Getting Paid for Doing What You Love
Doing what you love, and getting paid to do it. What a remarkable thing.
Let’s take a journey back in time.
It was a rainy Saturday morning. Hubby, M, and the little guy, G were off at baby gym. The house was quiet, apart from the echo of the raindrops on the skylights.
I just finished some snuggle time with baby girl, E, and put her back into her bassinet. With tears in my eyes, reflecting on the upcoming end of my maternity leave, in shock at how quickly the previous 11 weeks had passed, inspiration hit.
I need to write.
The emotions and the tears came pouring out of me.
I finished my piece.
I don’t know what prompted me to submit it for consideration as a guest post to Classy Career Girl. It was rather impetuous. I was writing for me, not necessarily for public consumption. It was my therapy.
But I submitted it, assuming I would not hear about it again.
And then, I heard.
Classy Career Girl, whose founder I had been following forever, had accepted my guest post for publishing. (Huge shout out to Anna Runyan for creating such an inspiring community!)
Because of how in-demand CCG is, the piece wasn’t scheduled to be published for several months. But still.
They were going to publish my piece. The piece that I submitted on a whim. The piece I wrote at an extremely emotional moment. The one I wrote for me.
I could not believe it.
I could not have predicted the events that transpired in the many months that followed.
- A big-time, MAJOR league win at work.
- The rediscovery of my love for writing.
- The realization that people will pay me (and actually getting paid) for this love and skill of mine. (I mean seriously, it’s not like copywriting was an available course in undergrad).
- Launching a freelancing business that combines my love for writing and my passion for empowering women.
- Making amazing new connections with amazing women, mamas, and Fems all over!
- Renewed sense of purpose on this #womenempoweringwomen journey of mine.
As I sit here, starting my vacation for the next nine days, reading my piece back again, I could not be happier or more grateful for my journey.
The lesson in all of this is:
- For those of you who are searching for your passion in life, don’t give up.
- For those of you fighting for the fairy tale, don’t give up.
- If you’re struggling to stay motivated on your journey, remember your why, and don’t give up.
Because sooner or later, when the universe conspires, and all your dreams collide, it will be So.Damn.Worth.It.