Summer has drawn to a close, and we’re now in what I like to call the “back to school” season. Apt really, as this year has been an interesting one.
One of my main goals for this year was to find a job close to home, as the commute to London was driving me insane and I wanted to buy my own place. I eventually found one at a company I used to intern at that I’d been itching to work for for aaaaggeees and I was over the moon. However, 6 weeks in they decided they didn’t have enough work for me and were letting me go.
I’d been scared off office work by my previous experience, and tried to find some part-time admin work with the aim of taking my blog and other creative pursuits full-time. I’d been itching to break into fiction writing and Zeyneb and I had been talking about starting a YouTube channel for a while. However, part-time jobs are pretty thin on the ground (unless you have a kid, at which point employers roll out the red carpet, but that’s a rant for another time) and I realised I was a long way off making a consistent income through writing. A few promising full-time roles popped up and I started applying.
But if I started working full-time- would I carry on with running a blog, writing a book, and trying to crack YouTube (plus socialising, dating, exercising etc.)? I need some time for self-care. And I found when I tried to run my blog as a commercial thing… I just didn’t enjoy it. I was spending a load of time researching Pinterest strategies and taking flatlays and I just… hated it. I was also a bit stuck with direction. I read that I should narrow my niche. But I didn’t know what to narrow it to. My friend I looked at which posts I enjoyed writing the most and go with that. I realised the ones I enjoyed writing the most were the “deep and meaningful” ones (like this one, and this one). Basically, anything completely uncommercial that would absolutely never rank in a Google search.
I realised I needed to narrow my creative pursuits. I’d been trying to do too much and not really progressing with anything. I need to play to my strengths. So writing my novel is my main priority at the moment. I’m more of a writer than a bloggery blogger and I think fiction would really allow me to shine. I’m still going to keep my blog going but cutting back a little on the content and focusing on building a engaged community. So apologies for the lack of upcoming posts- but I’m sure once my book is published (speaking it into existence) that will be a hell of a lot more interesting than anything I post on here.
I got a new job that started on the 2nd of September- the same time as autumn term started at the schools. It’s doing something a little different to what I’m doing before- which I’m taking as a positive as nothing I did before worked out. Only problem is, I had to take an £11K pay cut. But I think the “positive thinking” work I’ve been doing as of late is kicking in, as I realised it could teach me the value of money. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve ordered a book from Amazon when I already had two similar ones I hadn’t read, gone into London for something that wasn’t worth it, or threw hundreds of pounds at some anti-ageing or self-help “miracle cure” that turned out to be a bust. So I’m going to use the opportunity to learn how to budget effectively, plus throw myself into the social side.
Although summer didn’t quite bring the harvest I intended, it at least brought me something I can work with. So as the leaves turn brown and fall from the trees, I’m looking forward to what this new season will bring.
What are your goals for autumn? Let me know in the comments!
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