Moving Forward: My Decision to Break Out of my Comfort Zone

A lot of writers that I know have one (or several) side jobs that provide a sort of financial safety net. I have one of those too, but I made the decision this past weekend that it was time to move on; not immediately, but I set an end date that I plan on sticking to. I’m breaking up with my past.

Part of the decision comes from boredom. I’m tired of the routine and the fact that this side job takes up the entirety of  my Sunday. The other part of it comes from being frustrated with my writing, or lack there of.

I started to wonder two things: how my career would advance if I spent those Sundays writing and pitching and how much more money I could make that way.

Why I should I hold myself back from something that could be potentially better and totally awesome for the same routine I’ve had for the past five years or so. I believe that part of moving forward is letting go of the past. Here’s  hoping that it doesn’t backfire.

Have you made the decision to breakup with your past?  How did it work out for you? Let me know in the comments!

Last Call for Questions

I’ve been devoting a lot of my time working on my new blog feature. I look forward to sharing it with you all soon. I thought I would give you one more chance to submit questions you would ask your favorite writer/blogger. Leave me your questions in the comments below. They just might end up as a part of my new feature!

What Would You Ask?

I’ve decided to introduce a new features to my Person of Letters blog. As writers, we all learn from one another and their experiences. Many times when I read my writers, I wonder what made them start writing , what their inspiration is and other thoughts. Then it dawned on me that I should start asking them.

Once a month, I plan on asking my favorite writers the same questions and I will share their answers with you all. But I need your help.

What would you ask your favorite writers? Is there something that  you are dying to know? Share you questions with me in the comments sections below and chances are they will appear in next month’s inaugural post.

I look forward to your ideas!

Sisterhood of the Blogging Pants

Last Friday, I attended a going away bash for the fabulous Ruffly and Sweet and her husband. I was honored to meet many of the people that I had heard so much about.

As we sat around making small talk, Jackie asked me what I did and I said that I blogged and that I was on the lovely RufflyandSweet’s blog roll. Come to find out that Jackie, Nicole and I were her entire blog roll.  It was a lovely coincidence that we discovered ourselves and I’m honored to be listed with these lovely ladies. We’ve dubbed ourselves the Sisterhood of the Blogging Pants.

It continues to amaze me how wonderfully easy it is to connect with fellow writers. It was an honor to meet these ladies and I can’t wait to see what they blog about next. I encourage you to follow the blogs of my new foodie friends, For the Loaf of Bread and Foodie Reflections. And don’t forget to follow RufflyandSweet!

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?

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.

I Fell Through the Social Media Rabbit Hole

I graduated from DePaul University in 2006.  The most advanced class we had was writing for the web with then Professor Thiel. It was the most beneficial class I took. It prepared me for the changing face of journalism. Then came social media.

It wasn’t until January of last year that I decided to join Twitter. I was hesitant at first, but realized that if I didn’t adapt I would be stuck in the past. I needed to remain marketable and I don’t regret this decision.

I went hog wild and followed all of the national and local news outlets. I connected with my friends and some people with some of the same interests at me. But really, I looked at social media as someplace for me to publish clips and connect with my readers.

Boy was I wrong. Social media has afforded me opportunities I had never imagined.

Most important to me has been the network I have created. I introduced you to some of the wonderful people I have connected with in an earlier post. These people have supported my work and made me laugh when I needed it. Only on Twitter can someone tell you they are like blog herpes. I can’t imagine my life without these people, many of whom I have never met.

Twitter has also afforded me the opportunity to connect with people I had lost touch with, specifically Professor Thiel-Stern.  She’s continued to teach me through her journalism course hashtags.  She has connected me with people on Twitter who have been of tremendous support to me.  She was also one of the first people to congratulate me on the launch of this blog.

I’ve also been able to give back. I’ve introduced people via Twitter who are now collaborating on their own and bouncing ideas off of one another. I’ve helped spread the word of projects and retweeted blog entries and contests. Just as everyone has done for me.

This blog wouldn’t have come about without the support of the people I met on my journey down the rabbit hole. They have supported me, retweeted me and provided me with material to write forever.  I thank them all for that, even if there ears won’t stop burning.

How as social media affected your writing career? Have you met someone who is now your mentor? How did social media surprise you? If you read my blog, follow me on Twitter @sjezioro and say hello. I’d love to “meet” you!

New Beginnings

The first thing we learn as kids is our ABCs. These 26 letters serve as the basis of the English language. The letters turn into words; the words into sentences. We use sentences to tell stories.

As a person of letters, I’m lucky enough to travel everyday throughout the alphabet, whether I’m telling my story or someone elses. I’m just at the start of my journey and looking to continue to write my own story. I don’t know where I’m headed, but I have these 26 letters to help guide my journey. I look forward to sharing my journey with you all.

I’ve toyed with starting a blog for a while now, but this wouldn’t have happened without the support, love and encouragement from my mom and my dearest  friends. (You know who you are)  There are two people in particular I must single out. To Jeanne, the one who showed me you can reach for and  achieve your dreams despite any obstacle and to Judith, my soul mentor, for forcing me to think about what my name is and guiding me in the development of my brand, I thank you more than I can ever express.