When I left my job a few years ago, I wasn’t sure what job I’d want to do next. I have never looked for a job in my life, things have just evolved naturally and easily. Some call it lucky, some call it lazy. Either way, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, and thinking about it was new to me.
While I was traveling and learning about the world and myself, I started writing. When I was younger I used to write, but for decades this passion was dormant. But, slowly at first, and then with more and more energy, it started to reawaken.
I spent a year and a half writing. Going to conferences. Attending workshops. Meeting with writing groups. Reading books. And writing. I started this blog, I wrote several children’s books and I completed a novel.
And, I am still writing. It feels great to have ideas run through my head, and to chase them from my head onto the paper. It is a challenging and rewarding craft.
Last summer, another opportunity fell into my lap. I still wasn’t looking for an actual job, but a friend started a company and he wanted me to be the general manager. I offered him three days a week.
Nine months later I am working 60 hours a week for this new gig. It is an internet news radio company called Rivet News Radio, and we launched our app on iOs in December.
I would never in a million years have applied to work as general manager of an internet news mobile app. I don’t have any experience in journalism, broadcast or otherwise. I have never launched a consumer mobile app. I have never been involved in VC fundraising. Or even really been a radio news person.
But, I am a crazy internet news junkie. During my travels over the last 3 years I have become a BBC fanatic. My friends make fun of me for how many times a week I forward them articles from BBC.com that I think they’ll find interesting.
It makes sense. I am interested in the world around me, so finding out current events is relevant to me. More often than not, I have been to the cities and countries being discussed, and/or I know people living there.
So, working with the news is just an extension of my passion about travel. I wouldn’t have put that together myself, but here I am.
You can call it lazy or lucky; I call it happy.