Best Job Ever Obviously
Go ahead, take a second. Try to think of a better way to get paid. Didn’t think so. While my life is amazing, and there is literally not enough time in the day to convey how great I feel coming into work, there is no denying that some people out there don’t approve, and that’s ok. I don’t hold it against them.
During the interview process, it was made known to me that a pseudonym could be used for the articles I write. This was to best protect me from outlash by the public, people I know, and any future career moves I make. I appreciate the consideration, but I have decided to use my own, god-given, legal birth name. I mulled it over for a while, spoke to a few people about it, but here is why I have decided to full-on put myself out there.
First of all, I fucking love what I do, and the biggest part of what makes it so great (other than naked women and weed, of course) is other people enjoying what I do. That being said, I think that there needs to be a sense of trust and honesty between reader and writer that cannot be fully established if I were to use a pseudonym. It is my personal and professional goal to be available and accessible to people who are interested and passionate about the same things that I am. It is important to me to take ownership of my work.
A lot of thought, time, effort, research and skill goes into every piece I write. I’ve always believed that you can learn a lot about a person by reading the words they put on paper. People deserve to have a name to put on that image. Not to mention, I am so proud of what I accomplish on a daily basis As for the general public disapproving of my subject matter, again, I respect that. You are fully entitled to your own opinion of me, my opinions, and my content, just keep it to yourselves.
I guess my biggest issue was being open with my loved ones about what I do. Everyone I’ve told about my career choice responds with something along the lines of “I can’t believe that is your life now, you fucking lucky bitch. Good for you though, seriously.” Not one person has been judgmental towards it.
Furthermore, my parents raised me to be comfortable with who I am. I was lucky enough growing up to have the best, most open and understanding family possible. I know that they will be supportive of me in my journey to not only be the best writer possible, but the best version of myself.
Over coffee today, while debating this, a very smart woman gave me a very smart response with regards to future career moves. If someone is going to judge you on your content rather than your ability, then I don’t think that’s a person you would want to work for. She’s right. Lastly, I feel like if I use a pseudonym for my writing I am telling my readers that this is something shameful, which it is not.
While marijuana is still illegal in the state I live in, the country as a whole is coming around to recognizing the benefits of legalization. I have always been a staunch supporter of the cause, and if I can speak out in any way to help this process, I absolutely will. Therefore, my name is Rebecca Hourselt, and my goal is to educate, entertain, and in general be a resource for all things stoned girl.