The path to moguldum is no joke. You must remain focus, and you will have to make some very hard sacrifices. The struggle is real.
Now that I am fully self-employed, I have found it extremely difficult to manage/balance all the tasks that I have to get done. While I love what I do, I keep searching for ways to make my day-to-day routine easier, which causes me to make changes regularly to my work schedule and structure. One of the biggest tasks I have faced is separating ‘Linisa, the writer’ from ‘Linisa – the entrepreneur’. Although they work in tandem with each other, I want both personalities to exist separately. It is for that reason why BGRmag and Art.Culture.Antigua operate under the umbrella of my company BGR Media and Communications Inc. ‘Linisa – the writer’ has her own personal space. To reflect this transition, I’ve deleted all the previous images on my Instagram to start again with a clear more calculated social presence. I know a lot of people complain about social media accounts giving false impressions of an individual’s life, but for me and what I want to achieve, I have to be deliberate with what I post. I am a writer. I want people to read my work, and I have sucked royally over the past two years at getting my content out as I should. Next year I will be releasing two books. One should have been released this December, but I got caught up doing ‘business’ as opposed to ‘creating’. It is therefore indicative that I begin to connect with potential readers from now. I need to get back into my creative writing. Over the past year, my focus has been on feature writing for my websites and magazine. I got stuck doing business, which while a good thing, has pulled me further away from the thing that motivated my whole journey into entrepreneurship. This is why I have declared that ‘I’m a writer’. You see if you say something often enough, it is just a matter of time before you fully embrace and become it. I am a writer before I am anything else. I found my voice on the many pages of black and white composition books and strips of paper laying around that I could quickly grab and scribble whatever thoughts were floating around in my head at the time. I’m a writer. Everything else I have taken on is spillage from that. I miss writing. I miss that naked release of pure ecstasy that comes with letting it all hang out. I am an emotional writer, comfortable with digging deep to find meaning. Regardless of what is going on right now, I am journeying back to that raw expression of creativity.
So here is what is going to happen. I will be leaving this wordpress and pointing my website to another space (I’ve posted a few preview images of my new home). My Instagram will reflect a more creative and open me, from images to text and quotes. I won’t be sharing as much of my social life as I did before, but rather that platform will be used as a storyboard. I will also be blogging more at BGRmag (blackgirlinthering.com).
I said I wanted to own my own magazine: I have that. I said I wanted to own my own media company by 35: I have that at 34. I am a writer: I need to show you that. So here I go ………. changing direction ………………………. again.