As a writer, scientific by training and blogger for passion, I walk a fine line of keeping a hold of my creativity and voice while appeasing publishers and appealing to the community. As I navigate this area, I have to admit that it is quite frustrating. As I teach myself how to make a living from blogging, I understand that exposure in the beginning phases is very valuable. In December, I was honored that a large blog, Thought Catalog, published one of my pieces online. It had a great response from the community and was wonderful affirmation that this raw exposure to my life experiences through writing was aligned with my desire to write and share. But now, after 5 rejected pieces, I’ve decided it’s time to try something different. Fail often, fall hard, but always get back up and keep swimming.
If you ask my friends, I’m extremely self-motivated, damn stubborn, and determined to reach a goal when my mind and calling are aligned to it.
Instead of giving up, I’ll share with you the pain and frustrations that come along with a journey of living a life of passion. It’s not all smiling faces on social media, or a life of monetary wealth, but I know from dealing with similar situations and obstacles in my life, that a life of abundance comes from living this type of lifestyle. But until that time, there is a whole in-between, life in the grey that we must trudge through to learn, stretch, and grow. This is what I’ve been learning through my years of hard work on self. Relishing my life in the grey is a forever practice and something that has radically changed my life. So, I want to share what I’ve been learning about this, the ebbs and flows of emotions, experiences…and well this incredible thing we label as “life”.
Had I not had so many rejections from Thought Catalog, I may have stayed comfortable sharing my writing for free with this blog company just for the exposure. Now, I’m led to finally start my own inspirational community/travel blog, which although at the time is small…it has potential to grow and influence others in a big way. I’m incredibly grateful for Thought Catalog publishing my one piece, but it’s time to step out, take another giant leap into the unknown and fear space, and walk my journey one small step at a time. I hope you’ll join me on this venture, because we are all really in this together.