week one.

Woo!  I can’t believe today marks the end of my first FULL WEEK out on my own in this freelance world.  (Today also marks the official launch of this blog, which deserves a toast of its own, if I do say so myself.  Yay!  Thanks for visiting!)

This week, I had originally planned for a rest/catch-my-breath period, knowing that I would inevitably launch myself at my usual million miles per hour into this next endeavor after I’d taken some down time.  Matt encouraged me to watch lots of Real Housewives reruns on Hulu, try to bank some sleep after two years of insomnia, and generally do whatever I felt like doing, whenever I felt like doing it.  I had all good intentions to do just that– BUT, I am shamelessly and unfailingly my anxious, perpetually-moving self, so I ended up at my desk for about five hours each day.  Oops!

The good news is that, while I didn’t take the week-long vacation that my mind and body may have needed, by hitting the ground running right away, I feel all the more excited and motivated about my choice to leave the 9-5 world.  It’s totally exhilarating to make things happen for yourself.  Since I’m in the early stages of building up my workload, I am spending most of my time on outreach/networking/pitching projects, but I’m still busy, engaged, and mentally stimulated.  PLUS, the beauty of this flexible schedule is that I can build in some break time at random intervals throughout the day, which has allowed me a little time here and there for Real Housewives-viewing, per my concerned husband’s request 🙂

A few Week One observations…

  • Routine is still key— but with adjustments.  I’m a creature of habit, so I knew that when I left the structured office schedule, I would just replace it with a structure of my own.  Even though my days are more fluid now, I still start my mornings with key rituals: getting up at a reasonable time, making the bed, getting a good workout, showering, putting on make-up, and getting dressed (in real clothes, not jammies!).
  • It’s a little easier (and more productive) to have sleep issues when you don’t have to clock in to an office at a certain time.  As I write this, it’s 4:50 AM and I’ve been at my desk for about two hours crossing items off my to-do list.  In my dream world, all of my sleep issues are cured and I’m back on a normal sleep schedule, but in the meantime, it’s been really nice NOT to fight so hard against my body.  The other day, after five sleepless hours tossing and turning in bed, I realized that being my own boss would allow me to kickstart my day!  I got up at 2:30 AM, brought my laptop and some sleepytime tea to the couch, spent four hours putting together pitches for editors, and was back in bed for a nap by 6:30.
  • People at the grocery store are a lot friendlier on weekday mornings than they are at any other time.  Our local Trader Joe’s is more or less over capacity throughout the weekend and after 5 PM Monday through Friday, so you can count on the TJ’s employees being rightfully exhausted and your fellow shoppers being rightfully miserable during those periods.  It was refreshing  to sneak a trip to the store after my morning workout the other day, and to see how much chattier and calmer everyone was!  (Plus, the Dirty Dancing soundtrack is apparently the go-to music at 8 AM on a Monday morning, and who can complain about that?)
  • When you work from home, you suddenly become responsible for your neighbor’s FedEx deliveries.  We share our small building with one set of neighbors who live upstairs.  Both of them also work from home, but they tend to be out and about during the day, and I’ve learned in the last few days that they receive a lot of packages.  Most of them need to be signed for, and most of them are conveniently delivered when I have a mouth full of toothpaste and no shoes on, and when the delivery man is feeling particularly impatient and liberal with the doorbell.

One week down, and so hopeful and happy.  We’re off to Pennsylvania this weekend to spend time with family and continue birthday celebrations.  Please keep following along– more adventures to come next week!

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