In 2010 I quit my full-time job, moved out of my apartment, and sold everything I owned to go on a cross-country road trip and chase my dream of becoming an author. Since then, I've gotten a few part-time jobs to supplement my income, quit those part-time jobs, gotten them again, and then quit them for good. In the process I've learned a lot about what it takes to make a viable living doing what I love.
There’s so much talk about quitting jobs these days, after awhile you start to think there’s no way you can go after a dream unless you give up your 9-5. But if I’ve learned one thing from my own experience chasing my dream, it is that quitting your full time job is not always right for every person, in every season. In fact, for some people it would be downright wrong. Still, everyone will have to give up something to chase their dream. It might be a job, it might be something different. We can’t be sure what it is until we know what we’re chasing, and what is getting in our way.
This book is not an ooey-gooey, hyper-inspirational “you can be anything you want to be” approach to living. In fact, just the opposite. I hope this book offers a very realistic, down-to-earth approach to what most of us call chasing our dreams. It starts with the premise that everyone is chasing something, moves to the assumption that your chase will require sacrifice, and ends with a decision that ultimately you must make for yourself:
What will you have to give up to chase what you ultimately want?
Allison Vesterfelt helps people uncover their true selves through the art of writing. She is the author of Packing Light and lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Darrell and their dog, Cooper.