My mother always told me I was strange, but in the best way possible. From the time I learned to read, you wouldn’t find me doing anything else. I relished getting sent to my room just so I could read in peace. I was also the cliche bespectacled geek in school, totally excited whenever the teachers assigned a writing project. Through high school, I submitted essay after essay, piece after piece, to competitions and colleges. As an adult, however, my love of reading and writing didn’t seem to translate well. I mean, who made money off their passions? Psh.
I spent the first 9 years of my adult life as a professional nanny (yes, professional). I took care of people’s kids, homes, and generally ran their lives as if I was a part of the family. But how does this translate into being a writer? Well, it doesn’t. This whole thing sort of fell into my lap. I was thinking one day about how I was passionate about being a nanny, and wanted to share that with more people. So I started a blog. Then, I fell down the blogging rabbit hole and found out that people actually write for other blogs, websites and the like for a living. Whaaaaat. I thought about all the long journal rants I have written on the privacy of my own laptop for years, of all the short stories, all the research articles, and book ideas. My passion for writing began to bubble up, and just took over. It’s funny how one path leads to another, and before you know it, you’re in uncharted territory.
Sometimes, I think, “Surely nobody cares what I have to say,” or “Nobody would pay me to write about this.” And then they do, and it’s this mind-blowing experience. To know that a passion and a gift can come together so well, and to know that there are ways to make a living that only reflect your real values and goals. I have been very lucky in my life to only have “jobs” that I love. I have never dreaded going to work, this writing “gig” is not just filling an unemployment gap. I joined Remington Writing Company because I’m in love with what I do, and what I create, and the team we have built mirrors that same zeal. I fell down the best rabbit hole imaginable, and I have come out on the other side a writer and editor, something I never even knew could be possible.