Most of my 20’s had been spent being pretty carefree. I was living all over the world on student visas, working in tourism so I could get free travel. I didn’t worry too much about career, who I should be or people’s expectations of me. I hadn’t grown up in the American system of graduate, college, marry, work, children, work, retire so I lived in a pretty content state of working in jobs I liked and living my life pretty fully
That changed when I immigrated in America in 1999. Going through immigration was a long, hard and nerve wrecking process. It was really important to be seen as responsible, worthy and serious. So I got my first corporate gig which required me to wear hose (something I’d get written up for twice!). I ended up buying into the American Dream that if I was ambitious, worked hard, worked well, I could climb a ladder of success. And so I did.
But by 2001 I felt completely changed in spirit and who I was. I was miserable in a job I didn’t like (even though I worked for a great company, with a great boss and coworkers). I knew who I was being wasn’t who I was meant to be.
And then this happened. A day and event that changed my life from corporate girl to creative entrepreneur.
[mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”400″ size=”26″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#dd3333″]“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits
― Carl Jung”[/mks_pullquote]It was then that I created GirlatPlay.com, inspired by the Carl Jung quote. For the next three years I chronicled my steps, my challenges, my heartbreaks and wins as I pursued a creative dream when the world still really wasn’t OK with what that meant (blogging, vlogging, influencing etc. hadn’t really become a thing yet. The web was still in its infancy and there wasn’t even creative books out there let alone blogs).
Since 2007, I’ve been working with major brands like Anthropologie, Airbnb, Disney, UGG Australia and Hulu to help them create content strategies for their brand, site and social media. I’ve taken my creativity and my passion and found a way to make a career that works really well for me. So the dream of being a creative entrepreneur and making a living from it? I’m proof that it’s totally possible.
The best way to experience this site is like a book – start from the first entry and work your way up. If you need more inspiration, read the stories of other women creative Entreprenuers on Another Girl at Play. And if you’d like to catch up with my work now, you can see my portfolio site or follow my personal blog, Hygge House.