Timehop told me that it’s been a year since I started this blog. A year since I decided to tell the world (well, probs just my Facebook friends and a couple of people that follow me on Twitter) about my experiences with anxiety. I guess now is as good a time as any for a little life update.
First of all, the anxiety thing.
It got worse before it got better. I finally realised that I really needed to make a change; what I was doing just wasn’t working. It meant leaving the 9-to-5-Monday-to-Friday, at least for a little while.
I got myself a job pulling pints in the local pub (something that I’ve always enjoyed) and set my sights on working out what I wanted to do in life and how I could work without working myself into a self-perpetuating anxiety spiral.
Professional Word Person was born.
So I decided that I wanted to work for myself. That way, I would be in control of my workload, the kinds of projects that I worked on, and the kinds of clients that I worked with. Problem was, I had no idea what to do.
I was having a nosy round Fiverr, looking at the kinds of things people do that make them a bit of money. Then I saw it: proofreading. I like proofreading. I’m good at proofreading.
That night, I set to work cobbling together a website and very quickly realised that it didn’t have to stop at proofreading. I can check words, I can edit words, and I can write them too. I guess I’d be a professional word person of some sorts. It started off as a bit of a joke, me being unable to nail down exactly what services I would provide, but it kind of stuck.
Looking to the future.
That was five months ago. Tomorrow is my last shift at the pub; I finally have enough projects and ongoing work to take the leap and make my business my sole source of income. I am a full-time Professional Word Person.
I still have bad days, and it’ll most likely be a long time before I find myself going months without at least a small dip. But that’s okay because I am thoroughly enjoying myself. I have made new friends, I’ve put myself out there at networking events, and I have found great satisfaction in getting paid to do something that I love.
If you’ve got this far, thank you for listening. If you’ve followed my blog from the beginning, thank you for providing me with a platform to write away my problems. I hope this won’t be my last post, I hope that getting paid to write doesn’t ever take away my love for writing for myself.
Until next time.