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CYOP #86 - Preparing for Big Changes + Finding What Lights You Up with Tattoo Artist Stephanie Washburn

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CYOP #86 - Preparing for Big Changes + Finding What Lights You Up with Tattoo Artist Stephanie Washburn

Today’s interview begins a new segment dedicated to those who have gone through a major career shift at some point in their lives. I’m kicking it off with Stephanie Washburn who is a tattoo artist in Roseville, California. However, what makes Steph's story so interesting is that she didn’t start pursuing art until she was almost 40 and found her way into the tattoo industry after that. 

In the interview we talk about why she left her corporate nonprofit job of nearly 20 years and how she and her husband set themselves up financially to make it possible. We also talk through the importance of finding great mentors, the challenges involved in being a woman over 40 in the tattoo business, and why she believes the act of thoughtlessly quitting your day job is not necessarily the answer. Steph’s story is an inspiring one and I think you guys are going to get a lot out of it!

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FAVORITE QUOTE:

If you're starting to sacrifice that one creative thing for the almighty dollar, you're never going to get where you want to go." — Stephanie Washburn, Tattoo Artist // creatingyourownpath.com

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Why I Still Freelance

Why I Still Freelance // creatingyourownpath.com

When I announced that I'd be taking on a part time, remote position with Winning Edits a two weeks ago, I was bracing myself for the feelings of anxiety and dread that I've often associated with being an employee. I'm not sure why, but for the longest time I've thought that going back to a job would mean that I was no longer an independent creative. I was afraid that it would feel like a step back to a time when I was creatively unfulfilled and had reached my limit of office politics.

Yet, here we are a week into this new way of working and I haven't felt any of those things — not even once. Sure, there will be a learning curve and I'm easing my way back into a team dynamic, but that's a good thing. Additionally, I think the supportive comments, emails and conversations that followed my announcement affirmed what my logical side had been telling me all along: it's not the having of the job that's an issue, it's the type of job and all that comes with it that hadn't felt right until now.

You see, the conditions of my new job are fairly ideal. I get to work from wherever I am in the world, I get to collaborate using technology that didn't even exist the last time I had an employer, the job is part time and I still get to pursue other work. In fact, pursuing other work is seen as a positive thing as long as there's no conflict of interest. I think that's a big part of why I'm feeling so good about the decision to sign on with an employer again. 

I'm a curious person, by nature. I love to ask people questions. I may be an introvert who shies away from asking a question in the heat of a discussion, but rest assured, I'm likely ruminating on something you said. I'm the girl who emails you follow up questions because I just can't help myself.

When I told people outside of my podcast/web/blog/entrepreneurship world about the job, many wondered why on Earth I wouldn't simply sign on full time and scrap my freelance work and passion projects altogether. After being slightly horrified at the thought of giving up the things I've grown to love, I'd respond with something like, "but then I'd only get to ask a specific type of person a specific set of questions." 

That just wouldn't do.

I can't imagine giving up (or cutting back on) my podcast. There are far too many amazing creatives out there who haven't told me (or you) their stories yet. I can't fathom passing up the opportunity to dive in to interesting regional business stories (like the Comstock's magazine article pictured above—go snag the July issue if you're in the Sacramento area!). I would also never want to give up on pitching stories to the publications of my dreams.

Thinking through all of this, of course, makes me curious about you. Is there something that you simply can't imagine giving up—even if it makes you zero dollars? Heck, especially if it makes you zero dollars?

Let's talk about it in the comment section below, but first I want to offer my two cents: 

If you're curious, keep at it. If you want to try something new just to see if it works, try it. If you want to say yes to something that sounds crazy, but just might be awesome — I say go for it. 

We're all coming at this whole career thing with varied perspectives and backgrounds, but there's no harm in trying. How else are we supposed to find what lights us up?

So, tell me: what lights you up, my friends?


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CYOP #83 - Mini Episode: I'm Sharing Some BIG Career News!

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CYOP #83 - Mini Episode: I'm Sharing Some BIG Career News!

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Three Websites for Finding Interesting Work

Finding a career path that lights you up every day can be tough. In the last few years of attempting to create my own path, I've come across several interesting resources for those looking for specific types of work. While I haven't used any of them to land my current freelance gigs, I've absolutely loved perusing the listings to see if something might fit!

Here are a few of my favorites:


For Foodies: GOOD FOOD JOBS

Three Websites for Finding Interesting Work

I've been a fan of Good Food Jobs for quite some time. The thought of centering a job search around the food industry is just genius, if you ask me. I mean, who doesn't like food?! The site just went through a full redesign and now it's even easier to find the foodie job of your dreams! 


For Outdoor/Travel Enthusiasts: COOL WORKS

Three Websites for Finding Interesting Work

Have you ever wanted to work on a dude ranch? Or maybe head up the marketing department for a national park? If so, you may want to check out Cool Works. The site has been around since the 90's (Yes, the 90's. I interviewed the founder last year, if you're interested in the backstory) and offers up some really amazing opportunities for full-time travelers, seasonal workers and outdoor lovers.


For Creatives and Tech Junkies: THE MUSE

Three Websites for Finding Interesting Work

While The Muse isn't always the best for freelancers or telecommuters, there are some incredible job opportunities listed on the site in major hubs around the world. It's worth searching, if you're located within commuting distance (or are up for a move!) of said hubs and have a love for amazing, established companies and successful start-ups. If not, you may still benefit from reading their career advice section or taking a few classes.


The best part of using sites like these is that they offer a community element you just won't find on large job search sites or Craigslist. I think that makes a huge difference when you're searching for a job or gig you can love. Don't you?

So, what are your favorite freelance/job hunting resources? I'd love to hear your tips and success stories!


Please note that I wasn't paid or perked for this post by any of the companies mentioned above.
I just really like what they offer and wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!


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Featured: Clementine Daily + Making Connections Online

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Featured: Clementine Daily + Making Connections Online

Featured: Clementine Daily // "In Real Life: Making Connections Online"

Let me tell you, my friends: changing domain names is no joke. I was so busy digging around old blog posts, fixing broken links and finding mysteriously missing photos last week that I nearly missed my latest feature on Clementine Daily

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing some super talented ladies about using social media to turn online contacts into solid friendships and amazing career opportunities offline.

Many thanks to:

I have been totally inspired by these women and hope you'll find their stories as interesting and encouraging as I did. 

If you haven't had a chance to check out the story, you can do so here.

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Now it's your turn. Have you made any really great friendships or furthered your career using social media to start the conversation? We'd love to hear your stories over on Clementine Daily in the comment section! 


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