What do I love? What am I passionate about? What do I need?
This theme’s month revolving around passion has come at the perfect time. I have felt lost recently. I have felt lost because I have been living at an imbalance. I’ve been doing too much and not giving myself everything that I need to live a balanced, healthy and fulfilling life.
I have been making changes to bring myself back to balance, but I haven’t been making enough changes to make what I need to happen happen. I still am doing too much and that is the problem. I can’t focus on what I need or myself if I don’t make time for what I need.
What do I love? I love living a balanced life. What does that mean? It means living freely, in the moment and with high energy.
Curve, EDGE, Community Bucket List, the Love Warrior Community, EDRS, Friends and Family, Self, Social Life, Movement, Sleep, Down time, Creativity time – these are either projects that I’m working on or things that I need in my life that I’m not getting.
EDGE – I’m reviewing about one book a month right now. The smart choice for doing less would be to not take on any more book reviews. Check.
Curve – Officially, my unpaid internship with them ended, then I extended it for 3 months. Last week, it ended again. My role is the lead editorial assistant and I have been taking on a lot more work and hours than I signed up for, which has been great for experience, networking, my writing, etc, but for balance it hasn’t been helping me.
If I step back from lead editorial assistant, I can still be a contributing writer and I can finish all of my articles I’m working on, without doing all of the other non-writing work and I won’t have a set schedule. I’ll be completely on my own schedule, with the exception for meeting deadlines for some of the articles. And once I finish this batch, I can still pitch and write stories.
What do I need? I need to work as a contributing writer from now on, and not base my whole schedule around Curve, but fit Curve into my schedule. This will free up my schedule a lot and allow me to focus on the things that I really need to focus on in order bring balance and financial stability into my life.
Financial stability, I need that like Woah! Which either means put more of a structure and product creation focus on Community Bucket List and/or the Love Warrior Community or get a side job, or focus on freelance work again.
I’m passionate about helping people, about my online communities and the communities I’m involved in, but I can’t be fulfilled doing any of this when my life is out of balance, when I’m overworking myself and when I’m not financially stable. Almost all of the work I’m doing is unpaid, and that needs to stop now or I’ll never reach financial stability.
Therefore, my passion and focus needs to be put solely on me and what I need to reach balance and financial stability because then I can fully put my focus on my passions without anything holding me back.
My first step, start working for Curve as a contributing writer, instead of lead editorial assistant. That will free up a lot of my time.
My second step, Create my 1 year plan for Community Bucket List and the Love Warrior Community, include product creation and view how long it would realistically take to bring in money from both online communities if I started to make that my serious focus.
If the above options aren’t viable financial solutions, look over different financial solutions, freelance work, a part time job or a full time job (which would create a huge lifestyle switch).
Cheers to focusing on and honing in on what I need for my own balance and happiness. For my passion projects to thrive, I need to come first.
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.