Changes are coming.
Big changes that could affect my entire lifestyle.
But I’m getting a head of myself….
Let me rewind and apologize for my extended absence from blogging on here. Then, let me follow up that apology by saying you may as well get used to it.
No, I’m not going to stop blogging. In fact, I am (still) in the process of preparing articles, resources, and tools for my paintball blog. It’s been a slow process, mainly because I spread myself way too thin, but know that this new blog is coming.
I’ve had a mindset change that was sparked by the passing of a dear friend this week. He is the cousin of two siblings from my old friend group, the group I grew up and went to middle and high school with. Our friends introduced him to all of us when we were teenagers and he clicked with the group instantly. Despite living in a different state he came around on special occasions, and while I’ll admit to not personally being super close with him he was a part of my younger years and still very much a part of our group’s world. He was the life of the party. Spirited, contagiously happy and lived life to the fullest with no regrets. I was utterly shocked to hear about his biking accident. It’s not fair for someone like him to be gone so soon. It is heartbreaking and devastating.
His passing really got me thinking about what I’m doing with my life, or lack of. I have so many goals and dreams and things I want to accomplish, but I have the horrible habit of overstuffing my time and trying to do too much. In the end, I wind up doing a whole lot of nothing, or make such slow progress that I might as well be doing nothing.
I’ve decided to refocus my mindset, prioritize the projects in my life, and fully seek the writer’s lifestyle, because as you will also soon see, my fiancee-to-be presented to me an opportunity for us that will encourage, if not require, me to be a full-blown writer. Or at least a freelancer who can make money from the comfort of our home. There aren’t any details as of now, just ideas and could-be’s.
With the possibility of this lifestyle change, with the realization that I’ve spent the past two months basically ignoring my writing business because it’s too overwhelming, and with the passing of dear Tommy, may his soul rest in peace, I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to consciously make the decision to do what I want with my life. Now.
This means making choices. Now.
For the next year my priorities are as follows:
- Work my 9 to 5, save money
- Write my book series
- Pursue my paintball blog (and related social media)
- Focus my freelance career on direct-response-copywriting, in a specific niche, as time allows
Lady Jenji Writing & Design is reverting into my writer’s website or contact website to read about who I am and the services I offer, which are also getting a heavy trimming. One of the major changes I’m making in my freelance business life is finally settling down and picking a few things to do – not everything. I am focusing strictly on direct response copywriting, finding a niche to excel in, and offering additional design packages to my clients as well as running a paintball blog.
That’s it. No more floundering around, trying to do everything. No more website content writing or offering graphic design services. No more browsing through endless writer ads and applying to a spectrum of jobs from content creation to article writing to guest blog posting in a variety of fields. No more worrying about trying to be a do-all writer who can take on any task.
It’s not getting me anywhere!
I’ve been overwhelmed with options. I need to clean out what I’m focusing my time on and so that’s precisely what I’m doing.
I’ll try to still update on here occasionally, maybe once a month, but I can’t promise much as this site is taking the back seat to my other projects, such as the paintball blog which I am prioritizing to the #2 writing project in my life. Paintball is life after all.
My #1 writing project remains my novel series. In the last two months I have spent an exuberant amount of time writing book 1. It’s coming along so nicely. I’ve become such a homebody – I barely see friends anymore, or even call my friends who live far away. I feel guilty about it sometimes, but I really, really like working on this project and I’m committed to getting it done.
So yes, you probably won’t be hearing a whole lot from me on here. Between the nine to fiver, book series, and paintball blog I probably won’t even have much time to work on my direct response copy writing. Not yet anyway. I do have some groundwork to lay this year so that when the time comes I’ll be able to transition smoothly into the writer’s lifestyle.
That’s the goal anyway.
So yes, changes are coming. And I am greeting them with open arms.
Until next time –
Yours for Happy Writing,