Victoria-Tate: Two Year Look Back

Happy Anniversary

Two years ago today Elizabeth, Carolyn, Lisa and Christian launched a blog born to help women share their voice about anything and everything. Here Carolyn Medrano talks about her two year journey to where she is today.

Two Years Ago, I Was So Freaking Broke It Wasn’t Even Funny

Two years ago, I was a barely employed single mom who was working three or so different paying gigs to pay rent, daycare, and, you know, food. I was overworked, underpaid, stressed out, and yet satisfied with the amount of random things I was able to experience.

A Penniless Writer Two Years Ago…

Well, not penniless per se. I didn’t work my non-existent square Asian butt off for nothing, after all.

For the first time in my life, I was truly freelancing on my own and through an agency. It was like being a member of a magical guild, accepting jobs as they came and then returning for more.

I got to experiment with writing voices I didn’t even know I had. The best thing about writing for an agency was the wealth of experience I got as a ghostwriter for clients in every industry. Seriously: every industry.

For the first time in my life, I got to pick up my son from school and walk home with him. Walking home, surrounded by kids who are euphoric to escape the building at the end of the day, was an oddly satisfying way to launch into an otherwise relaxing evening (you know, until I had to hop back onto the computer.)

Also nice, and completely irreplaceable, was the feeling of comradery I built with the people around me during this time. Even though I was busy as F***, I actually got to SEE friends as I worked in my many places.

Two years ago totally sucked financially, but at the same time, I can’t say I completely hated the growing pain.

On Reaching Your “Dream Job”

I’m hesitant to say I’m working a dream job mostly because… I didn’t even know this job was an option. I can’t go into details, but long story short, I get paid to be a nerd for a subject matter that I’ve adored since I was a kid.

The long and short of it is that two years in your twenties can completely change you, and not just financially or in your career.

Two years is a long time for you to change the way to see the world, to see problems you didn’t know existed, and opportunities you didn’t know you could take. Two years is a perfect window that gives you enough time to assess whether or not you like where you are in your life, and whether or not you want to change it .

If you like your life, keep at it while looking for opportunities to make it better (or worse! Depending on your sense of adventure).

If you don’t, and I most certainly didn’t like my situation two years ago, then take the steps you need to change it.

I can feel the airs of “what does this bitch know about my suffering and my life…” from all the way on this side of the computer monitor, so allow me to be clear: was a project born from a great girl I worked with who had a dream to share her voice with a digital audience. It was a platform that allowed me to practice skills that helped me land the job I have now.

The steps you take today are flits of starlight that illuminate the opportunities hidden in the shadows. You can like the night, fear the darkness, or go to sleep, but the fact of the matter is that you never know what’s lurking. Good or bad, keep your options, and your aspirations, open to your own interpretation.

Soap box done! Have a nice day.

-Carolyn Medrano