A chance opportunity led me to my lifelong passion.
Eight years into my career, I still reflect upon the decision that set me down this path of exploration, discovery, and variegated interests. I was fifteen-years-old, just graduated from high school, filled with determination to travel and inspired to find a career flexible enough to let me.
To younger me, work was a means to an end, but I was willing to do as much of it as necessary to get to the extraordinary places I had spent my childhood reading about. So, I dabbled in a little bit of everything—I created online courses, I launched affiliate websites, and I even spent a summer in flight school thinking that maybe getting my pilot’s license would be the ticket to unrestrained excursions.
Somewhere along the way, I was offered an editing project by a client who found me purely by happenstance. She needed help polishing her cover letter for a role she wanted to apply to right away. As she expressed to me how much the position meant to her, a new sense of purpose overcame me.
All at once, I recognized that my love of grammar and story could be applied to my work but, even more importantly, my limited perception of what “work” meant had instantly matured. As I spent hours meticulously combing through her cover letter, I realized for the first time that the work I chose to do had the potential to impact lives beyond my own.
From that day forward, I devoted my time to finding more opportunities in the content space, which rapidly evolved into a full-time career. Before I knew it, my passion for exploration was being fed silently as I dug through articles, buried my head in studies, and scoured library shelves in search of understanding—the kind that’s necessary to write an article, a speech, a book that’s worth more than the paper it’s printed on.
As a freelance writer, it was not easy at first to find projects with real purpose, especially as I began working exclusively in the business space. Still, I sought out clients who knew the importance of putting authority above algorithms; those who thought beyond search engines and actually considered the reader on the other end; those who could see that their position could be elevated to that of a thought leader if they invested in the right areas.
All of these years later, I start each day with a reminder that my work is bigger than my own goals. As I get to know the people behind so many intriguing companies, I am more devoted than ever to helping them build their reputations and their brands.