Perseverance Pays Off Big-Time for AWAI Member Susan Laird

Perseverance is the word that comes to mind when describing AWAI member Susan “Sue” Laird’s life recently. Sue wrote an article for our Barefoot Writer magazine back in May. But then we didn’t hear from her until just recently.

Turns out for good reason. Her mother suffered an unexpected serious illness. And Sue was forced to quit her newspaper editor job to become a full-time caregiver, with her mom in the house.

“I love my mom, Janet,” writes Sue. “I am so glad that she can be with family as she works to recover from a devastating condition.”

Sue has turned to freelance web copywriting to make money and maintain a flexible schedule. And she’s managed to replace all of her lost income already. And she’s looking to expand her freelance business.

She credits support from her fellow AWAI writers — and the AWAI team — as a big factor in her success.

“They are a positive bunch … and caregivers need positive affirmations to get them through those rough patches,” she wrote to me.

Check out Sue’s website,, to see what she’s up to in the coming weeks and months.

And be sure to draw inspiration from the message Sue wanted me to be sure to pass on:

“What I want other writers to know is this: If you have the gift of writing, don't hold back. Don't let any situation hold you back. Move forward! You will benefit your family, your world, and yourself. The writer's life is worth it! Believe in yourself … because AWAI and other AWAI writers believe in you!”

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Published: September 27, 2012

3 Responses to “Perseverance Pays Off Big-Time for AWAI Member Susan Laird”

  1. Thank you for contributing this article and I really enjoyed reading it.

    Pursuing the writer's life is good for those of us who want to escape from the "cubicle farms" of corporate life and the staid 9 to 5 jobs.

    There are a lot of people out there who are "corporate misfits" and cannot adjust to the rat race.

    For such people, pursuing the writer's life provides a safe haven and a creative outlet for the kind of work they want to be engaged with or the sort of work they are looking for.

    While the writer's life is not everybody's cup of tea, it can definitely benefit those of us who dream about a life on their own terms and conditions.

    Archan MehtaSeptember 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  2. Thanks for the inspiration, Susan. Your message is EXACTLY what I needed to see this morning. It would be a privilege to meet you at Job Fair next month. If not, then thanks again for the words of wisdom. Carpe Diem!

    RNin2013September 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

  3. Caregiving is the hardest, most endearing and worst paying job in the world. If not for my writing business, I would have lost every shred of myself while I cared for my parents.

    Guest (Nancy)September 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

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