After 23 years of practicing law, my life could be summed up in three words: stress, structure, and strife.
My 50+ hour work-weeks and client demands had me completely frazzled. I reluctantly woke to an alarm clock each morning and was forced to keep track of every six minutes of my work-day, while I fought for a decent work/life balance. Sadly, I thought I was doomed to maintain this way of life for at least 15 more years.
Then my husband and I decided to drastically change our lives and move to Medellín, Colombia. We quit our careers, sold everything, and took a leap of faith that we would find a better life in South America.
When we arrived, I made a deal with my husband. I would take six months off to de-stress and enjoy our new home. After about three months I became restless and felt the need to be productive again. The next question was, “What do I do now?”
As a lawyer I did a lot of writing, but it was formal, structured, and frankly, boring. I always loved traveling and sharing stories about my adventures abroad. Then one day, The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program popped up in my inbox. Immediately, I knew what I wanted to do.
I was so excited to start the course, I couldn’t sleep. I woke up at 3 a.m. and started scribbling my story ideas on the nearest scrap of paper. I dove into the course and treated it as my new job. I even enjoyed getting up in the morning to begin writing, which was amazing because I am not a morning person.
Learning a new writing style was fun. I discovered how to engage my readers from the very first sentence, and tap into my five senses to paint vibrant pictures. Next I completed the Great Escape Photography and Travel Video courses, to round out my new career. The courses were worth every penny.
Starting with my new hometown, and what I knew best, I pitched stories to expat-oriented publications. Every article I submitted was accepted, along with several of my photos! Soon, those publications were contacting me with requests for additional stories about day-trips, food and wine events, festivals, and more.
This February, after a short flight to Aruba, I picked up the in-flight magazine and contacted the editor. I pitched a 1,000-word piece about Colombia and, within a few hours, I received her reply. She wanted my story! She also requested a shorter story about our famous Flower Festival. Luckily, I had already written a story about the event, so I revised it and sent it off with a handful of photos. It was accepted, too!
Two years ago when I retired from my law firm, I never imagined that I would become a travel writer. Now I’m excited to say I am living an exciting travel writer’s life with many more adventures to come.
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