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The Freelance Life

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

THOUGHTS ON BEING YOUR OWN BOSS, EMBRACING THE RISK, AND TELLING THE BEST STORIES.


The Freelance Life is about taking risks to find what works and what doesn't.

I honestly can't think of anything cooler than traveling and writing for a living. Is this real life?

Up, Up & Away

I remember dreaming about the day I would #travel and write. I pictured myself wandering the streets of a new city, with a faded writer's bag slung across my shoulder, stopping in a quirky cafe to scribble words in a worn out #journal. Sigh. Perfect.



Working Harder Than I've Ever Worked

Although some days might look like that, the reality is - most days look more like this.


Brutal Reality: old coffee cups, wrappers, scribbled notes, and a hundred open windows on my desktop.

The truth is, my days are long. I'm up early and some nights I stay up late. (I'm an early bird by nature, so I need you to be impressed right meow.) I sit waaaay too much. I don't stretch enough. I have to tell people NO a lot. I'm working harder than I've ever worked in my life.


I Am My Own Boss

Although the life of a freelance #writer can be exhausting, it's worth it. It's worth the financial risk. It's worth the loss of sleep. It's worth the frustration and hard work. It's worth it.

It's true, I can make my own schedule. But the thing is, at this early stage of my full-time #freelance career, I'm really hard on myself. I don't give myself many breaks. I push myself. I take on more work than I should. I make myself stay in my seat until I meet my #writinggoals. I have to. Because going back to work in a cubicle for someone else is no longer an option for me.


Connecting the dots vs. Collecting the dots

#sethgodin talks about this in one of his books and on his podcast, and it hits me right where I live. I can spend a crazy amount of time learning and prepping and studying and making sure I'm prepared to work. But until I actually put in the work, until I actually take the brave steps to call myself a writer and share my work with the world, I'm just collecting dots. I will never get where I want to be unless I connect the dots.


You don't have to full time freelance to share your story with the world.

Maybe you don't want to write full time. Maybe you're not in a place where it is even possible if you ARE dreaming about it. Here's the thing - you are still a WRITER. Your story matters. Write. We all need to hear from you. Whether you are a side-hustler, a hobbyist, or a full time go-getter, just put the words on the page. It doesn't matter when you're writing, it just matters that you are.




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