Work Now, Play Later

Hi all,

Hope your week is smooth sailing so far. I’ve been so busy writing, editing and pitching these past few months that I haven’t really had the time to write an original post other than posting links to my own work from other publications. So here I go…

As you may or may not know, I was hired as an intern for Eastern Magazine earlier this month, which I was so happy about. I also contribute to EBONY.com and The Glamazons Blog as a writer. And on top of that, I’m in the process of searching for jobs since I graduate this December, which I’m a little nervous about, but that’s another post.

In short, I’m busy. But come to think of it, I’ve always been a busy gal. In fact, I don’t know what it’s like not to work hard whether it’s school or my career. But since getting my first big break in January of this year as a freelance writer for EBONY.com, I’ve gained a whole new sense of what hard work really means.

Prior to launching my writing career, my main focus was always making sure that I aced all my exams and finished all my homework/projects on time. But starting in January, I had to learn how to balance my life as a student with my life as a professional writer – and let me tell you: It was A LOT. Sleep became a foreign thing, I never said no to anything and sometimes, I wasn’t even sure I would have enough hours in the day to finish a particular piece.

But somehow, someway, I always managed to find the time while also maintaining my high grade point average (pardon the gloat) because writing is what I love to do. I once heard someone say, “You make time for the things that matter to you,” and I totally agree with that statement.

To be honest, there are still moments here and there when I feel a little overwhelmed and wonder to myself, “How in the heck am I going to get all this done?” But I just take one week, one day, one hour at a time. It’s all about balance. And plus, I could never imagine not doing this – writing that is.

One of my biggest dreams is to become an editor at a HUGE magazine like People, Vogue, Glamour, Essence, Ebony – you get the idea. And I know everything I’m doing now is helping to prepare me for when that big moment finally comes along. And when it does, I know I’ll be ready.

As I’m writing this, I’m a little exhausted, but I know there will be plenty of time in the future for me to slow down a little bit, but for right now, I can’t afford to waste a single minute. I’m on a mission, baby!

I say, “Work now, play later.”

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