How can your workplace—or your work, for that matter—be a place of adventure and escape? The answer is easy and… well… not so easy.
In my former profession, my work sucked the life out of me. I managed 70 employees and was a complete workaholic. My ultra-draining job wore me down—not because it was too hard, too demanding, too confusing, or too corporate–but because it had nothing to do with the things I like, the things I need, the things I CRAVE.
And so I sat down and made a list the things I’m truly passionate about.
I love shopping.
I love spa services.
I love spending time with girlfriends.
Why not create a business around the things I love?
So I reinvented myself and my business, the CRAVEcompany. The inspiration came from an unlikely source: a grown up version of a pajama party. A friend created a line of high–end pajamas for women and hosted a PJ party at her home in Bellevue. She invited 15 friends, threw in a massage therapist and a waxer, and offered lotions and potions for sale.
By the time the evening wrapped up, over a dozen 30-something mommies had transformed into giggling, silly high school girls. They bonded over food, massages, and buying $150 pajamas. These women were so happy to be together, it was unbelievable. I walked out that night, and thought, “There’s my business. I need to create an excuse to get girlfriends together.”
Now, instead of managing others (I am so not a manager), I license out my brand. Rather than pay rent, I moved my office to my home (I love working in bed on my laptop first thing in the morning). My business reflects my style, my passions, and the things I CRAVE.
In my next post, I’ll take you through “A day in the life of Melody” to show how my business is fulfilling my cravings for independence, the occasional indulgence, and connecting with like-minded women.
So, what are some things you CRAVE in a job? What’s your idea of an ideal profession? If your job is sucking the life out of you, it’s time you started making a list.