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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Featured Article | 8 comments

Freelancing: Turning My Passion into Something Unexpectedly Beautiful (and profitable too!)

Freelancing: Turning My Passion into Something Unexpectedly Beautiful (and profitable too!)

 

I am a writer – it is my ultimate passion.

As a child, I loved reading – folklore, fairytales, comics – virtually anything I could put my hands on. Reading took me to the loveliest places – towering castles, lush, fragrant gardens, and grandiose kingdoms.

Freelancing: Turning My Passion into Something Unexpectedly Beautiful (and profitable too!)

I daydreamed of castles and prince charmings and mythical creatures Img. Src: Pixabay.com

 

It is through reading that I started to dream of becoming a writer. I wanted to weave words together to form brilliant tapestries of prince charmings and magical creatures and captivating gardens.

I marveled at how Charles Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, and Mark Twain could use words to take a timid, thin and sickly child like me to faraway places; places where bullies were caught and punished accordingly.

Every book I read, I reenacted in my young mind. Through the power of words, I became a princess, a mermaid, a fairy, or a mythical creature. Call it escapism or whatever, but those experiences fueled my imagination, helping me write stories, poems, and songs.

Of course, all those compositions were amateurish, just a means of expressing my thoughts and feelings. If I wanted to be a professional writer, I thought, I had to get the right training.

But I lived in a different age, so different from the fast-paced technological era we have today. In the 80s, learning how to write professionally meant enrolling in universities that offered Journalism or Language courses. Searching for credible sources involved lining up in your school’s library or the National Library.

National Library of the Philippines Img. Src: Wikimedia

 

I could have pursued it then, but my father said, “Why do you want to become a writer? You’ll die starving!”

So the dream had to take the backseat. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, became a guidance counselor, then a private tutor for children of the wealthy. Then I got married, had children and worked as a teacher for a private elementary school in Oriental Mindoro.

Though the hopes of publishing epic novels that would provide me with a handsome income sat with my collection of books for more than two decades, I never gave it up. I knew that somehow, someday, I could live that dream.

I started to live that dream when the administrator of the school I was working in saw my writing potentials. She made me the school paper adviser and coach to pupils who contended in Division, Regional and National Schools Press Conferences. And yes, some of them grabbed the championship!

MIMAROPA Regional Schools Press Conference 2013

 

As much as I loved teaching, I had to find an extra job to augment the family’s income.

Then I had the opportunity to work in Odesk (now Upwork) as a writer.

As a freelance writer, I get to choose who I want to work for and how long I want to work everyday. I may not always have the option to write what I want (I’m given writing guides and editorial calendars that should be followed to a T), but then I have some spare time to pursue my ultimate passion.

Imagine getting paid for something you love doing? It’s like having your own piece of heaven right in the comfort of your home or anywhere you are!

And guess what? Freelancing has not only helped me achieve a childhood dream. Today, I am not only writing to please my inner demons. Through my blog, The Youthful Granny VA, I inspire and help people, especially those over 50, to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for writing and virtual assistance, so they can enjoy financial independence and an improved quality of life.

How about you? Have you already turned your passion into something beautiful and profitable? Let us know by writing in the comments box below. Thanks!

 

P.S. This is a post for the Freelancers Hub Philippines‘ Blog Carnival, hosted by Mommy Ginger for the month of May.

 

8 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh! You’re a good writer, Liberty! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story!

    Well, even today, people still have the perception that you can’t earn from writing, let alone, blogging. haha! A lot of my friends though enjoy life and “time”, because of writing and freelancing. I hope this serves as an inspiration to everyone that for as long as you do something you love, everything will fall into place. 🙂

    • Thanks, Ginger!!! That’s a huge compliment!!! Love this: “as long as you do something you love, everything will fall into place.”

  2. I enjoyed reading your story, Libay!

    I can say I can relate. Well, not in terms of going to castles and fragrant gardens, I guess.

    But every time I watch a good movie, I have the tendency to live like the hero (or villain) in that movie for the rest of the week!

    Turning one’s passion into a business has really worked well to those who are able to carry them out.

    I’m glad you’re doing what you love, Libay.

  3. Such an inspiring article! I’m currently working on my dream of becoming a beauty blogger. I’m looking forward to be mentored by you (sana po) and hoping that you will have a writing course.

    • Thanks, Jane! Alam mo, pang-ilan ka ng nag-ask na mag-offer ako ng writing course… let me reconsider… (wink)

  4. Ay ang galing mo magsulat!!! 🙂 I can feel the emotion in the story. You can really write a novel.

    You know your story rings so true not just with writers but many who would love to pursue art. It’s really sad that many people, even today, still view creating art as just a hobby and won’t really be something they can earn from.

    But online freelancing has really changed the game. And I’m happy that you were able to pursue your passion because of it. 🙂

    I hope many others will realize it too.

    • Ay, nag-blush naman ako ng slight! Lols!!! Thanks, thanks sa compliment.

      And yes, I hope those who have the passion for writing will pursue it. The world is in need of excellent writers. Come forward, y’all!

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