I found Heidi last summer through a sad Googling for ways to boost one’s writing mojo. Her website and Instagram feed were such lovely places to land – full of practical advice and resources, all written with such a kind and encouraging tone. She has a wise, inspiring and you can do it reassuring air, like a really great English teacher.
Needless to say, I was so excited when she was for a Working In My PJs chat! We talk freelance life, what makes a great children’s book, and how to make time for your own writing when you write for others.
1. Can you recall THE moment you realised you were ready to work for yourself full-time?
I had been thinking about it for a long time. The moment seemed right when we were living in California and my husband got a job in Massachusetts. I had no idea if I could make a go of it or if I would like working for myself, but after about a year of transitioning, I loved it.
It’s a few years later now, and while I’m definitely still learning and growing, I think it would take a lot for me to go back to a full-time, in-house position.
Happy International Women’s Day. I am so thankful to women near and far for inspiring, moving, entertaining, awakening, teaching, challenging, and opening my eyes ever wider, with your courage, wisdom, tenacity and fierce intelligence.
I wanted to share a sprinkling of recent great reads:
For me, for many years, exercise was all about calorie burn and the quest to take up less space. But these days I crave something more akin to moving meditation. I want calm and fresh air. I want muscles waking and all senses humming. I want a reminder that my body is not just a brain, and […]
Today I’m kicking off Working In My PJs, a monthly series where I chat to people who are running their own business online. When I was starting out, I’d longing look at those with fancy websites and dazzling testimonials and wondered what it would be like to have one’s shit together. Did they ever fail […]
It’s been four long years since we last had a fresh coat of paint around here. I wanted to brighten things up, and also bring the dear old blog and my copywriting business, Shauna Reid Writes (gedddit?) into one place. When I started increasing my freelance work, I stuck up a temporary biz website listing my services. […]
Happy new year, comrades! Here’s the eighth annual instalment of Review Thingo. Previous episodes: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. One blazing sunny morning before school, aged about ten, I opened the front door. I was about to step outside of the house and into the world, my foot hovered above the doormat, when I noticed there was a brown […]
We’re at the halfway point in the “gentle renovation” that is Operation Foxy By 40, so it’s time for a check in. One of the Operation’s biggest aims is to “hide less and have more fun”. Progress has been slow on that front, until… MEGA NOVEMBER! Thanks to both planning and luck, I backloaded about a few […]
If you fancy a leisurely Sunday read, the latest edition of my Marginalia newsletter has just been zapped out! There’s three wee stories about the joys of mail, spanning love to friendship to nerdy obsession. Plus a cracker of a postal playlist for your aural pleasure. You can check it out here and subscribe if you wish. […]
Do you know the famous opening scene from Chariots of Fire, with the dudes slo-mo running along a beach to the stirring strains of Vangelis? That beach is in St Andrews, and we ended up there recently with fish and chips. What better place to eat freshly fried goods than a beach so associated with […]