more of what i love

This week I did something that I have been wanting to do for a long time – I enrolled in a writing course.

I have always loved writing.  I remember when I was in primary school I would spend hours writing short stories.  I had books and books filled with my writing.  In highschool I loved English and media classes.  I never thought I would end up being anything other than a journalist.  Writing was always a way for me to be someone other than who I felt I was.  Through my writing I was articulate, creative and confident – qualities I didn’t exhibit in my day-to-day life.  Even today I feel so much more confident writing a letter or an email than speaking to someone – I’d happily write a 5,000 word essay but cringe at the thought of having to do a 5 minute presentation.

After school I enrolled to study media at university.  Unfortunately I found my first year quite disillusioning.  With a focus on theory and little time for creativity I didn’t find it enjoyable or challenging.  The only time I got to show any form of creativity was in my Film and Television class but I was part of a group full of people who weren’t very creative or very serious about the class.  So I thought that maybe Law was a better option for me as it would be a more challenging degree and a good background for a journalist to have.  I had never contemplated studying Law before that and I definitely didn’t study it with the intention of becoming a lawyer.  But somehow that’s exactly what I became.

Over the years I’ve continued to write bits and pieces and every year I promise myself that I will dedicate more time to it, take a writing course, and maybe even enter some writing competitions.  But every year I chicken out, paralysed by the fear of sharing my writing with others, and so my half-written stories continue to sit on my computer.

This year though I am not making any more excuses.  I get so much enjoyment from writing and I am at that point in my life where I just want to try and do more of what I love and less of what I don’t.  Through my business I have had a taste of what it’s like to earn money doing something I love, and I could think of nothing better than being able to earn money from my writing as well.

The course I’ve enrolled in is only a short one and it focuses on writing features for magazines and other publications, but I think that’s a good place to start as I love to write feature articles and if nothing else it will be useful for my blog.  And maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to do a creative writing course and share some of those half-written stories with other people.


I’ve never felt more inspired to write than when I was in Paris – the history of the city, beauty of the buildings and the romantic culture combine to create the perfect conditions for creativity!



  1. Awesome Kristy… DO IT! looking forward to reading it! I know it’s been said a lot but you can only really excel when you’re doing what you love.

    • Thanks Jason! It’s so inspiring to meet people like you who have managed to make a successful career out of doing what they love even though the easy option would have been to keep doing what you were doing before 🙂

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