I sit in my living room with coffee in hand to reflect on 2018. It was a year of transition in which I uprooted the whole family from our home in Roswell to Nashville. The time was right as a new job opportunity with great promise in a city filled with family and friends presented itself. Regardless, it’s never easy to leave behind friends and a life that was our foundation for over 8 years.
At the same time, I pursued writing on the side which is a passion that I have wanted to follow for some time but had not gathered up the courage to do so. I began contributing to this personal writing portfolio to establish a freelance business as well as two outside online companies with a mix of topics. I took on too many writing projects on the side that were not where I wanted to focus. They took the joy out of the writing and I stopped it all abruptly.
The last six months have been a pullback as I refocused efforts on my primary job which was filled with many new experiences and training, helping family readjust to new surroundings, and unpacking boxes from a cross-country move.
This brings me to today. The New Year–2019. Why write a blog post? I want to write what I’m passionate about and be part of a community that shares ideas that help us all grow. I want to focus on freelance writing that is about leadership, family and wellness coaching. I strayed from my original intentions as I was attempting to capture paying writing jobs and reached a point of burnout. I will not make that mistake again.
It’s time to transform this website. Initially, I was using it for a freelance portfolio with only key articles to share. Instead, I want it to be an extension of who I am and where I want to go. It’s a journey of writing successes, lessons to share/learn with each other, and a blog of personal experiences. I’ve been reading Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss. The messages are powerfully filled with example after example of people of all ideas and goals that make their passions become a reality.
2019 is a year in which I want to focus. Focus on personal health, family, professional development as a leader, and writing. What are you looking to focus on in 2019? I’d love to hear so we can help cheer each other on in the coming year.