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2019 in Hindsight: Thoughts on Professional Motivation + My 1st Year as a “Freelance Writer”

“Go big or go home” is an urgent motivational saying I detested hearing tossed around in corporate settings—and I felt I was hearing it often. The moral of it being: if you can’t expect to get larger than life results while giving it your all this instant, you might as well just give up.

I challenge this ironically small-minded sentiment by saying:

  1. When #freelancing, an individual can technically both go big AND go home, since work is completed from home or wherever someone might be most comfortable and likely to push past limits like Writer’s Block—and with my 2 bachelor’s degrees in English, I’m here to tell you: Writer's Block is real, folks.

  2. There are a lot of reasons why a person might not be able to instantaneously give something their all, as much as they would like to. But any step in the right direction, no matter how small, is still progress! And I believe progress should be celebrated.

That being said, I’m so proud of the freelance writing pieces I’ve been able to complete for and with clients this past year—mostly because I have the privilege of partnering with small businesses whose priorities I genuinely care about and want to increase dialogue around.

So, thank you to my current writing clients, for the chance to help develop your stories in 2019. I can’t wait to move into 2020 with even clearer vision.

To see some of the (nearly 25!) projects I’ve been up to in my first year of independent freelance writing, check out my writing portfolio. If your business or organization happens to be interested in specialized content creation, and you think our professional values align, shoot me an email at I’d love to chat!

And remember: you don’t have to give in to the extremist subtext of the “go big or go home” mindset. You can sustain your dream’s growth—but you have to be willing to go small in the right direction.

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