Look at God!
Two years later and there’s so much to celebrate! The day I packed my bags and walked off my job I had no clue where life would take me. How would I survive? How would I make money? Many of my readers have been following my journey since leaving mainstream media as a TV anchor to becoming a freelance journalist, TV host and writer. I wrote this blog marking the one year anniversary of that bold move and since then I’ve been bombarded with questions, stares and doubts. There have been those who rooted me on and saw nothing but potential and possibility and those who took more of a wait and see approach. I was walking away from a job where I was making a salary, had “stability,” allowed me to pay my bills on time, but that was also sucking the life out of me! I felt drained, tired and mentally defeated as I slaved away building someone else’s dream while my own withered away.
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Slowly but surely, bit by bit I chipped away at my opportunities, made contacts, networked and kept my name and face relevant. I toyed with many avenues, had many frustrating and tearful days. There were days I questioned my decision, regretted them and even reluctantly scrolled the newspaper looking for a new job.
Deep down inside I knew I was only fooling myself, giving into the fear of being on my own when it’s exactly what I wanted. So with a little help from friends and family I slowly carved out a lane for myself and one I’m satisfied with. I remember blogging about how annoyed I got when someone would ask me where I worked and I couldn’t answer right away because I was still in transition. But today, I can proudly proclaim:
I am a freelance journalist, a TV show host, TV producer, writer, voice talent, social media manager and lifestyle blogger!
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It took me forever to really streamline what it is that I wanted to do with my skill sets and talent; but the more I blogged, the more I wrote, the more I hosted and produced shows, the career thing pretty much took care of itself and then people started to notice. I got more and more calls and emails, more gigs lined up and…this all started to make sense.
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I soon realised that the saying is true, “When do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life!” I mean, work gets done because those coins have to be made, honey, but it all comes so naturally, so organically to me that work feels like a breeze…and that’s exactly what I was going for!
Stress -free. Fulfilling. Accomplished.
I’m so happy to check in for this two-year report and track all the success I’ve had as a freelancer. I’m not one to brag or boast, but I think it’s oh, so necessary to stop and self-evaluate every now and again to make changes, celebrate or do both!
Since quitting my job I:
- host two Bahamian TV shows
- produce two other award nominated TV shows
- write and voice commercials for some of the biggest companies in town
- host events around town like the Ms. Bahamas World 2015 and 2016 pageants
- TRAVEL LIKE MAD…to Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Puerto Rico, Canada
- reported from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
- had my website nominated for “website of the year” in the 2016 Bahamas Press Club Awards
- contributed to five international digital magazines
- #girlboss my way through life!
There’s no set monthly salary, no corporate backing, no schedules, sometimes no desk, no office space with an ocean view, no automatic insurance and pension plan, no set vacation days (which I love!), no holiday bonuses or yearly increments . But here’s what I do have:
Peace of Mind
Since leaving my job, I can honestly say this is the most successful I’ve been in my career. Just when it seems like I was tearing everything down, it was all building up and preparing me for this time, RIGHT NOW! I had to take that leap of faith, I had to take the chance and I had to step out and take the risk. Two years later and I’m so proud and blessed to say that it all worked out and will continue to.
Here’s to finding some new clients, booking more gigs and living out loud!
Check out some pics of me in #girlboss action!