Whew! There have been a lot of changes going on here in Mandieland lately! Please pardon my dust as I get things situated around here. You may (or not) have noticed a change in the look of this here blog, my personal website over at AmandaSchrader.com, and the addition of a brand new website for Mandieland Literary. In the coming weeks, you’ll probably notice even more changes to all three of these websites as I get the rest of my business set up, including more regular posts here on Mandie’s Musings.
Yes, you read that right. I started my own business! Mandieland Literary is a place for dreams, and it’s a bit of a dream come true for me. I’m hoping to be able to help other literary people be able to make their dreams come true. Which brings me to the point of this post today.
You may or may not know that I lost my job at the end of March. Around that time I seriously started thinking about trying to make a go of things as a freelance writer and editor. Those thoughts led me to thoughts about how much I loved live storytelling. The more I thought about it, the more excited (and terrified) I got. I talked to my writing friends and my family members. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging. I made some business cards and handed them out at book festivals. I took a refresher course in article writing and a workshop on copyediting. The day before my birthday this month, I went out and filed for my business licenses. I set up my accounting software, PayPal and Square accounts, and finally got my website up and going. I am now ready to start making my dream a reality.
Without that encouragement from my friends and family, I don’t know that I would have pushed through the anxiety and fear and accomplished all of these things. I’m still terrified, but I finally feel like I’m going in the right direction in life. I challenge you to encourage someone today. Inspire someone to be the best version of themselves. Lift someone up, smile at people, offer your help, give hugs. Even if you’re having a bad day yourself, encouraging others is empowering. In the end, you’ll have made yourself feel better as well. I hope you all have a happy Monday.