The last several months I have been playing with my writing. I fell into a comfort zone of ghost articles and gigs. The checks were nice, but the purpose of my writing must go beyond a paycheck. It is time for me to jump into my passion with both feet – to dive into my faith and joy and share that will all that are willing to listen (or read). The checks will still make their way into my accounts, but they can no longer be the focus or I will never reach the purpose that I am striving towards.
1. My personal writing (blogs, print articles and novels) must be a priority. This will require me setting aside several hours each day for the purpose of expanding these writings. Weekend writings will be limited to these avenues.
2. It is time to set up training material so that I can easily offer assistance to others that desire to follow their passion for writing. I should also consider my other areas of passion (like journaling, family finances and health) that I may have and that others may desire. This will mean creating handouts with resources, putting down presentations or speeches about my own experiences and even creating a brochure that can be sent out to the libraries, schools and churches.
3. No more masks. It is time that I expose myself to my husband, my friends and anyone else that is a support and encouragement in my life. I can do it all, but I will eventually collapse from exhaustion. Being honest with the people around me will help me narrow down what I need to do, have to do and desire to do. It will also help limit (or better yet, focus) the expectations of the people around me.
The money is a lure for every profession, but when it becomes the only lure then you often get worn out or beat down by the job that you may have once loved. Passion is important in everything. It is my goal that my passion and love of writing shine through as I journey to become the writer, teacher, and student that will help me reach my purpose.