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, www.handywriting.com, 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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