Where to begin. That tends to be the hardest question to answer, doesn’t it? I need to find a niche: what is it that I can focus my writing on that will be both profitable and personally rewarding?
Writers often rely on personal experience to get their start, right? I don’t know if I will be able to do that.
I used to be a hairstylist. I spent years doing hair, nails, and makeup. I used to enjoy it too. I loved making people feel good with what they saw in the mirror. They would sit in my chair and tell me their problems (beauty related or otherwise) and we would often have a small “therapy” session. I had been playing with hair and makeup since I was young, and was the person who styled all the girls’ hair for dances and special events, so it was no surprise to my parents when I wanted to go to beauty school. It was fun and I found that helping people was what I really wanted to do.
Fast forward through single-parenting, some bad relationships, and a divorce later, I discovered I needed a more lucrative career if I wanted to be able to support myself and my 2 kids. So back to school I went, this time to be a Registered Nurse. I still wanted to help people, and that seemed to be the best solution for all of us: I would make better money and support my kids while still getting to make a difference.
I now work in a local hospital in a Cardiovascular ICU. It is busy, fast-paced and intense most of the time. We get lots of surgical patients and some very sick medical patients, and we are the open-heart recovery unit for CABG surgeries. I am blessed enough to have a job that I get to see the difference that I make in my patient’s lives on a daily basis. I love my job and wouldn’t change it for the world. The people I work with and for can see that I want to be there.
The human body has always fascinated me. So intricate and delicate yet at the same time so resilient. Wouldn’t it be natural for me to write about something Nursing related? I have been working as a nurse for the last 4 years and have my BSN, yet I still feel so much of the time that I still have too much to learn to have any insight worth reading on this subject. Plus I hate Evidence-Based research projects and that seems to be all you get to read and talk about in Nursing. Believe me, I want to know that the procedures and policies we follow are there for good reason, but digging through scholarly journals for reliable information to support these protocols is such a pain. I also have NO desire to write anything for the Pharmaceutical companies. I’m sure they would pay great money, but to me that would be like taking a bribe from Satan himself! Perhaps I will make a separate posting about the evils of “Big Pharma”, God knows there’s PLENTY to say there! That doesn’t leave much left to write about in the Nursing world. At least not for a Copywriter. (If I’m missing something there, please let me know.)
I don’t think that I can write about the beauty industry either, since I have been out of it for awhile. Those trends are constantly changing, and I lost patience with that around the same time I lost patience with doing hair. I felt like my “helping” was superficial and meant very little in the broad scope of life. How can I worry about this shade of color or if I should take off 1 inch or 2 when my client can barely hobble to my chair and physically can’t get their head in the shampoo bowl for a good shampoo? It just didn’t seem like the right priority to me.
Now I don’t even wear makeup. I haven’t colored my hair in so long that it is two-toned due to grow-out! (Can I still claim the ombre look?) I wouldn’t even know where to begin to try to get back into that world, and I definitely lost the desire to do so. I dislike the fact that makeup is so comparable to a mask. I don’t want to feel like I need to be someone else for the world, or that I should look like someone’s idea of beautiful rather than looking like me. I don’t want my girls to grow up thinking they need to either. My daughter’s friend is very “into” makeup trends and is quite good at it too. And still I can’t help but thinking how much more beautiful she looks without all the makeup. It makes me sad that she thinks the artificial face is better than the real glow of her smile and the light in her eyes. If anything, the makeup is a distraction from the real beauty there. So I can’t even say that I’m a fan of the beauty industry… I think that our culture has a sad definition of beauty. The recent trend of the “loving the skin you’re in” campaign is promising…(maybe I could write for Dove?)
Those are probably the two areas I have received the most training and have the most experience in, so I hate that it seems they will go nowhere. Maybe I’m just missing something. Hopefully I’m just missing something. Because if I’m not, that only leaves the current interests that I have recently started pursuing, and I’m learning, in this industry, that means more research. I don’t have a problem with research, mind you. But sometimes it’s hard to know what questions to ask and where to ask them. I also don’t want to intentionally make my job harder.
When my husband and I got married in 2017, I got to have my dream wedding and honeymoon. We went on a Caribbean cruise and, not only did I get to leave the country for the first time and be on the ocean for a week for the first time, but it reignited my love for the ocean that had long been buried. You see, I fell in love with the ocean as a child the first time I went to the beach and even planned to be a marine biologist when I grew up. I watched all the National Geographic shows on the ocean and ocean life that I could find and checked out books at the library on marine animals. I absorbed all the information on ocean life that I could because that world fascinated me.
It still does.
Our trip to the islands reminded me of that. It also reminded me that I left part of my heart in the ocean and won’t feel whole until I get to go back.
Now we are learning to sail. We plan to head to the coast once we have empty nest and become live-aboard sailors from there. I would love with all my heart to write about sailing, and some day I’m sure I will. But right now we haven’t even been able to sail. I’m pretty sure I have no business writing about something I’ve never even done!
I would also love to write about ocean life or ocean conservancy. It would be awesome to totally ditch single-use plastic in my house and promote companies like 4Ocean. (I’ll also have to figure out how to do the hyperlink thing for this kind of occasion!) I would also love to reach out to newer companies that are focused on ethically producing and packaging their goods so we are reducing our devastation to the environment with the long-term picture in mind.
This means my focus for this site will lead it’s evolution to support that niche. There’s no telling how long these little blog-mutterings will even be on here. I guess if you’re one of the few that reads this junk… thanks for being a part of the process! We all have to start somewhere, right? As always, I know I have a lot to learn and have had very little guidance through this stuff, so constructive criticism is always appreciated and welcomed.