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I’m about to bust the myth that to be an artist, you must be starving….I am blogging my journey about taking a leave from my job to write full time. Begin the adventure with me to find out how I pulled it off, financially, emotionally (without losing my mind) and emphatically (with all the mojo I could muster!)…
It all started when life and a series of events began to squeeze me out of my comfort zone. Everything felt small; except for me. I was a BIG FISH in a little pond: I was in a city that felt too small, a job that seemed suffocating at times, surrounded by the narrow-minded and the dreamstealers…until one day I sat down and asked myself: Tanya, what do you REALLY want? My answer? The same answer that I had been writing in my journal for two years. I want to take a year off from work and write full-time and I want to do it with a lakefront view and have enough money to live on and be comfortable. Guess what? With some hard work, perseverance, a little luck, perhaps a bit of help from above and a whole lot of faith, I am currently sitting in my new apartment in Toronto, with a lakefront view, writng full time and I’m not starving by any means. I’m eating. I’m playing and most importantly, I’m writing! Meanwhile, my house is being paid for by wonderful tenants and I can afford, although modestly, to live in another city far from the suffocating atmosphere I was in only two short months ago. You too, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, can “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” If I can do it; a single teacher from a small town, anyone can do it!