New Horizons, New Goals

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Once again, as the new year approaches, I’m considering what my resolutions should be. There’s always the personal ones: eat better, exercise more, etc. 

However, this year I have a professional goal, as well. After moving to FL and having a lackluster job search, I’ve decided to try my hand at freelance writing. 

Because I haven’t written professionally and am starting my own business, there are some obvious first steps I must take:

  • I have to create a portfolio to display my work and show potential clients that I have experience and references. This is what I’m currently working on. 
  • Then, I must put together a writer’s website dedicated to this new venture. That will require time, effort, and creativity.
  • I’ll need to get a tax ID number and the many other things required for a small business. That will take some research since I’m a newbie. 
  • All the while I’m doing this I must continue writing, networking, brainstorming ideas for projects, learning to write pitch letters, and a whole host of other things!

That somewhat hazy-looking horizon in the picture above? That’s my future freelance business. And the buildings, roads, rivers, and bridges in between? Those represent the many, many tasks and details required to get there. 

As you can see, that’s a lot of ground to cover. In order to go the distance, I better get moving!

Photo Challenge: New Horizon


 

 

 

 

 

10,384 Words

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I’ve written just 10,384 words for NaNoWriMo and the goal is to write 50,000 in the month of November. That leaves 39,616 more to write and only six days to finish. Now, that may sound like bad news, but it’s not. Because I’m that much closer to writing a story that I’ve been thinking about for years.

The good news is that I’ve embarked on a career as a freelance writer and I’ve been busy working with my first client! I’m extremely excited for this opportunity and hope to find success doing something that I truly enjoy. 

I’ve considered doing this for a while now, particularly since there’s been no luck with the job search. I went back to school as a non-traditional student to better myself. I invested a tremendous amount of time and energy considering that I was working full-time. Did I do this to take a job that only required a high school diploma? Um…no.

I’ve always done well in English and writing classes. As a Public Relations major, my coursework was writing-intensive, so I’ve had a lot of practice. But, I wasn’t required to write much in my job. 

When I went home to Pennsylvania in August, I met up with a classmate from high school. She had recently been laid off from a job of twenty years working at a non-profit. Rather than looking for another company to work at, she decided to start her own consulting business and suggested that I consider doing the same.

“Well, I’ve never been paid to write, so I’m technically not a writer,” was my response.

She furrowed her brow and reminded me that I was never paid to go to school, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t a student. 

Our conversation lasted a couple of hours and several times I repeated the same phrase: “But, I’m not a writer, because I didn’t do much writing in my job.”

Finally, she got exasperated and said, “Yes, you are a writer. You were known as a writer in high school. You’ve done various types of writing in college. You’ve been writing a blog for almost a year. Do you know how many people out there with no formal education are writing as a career?”


Other people have complimented and encouraged me, as well. They have all inspired me to take the crucial next step and give it a shot. 

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I approached a small business, owned by some friends, and offered to write blog posts for their website. They’ve been wanting to do more with their online presence, but simply don’t have time. Unfortunately, their website is bare-bones-basic and I’m currently building a new WordPress site for them. Once I get it finished I can begin writing. They also asked me to give a little love to their Facebook page. Needless to say, I’ve been very busy and grateful to be building a portfolio!


 

I would love to work from home, be my own boss, and set my own schedule. However, all of this means I had to let NaNoWriMo go for now. But, I don’t see it as a failure at all. Writing even 10,000 words has gotten the creative juices flowing! I had a basic storyline formulated and getting started has helped expand upon that original outline. I’ve come up with new characters and better plot ideas.

I won’t make 50,000 words by the end of the month, but I have 10,384 that I can continue to build on.

I’m not an established freelance writer, because I only have one client. But, I mustered the courage and took the first step. And now I can build on that, too! 🙂


 

 

 

Happy Labor Day!

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Photo credit:  Ugur Gurcuoglu/Unsplash

A mind always employed is always happy.  This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.  ~Thomas Jefferson


Everyone works at something.
For some it’s a job in business, healthcare, education, technology, or some other large utilitarian industry. For others it’s music, art, theater, sports or entertainment. Still others devote themselves full and part-time to parenting and volunteerism. And, sadly, there are those who work at not working, although they’re certainly the minority.
 The reasons to get out of bed in our modern world are as varied as the populace. We all find purpose through our productivity, regardless of what our job is. In addition to relationships and socialization, we develop our sense of self through the work we do each day.
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Those people who take pride in their work are usually the top performers. That includes everyone from the janitorial staff to the C-suite. Irrespective of salary size, these are the folks who genuinely care about the quality of their  work. The wisest employers are those who take notice of this and reward conscientious efforts.  
 

Labor Day is set aside to honor all working people. However you define the work that you do, paid and unpaid, remember to give yourself a pat on the back this weekend. Celebrate in a way that brings you happiness and relaxation…you’ve earned it!!