I have been writing all my life. I started a regular journal when I was 12 years old. I've written everything from poetry to prose and all the stuff in between. I've been getting paid to write for a little more than a year, though. Boy! has it been an amazing ride so far.
Recently, I attended a writer's group meeting where I met a person who literally gave me the push I needed to jump into copywriting.
Her name is Jane. Jane has been freelance writing forever. At that writer's group meeting she shared a lot of advice, but the thing that has stuck with me the most was that phrase I used for my title. She said, "You have to pay attention to what feeds you, and what drains you. Follow the rewarded path"
Such great advice, huh!?
When you are doing everything that drains you, and nothing that fills you up, eventually you will become empty. Lifeless. On the flip side, if you are always being filled and never drained, you will feel useless and unimportant, which is altogether draining too!
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am the opposite of lifeless. I try hard to keep it that way. It is very important for me to feel involved, and to participate in life. I want to be a useful, happy, and contributing member to society. I have made it a goal to find balance in the things that drain and fill me.
I never want to be useless! I never want to be lifeless!
Recently, I made the decision to quit working for Copywriter Today. When I was working for that company, I was not following the rewarded path. Every day was stressful. I felt terrible about life, and I was a bad mother. I neglected playing with my children. I yelled at them for silly things because they were distracting me from meeting my deadlines.
The company is still a great company, and all of the people there were great. I learned a lot from them and from the articles that I was writing, and I don't regret a minute that I spent with them. BUT I wasn't happy. It didn't help that I was paid hourly, for a set amount of time per article and I always took longer than was allowed by my employer. I didn't feel like I was using my time wisely.
I asked for a pay raise. I made suggestions for changing the time limits. I wrote while everyone slept. I stayed up late and woke up early and tried to fit everything in. In the end, I knew that this one thing was upsetting the balance between my filling things and my draining things, and I made the decision to cut it out of my life.
SO! I would like to offer you the same advice:
'Till next time my friends!
About the Author : Lindsay Hodge
I am a writer and a photographer, a stay-at-home-mom, a wife, a homesteader and I am interested in all things sustainable. My husband and I own our own homestead... If you like that sort of thing, you can check out my OTHER website.
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