I’m a slasher. No, not a scary knife-wielding lady or horror film lover. By slasher, I mean that when someone asks me “What do you do?” I can’t give just one answer. I piece together different types of work: as a life coach/quilter/blogger/director of operations at a local nonprofit.
I used to think that this was by accident – that I didn’t have a true path and was confused about who I wanted to be. I felt like I was lost, doing something wrong, or completely off track.
Then I stumbled upon a book called One Person/Multiple Careers by Marci Alboher. In this book, I read about lots of other people who intentionally piece together multiple jobs rather than following a single-track career. These folks are called “slashers.”
Slasher: someone who expresses themselves through multiple careers.
I realized, “Oh, this is a thing.”
I realized what I already knew deep down in my heart: instead of doing something wrong, I was doing something right and completely natural to who I am. I can’t help but have many projects going at once; I express myself differently through each slash, and they all come together to make me who I am.
Over the past few years, I’ve met a lot of fellow slashers – a non-profit executive director/social media expert/foster dog mom, a volunteer manager/letterpress designer/runner, a yoga teacher/after school educator/mom…and many more.
As I meet more and more slashers, I’ve come to understand what makes us tick.
Slashers have complex, layered identities. We are deeply curious and always interested in learning new things. Our slashes are always evolving – as new interests are added and one occupation shrinks to make space for another, growing pursuit. We are creative and entrepreneurial, often balancing a steady job with our own side-business/passion project.
So what makes a slash? A slash can be a paycheck/passion/identity/giveback:
- a job where “the man” pays you a steady paycheck
- your personal passion, hobby, or business
- an identity such as mother, wife, or caregiver
- a volunteer gig through which you give back to your community
Your slashes come together to make you uniquely you. They are your way of expressing yourself and sharing your purpose and your gifts with the world.
- tips, resources, and stories about living a slash life
- strategies for turning your slashes into dashes – so you can feel like a whole, integrated person rather than a compartmentalized, exhausted, pieced-together scatter-brain
- ways of connecting the dots between your slashes to understand and articulate the life purpose you are living and the various ways you express who you are
- strategies for how to be your best you
Your turn: What are your slashes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.