In my absence, I’ve been following my passion!

Written by Angela Atkinson

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If you are or were a loyal reader of this blog, you probably noticed that I haven’t posted since the beginning of September. That said, I thought I’d offer a few updates and try to explain my absence.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong–far from it! In fact, I have been following my passion and loving life. So, without further ado, here’s the story.

You all know that I’m the co-founder of The WM Network, which includes The WM Freelance Writer’s Connection, The WM Parenting Connection, The WM Review Connection and The WM Pet Connection. Some of the time, I’ve been working with my partner Alyssa Ast and our wonderful bloggers to continue to build and grow our network. We have made many positive changes in the sites and have grown our communities to include a dedicated LinkedIn group, which has quickly become very active.

Some of you may also know that I released my first book, The Practical Freelance Writer’s Guide to Author Websites, in September of this year. After a couple of revisions and some major formatting stress, I’m pleased to say that sales are going well and I’m generally satisfied with the outcome! The book launched with great reviews! Of course, the marketing challenge goes on, but it’s all worth it in the end. It turns out that the book has been really helpful to many of my fellow freelance writers, so I feel like I’ve done my job here! Plus, as part of my promotional efforts, I’ve been offering free website reviews.

Also, in October, I launched The Lit Chick Show along with fellow writer, Sylvia Massara. Originally, I was the show’s co-host, but there are only so many hours in the day, and I had to cut back on the time I spent working on the show. So now, I’m serving as the show’s technical consultant and occasional guest reporter. Sylvia is now hosting the show on her own, which is ideal since the original concept was her idea, and as a novelist and former actress, her adorable personality shines through on camera.

And in addition to a few new private clients, I have recently accepted a position as a freelance reporter and feature writer with Patch.com.   I am writing for Hazelwood Patch, which is my neighborhood edition that will be officially launching at the end of this month.

So far, I’m really enjoying the gig. I have met my editor personally (which, as many writers know, doesn’t always happen in this digital age), and I am getting the chance to cover local news stories. And in addition to assignments that I’m thrilled to take on, I have successfully pitched two stories to my editor already–just in the first week. Journalism has always been a passion for me, so I’m thrilled to have this new opportunity.

(Note to all my writer friends: Patch is hiring for many different local editions in several states. Click here to find your local Patch if you’re interested.)

I also recently began offering basic website design and maintenance through my freelance business. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a list of some of the sites I’ve designed. 

All of that said, I have also been enjoying spending time with my amazing children and husband, as well as friends and family, and generally focusing on being positive and healthy. I am very happy, but I do miss my blogging here at In Pursuit of Fulfillment, so I am adding this blog back into my weekly schedule.

So tell me, dear readers, how have you been following your passions lately?

Author

  • Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at QueenBeeing.com and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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