We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabrielle Seunagal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabrielle, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Since starting my career in 2017, my work-life balance has certainly evolved. When I first started freelance writing, I used to do it non-stop, day in and day out. Granted, this was during a time where I was considerably less established in the business and had to do the groundwork. However, as time has passed and as I’ve worked my way up in the freelance writing business, I’ve been able to still prioritize my writing while making room for other things in my life. I view balance as very important; fitness, for instance, — whether it’s time spent in the gym, doing axe-throwing, or training at my karate dojo — provides a great source of balance. Staying physically active is not only helpful for me to maintain work-life balance, but it also makes me a better writer.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Since 2017, freelance writing has been quite the journey for me. I’m proud of how hard I’ve worked over the past three-plus years to not only have a freelance writing career, but also to maintain it. Getting to where I am today in freelance writing involved a strong work ethic, writing talents, dedication, determination, and ambition. Like many people in creative careers, I did face challenges as a freelance writer. Writing itself has always come naturally to me, but getting to a point of having repeat business from multiple clients definitely took some work. It required not only delivering a great work product, but also applying for jobs, earning great reviews from clients, and maintaining a flexible work schedule. If there’s one message I’d want the world to know about my journey as a freelance writer, it’s that you can achieve massive success in this business and go places. Far too often, freelance writing gets a bad rap; society seems to have led many people into believing that freelance writing is just a side hustle or something to be done recreationally. Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with pursuing freelance writing in these fashions; however, I want the world to know that freelance writing can be a big-time, lucrative career…and I’m going to continue proving that via my own professional experiences and accomplishments.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite spots in the city are the Suwanne Creek Park, Sims Lake Park, and American Axes. These are two great places where I would definitely take a friend to hike, enjoy the fresh air, picnic, and practice some axe-throwing. Hiking and axe-throwing are great activities for friends to enjoy together while making memories in the process. Getting in physical exercise in the process doesn’t hurt either. Throughout my friend’s week in the city, I’d also take them to eat at Chipotle Mexican Grill, P.F. Chang’s, and Bones’. Each of these restaurants has a great variety of food choices to choose from and the ability to satiate virtually any person’s appetite.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely want to express my recognition and thankfulness to my clients. Writing is very near and dear to my heart, but each and every client that I’ve worked with, whether on a short-term or long-term basis, has contributed to the success of my freelance career. Each client that I’ve worked with has additionally afforded me the opportunity to hone my craft, familiarize myself with different styles of writing, and become a better freelancer. My clients are the lifeblood of my freelance writing business and I will always be thankful for them.