Earlier this year I set myself a goal of writing at least one blog post per week. I didn’t have an end-game in mind; I just knew I needed to set some wheels in motion. If I wanted to be a writer, I needed to write – frequently, no excuses.
I soon found a rhythm and managed to meet my self-imposed weekly deadlines. Some posts were mediocre. Some were good. Some were hard to write, let alone share. But I continued to hit publish, and it felt great. I was creating and contributing. I was choosing action over inaction. I was practicing my craft.
And then something interesting happened – almost out of nowhere, a path appeared, and all signs pointed to freelancing full-time. Challenge accepted. I quit my job and I became a writer – for real. It was exhilarating and crazy and yet it also felt like the most natural transition in the world.
I finally feel like I am leading an authentic life, where my career goals align with my personal goals and are not constantly colliding. I feel more like my true self than I have since I left university and entered the workforce. I no longer need to leave a portion of my personality at the office door; my business is me.
But in the rush of it all, I stopped writing for my blog every week. I had new goals to focus on, and my personal writing was reassigned to the end of my to-do list. A goal that was so important to me at the beginning of the year became a forgotten footnote – an item in the too-hard basket. After a full day of commercial writing, often all I feel like doing is watching mind-numbing television and eating chocolate. I reward myself for my hard work by switching off, escaping.
In reality, I need to honour my original goal now more than ever. I have no doubt my commitment to publishing every week created new opportunities for me, and helped me build the confidence to go freelancing full-time. This blog is where I write just for the sake of writing – and this is what will help keep my passion for words alive.
If I funnel all my energy into commercial projects, I will be doing an injustice to myself and my clients. Burnout will be inevitable. In order to be truly successful, I need to invest time in my own projects. This will help me produce better work for others, and ensure that I continue to live with authenticity and purpose.
My goal is back on the priority list – a blog post every week. A commitment to my craft, to myself and to my career. I’d love for you to hold me accountable.
Until next week,