Realistically Pursuing Your Passion: Part 1

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From early 2014 until about two months ago, Our Healthy Foodie Life was more of a hobby blog for me. I have written professionally since age 13, and I wanted a way to keep my writing sharp. I became anxious that I’d forever lose who I am as a writer while working a 9-5 job. I chose to hone my writing by sharing healthy recipes, advice, and personal experiences related to healthy living. That was, as I briefly mentioned, until about two months ago.

As a tiny bit of backstory before we move on (I won’t bore you, I promise!), I have always wanted to be a professional writer. That was the first sincere profession I decided upon. I can’t begin to describe the excitement I experienced as a geeky 13-year-old, reading through the pages of the Writer’s Market handbook to see which magazines accepted pitches from freelancers. Months later, I found an unpaid opportunity to write articles for a website dedicated to providing news about NASCAR (I definitely wasn’t a normal teenage girl), and stuck with it until my sophomore year in high school. Being a writer has always felt like it was something that I am, rather than a job or hobby. Through schooling and every job I’ve had, I have always felt like I was still a writer at heart.

To try and wrap up the “me” part of this post, and start talking about why this is relevant to you, feeling like a writer without actually doing any real day-to-day writing caused some intense dissonance. I finally got to the point where (bringing us to present day) I knew my real job title needed to match the title I’ve always felt I held internally. I made the wildly terrifying decision to leave my 9-5 to become a freelance writer. The experience was even more anxiety-producing than when my husband and I left our hometown to move 1,000 miles away (with no jobs lined up) to live on the coast of South Carolina. Yeah, it has been that intense.

Despite the fear and uncertainty, every single moment of this fairly recent journey has already been so worth it. I am learning a tremendous amount each day. I am picking up new skills, new knowledge, meeting new people, and getting to practice the profession I was born to do. I am also turning this blog in to a full-time professional blog, which has been a fun few weeks of planning, and migrating content to WordPress (finally!).

My purpose in writing this post (and the posts and vlogs that will follow) is to set the new direction of the blog, and to inspire + coach you through pursuing your passion. I will still post recipes (more than ever before, actually), but this isn’t a food-exclusive blog. I love helping to motivate and encourage others to live their best life possible, so that is what I’m going to do! I think you’ll really like the incredible content I have planned for new the Our Healthy Foodie Life.

With all of that out of the way, I need to ask you this super important question: What is it that you would do for your career if you could? Maybe you know the answer, and maybe you don’t. Which ever is true for you, it’s ok!

In this series of posts, I’m going to encourage you to be brave. I’m going to give you strategies for doing what you might think is impossible. I’ll also help you set specific goals so that you know exactly where you want to go, and how you’re going to get there. Even if you think the time to jump in to your dream career has passed, I’m here to let you know it hasn’t. No matter where you are at this moment in your life, there are realistic things that you can do to re-shape your life, and dive in to what you’re passionate about. Start to get excited for this series. Following along might just change the course of your life!

To help encourage you further, I’ll be giving progress updates in posts and a weekly vlog. I’m still working through this adjustment of having taken the leap to pursue what I’ve always been passionate about. I am very much in the stage of finding what works and what doesn’t, and how to navigate through this new start as a writer and entrepreneur. There will be tough weeks, and there will undoubtedly be struggles. Nothing worth achieving is easy, but you can succeed. I believe in you!

On Sunday (12/4), I will be posting a video introduction and the first official post of the series. Please mark your calendar to come back and start to follow along. I don’t know about you, but I’m so thrilled to have you start your journey of pursuing your passion. You are going to do so well…I just know it!  See you Sunday!