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Working Creatively Doesn't Have to Look Like Entrepreneurship

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Working Creatively Doesn't Have to Look Like Entrepreneurship

Working Creatively Doesn't Have to Look Like Entrepreneurship // jenniferesnyder.com

I've been giving this idea a lot of thought lately. When I first launched Creating Your Own Path as an interview series, I recalled being given a very narrow set of career options in my high school counselor's office. I was a junior at the time and that was when you were supposed to start picking out the path you might want to take in life.

So many of the jobs and career options that exist today simply didn't back then — and it hasn't been that long since high school. Even in college, I felt as though my options were limited, but times are changing and that's a good thing. 

However, I have been stumbling along my path of entrepreneurship for seven years now and, over the last year or so, I've begun realize why certain discussions in this space haven't completely resonated with me.

You see, there's this idea that working creatively means you have to run your own company. Going into business for yourself has become synonymous with success and freedom and all of those values we love to love.

But guess what? You can still work creatively for any number of super rad companies and still be successful and — wait for it — free. Want to know something else? Some of those creative jobs with organizations and companies around the world pay really well and they come with benefits and other perks like never having to use QuickBooks again, allowing the word "hustle" to fall away from your vocabulary, and going to the dentist with some regularity.

What I'm getting at, here, is that I want to urge all of us (myself included) to stop glamorizing the path of the entrepreneur. It's not glamorous. It's really hard work. Being your own boss can be awesome — that's true — but it's not the only way to create your own path.

In fact, I've met dozens and dozens of people over the years whose jobs I didn't even know existed — and the jobs they hold within their companies are SO COOL. I'm betting current high school juniors and college freshmen don't know those jobs exist either. I propose we change that. 

Who's with me?



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The Importance of Taking Breaks

The Importance of Taking Breaks 

If you've listened to the latest podcast episode or read the latest Creative Digest newsletter, you know that I'm planning to take a few weeks off from both of those projects.

Breaks are important, you guys. In a world that is overly connected, those of us who create content often feel as though we have to churn out new, wonderful, amazing things for you to read, watch or listen to all the time. The internet never sleeps and it's really easy to feel as though you may become irrelevant if your blog or podcast (or YouTube channel, or Instagram feed, or, or, or...) goes dark for a bit.

Thing is: the more I take breaks, the more I realize that's simply not the case! I've also come to realize that I'm 100% better at my job (and better at life, if I'm being honest) when I allow myself the opportunity to step back and take a breather.

So as planned, the first break of CYOP Season 3 is upon us! You can expect new episodes to start rolling in sometime in late May. If you're a new subscriber to the Creative Digest (welcome!), you'll see the weekly newsletters pick back up around the same time.

I will likely have some blog posts popping up here and there over the next few weeks, but mainly I'll be spending the time:

  1. On a much-needed vacation with my husband.
  2. Working on some really fun freelance projects.
  3. Prepping for a few upcoming events.
  4. Pre-recording podcast interviews.
  5. Taking care of myself!  

I know you all can probably relate in some way to this need to press pause and I really appreciate that about you. I'm curious: have you ever taken a hiatus from projects or the internet, in general? How'd it go? Let's talk about it!



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Published: College Was Great! Now What?

College Was Great! Now What?   by Jennifer E Snyder // Exclusively on  The Snippet App

I don't know about you, but I sure remember feeling lost after graduation. I've always had a deep desire to start my own business, but no one around me ever talked about freelancing or business ownership as an option. Taking time off to travel seemed out of reach and I recall feeling as though I was just ready to make a decent living. I was supposed to hustle and find a 9-to-5, so that's what I did. Now, don't get me wrong: both paths are wonderful—I just remember my guts pulling me one way and society pulling me another.

Recently, I had a chance to share what I've learned since that trying time and I'm excited to announce that I've compiled nearly 10 years worth of trial and error into a multimedia ebook published on The Snippet App!

The Snippet App

As I mentioned last month, after publishing an ebook about touring the national parks, the Snippet publishing platform allows writers to tell their stories in a way that most digital platforms just can't match.

For College Was Great! Now What?, I was able to set up a fascinating audio interview with Alexis Grant regarding career advice and reached out to some amazing recent graduates—including Bethany Cummings, who decided to crowdfund her post-graduate program in New York City this summer. 

If you'd like purchase the book to read on the web, you can sign up for a Snippet account and download the book here. If you'd like to take it with you on-the-go, you can do so for iOS (Apple) mobile devices by downloading the Snippet App on iTunes and then heading to the business category. 

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As always, thank you for your support, my friends. Happy reading!


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Creating Your Own Path

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So much has been written about the path to success. Just head to your local book store or type "career" into an online search field. You will come across hundreds of books about how to be career-oriented and have it all -- all while mastering a healthy work/life balance.

As we know, the quest for the perfect career doesn't begin in our 20s or 30s. From a young age we're often herded into one corral over the other. "Suzy loves her science classes, so we'll tick that box on the 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' form. Billy, on the other hand, can't keep his nose out of books, so let's assume that he'll be a teacher someday."

It seems as though things have changed since I walked into my high school counselor's office to decide on a career before I had even taken my driver's license test. I'm coming across more and more people who are learning to create their own career path. Many haven't necessarily followed the dotted line they set in motion at the ripe old age of 16 and most would argue that they're better for it.

Everyone I've encountered has an amazing story to tell. Because these innovative, brilliant beings inspire me on a regular basis, I'd like to share their stories with you all.

Yes, there's a new series in the works, my friends.

Stay tuned.

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