Friday, May 09, 2014

The Next Project

Don't let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big
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When I think back to what I thought my life would be like when I first entered my 20s, oh my gosh was I wrong. I thought I would’ve had my shit way more together by now. I had everything mapped out and thought it would all go according to plan. Yeah right. But I’m sitting here on my bed (our actual bed from Ottawa! It’s a long story but the short version is that we now have our beloved queen sized bed with us here in TN), writing today’s post, and I am so happy. My bed is my place. It’s where I do my best work, where I have ideas zoom into my brain faster than I can write them down. It’s the place from which my next project is taking off.

I've thought about it for months, mentioned it a few times here and there in conversation just to see what it would sound like, I even use it in my descriptions on social media.

I'm a writer.

Well now I'll be saying something along the lines of, “I'm a professional freelance writer and editor” and to be honest that scares me a little bit. My line of thinking goes something like this -- “I'm ready to do this! I've done my background homework, let's go. Okay, I'm a freelancer now, which technically means that I'm self-employed, which means that I own my own business! OMG I'm a small business owner. Okay this is getting really serious now, I don't know if I can do this.”

I’m scared of rejection -- what if nobody likes my style? What if nobody thinks my services are worth paying for? What if it turns out that I’m terrible at working for myself?

Repeat after me: I can do it
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So instead I'm trying to keep everything in very small, very manageable chunks that distract me from those ever-persistent what ifs. I have some pitches lined up and a new website design is in the works. I’m giving myself the month of May to sort things out behind-the-scenes. It’s new and scary, as you can imagine, but I’m inspired and kind of giddily excited about it too. 

The life I’m living now, filled with travel and transitions, is entirely different than what I had imagined, but I’m entirely in love with it.

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8 comments:

  1. Yay! This is awesome. I love your writing. It's very therapeutic. I'm sure you'll be really successful.

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    1. Thank you Candice, that means a lot coming from a self-employed entrepreneur like yourself!

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  2. I was just thinking as I read a few posts of yours that you're a great writer, so I think this is an awesome direction for you to head! Good luck with everything! :)

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    1. I so appreciate the kind words, thanks Ashley :)

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  3. Best of luck with your new freelancing career :) I'm sure you'll be just fine, just take it one step at a time :)

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  4. Best of luck with your career! You have nothing to worry about, all of your posts are well written, and there is something calming about them. Your diction is very smooth, I actually think you should give some bloggers (and writers) a lesson on writing, haha! I am sure you will be a great writer and editor. I can't wait to see the new design ;)

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    1. Merci beaucoup Donald! I'm getting pretty pumped about this transition as things are starting to come together. I just got the first draft of my new header and the redesign is looking good!

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