Evan Noel Cheurfa: Writer

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My Native Admission Statement: I’ve considered myself a writer of sorts my whole life but have only recently felt comfortable claiming it as a part of my identity. Writing has always filled me with a sense of pride and validation. After receiving my master’s degree in Telecommunications in 2014, I had difficulty finding my place in the world and was bouncing from job to job. In the summer of 2017, I created EvanNoel.com as a form of self-expression and release. Over the last couple of years, I have learned that I am the best version of myself, the best writer I can be, when I allow myself to be vulnerable on paper. My biggest hurdle at this stage in life was recognizing that to find self-fulfillment I must expect more of myself, creatively and professionally - outside of my titles as a mother and wife.

What do you love most about social media?

I love the access it gives me to share my writing. I think most would agree that the overuse of social media is detrimental but when used right, it’s a great tool. I try not to get too caught up in how I am perceived and focus on being my authentic self.

Favorite Places/Destinations?

I have some of my best memories in New York City. Living in Los Angeles, there is always a lot to see and do but NYC brings a sense of independence that I don’t have in LA - walking more and figuring out subway routes. I admire the architecture, the history; and of course, the food. Secondly, Amsterdam. I would describe the city to be dreamy and diverse. Only having spent 48 hours there, I need to spend more time there to give a full review. I would love to go again and explore.

Who are your role models?

My Father. He has always instilled in me the value of hard work. It took me too long to apply that to my life; which I have often regretted. I am making up for that lost time now.

What are your career goals?

This year, I have devoted a lot of my time and energy into my writing and really establishing my website, along with my image. I know my target audience is primarily young moms, but I am aiming to reach both women and men from all walks of life. I will be expanding my website to include healthy, step by step recipes accompanied with photos before the end of August. Ideally, I would love to be a published author within the next 5 years, creating meaningful and relatable content that comforts people. Ironically enough, my readers have brought me reassurance and confidence by consistently reading my blogs and providing encouraging and honest feedback.

How do you try to better yourself?

Each morning when I wake, I make mental notes of what needs to get done and what I want to do for myself. I used to have difficulty holding myself accountable and making small goals for myself ensure that I go to sleep that day feeling accomplished. Being a mother has simultaneously made this easier and harder. I focus on not letting exhaustion get the best of me.

Tip of the day?

Stop complaining. I cringe at myself when I realize I am complaining about something trivial. I live such a fortunate life; there is very little room for complaints.

Quote of the day?

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must write it.”

– Toni Morrison