When I first started out working for myself, I had issues with working. I was in a studio apartment in Chicago. My desk was one foot from my bed. My counter and stool was across from my fridge. Naps and snacks were so tempting and it didn’t help that my natural inclination was to be a night owl.Read More
I’ve been grappling with the idea of “grace” lately. And not the religious or spiritual kind. As you might know, I moved to a new place three weeks ago. Since moving here, I’ve already gone on two trips. But to me, it feels like I’ve been here forever and why haven’t I already organized everything and put decor on the walls? If it was any other person, I’d tell them to take their time but since it’s me, I feel like I’m lacking that same patience and grace.Read More
Every year, I pick a word or phrase to focus on. It’s better than setting resolutions in my opinion. This year, I’m choosing “centered.” For me, this means that I want to make sure that I’m opting in to do work and hobbies that are central to who I am. I want to reinvest in myself and my worth. This goes for both physical and mental health.Read More
I don’t really subscribe to the idea of “a new year, a new me,” but I do like to use the change of year to refocus some of my goals. I’ve been trying the idea of a theme or word every year to focus on and it’s worked out pretty well. Last year, the “year of me” helped me turn down some opportunities that, while interesting, would’ve taken up more time than I was able to give.Read More
It sounds a little selfish when I write it out like that, but it’s the truth. If I can’t be my best self, then I’m not able to give much to my client.
So here are my goals, mixed in no particular business or personal order.
It’s been an interesting year. I’ve found myself feeling simultaneously down in creative juice and also so pummeled with information that I’m too frozen to execute anything to completion. It’s been difficult to grant myself grace and self-care.
I recently celebrated my five-year freelance-iversary. This is a pretty remarkable milestone for me and I honestly wouldn’t have thought it’s where I’d end up. I had written this up at the one-year mark and pretty much all of it still applies. There are a few more lessons I’d like to add to it, though.