Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week. It went by super fast for me – was anyone else really busy? I’m pretty grateful I’ve had a decent amount of freelance work already this month, and that this weekend has been mostly relaxing. Aside from having a really stiff neck and not being able to get to sleep, that is.
What am I being grateful for this week? I mentioned in my last post that we had to deal with an unexpected expense of $160 in the form of a broken car window, so I’ve been grateful for R going into work for overtime. I’ve mentioned that his job is pretty flexible on scheduling before, but if he really wanted to, he could work 60 hours a week on a regular basis. As it is, he’s pushing over 50!
I’m enjoying being a freelancer for the simple fact that how much I work is in my control, and I’ve been trying to apply to as many different writing gigs as possible this past week. I actually recently revamped my Work With Me page (shameless plug incoming), so please check it out if you haven’t! I’d like to branch out into virtual assistant work, and I have a non-exhaustive list of everything I’d love to help you with over there.
Fellow Bloggers and Freelancers
I’m just going to group this all into one section! First of all, if you haven’t been over to Kirsten’s blog (Indebted and In Debt), you should go check it out. She’s living as if she were dying for the month of October as part of a writing challenge (I know a few others are taking part as well), and she’s already had some really insightful posts. I think this ties in well with being grateful, as I’m sure we could all reflect on our lives a little more.
Next, I connected with a few bloggers from the NC area this past week, and it’s great to know I’m not alone here! While I love the commenting that goes on in the blogosphere, blogging itself can often feel like a lonely activity. We want to make sure we’re reaching other people besides bloggers, and getting an email from a reader always makes my day.
I can relate to being a lurker, as I was before I started my blog. I felt like whatever I had to say wouldn’t be worth sharing. If you’re a lurker that feels that way, that line of thought couldn’t be any more wrong! Even just a simple, “Thanks for writing this, I can really relate,” is nice to hear. Trust me!
Lastly, I’m being grateful that I’m surrounded by such awesome freelancers and solopreneurs. I got the chance to chat with a few this past week, and it was so nice to talk to people that knew exactly what I was going through. Being able to exchange advice, or just rant a little, is nice. While many of us have supportive friends and family, they can’t always relate to our struggles.
Who isn’t grateful for the internet these days? If you’ve been inspired by my
low-quality videos, check out these two links (here and here) if you want to give it a try. Honestly, unless you’re producing videos for a living, I think you should just start with what you have. Lots of people make fantastic videos with their phones!
I am so guilty of waiting to have everything absolutely perfect before I start a new endeavor, and I’m really glad I pushed myself with this, because it’s been a fun learning experience. I hope you’ve all been enjoying it, too! It’s nice to get back to being a little more creative with things other than words. =) It’s also why I’ve been trying to get back into Photoshop, as I miss making graphics.
I’m going to go slightly off-topic here and mention Cat’s post on how to carve out time for what you really love. She brings up a good point that many of us end up abandoning the various hopes and dreams we held as children or teens because of lack of time after college. I keep saying I need to get back into reading (and I know a few of you have struggled with this, too), but if I’m being really honest, I would love to get back to designing websites.
I used to have a LiveJournal (ha, does anyone else remember those days? just me?), and I absolutely loved designing layouts in Photoshop, and coding it from scratch. I really wish I had retained those skills. Unfortunately, too many years passed by and I gave up on the idea. Creating a WordPress theme seems a little too daunting, though, so I might have to stick with graphics. I say I like to play around in Photoshop, but I’ve been using it for over 10 years now.
I am grateful I was able to snag a free version of Photoshop 2 a while ago (super outdated, gets the job done), but the $10/month subscription plan is really tempting! I’ve tried using Canva and PicMonkey, but I keep going back to Photoshop. I would also like to learn how to use Premier Pro if I get serious about videos, and R uses Illustrator and InDesign for graphic work as well.
Who knows! It’s always good to leave the door open for opportunities, right?
What were you being grateful for last week? Have you wanted to pick up an old hobby again after stopping it for a few years? Do you need any free graphics? ;)