With 2016 in full swing now that February has arrived, I'm etching my ambitions and fostering my dreams for the forthcoming 11-month stretch. What does the new and unknown horizon hold for me, is a question I ask myself every December 31 when the bell tolls twelve to usher in anew.
This year looks to be filled with major change in my personal life and some beautiful assignments in the world of lifestyle writing. This month, you'll find me in the glossy pages of South Shore Living magazine - uncovering a resurgence in the comedy scene south of Boston. In March, I'll profile two entrepreneurs who are making a splash on the local and national fashion scene. I'll admit, my piece for next month's issue about influential women has been one of the most enriching assignments I've had the pleasure of writing.
I'm infatuated with writing about individuals who have their pulse on what's au courant. When I have the opportunity to speak with like-minded ladies who are noteworthy in their field and skilled at their craft, that's when I, too, excel at mine. Connecting with women who pursue their passion full-time and without regret is truly a driving force and constant reminder that I can take my own leap of faith. Speaking of leap, 2016 is a leap year so maybe, just maybe "I have arrived." You''ll have to keep up with me to see what unfolds.
I've been hungry to take my writing career to the next level for what seems like an eternity at this point. With the connections I've made through the years, I'm confident 2016 is the time to "really get my name out there" within the right networks and circles. I started the year off by joining two networking groups: Boston Women in Media & Entertainment (founded by Candy O’Terry and Dayla Arabella Santurri as a members-only network of accomplished women working in the media space) and Boston Business Women (a network of more than 2,000 savvy entrepreneurs doing big things in Boston - founders Kristina Tsipouras and Megan Marini will host their first annual conference on May 9 with keynote speaker Arianna Huffington - this is not to be missed!).
This year, I hope to bolster my portfolio to include some of the many publications I so admire. Yankee has been a treasured regional magazine for years and who wouldn't love to pen a piece for Town & Country?! The Huffington Post has been high on my list, as well. In 2015, I had the pleasure of writing my first online piece for Boston Common and this year, I look forward to collaborating with them again. But my creative appetite doesn't cease where the glossy pages begin. Writing a novel or children's book has longed reigned deep within my dreams. I'll leave you with this - if you've never read The Story of Mademoiselle Oiseau by Andrea de La Barre de Nanteuil, you must. Talk about an introspective look into the realm of deep imagination.
photos // Carol Evans