A few years ago, I was working my behind off as a virtual assistant for people all over the country.
In need of a Customer Service Extraordinaire? Look no further.
How about a Social Media Maven? I was your girl.
Need someone to organize your calendar and take control of your inbox? Here comes Woz.
I was fortunate enough to work solely with people who I felt a connection with their business mission, so when the opportunity came up to pitch myself to Christina Rasmussen, I was over the moon excited.
During my interview with the very intuitive Christina, she casually asked me what it was that really lit me up, you know, what it was that I REALLY loved to do.
Without missing a beat…
“Writing! Oh goodness, yes. I’d love to be able to do it full-time one day.” I said.
(Spoiler alert and note to all you job seekers out there…when interviewing for a gig, it’s typically best to say you love doing what you are interviewing for if you actually want to land the job. You’re welcome.)
“So, why aren’t you writing instead of virtual assisting?” Christina asked with sincerity in her voice.
“I…I really don’t know,” I said. “I mean, people tell me all the time that I have a great story, but it’s all from my childhood. I don’t know that I want to keep writing and thinking about my past.”
And Christina being Christina, the wise woman she is, said quite confidently “Oh no, Woz, I don’t see you writing about your past at all. Your writing is going to be about the here and now. You aren’t living in the past anymore.”
I’d like to say what she said to me that day hit me like a ton of bricks, but it didn’t. Instead, it’s been slowly marinating under the surface for some time now.
While I didn’t land Christina as a client that day, I’m grateful for that conversation because it’s been something I’ve come back to again and again.
Until very recently, I’ve still looked to my childhood for material. I’ve been wondering for the longest time why my writing hasn’t moved forward and it’s because I’ve been so firmly grounded in the past.
But here’s to letting go.
Here’s to the here and now.
Here’s to moving forward.