“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” – Criss Jami
What started as a project to help me find my voice (again) as a writer turned into something I could have never imagined.
In the Summer of 2012, I shared my story on a platform called About.Me. In October 2012 it had become a featured story receiving over 10,000+ views and 300+ comments in just a few short weeks.
Stunned. Speechless. Humbled.
I thought to myself, “Now what?” Because, in all honesty, I had no idea what to do next.
Since moving to Los Angeles, CA most of my time had been filled dedicated to my day job, (a.k.a.), what paid the bills. For four years I was the Executive Assistant to a Personal Development Coach whose clients ranged from the almost homeless to the A-list celebrity. Seeing first hand, through actions and tireless efforts I began to understand at my core we are all truly equal. No matter how exhausting or how tedious the task I knew the energies I invested were contributing to a better world, one person at a time. Unfortunately, in this process, the time I spent writing became less and less and the time I invested into my day job filled my days more and more. My heart ached. I wanted to write. I knew I had more story to tell, but I didn’t know how or where to begin.
Thank heavens for serendipity. My boss was moved to New York, and this window of opportunity created a whirlwind of change. It was a very challenging process, but looking back it was a great blessing. Since I had no desire to live in New York, I knew our time working together had expired. What I didn’t know exactly was… what was next for me?
Several job opportunities and interviews later, I realized I would never be happy if I accepted any of the offers in front of me. Job security was tempting, but I wanted to write full time. I wanted to tell my story. I wanted to tell the stories of people who inspired me, making their own impressions of change in the world – by creating a life of their own design, a life they loved.
It was time for me to be the change in my life I wanted to see (again). So, here I am putting all my energies into my passion – Naked Honest. I’m excited (and honestly a little terrified) to see what happens next. For anyone and everyone who is just as curious as I am, stay tuned to Naked Honest, which in much anticipation has finally found its voice; a lifestyle blog on creating a life of your own design.
With everyone’s definition of success and happiness being different, there is no one-size-fits-all formula to obtaining it. However, there is the connection of story. Story is the one thing we all have in common, and in our stories we each have the opportunity to be the heroes and heroin’s of our own journey. We cannot choose the life we are handed, but we choose everyday the legacy we will leave behind.
We are the light at the end of the tunnel we’ve been looking for.
No, we aren’t getting naked! But, we are going to get vulnerable. It truly is amazing at what can happen with a little imagination, humility, determination, a lot of gumption and a bit of storytelling.
Writer, entrepreneur, humanist, adventurer & blogger; Angela currently spends her time between Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO. For more information on Angela and to follow her story visit Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google +, BeTheNews.com, or About Me.