The time is now 3:15 am Central time and I am still awake. Why? Because I was watching a Google+ hangout that is all about creating a freelance business plan. This hangout was hosted by the FABULOUS Regina, owner of ByRegina, which is…to put it bluntly…amazeballs! Seriously! I dare you to check out an article, any article, and not get sucked in. Well, not even 20 minutes into the hangout, I had a MAJOR Eureka! moment. I had to stop what I was doing and write it all down. I don’t even feel like creating any eye-catching images. This is just me free-flowing my thoughts.
Confession: I have been really struggling with being multipassionate.
Everyone that knows anything about running a successful blog or business keeps saying that I need to brand myself in order to succeed. The problem is that I have never been sure of what, exactly, my “brand” is. I didn’t know if it was possible to tie together everything that I am and love into one thing. So it felt like I would have to maybe give up something so that I could narrow my focus. But I don’t WANT to give up anything. And it has gotten to the point where I was thinking that I am at a crossroads where I have to either give something up or fail at everything.
I don’t know what it was that Regina said that sparked the a-ha moment. It may have been one thing. Or a combination of things. Like I said, it’s after 3am and my brain usually shuts down around 11, lol. Besides, I have spent the past several hours on her blog, bouncing around from one piece of fabulousness to the next (she is seriously the queen of creating AWESOME content). So I honestly can’t say what led to my realization, but suddenly…it clicked.
I don’t have a million disjointed passions. Really, all of my passions boil down to three things. I am passionate about helping people. I am passionate about writing. I am passionate about living life by design. These things have driven me for far longer than I have been doing this entrepreneur thing.
The fields that I chose to study in undergrad and grad school (Sociology, Psychology, and Educational Psychology…all geared towards people and how I could best understand them and help them.
When I started blogging, it was for myself and was more of an online diary. However, when I launched my current blog, Single Mommy Warrior, it was my way of reaching out to and connecting with women such as myself who are trying their best to raise their children on their own. It is also designed to serve as an example to them that if they want certain things, such as being able to work from home or homeschool, they don’t have to allow their single parent status to be something that holds them back.
Which brings me to working from home. Despite how it may seem, I actually don’t have anything against traditional jobs. I just have something against ME having a traditional job. It no longer would be a source of joy for me. However, I know that, for many people, it is something that they enjoy. And I am happy for them if they have found something that they love that pays them what they deserve. After all, isn’t that what we all want? I want to be paid well to do something that I enjoy and am good at. And I want others to experience the same thing- even if their path looks completely different from my own.
What I am good at is telling stories – whether it is my own or someone else’s. That is why I blog. It is why I am a freelance writer. Writing is my happy place. It is where I feel most…Tiffany.
And I love that I can help others with my writing. Especially that I can help others who are seeking to live their life by design. Almost every single person that I have had as a client has hired me to help them with something that is geared towards them chasing their dreams in some form.. Bloggers. Business owners. People who are trying to land their dream job or get into their dream school. Every person that I help is on their own path to happiness and has chosen to let me participate in that.
That makes me feel like I am living my purpose. It really and truly does.
Even when it comes to network marketing, almost every single opportunity I have aligned myself with has been geared towards helping people with important goals – usually goals that we had in common. Not just my customers, but the people who I have helped to start their own businesses. Each of them had come to a point where they wanted something different and they came to me to when they were ready to make it happen.
THAT is my brand. I help people. I write. I live my life by design. And I do all of them together in some form. I help people by writing. I help people who are trying to live their life by design. I help people through my own journey to live my life by design. Which I document through my writing. It’s all connected!
I am my brand. My Brand is Me.
I am also tired, lol! Please forgive my rambling as well as any sentences which were butchered in the process. I’m not even going to bother checking right now. I want this to be published as is so that I can look back on it late know that these are my unfiltered, unedited thoughts.
Good night/morning! 🙂