Somehow in the craziness of the world this past week, it’s crept up on me that it has been TWO months since my last day of work pre-freelancing. It’s hard to believe how much has changed in the four weeks since my one-month recap, and I’m happy to be sharing the strides I’ve made (as well as some of the continuing challenges!) with you today.
Here are the major updates:
- I’M PUBLISHED! Obviously, when I left my corporate gig to become a writer, the goal was to be a published writer, and my greatest fear was that I would end up feeling totally silly with nothing to show for my leap of faith. Within just the last few weeks, I’ve become a regular contributor to Brit + Co, and yesterday, an essay that I wrote for The Kitchn went live. The fact that just one month ago I was working my butt of and still waiting to see a byline anywhere and now I have a little starter portfolio of clips to my name — it makes me happier than you can imagine. (As a reminder, I link all of my work as it’s posted right here to the blog!)
- I’m feeling the benefits of calling my own shots. Now that I’m getting more traction and seeing the evidence of my efforts in a more tangible way, I’m really starting to understand how the hustle works. My success — and my paychecks — are directly correlated to the amount of time I invest and the number of ideas I can generate. As safe as it felt to get a consistent paycheck every two weeks in my previous job, I feel so much pride when I see that my willingness to put in extra work often results in a greater reward. It’s certainly less predictable financially (especially in these early stages), but now that I can actually see how satisfying it is to make my own luck, I am all the more motivated to be my own boss.
- I’m meeting really interesting people. Whether I’m connecting with fellow freelancers at a coffee shop or interviewing people who are doing really awesome things for my articles, I’m loving the opportunities I have to build professional relationships in a new way. Working from home can feel lonely at times, and I was almost entirely isolated for my first month, so it’s been totally refreshing to network with a community of other writers and creatives.
- My confidence is growing. As a journalism student, one of my biggest struggles was conducting interviews. Although I’m usually pretty self-assured, if you put me in front of a source for a story, I would immediately become uncomfortable and awkward. It’s amazing what a few years of life experience can do for your conversation skills! I still get pre-interview jitters here and there, but it’s nothing compared to the anxiety I used to get.
- The bad news — I’m still not sleeping. You can check out a post detailing all of my sleep issues here, but the short update is that I am still really struggling to get enough rest. I’m sticking to my goal of phasing out my (formerly) beloved over-the-counter sleep aids, and I know I’ll be happy I did it in the end, but right now I just feel completely exhausted.
Sometimes I forget that what I’m really creating is a “new normal,” and that someday, it won’t feel like some wild experiment that I’m still figuring out one step at a time. Until then, I appreciate all of your continued support as I build this new life for myself — growing pains and all.