The Power of Words

This thing called life is so strange sometimes.

When I look back over the last year or so, at what has happened…. it’s all pretty goshdarn amazing.

I’ve been a blogger for nigh on 7 years, now. I wrote my first blog post in the fall of 2008, and I haven’t stopped. I’ve been discouraged, I’ve wanted to quit, I’ve felt like I was shouting into a void. But I didn’t. I don’t know why. Sheer stubbornness, likely. But for whatever reason, I didn’t quit. In fact, I wrote more words.

There is this quote from Goethe that I love:

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

At some point in the last year or so, I started to call myself a writer. I remember the exact moment, actually. I was writing a piece on The Harrison Hot Springs Resort, and I had just walked into the spa to get a massage. They handed me a glass of wine (awesome) and a form. On the form, in addition to listing allergies or medical conditions, they wanted to know your profession. I wrote writer.

Now, you could argue that I’m not a writer. I don’t get paid to craft words into sentences. I get paid to teach people how to use Facebook. But is it necessary to get paid to do something in order to claim it for your own? I don’t think so. I think if you have enough passion and excitement for something, you can call yourself that, and then work on making money from it.

I am a Writer

I would even argue that there is a kind of magic (to steal from Goethe–he’s dead, he won’t notice) that comes of standing up and saying I am a writer. I will write. And as long as those two statements are followed by the appropriate action (writing), things, I guarantee you,  will start happening.

I’m spending the summer taking a travel and food writing class to learn to get better at this, but I’m happy to say that I have two pieces that I will be getting paid for that will be published soon (well, October–print deadlines).

What comes next? Who knows.

But I think I’ll put Writer as my occupation on a few more forms, and see…

What’s your dream? If you’re feeling brave, share with me in the comments below.

And check out this great post by Alyson Stansfield: Introducing Yourself as an Artist

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Rebecca Coleman

Social Media Marketing Strategist, Blogger, Author, Teacher, Trainer. Passionate foodie, mom to Michael, fueled by Americanos. I love my bike. Soon-to-be cookbook author. Localvore with a wanderlust.

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  1. Rebecca, I adore this! Before my current (not even 2-months old!) I’ve been either job hunting or temping since some time in 2011. But, longer than that, I’ve done (and am still doing) my amazing VOLUNTEER gig, Marketing & Communications Director for an independent theatre company. And that had everything to do with keeping my spirits up and polishing my skill set, giving me confidence and has even put me onstage in a full show since high school, upping my confidence even more so. I knew it was a good sign when my current supervisor called it, my “job at the theatre company.” We are so much more than what we get paid to do. Passion counts for a lot. Incorporate it SOMEHOW.

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