A year and a half ago, I made the decision to leap. To jump off the expected track and quit a day job that paid well but caused me enormous stress and ate into nearly all my family time. I had no job waiting.
I’d been cramming my beloved writing into the tiny pockets of time left over after I finished work and the kids went to bed. Now, I’d power forward, new life plan in hand, and “be a writer.”
Things don’t always go as we plan, do they? Instead of implementing a ten-step business launch, I struggled to put sentences together. Instead of networking, I holed up in my house, isolated. Instead of writing, I hit rock bottom.
This past summer, I eased back into life. I practiced just being a person again. I hung out with my kids. I took up swimming. I started eating clean, or at least clean-ish.
And, little by little, I started writing again.
I’ve got my words back now, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the home page of The Reedster Speaks. I haven’t been using this medium much to transmit them. Because you know what I found out?
PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY PAY ME TO WRITE STUFF OTHER PLACES.
So now? I’ve set up a proper shop over at cindyreed.me. And finally, I’m doing all of the things. Check me out:
I’m teaching. I opened up a Storyteller’s Studio this summer and loved every minute of ushering my students from first to final draft of a kickass 750-word personal essay.
So I’m doing it all again.
Join me for my fall creative nonfiction boot camp and learn how to harness the power of personal storytelling to write your best blog post ever. We’ll be slicing and dicing the ingredients of the personal essay, spinning them in a blender, and pouring them onto the page. We’ll cover literary conflict, narrative structure, authentic voice, and more. In 30 days. Click here for all the details and to register.
I’m speaking. I’m so excited to be speaking at my favorite blog conference! Join me at Type A Parent Conference this October 8-10 in Atlanta, where I’ll be presenting on storytelling for bloggers. Type A is the con where people actually want to go to all the sessions because the material is always spot on useful for your blog. Hurry! It always sells out. Register here.*
I’m blogging. I’m not quitting you, Reedster Speaks, but I am seeing another blog on the side. I’ve started The Storyteller | A Blog About Writing, as a space to share tips and insights into the craft of creative nonfiction and the business of writing professionally. You can read my first post here – the story of my journey to becoming a writer – and sign up for my weekly newsletter here.
I’m writing. Here are some posts I wrote for other sites that you may have missed:
The NeverEnding Period at In The Powder Room
“Day after day, my period flowed, like the pages of The NeverEnding Story. Only instead of stepping into an epic fantasy world, I’d stepped into a world where you just have your period forever and it never stops and menopause never comes.”
Why I’m OVER Redefining Beauty at Vibrant Nation
“Do we really need to redefine what is beautiful so that every woman is included? Or should we instead redefine what’s valued in a woman so that beauty isn’t the sole measure of her worth?”
How I Got Over My Fear of Weight Training and Hit the Gym at Vibrant Nation
“I scanned the gym’s offering of classes, looking for the easy ones. You know, anything with a title that included ‘silver,’ ‘101,’ ‘gentle,’ hell, even ‘prenatal.’”
Ten Tips for Mind Over Mood Productivity at Vibrant Nation
“Depression kept me away from the keyboard for months. Here’s how I’m finding joy in working again.”
Now We Are 50: Generation X Hits the Half Century Mark at Vibrant Nation
“We came of age under Reagan, survived the early 1990s recession, and claimed MTV as our own. Does reality still bite as the original cool kids go up and over the 50 year hump?”
I’m dreaming. Dreams don’t always work out the first time, do they? Luckily, we get second chances. And third and fifth ones too. This summer was a great big do-over on my whole ‘starting a freelance writing business’ idea. I hope you’ll stick around for the ride.
I’ve got even bigger dreams and plans ahead.
*Disclosure: That Type A link in the post? That’s an affiliate link. If you purchase using that link, I’ll get a commission.