Or, Why Losing My Job Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
Week 26 – One Journey Ends, Another Begins
Here we are at week 26 already! What a journey!
If you want to read this series from the beginning, start here.
To be completely honest, it’s been a wild ride. It also hasn’t gone entirely the way I expected.
My original goal was to replace my income in six months from the time I was laid off from my job. While that is not the way it worked out, I did learn a great deal about myself, about how I work, and what my priorities are. I also gained some new ideas, made some great contacts and learned what I want to focus on.
Gardening is my passion and I would like to spend the next little while working on growing Gardens That Feed Us. As we are getting into our fall harvest season, I have a lot of work to do, and a lot to write about.
In a way, I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to land as many freelancing clients as I wanted. The way I look at it though, is that in this journey, I’ve developed a solid foundation that I will be able to build on. I have a better idea of what I need to do, and have narrowed down those areas that I need to work on.
Marketing is not my strong suit, I have learned.
It takes me a long time to learn technical details.
Fair enough. A part of learning a new trade, or any new skill, is to understand your weaknesses, as well as your strengths. Learning what I struggle with has been as valuable as learning where I excel.
What I am good at:
- That much I know. I communicate the best in writing.
- Producing well-written copy that is free of spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors is my strength.
- Adhering to a deadline is a skill with which I am well-versed.
- Researching new concepts, facts and details is something I enjoy and do well.
- Taking any subject that I am given, and turning it into a well-researched, readable article.
What I am not so good at:
- Convincing anyone else of what I am good at.
- Coming up with fresh, original, new ideas on a daily basis.
- Writing on subjects like finances or marketing.
- Learning the technical ins and outs of marketing my skills.
I have learned that being a freelance writer is more about marketing one’s skills than it is about actually being able to write. It’s a big world out there, and there are more opportunities for freelancers than ever before. Standing out in the crowd is the key to being successful as a freelance writer.
So what I need to do is learn how to stand out in the crowd.
However, it’s never too late to learn new tricks and new skills. On a go-forward basis, then, I need to adjust my focus and learn some new skills.
I see this 26-week journey as the starting point of my journey as a freelancer.
Learning what works for me helps me to sort out what I need to work on. I don’t regret the time I have spent learning how to market my skills. On the contrary, the past six months have shown me what I wanted to know:
More than anything, I want to be a freelance writer.
Can I do it? Yes. But I really need to push myself to get past some of my mental barriers. Stepping out of my comfort zone and learning new things is my only way forward. Some new skills I can work on are learning how to do technical writing, how to write proposals, white papers or reports.
If one thing doesn’t work, I need to try something else.
The only key to my success is my own willingness to move past my self-imposed limitations.
I can write. There is no doubt about that.
What I need to learn is how to make my voice be heard above the crowd, and to keep at it.
Also, working on a variety of projects will increase my chances at success.
I will continue to pursue freelance clients. As well, I am working on some e-books to go along with my gardening blog.
Another big project I am working on is the release of my debut novel. Ghosted: A Novel of Life, Love and Moving On is scheduled for release in January of 2017. If you have been following along on my Facebook page or on Twitter, you have seen quotes from the book. In the next few weeks, I will be announcing the cover reveal, as well as a free gift that I will be giving away. You don’t want to miss that!
Finally, I am working on writing my second novel. Also a ghost story, this one features the ghost of a Valkyrie. I will keep you posted on any developments with that one.
So thank you to everyone who has joined me on this 26 week journey.
Any journey into the unknown can be scary, but it is always worth it. To take the chance and give it your all is far better than having never tried. Learning something new is never a waste of time.
So I encourage you to take the chance. Pursue your dreams and step out in faith. Live the life that you choose. If you have family or job responsibilities, you can still find a way to take that first step and begin your own journey into the life you always dreamed of for yourself.
The only thing holding you back is you.
Blessings and good luck!
My Takeaway this week: It was worth it.
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