No One Told Me Hustling Was This Hard.

That Girl Named Carol
3 min readDec 15, 2021

I am in the thick of the hustle.

This image was brought to you by my end of day, over tired, mentally drained, exhausted creativity — how about 50 claps just for that effort?!

And it is fucking hard.

It is so damn difficult. I feel like I am working on one project and idea after another. But I am not seeing the progress that I want to see.

I am in the trenches and it is difficult to see if it is worth it or not.

Back in March of 2020, I lost my job as a Flight Attedant. I was devasted.

I had finally found a career that suited me like nothing else. I got to travel, I got to be social, I got to visit all my friends in all the places and to be honest it was the most fabulous life.

In the blink of an eye — it all disappeared.

I have had a handful of temp jobs but I am having a hard time making a career shift when I didn’t want to quit the job I was working in the first place.

This fall I stepped into teaching online. I decided to go in this direction because I wanted something I could bring on the road with me or something I could continue to do once things got back up in swing.

I started on Medium for the same reason.

I finally took the leap to get into something that could give me earning potential long term. Something I could shift my career towards and something that I could in essence could keep me a float if anything like this ever happened again.

Like any new project — It started pretty slow. It takes time to build an audience, it takes time to grow a student pool, it takes time for all the budding entrepreneurial things to get going.

I have learned this fall that hustling is hard fucking work.

The decision in life to to work for yourself means working twice as hard, working twice as many hours — and sometimes it feels like for much less pay (and no benefits).

Hustling online to create something for yourself takes so much work. Sometimes I find it is really hard to stay motivated when you don’t have a crowd of people paying attention.

No one talks about all the time it takes to get yourself going. All the behind the scenes stuff that happens.

No one talks about the prep work. The endless hours spent working behind the scenes.

What we talk about is the overnight success.

That notion that you have written one article and now makes 5K a month on Medium.

I am here to tell you — it takes time, it takes effort, it takes patience, it takes dedication, it takes commitment, it takes consistency, it takes tenacity, it takes drive and it takes all your love.

This is my love letter to all the people that are starting out: continue posting for the one person that reads your article, keep commenting and communicating and eventually, with all that consistancy — we will all get there.

That Girl Named Carol

Retired barista and globe trottin’ English teacher turned (furloughed) flight attendant who is currently tryna live the dream she created on her vision board.