As you may have noticed if you’ve been reading for a little bit, I moved my blog over to a new domain. My own domain. Elliott in Recovery; stories from a transgender alcoholic. I realized I was going about it improperly by using WordPress.com if I wanted to make something out of this blog, so I made the decision to purchase a domain name and host it on my own. I want this blog to become a resource for others who struggle with their own journeys and I have more control when I host it on my own. I plan to cover how I learned the difference between WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress, from the perspective of a know-nothing, new blogger. (I thought you had to purchase WordPress.com annual hosting in addition to self-hosting. That is incorrect!)
Since self-hosting, I still have not been able to post because I’ve been busy with another new turn in my path. I started a freelance writing career! I’m still working as a content writer at a software company but I’m looking to expand my horizons and start my own business (sort of) with freelance writing. I already have two clients and have been working for a week and a half, which has kept me extremely busy and away from my own blog. I’ve been writing about addiction and recovery for a treatment center’s blog and the material has been fantastic to write about thus far.
I’ve realized the capacity to make money that exists in freelancing, but I currently lack the courage to take the plunge and write full time. I’m a nervous person and the stability of a 40-hour office job, albeit not what I want to do with my life, is more reassuring than the uncertainty that freelancing provides. However, have I not spent the past six months stepping out of my comfort zone? Have I not taken control of my life and made decisions for myself in regards to what I want to do? Why stop now?
I know I have the capability and drive to make it but I also need the confidence in myself to make that decision. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life working 9-to-5 (well, 7-to-3:30) for someone else’s dream. I want to work towards my own dream, my own future. Freelancing is something I can take with me wherever I go; I’m not tied down to any one location or company. I work for myself, set my own hours, decide whether or not to take jobs. I’ve got a “boss” in my clients, but I’m ultimately my own boss.
The freedom that comes with freelancing is inspiring to me and makes me want to work for this dream. I’ve always wanted to write for a living. While not every article will be enticing to write about, it’s something I have a passion and drive to do. My fingers fly across the keyboard so easily and I know it is what I was placed here to do. All I need is the bravery to jump in order to see if I can fly.