Do What You Love (or, THP: Chapter Nine)

(This is part nine in a series about The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  To start at the beginning, click here. )

Gretchen Rubin “pursued her passion” of books during her happiness project, and reading about it simultaneously depressed and inspired me.  This chapter, by far, was the hardest for me to read. While she takes the love of reading and writing to a whole other level (where does she find the time?!), I myself have–at various times in my life–been an avid reader and writer as well.  Seeing how ardently she chases her dreams, as well as a select few of my own friends, leads me to question my own dreams.  More often than not, I’m left feeling like a failure (least professionally) because I haven’t really done anything ‘of note.’  Especially in light of the fact that I’m not working outside the home right now, what am I doing to further my own dreams?

Which, of course, begs the question: “What ARE my dreams?”

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meet the press

So, this happened:

I was recently featured in the Buffalo News! Being a ‘reporter’ myself, it’s so fun to be on the other side of the interview every once in awhile.  I approached the BN Refresh (their Saturday Health and Wellness insert) editor, Scott Scanlon, awhile ago about contributing some guest blogs, and he offered to feature me in his ‘What Are You Eating?’ section. So far, I’ve contributed the National Nutrition Month blog and an ‘intro’ post on myself, which went live on the BN site yesterday.  I’ve also written a post on our recent Paleo experience, which I’ll send to Scott soon.  I’ll probably contribute a blog about once a month.

While I’m not getting paid for these pieces, I see this as a way to ‘break into’ the health/wellness/fitness/nutrition field.  Writing for the Advertiser is great, but I need to start preparing for what I want to do long-term: freelance writing about food and nutrition.  I’ve started researching writers’ guidelines for various publications and it’s overwhelming to say the least.  My dear friend, Emily (who I’m visiting this weekend), advised me to slow down and try to actually enjoy the process of ‘building my business’ (whatever that may be), instead of focusing on where I want to be and the fastest way to get there.  She’s a wise woman, that one.  It’s such a relief to know it’s OK to take it one day at a time, one pitch letter at a time, one article at a time.

For now, I’m still just plugging along at the projects I have to do this rotation–most of which ACTUALLY pertain to my future as a writer/nutrition counselor–and counting the days until graduation…55.