When I was in college, I wanted to be a writer. I grew up reading books and figured out that I wanted to do just that, make stories and inform people. I wrote for my high school, took AP English, majored in Communications, wrote for my college newspaper, and interned at Urban Latino magazine and Vibe. I would watch Carrie Bradshaw from my dorm room every Sunday dreaming that that could one day be my life. By the time I was 21 I felt like I was well on my way to my dreams. I graduated and got a job at USA Today‘s weekend magazine. I was there for one year, working in advertising while freelancing for Urban Latino.
Then, I just gave up. For some reason or another, I became motivated by money. I, unfortunately, started listening to my fears and naysayers (ugh), thinking, I’m never going to make enough money doing what I love. I saw my friends who worked in other fields making more money and decided to move my writing skills and love for literature, got my masters and got into teaching. (Yes, believe it or not, in New Jersey, teachers start out making WAY more than a job in media in New York City. Not as glamorous, but I had college loans to pay!)
Fast forward ten years…I wanted to start writing again. I had an itch to start a blog and one of my closest friends Erika, who owns her own business as an event planner, strongly encouraged me to just do it! This was very motivating coming from a person who literally turned her passion into a business. Erika has been my friend for over twenty years, and I grew up watching her be a part of every planning committee in school, and that was definitely her thing! She helped plan our high school proms, foreign language luncheons, modeling shows, fundraisers, student council events, you name it!
Erika and I got together and had lunch one day and it was an emotional meeting and all business at the same time! We had a real heart to heart and she said one thing that resonates with me to this day. She said, “Don’t ever let anyone or anything affect the person that you are.” And that’s exactly what I had done. I let all of these outside factors change the person that I was, the real me. I hadn’t been acting myself for years. We finished lunch and I had a head and heart full of advice and motivation.
I got home that day and started my blog, Ohmpretty.com… It’s been six months since that lunch date and I am more motivated than ever! My friend Erika came through once again, this time, inviting me to one of her events celebrating the launch of XONecole.com. Necole Bitchie, as she is formerly known, is a celebrity blogger who has now launched her own web site filled with fashion, entertainment, beauty, travel, love, business, anything and everything for a well-rounded millennial woman. The event was a blog come to life: the colors, logo, decor, fashion, all of it, was in this venue! I went to the event not only celebrating my friend Erika and her talents, but also, the fact that a blogger can turn a passion project into a business.
Event by EH Social Events
Photograph by TLGreen Photography
Necole Bitchie, Celebrity Blogger
Photograph by TLGreen Photography
This is when you have to stop and think, Is the Universe talking to me? Could I one day have a launch party? Celebrating my own site empowering women to never let anyone change who they are? Could I turn my passion into a business?
It’s funny how things come full circle! I am back in college, only now as a college professor teaching writing. And Erika, who’s known me since I was twelve, still has my back like back in the day (And I don’t think that’ll ever change) 😉 Like I told your friend Ted Smooth the night of your event, we have a lot of dirt between us, too much of it, and that’s where it stays, that’s why we’re still friends! LOL
So, why let anything get in the way of your passion? If what you love doesn’t hurt anyone, why not find a way to do it? Maybe it’s basketball, baking, cooking, reading, helping others, whatever it may be, find a way to do it. I think if you don’t find a way to do it, in my experience, it feels like a part of you just isn’t being true, to you.
It’s been so gratifying to have something that is mine and to share it creatively. Am I a yogi? No. Am I a photographer? No. Am I a health expert? Nope. Am I a makeup artist? Absolutely not. But I made it out of a deep, DEEP, funk through yoga, meditation, eating better, exercising, and making myself and my passion a priority. And that’s the story I want to tell.
What’s your passion? How are you going to start making it a priority? Comment below and share. If you write it down, you’re putting it out there, and someone (ME!) can hold you accountable for it! Go ahead…write it below!