Reflections on how to move forward, one step at a time.

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I posted this quote on my Facebook page this morning: “There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go – if there are no doors or windows – he walks through a wall.” (Bernard Malamud)

Usually, I post quotes on my Facebook page as I come across them – I shoot for first thing every morning – but rarely do any of them grab ahold of me and tug at me throughout the day as this one has. I am a little over a year from turning 30, engaged, and will be a first-time aunt in December. I see my friends shooting forward in their careers, and in their personal lives, and I just can’t resist the urge to reevaluate my own life. Have my goals changed since I graduated college? Have I done anything to pursue my dream of being a writer?

Sadly, nothing much has changed. I preface that statement with “sadly” because I’m still in the same spot career-wise that I was 6 years ago, more or less. The only major difference is that I’m making a little bit more money, and I am now a regularly published writer for a local site.

I haven’t been satisfied being a paralegal for years. While I enjoy the substance of the law and the daily challenges, the thing I really have grown to loathe is that there is no room to grow. Sure, there’s continuing education and paralegal certification, but what I am looking for is to grow within a company. Start from the ground up, and continuously progress. I need promotions, incentives, motivation. The glass ceiling is an unfortunate drawback of the legal field.

I’m looking into going back to get my business degree. The university here offers a Saturday program, where I could complete the B.S. in 22 months. I wouldn’t mind adding another Bachelor’s degree to the wall at home, right next to my B.A. in English. I like the way it sounds more and more. In addition to writing online content and maintaining this blog, I have advertised my writing and editing services. Two bites so far, one of which never emailed back, even after I followed up. I’m really into the social media thing now, and am spending a lot of time trying to learn as much as I can about it. How can I make it work for my professional endeavors? How can I utilize it to better reach my target audience? Am I making as impressive an online presence as I can?

I don’t believe that I have been stagnant for the past 6 years, but rather, perhaps, too hesitant (okay, maybe scared would be a better word) to go after what I want. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am no longer the shy girl from school that everyone remembers me as. I’ve got cahones, and I’m not afraid to use them. I am proud of what I have accomplished so far and am eager to see how far I can go. Start a new career? Sure! If it feels right, I’m all in.

Stay tuned. I have a feeling things are going to get very interesting. 🙂

Inquiries mean people really are paying attention!

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When I posted the my ad for proofreading/writing/editing services yesterday, on virtually every local classifieds site I point my mouse to, I, admittedly, wasn’t actually expecting much of a response. But, I checked my email this afternoon, and lo and behold, there was an inquiry! I was overjoyed to see that my ad generated interested in someone! Afterall, I can’t exactly start a business as an independent writing consultant without any clientele. I responded with more information about what I can offer, and how pricing would be decided. I (im)patiently await a response, hoping for an emphatic “You’re hired!”

Meanwhile, I have spent a good chunk of my day scouring Young Fabulous and Self-Employed to figure out exactly how to get this consulting business going. I have contacted a few local independent newspapers to see if there are any writing/editing opportunities available. I am also contemplating marketing my services to local non-profits that have piqued my interest. There are so many ideas running through my head right now, the day sadly lacks the hours to accommodate. I found a great deal on business cards at VistaPrint. 250 business cards for the cost of shipping. Granted, you can’t edit the colors or fonts, but I was lucky enough to find a color scheme and design that makes me happy.

Am I jumping the gun? Perhaps, but I believe it is better to be overprepared than scrambling. If this person accepts my services, I would have my first client, and I think that totally warrants an order for business cards. I’m excited. All I can think about is writing and getting my work out there to the starving public. Today has been a good day! 🙂

New projects underway!

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Since my last blog, things have been hectic! I have been busy with my day job, as well as with writing new articles for EatSleepPlayBeaufort.com and LevoLeague.com.

My third article for ESPB, “Wedding Spots: Beaches, boats and backyards” was published online today. Please check it out here and leave me some feedback.

I am embracing the title of Independent Writing Consultant and have begun offering editing/proofreading/writing services. If you or someone you know needs help with a writing project, please contact me today! Rates are very reasonable. Please see my ad below:

The number one rule for any writing is Revise, Revise, Revise!Whether you’re having trouble with organizing your thoughts into clear, concise sentences, or you need help with sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, proofreading or transitions, I can help! I am a nationally published writer with a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing. I type approximately 90wpm, so I can get your manuscripts, essays, resumes, or any other documents typed and formatted quickly and accurately.

To learn more about how I can assist you with your project, email me today!