Change: Friend or Foe

I have been blanketed with change lately. One of my best friends is moving to San Francisco to pursue her own dreams and those of her hubby. Two of my colleagues and dear friends are moving into new stages in their careers. I’m happy for them all!

They made me think a lot about change. The three aforementioned ladies made change for themselves. They knew what they wanted and they went after it. Why can’t I?

With change comes fear, especially for anyone in the writing profession. I think I’m ready for change, but I’m afraid of the uncertainty. There are bills to pay and being a freelancer alone isn’t the most stable career. And let’s not forget that the economy is not that great. Why would I want to change something I am comfortable with?

That’s exactly why I should embrace change. I’m too comfortable. It has been a long time since I have been really challenged in my own personal writing and my career. We accept change because we need to grow personally and professionally.

I’m going to take the plunge and try to make change for myself. I really would like to start querying again and expanding into marketing, social media and public relations. I want to learn.

I don’t want to regret not making change for myself. I don’t want my life to be the same in ten years as it is now. I want to take the risks.

How do you embrace change? Do you make it for yourself or do you make it happen for you? Are you a risk taker?

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I’ve Been Feeling Uninspired…

First and foremost I want to thank all of you who have been checking back to see if I have written a new blog post. I’ve been uninspired. Very uninspired. I don’t know why, but my new inspiration came through one of my other blogging gigs. Many of you know that I blog for BookEndBabes once a month.  My new-found spirit to write is a result of my BookEndBabes post.

I feel like this is another new beginning for me. It’s not often that I feel like I can relate to someone, but Ms. McNeal’s journey touched me in a way I have never felt before. I didn’t feel so alone in my writing journey. Now I am a girl with a plan and a new mentor.

I didn’t decided to be a writer for the money. None of us did. We do it because we love it. To survive, many of us used our charge cards for what we though were necessary things at the time, but in retrospect was not a good idea. (I really didn’t need those shoes…) I include myself in this category. I knew it was an issue, but McNeal brought to light that I can get out of debt by doing things that I love.

Starting next month, I’m going to be a Frugalista. And I’ll be sure to share with you all of my freelance gigs and ways I am expanding my professional growth. I don’t know what is in store for me, but I feel like some good things will be coming my way.

Be sure to check out The Frugalista herself. I hope you are inspired too.

Book Review: The Frugalista Files by Natalie P. McNeal

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

ll admit that I’m not the best at managing my finances, though I consider myself frugal. I’d much rather take my money to the store and buy new shoes. I realized my spending was out of control and curbed it.

Then I moved out on my own.  Needless to say my spending habit may have gotten out of control. Again.

Not too long ago, Ms. Career Girl recommended Natalie P. McNeal’s The Frugalista Files on her blog. I immediately ordered it from Amazon and it may have been the best amount of money I have spent. Ahh, inspiration. The best part was that I felt she was talking to me. When I read the following passage from the beginning part of the book I knew that I was going to relate and love it!

“I am bored out of my mind. My salary sucks. What I write about isn’t sexy or glamorous. It’s a grind. Everyone at work wonders why I haven’t left. I kind of wonder why, too, but then I remember the few job offers I’ve gotten since working there: more local reporter coverage of city commissions. With newspapers going the way of the pony express, finding a new job that I want is a hot mess. It’s more of the same type of work. It’s hard to transition to being a business reporter when most of your clips are local news.

I reread the above and fee even more depressed. I don’t leave my low-paying, dead-end job, because I need money to pay down my rent, car, and school loans, and to bring down my credit card bills.”

I was really glad to know that I wasn’t alone. I have my credit card debts, but I’m lucky enough to live in Chicago where I don’t need to have a car and that my parents were able to help with the student loan debt. (Who needs a graduation party when you can be student loan free?)

I was really inspired by Natalie. I am journalist, but I was never lucky enough to make it to the newsroom. Instead, I joined the corporate sector, but I feel the same way Natalie does.  I want something different. I want to have don’t spend money months. I want to bring my lunch all of the time. I want my blog to be something more than a hobby to chronicle my journey.  I want to make change in my life. I want things to be different.

Natalie, thank you for inspiring me to be better with my money.  And to Ms. Career Girl, thank you for the recommendation. You have inadvertently have influenced my life for the better. I need to become more of a frugalista.

I recommend this book to those who want to get their life in order. For those who want more. It’s possible. You just have to think outside the box.