We’re busy. I get it. We use busy as if it is actually an excuse for anything these days. We are ALL busy. Probably busier than we have ever been. So with the fact that everyone is busy, it really becomes important to prioritize our time.
There are billions of people in the world and we are all vying for our spot in purpose and in our respective lanes. We are looking to live meaningful lives and to do work that may actually impact someone other than ourselves. We want people to get it. We want people to know that we are valuable. We expect it. But the bottom line here is just because we are valuable doesn’t mean that people will always see it. Especially when it comes to our crafts and creativity, sometimes you have to know what makes your value attractive and be able to execute in a way that makes it a no-brainer to others.
I’d like to at some point feel like the CEO of my life. Is that too much to ask? Is there ever a point where it feels like you are in control of something and not feeling completely inadequate from day to day? I mean you beast your to-do list but realize you neglected your family. You spend time with family and then realize you neglected your chores. Are there people in this world who feel like they run their lives efficiently in peace? Or have others simply learned how to not be great at everything all at once and move on from it?
You never know where opportunities may come from in this creative stratosphere. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to begin writing a few freelance pieces online for Essence.com. It was a completely unexpected opportunity that I was truly grateful for. I mean, my mom was so proud. Ha! Since then, I have been asked multiple times from other writers how they might be able to write for Essence. But my experience was different. An editor there reached out to me from the work that I was already doing on my blog. So, I’m never really sure how to instruct people to go about pitching. But one day recently, I purchased a copy of Essence magazine, (the one with Our Pres and First Lady) and imagine my surprise when I opened it up and one of the first things I saw was a list of all of the print and online editors!
I was browsing through the pages of my website to see what updates I wanted to make this month. It seems like from week to week I gain more clarity about streamlining my online presence. It’s like you start out just wanting to write. Then you see that blogging is about more than writing. Then you realize if you ever want to write full-time, you need to diversify your hustle and before you know it, you’re slightly off the beaten path. But that’s a little beside the point.
When did you start to forget how to fly? I heard Chance the Rapper through the speakers as it sounded like he was talking directly to me. That poignant question is one that I feel so many of us neglect. As children, the possibilities are endless before our parents, the world, school and friends tells us everything we can’t be. Not on purpose, but sometimes just in their actions and so sometimes we forget that we can fly.
I’m not sure that it is anyone’s goal to end up in a job where there is no room for growth or they work 70 hours a week without seeing their family. But many of us end up there right? It’s crazy to think about it. But we go to school, we get the degrees, we get the debt and then we get the job. At first we are super thrilled about it and can’t image that we can actually get paid to do X,Y,Z. But when the novelty wears off, we look up and think, “Why am I here?”
WriteLaughDream, LLC is looking for an intern! Whoop. But not just any intern, an amazingly, awesome, and dope intern!
As you can imagine, with the growth of the blog and business this year, it’s a lot to handle! With this internship, you will not only receive hands on experience but also mentorship in your own writing endeavors as well.