I am new here. Obviously. Brand spankin' new, to be more accurate. And this is the most exciting thing I have come across since starting my career as a freelance writer three months ago.
Actually, let me rephrase that, my career really just took on its own life. I was working as a counselor at a drug and alcohol treatment center for women, and I loved my clients to death, but I wasn't getting much joy out of my job in general. The shift was awful, keepign me away from my family in the evenings, when they needed me here, and making it impossible to have any sort of life.
This is not about my career history though, it is about where I am at now, and why I am here.
Like all writers, I was born with it. I won't bore you with tales of my obsession with words and stories, suffice it to say, I love words. Books, newspapers, magazines, even shampoo bottles; as long as I can remember, I have read everything I have come across. I have wanted a career as a writer for just as long.
I never pursued it though. I was afraid. I listened to all of the negativity that surrounds all forms of art and entertainment. "There is too much competition," "No one makes any money as a writer," or "You have to know people in the industry." I also listened to my head telling me I am not good enough, talented enough, smart enough or motivated enough to make a career as a writer.
Stuck at that last job though, I knew it was time to follow my dreams. I knew that there has to be more to life than filing out tedious treatment plans and listening to complaints about stolen toilet paper. As I said, I loved my cleints. I had built some great relationships with some of the girls I worked with and it was hard for me to let that go. But my kids needed me to make them dinner and help them get to bed, and my heart needed me to listen to it.
So I quit. I didn't have much of a plan, I ceratinly didn't plan to set out on a freelance writing adventure, but here I am, three months into it. I have not made much money, but that's okay. I have learned some great lessons already and I am loving the freedom I have found. I have put a lot of time and energy into learning as much as I can about how to build my career. I am finding my identity as a writer. Some of it has been through trial and error, and some of it has been by attraction. The latter is how I wound up here.
I have fallen instantly in love with BlogHer. I am fascinated by so many creative, talented, wise and amazing women that I am coming across here. I am so inspired by what I am reading and seeing here, and I feel as if I have finally found my virtual home.
I struggled through other platforms, bid sites, pay per click sites, content sites, (I am sure lots of you have done the same) and I am not going to say that I will never bid for a job on another site, but I think that at this point in my life it is about discovering who I am as a writer instead of just trying to make money.
I went back to school a few years ago, and I am getting ready to graduate with my BA degree and move on to grad school. I am so excited to know that this is part of the future I am working towards, and the present that I am enjoying. I am already looking into trying to make it to the conference in July!
So really I just want to say thank you all for making this such a beautiful little corner of the internet. I am so excited to be a part of it and I look forward to gettign to know you all.
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