I’ve kept every scribble since I first held a pencil.
With the exception of a broken flash drive in 2015 and a few water-stained notebooks in May of this year, all of these saved words have stood the test of time.
I have diaries, notebooks, documents and random drawings stored in a milk crate beside my bed. If I’m honest, it overflows the crate to fill two desk drawers and a makeshift canvas tote bookshelf under the television in my bedroom.
I love writing. Besides my work in I.T., it’s one of the few hobbies where I’ve ever achieved a sense of “flow.” Essentially, I lose track of time and space. In the time that I spend writing, my mental bandwidth is wholly dedicated to constructing a page of words that hold some shred of meaning.
Recently, I created a roadmap of my life, and writing made it’s way back into my life. It was unexpected, but if I look at the notebooks in my desk drawer, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s a hobby I’ve had since I was too young to remember.
I opened some old documents in my Google Drive and became inspired again. I found my writing voice. I looked back at old chapters and I started crying. It sounds rather depressing, but it was actually extremely cathartic. I started writing some notes and editing. I felt like I had come home.
Recently following a meeting with a local business owner, I was offered up the chance to do some writing. I elected to take up the assignment.
Fast forward to this week: I was published on the site of a local startup.
The piece in question took a weekend to write, and each day involved editing the placement and importance of each word. People would see this piece beyond the scope of a blog I keep as an (inconsistent) personal hobby. The opinion of the reader still holds the same level of importance, but it spans a gap between a hobby and an assignment associated with a strict deadline. Additionally, the piece reflects a brand and a product.
I’m including the link here: https://www.projectoty.com/blog/college_grad_confession
For all the pressure I felt when writing, I’m so happy to have had the opportunity.
Project OTY is a company born from years of hard work and a product that truly works. I don’t get paid to say so and I earn nothing from sharing this link. However, I felt the company deserved some attention here. Feel free to check out the story of my multiple career interests and how I tied them together and created a future plan.
I’m so excited for the months and years to come because of the plan I created with Project OTY.
In the meantime, I’m returning to edit old documents.