought over. Though much of it was Kelly Rae’s color suggestions and ideas, it later gave me wings to try my own style of painting and compositions. The bits of her story that I read in that magazine gave me hope that I, with a little girl’s secret dream, could now as an older woman, let that child have her wish openly and lovingly and give her everything she needs to succeed. Kelly’s book would be another excellent resource.
    Thanks for your contest and the opportunity to be a part of it.

    odd chicks last blog post: Old Classic

  • Reply Trish September 5, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    My favorite book as a child was “Leo the Late Bloomer” and virtually everything about that little lion’s delightful ride was (and remains) true for me. I am not currently living my dream, although I enjoy the creative pursuits in which I am involved: I am a teacher of writing and I love to share my fascination with language with my students. I am a sometime actor and director and I produce two theatrical productions with the teenagers at my high school each year. I am a closet photographer and enjoy shutterbugging for my own delight. All of these creative experiences have enriched me and taught me important things about what it means to be human and I value them implicitly as they are part and parcel of the person I am. But, the most important creative endeavor in which I am currently involved is the creation of a healthy self. I came of age in a family characterized by extreme sorrow and dysfunction and I have continually struggled with the fallout that those experiences have caused for me in terms of how I feel about myself, my relationships and my world. I have worked and avoided working and returned to work myriad times in my pursuit of emotional health and I can only understand this process in light of the other, more concrete creative endeavors that have shaped me… there is energy and enthusiasm, then there is doubt, then there is rejection, self-protection, recovery before I tentatively allow the bloom to open once more. My dream is to live free of psychic pain and to celebrate the joys present in the world, but which I am often unable to see due to the depression that often plagues me. I am resolute, however and I believe in the power of transformation. I will be the butterfly. I will be the flower. I will be that little lion, Leo, surprising the world (and quite possibly myself) with the brilliance of a dream– at long last–realized.

  • Reply E September 5, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Every day I try to move forward, word by word, sentence by sentence. I try to drown out the voices in and outside my head that say that I can’t and that it’s too late and that too much time has been wasted. I try to drown regret and high-five hope, and I believe, even when parts of me say that it’s a really silly thing to do.

  • Reply heather September 5, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I’m living my dream! My little stationery business started in 2005 while I was 7 years into a swanky textile design job. While I loved being a textile designer I hated the 8-5 office life. I would daydream at my desk of the day that I would be able to leave the corporate world, but I really couldn’t figure out a way to make that happen. In an unexpected turn of events last summer, while I was 2 months into my pregnancy, the mill closed abruptly and, along with 900 other people, I lost my job. At first I panicked, but over the last year I’ve taken full advantage of this make it or break it situation and now I’m doing my stationery full time while I’m home with my sweet baby boy. I never thought we would be able to make it work without my salaried job, and I was way too scared to take the plunge myself. What initially seemed like the most horrible thing ever has in fact become the BEST thing that’s ever happened to me. I truly feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

    heathers last blog post: the birds- gocco screenprinted flatnote stationery set

  • Reply amy r September 5, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    I think if you keep doing what you love – it will eventually become what you do for a living. After several years working for agencies and web firms, I “jumped ship” and started my own design from from home. Best thing I ever did. Now i’m here when my girls get home from school and can spend afternoons with them doing homework, playing, cooking.
    I think the timing was right, though. I had tried it on my own right out of college, but was too green. I really learned from my job experiences and built up a good network to support my start-up.
    Ideally, i’d like my craftwork to become my job and I’d like to start painting again…. and maybe move out to a more rural area and get the goats and chickens we half joke about :-) hey – dreaming is good!

    amy rs last blog post: Chinese Propaganda Poster: Look Who is the Cleanest

  • Reply Sonia September 6, 2008 at 12:52 am


    I have always had a sincere love for food and art; I’ve thought them to be bridgeways that touch people. Food is something that, if created with love and joy, can bring immediate happiness and satisfaction to people, and art is a medium that can provide a platform of creativity, inspiration, and self-reflection. It has always been my dream to combine these two and bring them to the daily realities of everyday life by opening an eatery that features an art gallery.

    It’s almost ironic that I have a degree in Fine Arts and am known as a creative person, but my job lies in the stark world of private business. Yet every night, before I close my eyes to fall asleep, I think of tomorrow and how it may be the day that I can overcome luck and my fears of uncertainty, failure, and the unimaginable success of pursuing my dream.

    In the meantime, I am still driven by my passions by creating wonderful food and art that reflect my inner love to touch others. Reading Kelly’s story, with each one of her paragraphs giving me goosebumps, I have felt a renewed and stronger sense of power in overcoming my fears to achieving my dream.


  • Reply Sonia September 6, 2008 at 12:58 am


    Please still consider my entry! I made a mistake in thinking of my own time zone (Central) rather than Eastern. :'( :'( :'(

  • Reply Beth Warren September 6, 2008 at 5:21 am

    I’m trying to pursue my dream job of becoming a pediatric immunologist. I was bedridden for 5 years with an immune disorder, and still am sick, though better than I was. One of my doctors inspired me to want to help other kids with similar problems…I took the MCAT (though may be retaking it) and applying to med school…though it’s a hard road, my family isn’t sure I can do it (physically, that is), and it’s so hard to figure out what I might do if it doesn’t work out…it’s so easy to get discouraged.

  • Reply Deanna September 7, 2008 at 10:29 am

    How fun are those paintings! I love love love the detailed backgrounds.

    Sign me up for the contest to win, if it’s not too late :]

    Deannas last blog post: On Neighbors

  • Reply Deanna September 7, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Oh – and I have my dream job. I’m a graphic designer with a firm I love. But if I could be anything else, I would be an olive farmer.

    Advice to others…don’t get discouraged along the way. Right before I found my current job I was turned down by a lot more places than my ego would have liked. But that’s the way it was supposed to be – because the had I taken any of the job I sent out for I wouldn’t have been available when this one SENT OUT FOR ME!

    So just keep at it, always be yourself in interviews and such, and what’s meant to be will happen when it’s time. It’s a lot like love that way :]

    Deannas last blog post: On Neighbors

  • Reply April T. September 8, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    My dream job would be to work in international relations, particularly distributing foreign aid and promoting sustainable jobs, co-ops and local crafts….not even close to what I do now.

    April T.s last blog post: Real Parties: Willy Wonka Bar Mitzvah

  • Reply Jamila Jones September 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I am not living my dream job. But I believe that this job is helping in a small way to prepare me for that role if I ever get there. I have always loved art and anything art related. I am currently working for a govt contractor. I do what I went to school for 3d animation and modeling. My job allows me to make government related models and animate them. But I am stuck in a rut because it allows for no creative freedom, no change in colors, just ugly desert camo. But this was my first job out of school and I was very grateful because in this industry you have to have experience. But my dream jobs would be 1. Working for Pixar
    2. Selling my paintings for lots of money
    3. Starting my own buisness of some kind.

    And they are in order of how I need to do it. If I work for Pixar I may be famous. Once I am famous I can sell my paintings for a lot of money . When I get a lot of money I can open my own buisness. Now I need to know what that buisness will be. IDK something creative.

    Thanks Jamila

  • Reply Shelly Atkinson September 16, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Hi….I am so excited to enter his contest….will keep my fingers crossed.

    My dream job would be to illustrate full time. Unfortunately, due to financial obligations, I must continue with my full time day job…secretary…and paint part-time. Not a lot of energy sometimes to do this……I would love to be able to stay at home…..set my own hours…and illustrate for some childrens books…..that would be a dream come true.

    At 50….don’t knowif I will ever reach this goal or not…..and sometimes it seems next to impossible…..but I just keep plugging along….

  • Reply mereteveian September 19, 2008 at 12:37 am

    I’m actually going for an intervju today for my “dream” job, – to edit a small magazine for my passion: Patchwork and quilting.
    To find the bloggingcomuity on the net, has made a huge difference to me how I see my art, how I perform, take photos, use words to express my creative thoughts, – and all that leads up to a book being published by me with a group of friends, and two shows, travelling and now even a small steady job.
    Inside I’ve been an artist since I can tell, – but with a reasonable mind, I never aimed for the moon. Now I do. Been doing that for the last ten years, and it feels great to finally trust that creative soul in me.

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  • Reply Deedra September 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Living my dream? Yeah, I think so. I have my gorgeous husband and three beautiful children behind me, always supporting. I’m a visual artist and my paintings and sculptures are being sold in galleries, boutiques, salons, and online. I also branched out into other areas, having my original art being sublimated onto guitar straps, being sold internationally! Now, I’m not making lots of money yet, but the proverbial ball is rolling. I am gaining momentum and confidence with every new day! I think the key is to just believe in yourself and know that your work is worth it! Sometimes I get frustrated, but then I just take a step back and remind myself that if I persevere, I’ll succeed…and somehow, that wisdom always holds true. No matter what your dream, if you focus on it, it becomes reality!
    .-= Deedra´s last blog ..Touchy, feely =-.

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