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From Heartland to Harbor: Being Skyword’s Writer of the Year

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Last week I pinched myself a lot.

From matching the friendly faces of the Skyword staff to their Twitter handles, to taking a cruise on the Atlantic Ocean, at times I reminded myself I wasn’t dreaming. Being a successful freelance writer isn’t an oxymoron!

Hangin’ at the HQ
My husband and I have been treated like royalty since I was named the High Flyer of the Year for 2012. Last week, the company flew us from our home in Iowa to their office in Boston to not only tour their workplace and meet the staff I’ve grown to love over a computer screen since 2011, but also to take in the sights of historic Beantown.

We started the adventure with a round of hugs (that’s what we Midwesterners do!) and a sneak-peek view of Skyword from the inside out. Clusters of desks and collaborating minds trump a typical cubicle atmosphere. A ping-pong table awaits break time. And, everyone goes by first names. Cool.

Breakfast and Brews
After a round of videotaped interviews, photo snapping, and breakfast with my colleagues, the hubby and I took the local subway system to tour the Sam Adams Brewery. Although the free beer samples and up-close look at the brewing process were engaging, the best part was learning how the company gives back to the community.

The tour is free, with a suggested donation of just a few dollars. Those monies are then distributed between two worthy causes: the upkeep and maintenance of the historical cemetery where Sam Adams rests, and a local youth enrichment program.

Award-Winning Dinner
After some sightseeing, we met up with core members of the Writer Services team for a beautiful waterfront dinner at Sam’s. We spent the evening chatting about writing, the future of journalism, and the best places to visit in Boston. Although the food was amazing, the table centerpiece was the star of the evening. I was presented with a beautiful plaque commemorating my High Flyer of the Year award.

Each time I look at the award, I’m reminded that making the leap from print journalism to the world of online writing was the best career decision I’ve ever made. Becoming a Skywriter has opened doors for writing opportunities with incredible corporate clients, improved my marketing efforts as a freelancer, and, most importantly, provided a steady stream of reliable income, which most freelancers struggle to find.

Exploring the City
The next day the hubby and I absorbed as much of Boston as possible. We gasped at the sight of a humpback whale diving for its food. We soaked in the local lore and history of Boston via a trolley tour. We traversed the Charles River and cobblestone streets on a famous duck boat tour. We petted stingrays at the aquarium.

Being the High Flyer of the Year is more than an award. It’s a confirmation for every writer reading this post. Write daily. Read often. Trust in your skills and be open to learning something new each day. Determination and talent are rewarded.
Angela Tague writes SEO web marketing content for major brands including Bounty, Purina, and United Way. She also provides feature content to newspapers and writes health and beauty blogs for Daily Glow, Everyday Health, and Walgreens.

She has worked in writing and photography since 1998. After attaining a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Iowa, Tague’s journalism career has led to positions at the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa; the Sioux City Journal; and several weeklies in the Midwest.

Angela enjoys baking gluten-free treats, designing photographic greeting cards, helping with an animal-assisted therapy program, and exploring nature trails in Iowa with her husband and two dogs. Follow her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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