Everyone eat cake! Today, I have dubbed the National Cake Day. Forget the calories, the cost, the fact that its freezing outside, and go get some cake so we can celebrate together. Exactly one year ago, I began this blog. I’m so excited to see how much my blog has grown and how many fabulous readers such as yourselves make it all worth while!
I’d like to take the time to share with you how it all started…
At the time, I was actually applying to law and business school if you can believe it. I was a year out of my bachelors degree and I wasn’t sure what career path I should take. I knew I loved writing…but I never considered it as a career. I started writing stories when I was a child and had continued to write as I grew. But coming from a family of mathematicians, engineers, business, and psychologists, I was urged to find a ‘real’ career and keep this whole artsy, writing thing a nice, little side hobby.
My family meant well! Many, many people I talked to and have met yearn to become an author but are certain as the sky is blue that its next to impossible to do. So, I attempted to find a new career for myself. No one in my family had ever been to law school and it seemed like a good title to add. I studied day and night for the LSAT for months. Then, I began to question my decision. Would I be really happy as a lawyer? Is anyone happy as one? Then I asked a key question that decided the future I had already chosen in my heart: Why not try to make it as a writer?
So, I began this blog with the goal in mind that I would interview as many authors as I could. I’d learn their stories, their tips to how to get published, and share them with everyone else. And I’d be able to giveaway books to other bookworms like me!
With each new interview, I began to know it was possible. I turned down law school and business school. My choice was simple. By taking a chance on my dreams, I was a local journalist for The Examiner as a Columbus Relationship Advice Expert. I had my first poem published in an online Fairy Tale Magazine. I created a killer blog, if I do say so myself! (woot, woot anyone?!)
I became a Betty Confidential Fan Blogger. My Blog, Chocolate Covered Chick Thoughts, was used to gab all about dating, love, and relationships but mostly celebrity break-ups! One of my favorite ones surrounded The Evolution of Date Night, I’d be honored if you checked it out.
I wrote my first young adult novel (despite two previous novella’s that will never be mentioned!). I moved on and became a Beauty and Fashion Freelance Writer for none other than…Betty Confidential, “Like your best friend but only better”!
Today, I saw my latest Betty article, 6 Hot Red Lipsticks Marilyn Monroe Would Love, on Yahoo Shine! I’m on Yahoo! I about died of joy when I say my up there in the byline.
I’m certain I made the right choice. This year has been a dream for me. My new dreams for coming year, you ask? Write another book. Keep writing fashion. Write, Write, Write…!
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