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Being my Own Boss by 2025
I have been so fortunate to have an employer who, during the pandemic, quickly pivoted towards allowing me to work from home on a permanent basis. And even as things begin to “open up” nearly two years later, that option still remains true. And it was mainly because of that option that I found myself able to literally live anywhere! Own my own home for the first time. Have a backyard. See some seasons! Many of the things I’ve accomplished with my wife are things I know would likely never have happened if not for the craziness that overtook the entire world in 2020. And along with the many changes came a lot of time to reflect on things, like:
What do I want out of my life?
Is working from home with a boss truly how I want to spend what I have left of my 30’s going into my 40’s?
If I had asked myself 5 years ago where would I be today, what would my answer have been? Is this what I would’ve wanted for myself or my family?
In many ways the answer hinges in large part with my two great ambitions: To learn and to teach. I absolutely love learning new things. Whether it’s from reading a book on how to do something, watching a YouTube video from a beginner, or the hands-on approach. There is something so satisfying about learning how to do something new. But even beyond that is taking that which I have learned and turning around to teach it to someone else. That person coming behind me who will want to learn that very thing to. And who might gain some insight into my pitfalls and successes.
There was a long time I thought storytelling was my greatest passion and love. And while that is truly something I enjoy doing, if I had to choose between telling a fantasy story or teaching someone how to use Scrivener to the best of their ability? Man, that would be a hard one for me. And I realize I honestly don’t have to choose one over the other.
My love of both reading and writing going hand-in-hand with my desire to learn and teach. I cannot do one without the other and it’s just a matter of marrying all of those things together into one that can hopefully propel me into a time in my life when no longer having a boss to report to and deliverables I hate delivering on a month-to-month basis.
2025 has always been the year in the back of my mind for when I want to really be doing the things I love to do without fear. But it’s so far away and opportunity may be going right along with it.
This was supposed to be me “resolutions” post where I outline what I intend to do in the coming year. But instead of talking about it I’m just going to do it and you’ll be the first to know about all of my plans. Till then, look for my 1/1/2022 post where I share my Word-of-the-Year that I’ll use to help me stick to my goals.