Passion to Paycheck

Wake up. Get dressed. Skip breakfast. Sit in traffic for an hour. Clock in. Watch the clock for 8 hours. Clock out. Sit in traffic another hour. Pick up some fast food. Make it home. Catch up on reality tv. Fall asleep. Wake up and repeat. 

This is what my daily routine looked like back when I worked in corporate America. Yes, I was making decent money, but being confined to that daily routine nearly choked the life out of me. Clocking in and out of a job everyday that I HATED, where I was literally expendable just ate away at me. There I was with so much potential, knowing God created me to do more, selling my dreams for “security”. Not only was I stifling my  God given abilities for a paycheck, but I was placing my livelihood in the hands of people who didn’t care about my or my family’s well being. Sounds kind of crazy right? Well, as crazy as it sounds, a lot of people do it every single day like it’s nothing. Why? Because society has programmed us to believe that, somehow, working ourselves to death in exchange for less than we’re really worth is what’s best for our families. Well I say enough is enough! It’s time to change the narrative Queens. It’s time to turn those God given passions and abilities into coins! 

Now, listen, I’m definitely not knocking working a 9 to 5. Some jobs can be very fulfilling, but this is for those of you out there that feel stuck, unfulfilled and underpaid. Imagine what life would be like if you exerted the same amount of energy you do at your job on pursuing your passion. I know you’re probably thinking “Yeah, that sure would be nice, but I got bills girl...” and I completely understand that. But one thing I can say is, if God is leading you, He can and will take care of you if you trust Him. I’m a living witness that He is a provider and I’m not just saying that because it sounds good. 

You see, when I was let go from my corporate job, by no fault of my own, I was definitely a little lost and confused for a while. Being that my exit from corporate America wasn’t “voluntary”, I wasn’t prepared for the financial burden I was hit with...AND I was 7 months pregnant at the time, so I’m sure you can imagine the stress I was under. What the hell was I going to do now? How was I going to provide for this little person growing inside of me with no steady paycheck? These questions along with many others constantly ran through my mind for the longest. It wasn’t until I decided to start nurturing my relationship with Christ and placed all those questions and worries in his hands that I began to gain clarity on what I was supposed to be doing. And honestly... what I discovered was if I had been listening to Him from jump street, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time at that dead end job and I wouldn’t have continuously questioned and doubted myself. Now, I’m working a job that pays me less, but it gives me the ability to provide for my family while pursuing my passions and I couldn’t be happier! I no longer dread that hour long drive in traffic to a job that I hate and my livelihood is no longer in the hands of people that consider me expendable. 

So my advice to you? Trust God Queen. I’m not telling you to walk into your job tomorrow and quit. PLEASE DON’T DO THAT if you’re not prepared for the aftermath. What I’m advising you to do is start putting some things into play. Don’t clock out of your 9 to 5 everyday to just come home and do nothing for yourself. Stop building someone else’s dream in exchange for a false sense of security. You are more than capable of building that brand, writing that book, or launching that business sis...all you have to do is START and trust God along the way. You got this Queen! Let’s start turning those passions into paychecks!

We’d love to know about some of your passions that should be paying you! Tell us about them in the comments!

Laura Effiom