FINDING WHERE I NEED TO BE….
Aloha and welcome to My Journey to Paradise! My name is Cat, I’m a thirty-something wife and mother living on the beautiful of Maui, Hawaii!
I’m constantly multi-tasking with mommy and wife duties, work and just life in general, so much that when I’m not so crazy busy I feel a little lost! I’ve always dreamed of being able to work from home and be free of the typical day job. Within the last two years I faced almost being laid off twice, the first time I was pregnant with my daughter and feeling stressed with the unknown. Then not a year later the same thing happened again but thankfully I was once again able to transfer to a different location within the company. But that unknown as like a trigger switch to get on the ball about securing my future on my own. Things never really got off the ground due to my own procrastination and just really not knowing where to start. With my oldest entering kindergarten in the fall and my little girl growing up fast, it really started to hit me that I wanted to be present in their daily lives and not watch them grow up from afar. For my last job, I lived over 20 miles away and would have to leave almost two hours before my shift so that I wouldn’t run into traffic delays. One day my son told me “mommy don’t go to work, stay with me”, that about broke my heart. I decided I needed to make a change and the first thing I did was accept a job that was closer to home, I didn’t want to work for another employer but at the time it was the best decision I could have made for my family.
In addition to changing job location, I decided I needed to figure out a way to secure our lives financially and not to rely solely on a job. I’ve gone through many different networking marketing ideas, business ideas, work at home ideas and the best one that seemed to fit was becoming a freelance writer. I needed something where I could do as a side hustle and wouldn’t required getting a second job. I realize that even being a freelance writer would require sacrifices I felt it was one I could still be there for my kids.
One of the hardest things for me in deciding to become a freelance writer was settling on one niche and discovering what I was most passionate about. I have an interest in many different things so it’s taking me time to figure out what it is. I’m still learning and growing to find that niche and I want to share this with everyone. I didn’t want that to be the reason I didn’t get started. Not doing anything wouldn’t get me anywhere. Writing this post I already feel confident that I will get to where I need to be. I’ve decided to try Gina Horkey’s 30 Days or Less To Freelance Writing Success to put me on the right path.
This blog will serve as my platform as I share my journey to strive to create a better future or my paradise through freelance writing with tips and techniques that I learn along the way with others. Having a great job and career is a wonderful thing but not something that you can soley depend on these days.
I’m concerned that I have no idea what I’m doing and that it’ll be an epic fail but I would rather try and fail than not try at all. If I want things to change I need to make changes and have the strength to make it happen. I haven’t quite figured out what my niche is but through this blog and journey I will discover what my purpose is. It may be a confused mess but through hard work it will all make sense.