Phase 2: Journeywork — Age 25 to 45

The Building Phase of Life-as-a-Craft

Charles Collins
Nov 24, 2020 · 3 min read
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“Journeywork takes strength, endurance, and reliance upon ones Apprenticeship training and growing experience to complete the work.”

During this 20 year phase, the journeyman craftsperson distinguishes themselves by the quality of their craftwork in subjects across The Five Elements of life-as-a-craft.

The Journeywork Phase is filled with wide ranging contrasts; famine and feast, love and war, hope and despair. It is the time we raise our young families, practice our vocations, plant seeds for future harvests, try to make ends meet, and come face to face with the reality that the journey is indeed more arduous and full of more perils and opportunities than we had first imagined from within the inexperienced and structured world of our Apprenticeship.

If it were a season, Journeywork would probably be summer. Unlike the springtime of Apprenticeship, whose tender blossom gives way to the greening leaf, Journeywork bears the full heat of the day on its back to produce the food to nourish and sustain through autumn and winter of years.

Journeywork Traditions

And while each craft and location have their own unique rites, rituals and codes of behavior, for those in the Journeywork phase in the craft of life, there are some key lessons from the traditional journeywork practices that we can apply to our own ‘daily-work’ of making a masterpiece of our lives:

Networking & Support

Traditional Journeymen carry a pocket-size diary to be filled with stamps from cities visited and testaments of work accomplished along the way. Traditionally these books were used as a résumé for finding work and as a travel journal. The journal is a record ‘proof’ of the ‘day work’ performed to distinguish oneself as a skilled craftsman. It is a journeyman’s tool.

What To Learn

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Charles Collins

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Charles Collins

Written by

Publisher, Life Masterpiece Journal

Life Masterpiece Journal

Structured and practical, Life Masterpiece Journal is your how-to guide for crafting a masterpiece of your life. | Write for us: Publisher@MyLifeMasterpiece.com | Follow our publication.

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