Career or Cuddles?

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.” - Marilyn Monroe

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”

Marilyn Monroe

The sunlight was fading.

She loved this hour.

Not quite day and not quite night.

When the world seemed to quieten to settle.

This was her hour with her passion.

She’d nurture each moment.

Correct what needed to be corrected.

Cherish each statement.

Be swept up and pulled into this addictive trance.

Her heart beating wildly as everything seemed to fall into place just right…

“Love, dinner’s ready.” A voice called from downstairs.

“Okay, I’ll just finish this sentence”, she called back.

After a few quick clicks of the keyboard, she stepped away from the pc. The twinkling light tempting her.

“We’ll conquer that next chapter tomorrow”.

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.” - Marilyn Monroe
“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.” – Marilyn Monroe

I love this quote but I think in this day and age it’s possible to have both. When I first started my current job over ten years ago, I truly loved it. I was never interviewed, instead I met one of the managers for an informal chat and walk around the workshop and office. I was offered a job the next day. I was so impressed by him. He was so passionate about his job and what he wanted to achieve for the business, it exuded from him and it was so difficult not to get swept up by that. He became not only my manager but a firm friend and I am so grateful for that. He taught me so much but primarily how to love your job.

He moved onto another business around two years after I started and whilst I have worked with some truly fantastic people since he will always have a special place in my heart.

Not a career (yet) but ultimately writing is my passion. Like many, finding dedicated time to do it is difficult and I have to squeeze the odd hour in here or there but still, I love it. I have a very understanding OH who lets me witter away about whatever chapter, character or blog post I’m working on. When we go on days out and I stop suddenly to take a photo, he knows that it’s likely for a #writephoto post. I may seem an ingrate when I am distracted by whatever writing activity is consuming me at the time but I truly adore that he inspires and encourages me and my writing. For that, I am forever grateful to him.

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13 thoughts on “Career or Cuddles?

  1. Nothing beats family and it doesn’t matter how many likes or followers anyone gets. The trouble is, especially on social media, people look like their lives are perfect, but it isn’t. I’m enjoying blogging, it makes me write even when I don’t want to, but I’ve always believed in family.

  2. There’s so much wisdom and truth in this post. You are blessed with a hubby who supports you in your blogging. Not all do.
    Family first writing a close second 💜💜

  3. Fabulous post KL. Women should be able to have careers and cuddles. I loved your story about your career and your boss who inspired you. How fortunate was that? I think your writing is following your heart. That’s what it has been for me since I retired. There is a lot of joy for me in blogging.

  4. hi KL
    enjoyed your creative post about work and careers
    and a boss named Kyle was for me what your hiring manager seemed to be for you!
    wish there were more of those special managers in the world so everyone could experience that
    – and while the monroe quote was interesting – i see her name and think of her life and feel sadness for her – for the emptiness she often had and ironically her career did involve cuddling – hmmmmm

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