Over the past month, I’ve thought a lot about time management, priorities and focus – hence my slight silence on the blog besides sharing postcards. This thinking exercise isn’t anything new – it’s been a regular occurrence ever since I embarked on the rewarding but demanding journey of transitioning from the law into travel photography and now writing.
More recently, however, I was reminded of the importance in learning and shifting priorities to go farther in this new field and make the best use of my talents.
These thoughts were triggered by TBEX, when I realized during and post-conference that I was sitting on potential and what I needed the most was focus. Focus on learning from the best – whether it means taking classes, workshops or attending the best of conferences – and focus on consistently seeking out opportunities and knocking on doors.
With all of these thoughts on my mind on the plane home from Colorado, an amazing opportunity came my way.
I opened my email to find a message from a fellow blogger currently on a trip around the world. In the email was a link to an ad for a travel writing gig, one for which she thought I was a perfect fit. It did sound amazing and I knew I was qualified. A year ago I might have let fear or doubt take over, but after TBEX I realized that my true love is for travel writing and photography and not blogging full-time per se. I left feeling inspired and ready to push harder.
I spent the entire weekend drafting a cover letter and crafting a travel resume (the last one I wrote was for my legal experience and most of my travel-related gigs so far have mostly come from my networks). I edited, proofread and perfected and hit send. What’s the worst that could happen, I thought?
Within a few days, I received a response: I was selected for an interview. I was so excited, I must have read the email at least five times. Then I thought, well why not me? Ha.
Fast forward, a week after my one-hour phone interview, I was selected for the next step. I had just under 14 days to submit a near 50-page proposal.
I can’t quite describe the feelings of excitement, anxiety and adrenaline that came over me all at once. I was so excited and grateful to prepare this piece that I lived and breathed it for two weeks, all while I juggled my full time legal gig (I still consult as an attorney when I’m back in the US half the year). Still, it didn’t prevent me from completing the work and I even had one day to spare for editing and perfecting. I was >> Continue reading