As most of you already know, my month-long trip backpacking around Thailand ended in February and I have been visiting my boyfriend in Green Bay for the last three weeks.
Whilst I was in Thailand, often laid on beautiful beaches, I had a lot of time to think. I read a book while I was out there that I had recommended to me by a friend and it totally changed my view on things. That book was called ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’ by entrepreneur Timothy Ferriss. (For those who haven’t read it, I implore you to go out and buy it! The premise of the book is how you should work to live, not live to work. It’s a real game changer.)
For a long time now, since my full-time working life began after university, I’ve never felt like I was really in the right job for me. Whether it was the role, the company or the environment, something in each job just didn’t quite click. I worked in Marketing, where I could apply my Fashion Marketing degree, for a children’s products retailer; I worked in Fashion Marketing for a corporate jewellery and leather accessories company; I even worked in a different area of Fashion and tried my hand in Technical Design. I gained indescribable experience and knowledge in each job but every time I was left feeling empty and unfulfilled. My most recent role in Design was fun but it made me realise that ultimately my skills and interests lie in Marketing. (Or so I thought!)
One day in Thailand, whilst I was travelling from Donsak to Krabi on a rather long bus journey, I got to thinking. I’d just read a chapter in ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’ which I couldn’t help but dwell on. It basically encourages you to ask yourself what you would do if you won the lottery. If you had all of the money in the world and you didn’t have to work to make a living, how would you spend your time? I thought about that good and hard for a long time. I thought about what I love to do, what interests me the most. Yes, I’m passionate about Fashion and Travel so naturally, if I won the lottery, I would shop and go see more of the world. (Wouldn’t we all?) But, how else would I pass the time? The answer hit me square in the face. I would do what I’m doing right now. I would blog. I would write.
I allowed myself to continue with this thought process throughout the duration of the bus journey, and throughout the rest of my Thailand trip, and it made me question why I’d never thought of writing as a career path before. I love to write; I’ve always loved to write. I write my blog for free right now. There’s nothing or no-one making me spend my spare time working on this blog, and posting as regularly as I do, but I do it because I want to, because I love it. So, why not write for a living? Why not monetise what I love to do?
The more I thought about it, the more I realised how much it made sense to me. I studied Fashion Journalism as an aspect of my degree and applied this knowledge when I wrote for an online magazine back in 2013 (read my initial blog post on it here and find the links to my articles in my ‘Features’ section). I’ve also had experience Copywriting in all of my Marketing jobs thus far. Every time I write professionally I enjoy it. Seriously, Katie – why have you not had this epiphany sooner? Your year 2 teacher told your Mum and Dad one Parents Evening that you were going to be a Writer and your writing was too good not to pursue it for a living. Your year 2 teacher knew it. Your parents knew it. But it’s only now that it’s well and truly clicked for you!
I could freelance, I could do office work; at this stage, I am willing to write for almost anyone or anything in order to develop myself.
With this in mind, I decided to enroll in a Freelance Journalism course at the College of Media and Publishing. It’s been a little while since I wrote articles so I feel the need to hone my craft. I started said course when I first arrived in Green Bay and, needless to say, I’m really enjoying it! I haven’t studied properly since graduating uni in 2012 and I’ve actually missed the process of learning and evolving during a course.
Once I confirmed to my nearest and dearest that writing is what I want to do for a living now, they didn’t think it was a big deal at all. ‘Yes totally makes sense’, ‘cool, always thought you’d write’ and ‘that’s great, go for it and I’m sure you’ll succeed ‘ were some of the responses. Sometimes something is so completely obvious to everyone else except you. And it takes you a long time to figure it out for yourself. But once you do… Oh boy, it’s worth it.
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Until next time…