It has been 5 months since I left my job to restart my pursuit in doing what makes me happy. Here’s what I’ve figured out.
I’ve been trying to consistently do what makes me happy without distractions. By distractions, I mean having a full-time job that isn’t related to my passions, just to make a few dollars so that I can wake up tomorrow to continue doing the same thing to try and live my life in the spare moments I’m not trying to help build someone else’s dream life.
Don’t get me wrong, I will probably end up working at a desk job down the road, but it’ll be doing something I want to wake up in the morning or put in the overtime for. But for now, I’ve given myself until the end of the year to figure out where my interests will take me.
Here’s what I’ve discovered:
1. YouTube – Anyone who knows me knows that I run a YouTube channel, EXCESSORIZE ME., where I review cases for electronic devices. It’s not that I particularly love filmmaking, I love creating content and telling a story – YouTube is just a medium for me to express it. This is my full-time job right now and my goal is to build an audience – a community of fellow case lovers – and hopefully build a business out of it. It’s ambitious and still in the ideation phase, but that’s where I’ll be measuring myself at the end of the year.
2. Secondhand Market – To date, I’ve probably bought and sold over 10 GoPros on Kijiji. For when I’ve started to track my transactions, I’ve made over $1,800 in profit from reselling GoPros. This is a game to me, the better you score, the higher you profit. In the end, I’d also like to either go into the business of secondhand sales or create something that encourages that behaviour.
3. Web Design – I’ve had a strong interest in Web Design since I graduated, as I figured that’s what I wanted to pursue a career in. My initial goal after leaving my last job was to continue back down this path in learning and building something I can present to potential employers, but ever since deciding to pursue YouTube, this has been sitting in the back of my mind. At the moment, it’s more of a backup, something I know I love to pursue, but other priorities are taking over.
So what now?
That’s where I am and where I’m going. By December, this may all change, who knows. I have been sporadically applying to jobs in moments of fear, anxiety, and jealousy but my focus is EXCESSORIZE ME..
I want to start writing more, I’m planning a series of articles on how to properly Kijiji – tips, guidelines, and safety measures. It’s a step towards my second goal, to encourage and promote the behaviour of secondhand selling and buying and hopefully build a following along the way.
You know what they say, you learn best by teaching others. I think.