Hello! I’m Rebecca Wise Girson, Creator-in-Chief at Artist With a Day Job (Aw/aDJ).
If you’d asked me long ago what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you I wanted to be an artist and a songwriter. But my life took another path as lives often do when we transition from being a kid with no worries to being an adult with bills to pay.
In 2002 I found myself in a corporate job that offered many benefits (a great salary…an impressive title…the ability to travel the world on someone else’s dime…). But all those perks came with a lot of pressure, so I began painting as a way to de-stress and take my mind off of work-related issues. The practice of painting not only gave me a way to creatively deal with day job dilemmas, it also transformed the way I viewed myself in relationship to work. I was more than what I did for a living- I was an Artist With a Day Job.
I quit my corporate day job working for “the man” and started another one working for myself. I also made the commitment to (finally) put my creative “babies” out into the world. I won’t lie. It’s been a scary, life-altering, sanity-questioning experience. But you know what? I have no regrets and would do it again a million times over.
So Artist With a Day Job is about more than sharing my artwork and an occasional song or two. It’s also about sharing some of what I’ve learned during my on-going efforts to have a life while making a living (or what I like to call “creative life balance“).
Speaking of life and balance…(indulge me, please, as a I get a little philosophical). Our time here is short it gets shorter with each passing moment. Day job or no day job, it’s important that we take our dreams off of the someday-maybe list and start living them now. I urge you, whatever that thing is you’ve always wanted to do, promise yourself that in this life you will...