This fall, I will be working towards my B.A. in Creative Writing at the University of West Florida. I basically took an extended spring break and summer vacation. I’d been in school four years, earning an A.A. and an A.S.
For months, I’ve proven to myself that I can make a daily deadline when it comes to my writing, but now the time has come for me to focus a greater portion of my time on honing my craft rather posting on my blog, Facebook page, and Instagram. I’ll still post thrice weekly on SarahLeaStories (it’s nice to have two years of posts “in the can”); when it comes to the rest, that’s what a few minutes on the weekend are for.
I will always be a writer, editor, and content creator. I even enjoyed being a writing tutor (I’m too shy to be a teacher) for those who wanted to learn and wanted to get better; I enjoy helping people that way because I am good at it. I will never be a fundraiser, but someday, I hope to be in the position to either give back or pay it forward. My last job inspired that in me, for I had no idea how much private money went to help students, even though I had been the recipient of some scholarships.
While at the Foundation, I also got the opportunity to do a write-up for the local newspaper about alumni who have “made good,” and by that, I mean that they “did good.” (They were also genuinely friendly.)
I am proud of my work, of all the writing I do, and no one will ever take that from me or make me feel ashamed because it is “all I want to do.” I am pursuing my passion, with passion, and every day that I show up and do my job to the very best of my ability, it isn’t just because I have pride in any work I do or because I have bills to pay, but it’s so that I can live another day to write what I want and share it with anyone who is interested enough to read it. Maybe my writing won’t build buildings, but it has helped me build relationships. And when my writing makes someone smile or laugh or be inspired in some small way, I feel that is one of my contributions to the world.