Hitting the Reset Button

resetIt’s been a while since I’ve had the time to blog for myself. This year has been a whirlwind of change for me. In February, I was afforded the opportunity to make the transition into marketing that I had been hustling for. It’s always a big risk to leave behind the comfort of place where you’ve forged strong relationships, built trust and carved a place for yourself within the corporate dynamic. The risk was worth the potential reward. Continue reading

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Why It’s Important to Stay in Touch with Your Network

In an earlier post, I talked about the importance of having a strong network and how my network has helped me gain new experiences. Yesterday, my network helped be secure a new contract position that has the potential to move my career in a new direction.
 
While my skill set, experience and desire to learn and write secured the offer (in my opinion), I would have never have found out about the opportunity without the help of Samantha, my former editor at Center Square Journal. She recommended me for this position and connected me with the right parties.  As a result, I interviewed and secured a new contract opportunity that has the potential to fulfill the desires I shared with you in my last post
 
I spent a lot of time this wk pimping friends & recommending them for paid gigs. We shld all do this more. @jeannevb
 
Keep in contact with your network and pay it forward. You never know if you can help enhance someones career by recommending them for opportunities. It can make a world of difference to them.
 

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!

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.

Why Do We Blog?

My friend and I were having breakfast on Saturday and she told me that she was starting a blog. I can’t tell you anything about it yet, but once it’s up and running I will share it with you with her blessing. We talked a bit about why we wanted to blog and I wanted to share with you why I blog.

I started the Person of Letters blog for myself. I wanted to write something that I was interested in and provide myself an outlet for creativity and to write in complete sentences. When you write resumes, sometimes you forget how to write a complete sentence. I love being able to share my thoughts, struggles and ideas with a community who is interested and understands.

This blog has become so much more for me. Now it is about you, my readers, too. I am encouraged all the time by your comments, so please continue leaving them.  I never thought that I would have the number of followers that I have either. I love that you all Tweet me and ask when I am going to post next. You drive me to want to write more often.

It’s your turn.  Tell me why you blog and why you chose to blog about what you do. What does your blog mean to you? I can’t wait to read all of your comments!

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.