I remember sitting in a restaurant last week with a friend of mine last week, the one we go to sometimes, to have pizza and drinks, and the "motivation" question came up. I'm also in the process of applying for my dream day job, that I want so badly (don't worry clients, I'm not going anywhere no matter what the result happens to be,) so motivation seems to be a central theme of this week thus far. So what motivates me, really? What motivates me to keep spending hours in front of a computer screen, writing for both my clients and various personal projects? Love, it's as plain and simple as that. I was at a social mixer last week for a blog I write for, and I was surrounded by other, passionate, creative people, and it was like looking in a mirror at the "me" that started writing in the first place. The past two years have been extremely transformative. I've started a freelance business, worked with so many great companies and websites, and met some really great people in the process. I also have a starting rate that I don't plan to change anytime soon, and I've got the chance to work with a lot of companies that I genuinely respect. This has given me the courage to approach major publications and companies. I guess what I'm trying to say is that stubborn resilience and hard work is slowly but surely started to pay off. Truthfully, a lot of my motivation currently is people-based. I have, and always will be drawn to any opportunity I can to surround myself with exciting ideas, and intelligent people. I want to keep learning, I want to keep growing as a writer and individual, because that, more than anything is what gets me out of bed in the morning.