Two Challenge Wins and $1,255 later: Here's What I Learned as a Vocal Newbie
5 Months and 5 days ago I began my journey as a writer on Vocal. I’ve now officially made my first $5 from views (+$1,250 from challenges)! Seems like I’ve found my lucky number. Submitting an article on Vocal, was also my first time releasing my written work anywhere in public. Which now that I think about it, is kind of funny considering that my first posted piece, Follow Your Intuition is not something which represents the type of work I would normally put out there. It was a piece I had written for the Mindful Strides challenge - by the way challenges are my favourite feature of this wonderful platform! I had originally joined Vocal as a Vocal+ member when I saw a call on Instagram for submissions to the challenge 24/7 Diner. I never actually ended up entering that challenge but I am so glad I found Vocal. I’ll share with you a bit about what I’ve learned in my first few months and what it has meant to a “new writer” to have a platform to share my voice and have a community to support me. Emotional, mental and (BONUS!) financial support!
So Long 2020: No Pants, No Bra, No Problem.
I have said it again and again, one of the silver-linings of 2020 was how infrequently I had to wear a bra!! I mean sure, you would think "Hey! It's the 21st century, you don't need to wear a bra if you don't want to." Not true! I have been personal witness to several work related conversations that discussed just how distracting it is when a woman doesn't wear a bra. I wish this weren't the case but hey, progress is slow and our societal mind is pretty hard-wired to obsess over the feminine body.
Before she was Here.
Claudine held her breath as she slid out of the room. She was extra careful not to step on the creaky floor board just across the threshold. This was her sixth night sneaking out past curfew. So far, she’d run into no problem at all, but that didn’t stop her tiny heart from pounding beneath her nightgown. Now safely out of the dormitory, Claudine moved quickly. Excitement flushed her cheeks. The rate at which she moved may have caused more of a commotion if she were someone of a larger stature, but the bobbing blonde head sat atop a child’s body. This girl was no more than 4 years old. Her bare feet padded softly over the cold and aged stones of the main hallway. This place, with its long grey shadows, was becoming familiar to her, though she wasn’t sure how long she had been Here. It was longer than someone her age could keep track of and she was beginning to forget what life was like Before. Fear pricked at her neck and water threatened her eyes. Claudine shook her head violently. She didn’t understand why she was Here but she knew she was on a mission.
- First Place in Cozy Corner Challenge
A Creative Space
A few years ago a close friend and mentor asked me if I had a special space for creativity in my home. As someone who has been in one creative profession or the other for the past decade, you might think my automatic answer would be "Well, of course!"... but that wasn't the case. In fact her question surprised me! I didn't have a special creative space set up. I had never even thought of setting one up. Maybe it's because in this day and age, I am so used to having my professional or creative work at my fingertips in this slim, metallic, magical box that I can open up anywhere, anytime and continue my life's mission. So because I had had no need to create my own special artistic place, I hadn't.
How I Overcame Toxic Female Friendships
Every woman I know has been there; caught in a vicious, toxic relationship with their best female friend. “Frenemies”. It’s a label and a lifestyle that has been shoved down our throats by society for years. Some of the greatest hit teen movies and books centre around the theme of toxic female relationships; Mean Girls, Thirteen, Gossip Girl, the Betty & Veronica comics.
Tattoos: The Mystery, The Magic, The Obsession.
The decision to mark your skin, permanently, is a big one! I would say “it’s not one to be taken lightly”, but heck, it’s your body! Do what you want! Take it lightly, think about it seriously, never get one, it’s completely up to you. Getting a tattoo, is just that, a personal choice. An expression of yourself.
- Third Place in Dream Home Challenge
"Honey, I'm home!" Walking into a Dream.
Are you one of those people who has spent endless hours with your head in the clouds, thinking about your dream house? Do you have a Pinterest board with jaw-dropping inspo photos and enough DIY projects to fill a lifetime? Well I am right there with you! I have always been in awe of gorgeous architecture, unique home décor and custom landscapes. At this point I have close to 25 years of daydreaming about my dream home under my belt and I’d love to share some of my ideas with you! Now come along as we step through the front door!
Follow Your Inuition
“Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows.” Native American Proverb