Posts Tagged ‘writing’

It Starts….

August 16, 2008

A little over two months ago, I was laid off from my day job in corporate America because of the ever falling trends in the mortgage economy. I had been an instructional designer and human development specialist for most of my twenties. Now, at almost 30, I was being put in a position to really look at my life’s work and decided to change it all. Luckily, I was receiving severance pay for a short amount of time so I could take a minute to think about what I really wanted to do. It soon became apparent that, for as long as I could remember, there was one common thread in everything I chose to do; creativity. Specifically, I excelled at writing down thoughts and information in a way that made it both engaging and informative. Like most teenagers, I had a journal in which I ritualistically wrote my daily thoughts and activities. When my heart was broken, I wrote poems. When my heart was happy, I wrote letters and stories. I was always writing! As an adult, I lucked into a technical job providing telephone support for a web site. Because this type of work was so cut and dry technically, I got bored and started writing “how-to” articles for my customers and co-workers. Evolving from that, I became an Instructional Designer. Sure that I had found my calling in teaching, I did my very best to be the best. I was successful, but this too turn out to be less than challenging as the content in business to business training is limited to the business. I am a firm believer in self ordained fate and knew that my last round of struggles were preparing me for something else. i knew the lay off was coming, I just didn’t know when.  Add to this scenario that my personal love relationship fell apart days after the lay-off, I lost my home, and I lost my mode of transportation. Not to be down for too long, I decided to make the best of it and turn to my old coping skill: writing. This was the best thing that I could have done because I started writing and have not stopped. Now,  I wake up thinking about writing. I started my own freelance business and started contracting my writing services to area businesses, including my old employer. I know I’ve found the work I was meant to do… because it doesn’t feel like work at all. I actually like what I do! I hope my readers do, too.

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