How one prisoner created a dream career without stepping outside his prison

About 3 weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article that stopped me in my tracks and had me gnawing on my fingernails. Not because I was nervous––although it is a nervous habit of mine, but because I was undone.

Undone because for the very first time since I became a writer, I was vulnerable and exposed to my self-imposed creative captivity. Why? Because for a long time, I've held the belief that the stars had to align or something (or someone) had to have pity on me and recognize me for taking a step towards what I wanted before I could make it big.

5 lessons I Learned from my self-imposed creativity sabbatical.

5 lessons I Learned from my self-imposed creativity sabbatical.

It’s been a good while since I did any writing on my own platform. Rather than call it a hiatus, I’d like to call it a sabbatical. If you’re familiar with this term in the academic world, it’s where the professor takes about a year off to go research, have fun, or discover something while getting paid.

I’ve been on a self-imposed creativity sabbatical for the last 4 weeks and have come to some pretty earth-shattering realizations.

How to earn extra $1,000+ per month using the skills you already have.

How to earn extra $1,000+ per month using the skills you already have.

In 2011, I started writing online. I created my first blog on WordPress and talked about anything and everything. My blog was called Worship & Swag where I talked about the intersection of faith and culture. I didn't have an audience in mind at the time; I just wanted to write. Slowly and steadily, I amassed followers and "likers" in tens and hundreds. And like a moth to a flame, I became obsessed about personal development and digital marketing.

I learned so much about creating online products and services,

Why now is the best time to launch your dream as a creative entrepreneur

I have a dream to build a philanthropic movement that grows beyond my profession as a nurse. This will require the ability to generate funds to accomplish goals like building community hospitals, making sure that public health in poor countries becomes a household topic, and supporting other worthy causes (like volunteering as a racial justice facilitator to create safe spaces for people to talk about current events in our nation).

But I soon learned that I can’t finance my dreams with just my bi-weekly wages.

Why great work always gets found & how to find success as a creative entrepreneur

July 1st marked my “official” exit from copywriting and "online marketing."

Ever since my decision to quit copywriting, I’ve noticed several changes in me. I sleep more, eat more, and have more time for myself than I know what to do with.

I’ve also become a lot more curious about not just what’s next for me…but what to show up with. Yes, it’s not just about how you show up. It’s also what you show up with.

Why resistance is good and what it means to creative entrepreneurs

It’s been a while since I sat down to write a decent post. Rather than blame it on some writer’s block or other excuses, I’ve decided to call it what it is: resistance to create.

Mental block or inability to think creatively. It is what it is. I’ve been in a slump where all I do is observe the happenings in the online business world and in the world at large. Strangely, it all seems like the wave of change has hit the entrepreneurial space faster than I anticipated.