Have you ever wanted to feel like a queen?

 

Welcome to Spare Change, a place for side hustlers, alternative lifestyle livers, artists, activists, and disruptors. Here I’ll talk frankly about my journey from broke to brazen and how I am learning to support myself with a freelance side hustle while documenting a changing world.

It’s been an exciting spring for me, starting with my first AWP Conference & Bookfair in Portland, OR. I also broke into my first big publication this spring and have been in conversation with some pretty incredible editors about stories that make me exude optimism, determination, and focus – three of the most joyful qualities, if you ask me!

Well, speaking of joy – (as I wrote that last sentence I realize not everyone may feel this way about determination and focus, though I find them to be pretty joyful) – there is a place for proper joy.

The queen kind.

 
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The kind that comes from sitting with loved ones and catching fireflies, as I did last night while watching fireworks. And for dancing with old friends, which I was joyful to have done this month.

I find that when I’m following the path that murmurs from deep within, the voice that says “go on, try it anyway,” life unfolds pretty naturally. And so, while there will definitely be strategy talk and a LOT of focus in this publication, I will keep in mind that choosing this alternative, freelance lifestyle is about working to fully live. And what’s a life without pausing to feel like a queen?