This blog came to me during a time in my life when I felt really lost.
I knew I loved journalism, but I wasn’t writing the type of stories that made me excited in my job as a newspaper reporter. I knew I loved sharing my experiences with the world and needed an outlet.
I was on the cusp of turning 30 and there was a huge void in my life. My life lacked fulfilling and meaningful relationships and experiences. While many of my friends were getting married and starting families of their own, I felt stuck. I had a lot of extra time on my hands and wanted to fill it with creativity.
Instead of feeling sorry for myself about what my life lacked, I decided that I would embrace where I was in life and do things that forced me to go outside my comfort zone. And knowing that I was writing about these things gave me more of a purpose and reason to do them.
I can you tell without a doubt that I never would have been brave enough to go skydiving if I hadn’t decided that it was an experience that I wanted to write about for my blog.
Whether it was running a half marathon, petting wolves, going on 31 dates, working as a sign spinner or hiking to Machu Picchu, Parachute Journalist became my alter ego. Lacey McLaughlin was full of self-doubt, lost and wimpy. But Parachute Journalist was brave, witty and adventurous. Parachute Journalist was my hero. She was willing to put herself out there, share her struggles and laugh at herself along the way.
Somewhere along the way though, I stopped putting on my parachute journalist cape and going out into the world. I became her in every faucet of my life. I no longer needed to jump in from the sidelines and live life on a case-by-case basis.
Parachute Journalist gave me a voice and an outlet for discovering who I am and what I want out of life. While dreams of monetizing this blog never came to fruition, this blog gave me the confidence to take bold steps. Since starting Parachute Journalist I have launched a venture hosting dinner parties in my community for creatives, a community for women in boss roles, an annual weekend retreat for women and countless projects with creatives. I’ve jumped out of my comfort zone and made friends with amazing entrepreneurs at conferences and mastermind retreats. And I’m working on several projects that fulfill me like a collaboration with Venture Pop Conference in New Orleans this fall.
But most of all, I have so many amazing and supportive people in my life. I have countless deep friendships and I’m part of a community that empowers me. In three years my life has transformed from a lonely, self-limiting existence to one with endless possibilities and new friendships. I still have days where I struggle, second guess myself and revert back to self-doubt. But I hope this blog can help give others hope and inspiration for taking big steps in life.
For me, it’s officially time to close this chapter. And while I’m hoping to use this blog as a platform for future travels and adventures, right now I’m focusing my creative energy on my new ventures and helping creatives turn their own ideas into reality. Instead of writing about my own experiences trying new things, I want to share what I’ve learned in my first year starting a business and empower others to do the same.
For everyone who read this blog and encouraged me to keep going, you have such a special place in my heart. Knowing that my stories and experiences resonated with others gave me so much fulfillment at a time when my life felt dark and small.
As for what’s next, stayed tuned for another blog and website devoted to all my latest projects and resources for creating a marketing and content strategy for your own business! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s collaborate! Thank you for being part of this journey.