At the moment I’m exchanging my hours for dollars 💰💰.
I’m working on building a brand with my writing, podcasting and social media platforms and I also have a business with my sisters that is long overdue for an update.
Though I’m getting close, none of those are paying me in dollars yet.
So, of course, I have a job(online) that takes care of the bills. And last week I applied to a remote ESL position because I would like to save some extra money up. It was during the third part of the application process that I suddenly changed my mind. I realized I was applying to do more of the thing I’m trying to move away from.
Something similar happened to me in March, when I decided to stop freelance writing. I was exhausting a lot of time and mental energy writing articles about topics I did not enjoy.
Since I’m not at the point where I can stop exchanging hours for dollars, I’ve made some new rules for myself.
My existing job is safe from these (for now) but beyond it I’ve decided any paid work I start has to meet two simple criteria.
1) I have to enjoy it
2) It has to provide more value for my time.
Teaching ESL fits #1 but not #2 and freelance writing is the reverse.
Last week the idea popped in my head to become a writing coach.
A few months ago, I was having my monthly chat with one of my Medium friends and the idea of becoming a coach came up. At first, I was intimidated by the suggestion, but then I let go of the limiting belief and became open to it as a possibility. The only problem was I never figured out what I could coach, so I put the idea on a shelf.
Finally, I’ve been able to reach in and dust it off.
I love to write and I’ve found my voice. I think I can help others to write authentically too.
Back at the beginning of this challenge, this might have been a trickier endeavor. There was no proof of concept, but now I have a little something to show.
Over the next few days, I’m going to update my website and LinkedIn Profile. Though I anticipate this will only take a small amount of time, as with anything I never know where it will lead. It might be the main thing or may end up being not much at all.
Either way, I like the idea, so it’s definitely worth a shot.
Thank you for reading!