The idea of love jobs has been popping up a bit for me quite a bit- most recently in the fantastic novel Tiddas by Australian author Anita Heiss. What are love jobs? Keeping it clean guys- jobs you do for love not money! Where you take all of your passion and expertise , built up in your career and use them in a job or project that rewards you with things other than money. Perhaps it’s similar in concept to volunteering but with an important distinction- love jobs give back to you just as much as you give.
Many people around me are taking on love jobs over and above their already crowded schedule. My husband is always shooting off to a meeting or two for the various boards and committees that he’s on. Business committees, urban renewal projects, placemaking projects- he is forever giving of his time. He also tries to set aside a morning each week to meet and mentor emerging leaders. Rather than draining him as you might expect he comes away energised, inspired and full of new ideas. Another friend of mine is passionate about the arts- she’s on various committees, rallying the community to care. Another is passionate about animals- she spends much of her free time transporting rescue dogs, arranging adoptions, caring for injured wildlife. Others I know, keep their local schools afloat with the valuable time and support they give. My mind boggles at the good deeds many of my friends do- giving of their heart and time to make this world a better place.
I’ve begun to dip my toes into the world of love jobs. I have in the past year created a Facebook group for over 2000 women where I can coach, support and provide tough love on their weightloss journey. I have no expectation of money reward for this- I have done it to build up skills, provide support and well- to see if I could do it! I’ve also joined a reference group for local traders where we fund placemaking ventures in the inner-city. So far- we’ve supported designer markets, an urban farming initiative and a Persian New Years Festival with lots of exciting things to come.
Through my love jobs I’ve gained confidence, learnt new skills and met some incredible people. But my love job journey has really only just begun. Now my family is at an age where they are becoming more independent I relish the opportunity to use my skills in a new way.
Your turn, cherubs! Do you have a love job? What is it and what have you gained from the experience?
Yours in gratitude,