I finally found work that I want to do!
Last week, I started as a content writer for a company. It’s not really freelance work as I’m part of the team full-time. But, the great thing about it is I work from home. Goodbye, Manila traffic! I’m not missing you one bit. (Well, a little bit. Many of my previous blog posts were written while I was stuck in traffic. Traffic stimulates my mind.)
More than the highly-favorable working conditions, I’m finally doing work that I love to do. This is new territory for me. Since I graduated from college in 2010, this is the first time in my career that I’m doing what I really want to do—writing.
Aside from that, the work challenges me to become a better writer because I have to write and think of topics everyday. Imagine the focus and the discipline needed! I’ll also be able to learn and improve some hard skills: technical and content writing as our team focuses on Business-to-Business (B2B) clients.
One thing I realized during the past few weeks is that I don’t need to blog anymore. My blog was my outlet for not being able to do what I loved doing. In fact, the last time I wrote on the blog was on the 25th of February—the same day I got the job. Now that I’m doing what I love to do (and getting paid to do so), I don’t really need another outlet.
But, this is where the real test of service comes in.
I started blogging in 2013 because I wanted to spread God’s love by sharing how He touched my life. I also wanted to help people explore unconventional careers and opportunities such as entrepreneurship and freelancing.
I started my blog because I wanted to serve. But, I also had a hidden agenda: to make a living from my blog, from my service.
Now that I’m finally making a living through writing, albeit through employment, I can finally stop trying to make a living from my blog.
Only one purpose remains for my blog: to serve God and others.
Now, that I’m living the life I want, it is easy for me to just drop everything and stop serving. After all, I no longer have a hidden agenda. I don’t have a financial motivation to continue blogging. The potential financial reward was one of the main reasons why I started blogging in the first place.
From now on, everything will be purely for service (and an expression of myself and my art).
That’s where the challenge begins. Will service and art be enough for me to keep on blogging now that the financial aspect of it is out of the way?
That’s what we’ll find out in the coming days, weeks, months, and years.
How about you? Maybe you’re finally living the life you want. But, do you continue serving? Is pure service enough for you to keep going and to keep on doing something?