Happy Friday Ladies! Friend Friday is in full effect!
I’m glad that Katy chose these questions this week because I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I can get closer to my dreams. Getting to live out your passion is what motivates us to get through the day to day and really appreciate the little successes along the way. If you told me two years ago I would be doing all of this, I will look at you like your crazy! LOL. Back then I thought I was chasing my lifelong dream and it took me learning the hard way that I was chasing the wrong things and not living the life that was meant for me. So I’m super excited to be able to share them with you guys!
Fess up – if you could do anything professionally what would it be?
If I could do anything professionally it would be writing. Whether it be a novelist, a blogger, a copywriter, a journalist – anything that will allow me to sit in front of my laptop and write all day. I already do plenty of writing in my spare time so if I could do that as my day job, I would be in heaven! J
What draws you to this?
Writing has always been a way for me to escape into my creativity. As a kid I always walked around with a notebook and a pen so I was ready to write down anything that came to mind, whether it was a new story idea, a poem, or even a song. It’s so awesome to be able to take an idea and be able to show someone else what goes on in your brain on paper – and they get it! Even when I was doing my legal studies, my favorite part of it wasn’t arguing in court, but rather coming up with a solution to a legal problem in a memo or brief. Now that I’m blogging, I’ve found a new way to express my creativity and exercise my voice while meeting awesome people who share my passion along the way.
When did you first start dreaming about this ideal?
Well, if we want to get technical, we can go way back to the beginning when I used to write stories in grade school. I was always writing and loved sharing my work with my friends. In our elementary school yearbook in the section of future careers, I put down “Writer”. See my sixth grade self knew me a lot better than my college one.
Instead of continuing with that dream, I went with the legal route instead. I liked it and did everything I could to be an attorney. Once out of college, nothing I did in order to get into law school worked. After two degrees, taking the LSAT twice, and landing the first (and the worst!) job in the field I came across that yearbook and it cliqued. Two years ago I was introduced to blogging which got the ball rolling and I haven’t looked back since!
What’s holding you back from going all in?
The only thing that’s holding me back in a way is the fact I still have to pay bills! That’s why I keep my day job. Other than that, I’m doing everything I can to achieve that dream. I’m working hard every day to do and learn as much as I can to take this blog to the next level. I’m a business partner of small press publishing company, my first book is due out in about two months, and I started freelancing. So you’re girl is hustling hard! It’s gets rough sometimes trying to balance blogging, writing, a husband, and family but I just think about being able to do this for a living and it keeps me going!
Sometimes the first step is the hardest… what’s one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream?
One step that I can take (and plan to take real soon) to realize this dream is to immerse myself in the business side of things. Everything I’m doing now is leading up to building my own business and brand so I have to learn not only how to build, run, and maintain a business but marketing concepts as well such as building a brand, identifying target markets and market segments, as well as gaining advance skills in social media. Taking classes and just networking with other bloggers and professionals to learn and grow is definitely in the immediate future!
So tell me, what are your dreams?
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