It’s hard to know that you love something (like, really love it) and reconcile the fact that your day job isn’t directly or even indirectly related to that very special something. There’s a lot of pressure to abandon a more predictable professional trajectory in pursuit of a career that reflects your individuality. (If you’re a millennial, go ahead and multiply that pressure 25 fold).
Despite popular opinion,
monetizing your gifts is not a requisite for honoring them. Your job doesn’t have to be the main source of your personal fulfillment — it’s really not for a lot of people.
A great career empowers you to create opportunities to truly enjoy the people, interests, travels and creative pursuits that make you happy. Sometimes that looks like a more conventional job where you’re not necessarily ‘inspired’ every second.
Each Saturday, I’ll invite people to share how they exercise their creativity in a way that works with their lifestyle. I’m so excited to introduce Jessica Quirk as this week’s Saturday Creative.
This former Fort Greene girl is the creator of “What I Wore,” an internationally known fashion and style blog designed to showcase individuality through personal style. Before starting her blog, Jessica worked in the fashion industry for many years and obtained a degree in Apparel Merchandising. She didn’t start publishing photos of her daily outfits until 2007, and slowly built her business and brand to what it is now.
I ask every contributor for The Saturday Creative how they find time to be creative:
Do what you love. Do what you love. Do what you love. Even if it’s for three minutes of the day, do what you love!
Jessica also took the time to answer some questions about the power of person style, a power she works hard to harnesses every day in order to live her best life. These questions and answers are particularly important because, with everything going on in the world, it’s incredibly easy to minimize something like an outfit choice. But as Brene Brown says so succinctly and beautifully, “No one can define what’s meaningful for us.”
What matters to you might seem superficial or unimportant to others, and that has absolutely nothing to do with how meaningful it is. Turning the volume up on who we are, and letting our unique selves show through our tone of voice, facial expressions, clothing selection, etc. is a wonderful path to authenticity, not superficiality. When we are our authentic selves, we effortless contribute more to the world, never less.
I love it when people take care in a distinct aspect of their external identity, and as the saying goes, fashion is instant language. I admire those women and men who are particularly fluent in translating their mood and individuality so immediately through their appearance – it’s a beautiful art that you can’t quite teach.
That didn’t stop me from trying to learn a few things from the lovely Mrs. Quirk:
Thank you so much to Jessica for sharing her inspiring work!
There are few things I love more than seeing the way people channel their own unique creativity — do you have a creative way of cooking something, styling something, writing, painting, getting your kids to brush their teeth?…There are endless ways to be creative, and the world is unequivocally a better place when those gifts are shared. If you’d like to contribute to The Saturday Creative, I would be so so happy! AND you’d be making the world a better place (no pressure).