Sarah is an online English teacher and has a passion for reading literature and for writing.
#1: Turn My Passion Into A Career
When I was growing up, I always wanted to have a job that I loved, not just something that will pay the bills every month. However, as my parents told me, it's fine if you don't love your job, what's important is being able to have a roof over your head and food to eat. They were right in a way but because of this mentality that I grew up with, I've worked many dead-end jobs in the past. I've worked in retail, restaurants, offices, and theme parks. It's true that these jobs did pay the bills and helped me to make sure I had a stable job but I hated every one of these jobs.
When growing up, I always loved writing and I still do but never knew how to make a living as a writer. I didn't think I had enough new and exciting ideas to make into a book and society is made in a way that always makes you doubt yourself. Then in 2020 during the pandemic and quarantine, I found out that there were ways to make money writing besides writing and publishing your own book. I found out that blogging could be much more than a hobby and I felt inspired.
I finally found a way to turn my passion for writing into a real career. I wrote a few articles for a week or two on HubPages but unfortunately, life had other plans. At this time, I was still working full time at Walt Disney World and the only time I had to write was late at night. I was tired and wasn't motivated to write at 2 am so I stopped.
Now fast forward to 2022, I'm working from home as an online English teacher but due to changing regulations on foreign education in China, I will be losing one of my highest-paying jobs at the end of March. This has definitely caused me a lot of stress as you can imagine but I'm trying to stay positive. I've taken this as an opportunity to get back into writing and I've been trying to write an article/blog post every single day. I hope with time and effort, I will finally achieve turning my passion for writing into a career. My ultimate goal is to eventually write and publish my own book in the future.
#2: Flexibility To Live Anywhere
Another big reason I want to be a writer is the flexibility to be able to do my work anywhere in the world. I love to travel and see new places but I'm always worried about being fired from my job. Also, even somewhat owning my own tutoring business, I'm always worried that if I'm always traveling somewhere and taking so many vacations, I'll start to lose my students because I'm not as reliable as other teachers that are always home. I have lost a couple of students to this but not as many as I thought I would. However, this doesn't stop me from worrying about it because this is my only source of income. In the past 6 months, we have traveled to many places such as; New York City, Boston, Lisbon, Madrid, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Nassau, Bimini, and many other places. That was amazing but when we come home, we come back to the reality that now we have to pay all those credit card bills. However, we weren't making any active or passive income during these trips so there's not much money left over. Of course, it's great to not have to work at all during our travels because travel is vacation which means relaxation. However, the fact is we need money for literally everything in life, and credit cards only get so far.
Therefore, if I can make a living as a writer, I can just take my laptop with me everywhere and I won't have to worry about losing clients as long as I keep to my deadlines and keep some form of consistency. I would still like to teach online because I enjoy helping my students but I won't have to stress that I'm dependent on others for my income. I like the freedom of being dependent on myself to make income and how successful I am is only based on me.
My husband is from Portugal and in the future, we might be moving to Europe. I want to still have some steady income if I move to Europe but because of the time difference, I don't know what'll happen with teaching. If I have to stay awake until 3 am every day to work, I will do it but I would rather be able to have a consistent and normal schedule there. I really like that as a writer, I can be writing on the beach in Mexico or on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean or in Bangkok, Thailand. The possibilities are endless.
While I know that money isn't going to come in buckets anytime soon, I'm hoping if I work at this I will succeed in having the life that most people can only dream of.
© 2022 Sarah Wong