I took a break to try and figure out how to make myself feel as excited as I’d felt when I first launched this blog. I tried multiple tactics, like changing the content, playing around with the frequency of posts, and eventually messing around with the visuals. I even considered quitting, only to realize that I couldn’t let go; I didn’t want to let go. But, still, something was off.
To add insult to injury, I’d been working on two opposing goals, not realizing that though seemingly related, one of those goals went against who I am and what I ultimately wish to accomplish.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I thought it’d be my hobby, the thing on the side, since it couldn’t possibly result in a decent income. Over the years, I’ve learned that passion is an essential component of success. Time and time again, I’ve given up on the things that didn’t make me happy because I know that I can only give my heart fully to that which I feel passionate about.
Even when I was a little girl, just starting school, I knew I wanted to captivate others with words. But what I didn’t see, until now, is that for some time I’d been fighting parts of my personality to get things to align my way, not taking into consideration the possibility that life could be leading me in a slightly different direction.
Though I dream of becoming an author, I’ve come to realize that I’m not meant to write fiction. I cannot pretend to be an introvert, devoting hours on end to a world outside of this one, when I’d much rather submerge myself in my surroundings, having the conversations that enlighten, inspire, and help, not just me, but those involved.
And so, in a sense, it took getting lost for me to realize what has been staring me in the face for quite a while.
I am an artist, but I am also a businesswoman. It’s engrained in my personality. It’s the reason I’ve made some of the tough, but necessary choices I’ve made. It’s the reason I can’t hear of a start-up business without divulging an array of marketing ideas within the span of mere minutes. It’s the reason I skim through the glossies to find career-related articles that will reveal something I’ve yet to learn. It’s the reason I’m fascinated by women who transform their passions into successful businesses. It’s the reason I’ve dreamed of working for a women’s magazine for years and the latest rejection finally set off what has been brewing within me for years.
My vision for The Write Woman is so big, that I cannot bring it into existence on my own. I see The Write Woman becoming an online magazine addressing the issues women endure and overcome. I see it becoming a companion of sorts, a safe haven, a source of light and inspiration for many. For this reason, I’m currently assembling a team, accepting pitches and contributions, and working on making a few changes to the site.
There’s no doubt in my mind that I am in for some real challenges, but there’s also no doubt in my mind that I can build and accomplish anything I set out to.
I invite you to embark on this journey with me. This blog will remain live for the next couple of weeks, but keep coming back and you’ll soon notice changes. I will also be providing updates via Twitter: @TheWriteWoman, @Gee_Estevez.
Thank you for reading!