Life, Personal, Work, Writing

Giving it my all

One of my Facebook friends uploaded that statement and I shared it on my wall / timeline, whichever you prefer to call it.

The words instantly spoke to me.

They are particularly apt for me right now. Not only do I have to make sure I don’t give up or give in when it comes to my publishing journey but I’m also taking a huge gamble and leap of faith to give writing my all. And that means saying goodbye to my current full time job in human resources.  

I spent a lot of time over Christmas thinking about the direction I want my life to go in. And that soul searching along with debates with family and friends led to me to hand in my notice when I returned to work in the New Year. I love writing. It really is my passion and I want to give it my all. I don’t want to look back and wonder what might have been. And I can’t give it my all working full time with a three hour commute attached to it. It’s stressful and not conducive to quality work.

Of course, whilst I’m still pursuing the publishing route I will need to make money so I will be getting part-time / consultant work but my focus is going to be on writing. I’m going to give it a year and see what happens. I’m going to work hard and keep believing in myself. I will face those inevitable rejections and moments of self-doubt head on and turn one into a yes.

 And hopefully, I’ll do it all with you guys behind me all the way.

Because if I don’t go for my dreams no one else will.



40 thoughts on “Giving it my all”

  1. Vicky,

    That is so exciting! I know it is scary, but I am impressed and I know you are going to make it. I back you 100% and if I can help in any way, you know how to find me.

    You are an inspiration. You go, girl!

    ❤ Lisa

  2. I’m behind you. You are my hero and I admire you ferociously….can we be roommates and struggle financially together? And maybe you could re-inspire my creative side which is currently on vacation …

    what kind of hours do you think your new job will have?

  3. How inspiring this is Vix! I already work part time so I do have some time to focus on writing/figuring out what I’m going to do with Book 1…. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! 🙂
    Best of luck!

  4. Good luck with everything! I am sure it will all work out for you. Some people don’t have the guts to do what they really want to do in case they make the wrong decision but thats what life is all about, taking chances and doing what you want to do for you 🙂

  5. You have passion and determination – two qualities that will get you anywhere you want to go, and I believe in you – just keep believing in yourself, and follow your dream.
    It goes without saying that you have our support here, and if we can help in any way, we will. Use us as a sounding board, throw questions at us – anything – to help you push yourself forward!

  6. Wow, I had no clue that you were intending to make that big of a change! Now that you’re home more, don’t let things distract you. It’s easy to get distracted by the blog, etc! If you are still home with your parents, watch the errands they might start having you run. “Oh, Vicki is home during the day, have her do that. Can you pick up our prescription?” then again, it might be a good distraction as who knows what characters you might meet and use as inspiration in your writing!

    Every day is an adventure! You just never know what tomorrow will bring, Enjoy!

    Lake Forest, CA USA

  7. That is a big decision that takes a lot of moxie! You have the right idea though. Give it your 100%. I am really excited for you.

  8. Vix, sweetie, you have my love, support and cheers always. I already have the champagne for when you tell us of your success (oh and I’ll pick up some delish cupcakes)!!!

    But can I say, since I’m a few years older so I’m going to play big sis again, that you have your whole life ahead of you, you are still young so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. We all take the path that we need to, and as long as your steps are positive then you’re in good shape. Just don’t get frustrated and don’t give up, let things happen/unfold as they need to and you’ll find your success in your own way. Think of it as a wonderful journey and you won’t feel unfulfilled. There is one other caveat, sometimes when you reach your goal you feel a bit empty, a sense of now what. Try to keep going and always setting wonderful goals for yourself, and enjoy the moment that you are in. This moment right now you are already successful. Also working for yourself can end up taking more time and energy than you think, take it from me, it can be a whole other ball of worry and stress if you let it. So try and be aware of that, if you see it start to spiral out of control, try and get the reigns back and change what you need to so it can fit within your lifestyle.

    Yikes, I’ve blabbered on. Sorry…

  9. Wow! Major changes!

    I can honestly say I am looking forward to seeing your first book published… if it’s a paper one ( as opposed to a Kindle one ) I promise to buy it 🙂

  10. Good for you! I wish I was in the position to do something like that. We made the mistake of getting bogged down with a house and hope to get rid of it next year. Then perhaps I can take a leaf out of your book (no pun intended!).

  11. I’m doing exactly the same. Got a year to try and make something of it. Kind of scary isn’t it? But it’s what I’ve always wanted to do with my life, and I don’t want to do anything else, so here I am. Good luck to you. Good luck to both of us! 🙂

  12. I think this is amazing. I think dreams should be scary… I think when they are you learn whether or not you really want those things, because usually it means you have something to lose…

    I’m currently doing a similar thing, only I’m not as brave as you are (I just cut back my hours incredibly) so I definitely get it and wish you the best!

  13. Wow, that’s amazing! It can be so hard to try and follow your dreams, you are so courageous to just go for it – and I know you will make it! You’re truly an inspiration…
    Really looking forward to reading your book soon 🙂

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