Monday, 5 November 2007
Pipe Dream or Reality?
Nearly four years ago I returned from a year of living and working in South East Asia. Like many people who travel, I returned for what I thought was a "temporary" period.
Whilst I was really happy to be reunited with friends and family, within hours of being back in the UK I was brought down by depressing media news. Before long I sorely missed the lifestyle, nature, sense of community, and cultural diversity I'd grown accustomed to during the year before - not to mention my daily plunge into the ocean donned with scuba gear.
Whilst my impulses were trying to convince me to simply jump on a plane and get back to it all, my senses knew that really that wasn't practical. What I needed was a plan. I had no idea where in the World I wanted to "settle". All I knew was that it wasn't England! Yet, here I was, with no money, and no other option really, than to stay put while I forged a plan.
As I wanted to explore what the rest of the World had to offer I soon figured that I needed to earn a living through work that I could carry out wherever I was. My location wouldn't matter. My work would come with me. For a variety of reasons, which I won't bore you with here - writing became my chosen career path.
Now four years on, a lot has happened and a lot has changed. As with many people who return from traveling with a view to gathering money then leaving again - I got distracted.
After my initial success (beginners luck) of getting two articles published with national magazines, I got completely grabbed by an opportunity to create and publish my own community magazine. The community needed a magazine, and I needed a project that tied in with my writing aspirations - perfect. It was a win, win situation. The magazine became my "baby", and its growth and success, became my reason for getting out of bed in the morning.
Now, 3 years on, the magazine is ready to fly the nest, and I am ready to return to my mobile professional aspirations. The community has an established and reliable magazine. The magazine has a new nurturer with fresh ideas. I have a portfolio of writing and publishing experience to hopefully fuel me towards my mobile profession.
Numerous opportunities are opening to me in copywriting, proof reading, editing and magazine consultancy... and I have a couple of web based writing projects I can't wait to get stuck into...
So - my mobile profession. Is it a pipe dream or reality? Well at the moment it feels somewhere between the two. None of the opportunities are cast iron contracts as yet - so I feel as though I'm taking a leap of faith!
Stayed tuned, and find the answer with me...