Friday, January 22, 2010

Doing More of What I Love

I've loved to write my entire life.

Growing up, I would fill notebook after notebook with stories and poems. I loved writing papers in school and would often be excited about the daily journal topics Mrs. Bailey would assign us in elementary school.

I've never had a problem expressing myself through writing. Words are my thing. I was not blessed with a beautiful voice, a scientific brain, or spectacular athletic abilities, but give me a topic and a blank sheet of paper and I can make beautiful music, so to speak.

My passion for writing was one reason I took my current job. I am responsible for writing and editing web content. Perfect, right?

Well, that part of it is anyway. Every time I get the opportunity to work on writing something for the Web, I throw myself into it. I love the thrill of seeing something I've written published for others to enjoy.

I like being given the challenge of making words fit in the limited space provided and making complicated topics understandable to the masses. This process is creative and stimulating to me.

I also love working with the Web. I love making changes and seeing them reflected immediately. It's fascinating to track our site statistics. I get oddly excited each month as I see our page views grow and I love seeing how people find our site and what they use it for. I like that I am responsible for trying to make the site the best it can be for our audience. In a way, I have readers from all over the world.

These are the parts of my job that I love and the reasons I took the position I currently hold. But the sad part is, is that this portion of my job description seems to have shrunk with time. Lately my time has been divided among various uninspiring office tasks. I spend most of my days looking at Excel sheets and answering the phones now.

I find myself feeling less and less motivation each day and I'm starting to miss that creative outlet.

So when I recently stumbled upon a job posting for a writer in a position I would absolutely love I didn't think twice about submitting my resume.

As I mentioned in a previous post 2010 is going to be full of more of what I love. And more of what I love needs to apply to my professional life as well as my personal life.


Andrea-Memories As A Mom said...

I was happy to read this post, good for you for never forgetting where your passion is! So many people get into a rut in their job and settle for years, if not forever. I hope that things perk back up at your job, but if not then I hope the job you applied for works out! Yeay for writers! :-)

Thank you for the comment on my post about my husband & my love story. . .I remember telling you about our engagement in person like it was yesterday - can't believe it's already been 8 years!

yds said...

Hi Amy, keep smart writing and blogging.

Anonymous said...

Even though I love my job, I feel like I have started to let go of the other things I love. I agree that it is important to remind yourself of your passions - all of them - and sometimes nudge yourself to get back into them. I get a certain creative release in the work that I do, but it doesn't touch on everything. I am starting to realize that I have to push myself to remember what I love and continue to allow time for it. It seems so crazy. To have to remind myself of what I love. But it's so easy to get lost in the shuffle. Especially if certain things aren't going as we'd like. Keep looking for that creative outlet. You'll find it!