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Letter from the Editor: What Have You Done Today to Make You Feel Proud?

Sometimes a powerful song says enough in three minutes and fifty-seven seconds to inspire something much larger than itself.

"I’m on my way, can’t stop me now, and you can do the same, yeah!"

Proud by Heather Smalls has been a favorite of mine for years, but her lyrics ring especially true right now. In the last few weeks, I have taken so many steps towards achieving my dreams that I am almost incredulous of my own accomplishments. So what have I done to make me feel proud?

I shed some tears, I even got a little bit angry - and then I did some soul searching. After taking a close look at everything I love and recognizing what I don’t, I took a leap of faith.

This #getitgirl quit her 9-to-5 and became a full-time freelance writer.

I have never felt more accomplished, more fulfilled or happier than I am now. Through some stroke of pure luck (my friends tell me it’s talent), I have been able to score some amazing gigs. I get to write about things I love while I sit at my own desk, in awe of our ocean view, snuggling our puppies and typing furiously as though I can’t believe my good fortune.

Freelance isn’t for everyone - I have to set my own schedule and am the only person making sure I stick to it. There aren’t any benefits, taxes can be a nightmare and if there are no gigs, there is no money. Thankfully, all is going swimmingly and I know I have found my career lobster. I am so a Carrie and I am loving every second of it.

You can do the same. Join me on my #getitgirl journey and make things happen for yourself. Take a look at your life: acknowledge your strengths, fears and weaknesses. Recognize your goals, no matter how far-fetched they may seem right now. Most importantly, believe in yourself. No one else will before you do.

I want to be the San Francisco editor of Vogue. Anna, I can’t wait to pitch to you.

Xo,

Sarah, #getitgirl-in-Chief

P.S. What are your dreams?