Work and Play: Can they really be combined?

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“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Confucius

I talk with my harp friends all the time about how thankful we are that we don’t have a mundane 9 am – 5 pm job. We can make our own schedule, our yoga class option is later than 6 am, and we get to do what we love. But sometimes I envy the 9-5 cubicle farmers. They check out from work at 5 pm and their evenings and weekends are reserved for relaxing. Can you remember a weekend schedule that didn’t include: Practice, Wedding, Teach, Work on Website, Get More Students, and Practice again?

Yes, it’s a career  you are passionate about, but it’s not worth sacrificing sanity! I also talk about this a bunch with my harp friends. Lately I have embraced the “check-out” mind set on the weekends, but then it seems that my to-do list quickly becomes overwhelming on Monday. Making a living as a freelance musician feels like a constant work agenda, but is it worth it? Tax season might be enough to persuade me, but I’m still convinced my harp life is worth it. Now to keep working on a balance between work and play, that includes hiking in the Wissahickon with my dog, Peanut!

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I am a recent Temple graduate with my masters in Harp Performance. I grew up in Findlay, Ohio and currently teach and freelance in the Philadelphia area.

3 Comments

  1. anne-sullivan on

    Love the post, Dani! My experience has shown me that “balance” is an illusion, or perhaps it’s just better thought of as a long-haul proposition. We are more successful when we realize that our life works in time blocks, or even seasons, and we spend extra time on one aspect of life now so that we can spend more time on another aspect later. You can arrange your weekly schedule (or even your daily one!) that way, and not feel any guilt or regret. You’ll get it all done – in its own time!

    • Thanks, Anne! I feel like I should just drop everything and hyper-focus on one aspect, just so it isn’t looming over a long period of time. I like your comment about balance being an “illusion” 🙂 It’s also tough when I am still figuring out a long-term career path. How can you efficiently manage your time when you don’t know what you’re ultimately working towards? My list of priorities pile up before I can even get around to thinking about that ultimate goal!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I would love to be a full time musician/artist. I work full time as Fundraising Data Services Manager at a music conservatory and I do love it. Aside from that, I have a small business for my artistry and my music. My challenge is I have to push myself a little more, in order to perfect my craft; goal building, and handling the business side (aka taxes, marketing, promoting, advertising etc>) It’s a challenge, because when I do get home from work each day, sometimes I want to veg out! So to ensure I do something toward my goals and dreams, I have to plan my days so that I do a little at a time toward my goals, and not get burned out in the process! 🙂

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