Remember that super chill, zen Sarah who wrote things like “I believe if you work hard and make a plan that covers all of your bases, you’re going to succeed. Because when you have the skills and you have the opportunity, there’s really no choice but to try it with everything you’ve got,” in A Day in the Life?
And the one who doesn’t like to do much cerebral work in the ealry afternoon (circa A Day in the Life at Six Months)?
She’s still totally right!
Greesonbach Creative, Year 1
Here we are, one year later, and my schedule has the same highs, lows, and parts it always has. The only thing that’s changed is I track my income weekly (new development), I walk in the morning (new development), and I don’t clean or cook quite as much (that’s been going on too long).
That said, my schedule has subtly shifted every three months or so, mostly due to hormones and health. Right now, this has been the most normal/awesome of my days:
- Wake up with JHubbs, spoon the cat or read blogs til he goes to work
- 30 minute walk around the neighborhood (I aim for walking every other day and I only got back into this a few weeks ago)
- Shower, eat breakfast while listening to my Christian Rock Awesomeness Spotify playlist or watching Fraiser
- Hit the library 9am-1 or 2pm
- Meet JHubbs at home for a snack and talk about goals for his band and/or tasks around the house
- Make dinner and prep food
- While JHubbs does church stuff (typically 7-9pm), I do more work or meet a friend for dinner or hangouts somewhere (lately, mostly work)
Things I’d like to change? I feel like I have moments of stressed “I should be working, so let me click around on LinkedIn but I’m not really into it.” RE: the next section, I’d like to replace this time with reading-for-fun (started Chronicles of Narnia series and hoping to finish the whole thing for the first time) or putting time into my relationships.
Essentially, I don’t want to touch or think about the computer unless I am actively, productively working. A mighty goal!
1 Year Mark: Best Freelancing Perk
By far the greatest part of freelancing is flexibility. But not just in the “I can see a movie at 1pm,” kind of way, because in a whole year I never did that once.
It’s flexibility in the, “My brain is… OFF. I need to stop doing this until later,” or, “Looks like that dinner wasn’t gluten-free, so I need to sleep in til noon today” kind of way. It’s the ultimate freedom in being able to work when I’m highly productive and not work when I’m not productive.
(Side benefit? I can now identify when I’m being lazy and when I’m genuinely not productive. Self-education FTW!)
Granted, the result of working and not-working needs to be the same: deadlines do not disappear and work doesn’t magically do itself.
But the ability to just give myself a break when I need it has been life-affirming. I don’t do this as frequently as I should throughout the day, but I do do it at least once or twice a week.
1 Year Mark: Worst Freelancing Downsides
A full year of freelancing has made me intimately acquainted with the downsides of it. They are few, but the ones that exist are core-shakers!
Managing Cash Flow
Cash flow, apparently, will always haunt me. There’s nothing quite like having five figures in billable invoices but no money! This is something I plan to improve by leading a Financial Peace University session at my church with JHubbs this fall.
Our focus needs to be savings and debt repayment because we’ve already restricted our spending in every way. The only way forward is to make serious progress on our debt, thereby freeing up more of our income for savings and a sense of security.
Passing on Potential
Potential is also scary. Which is weird, because that is something everyone works hard for when they are growing up and something I know many generations have fought for (as a woman, as an American, and so on).
But when you’re right smack dab in front of literally unlimited potential? Like, you have 24 hours to do absolutely anything, so what will you show the world is important to you? How will you spend that time (and be held accountable to it for the rest of your life)? And where do you start? It can freeze your bones.
The only answer to the problem of potential is to work your butt off. To wave goodbye to all those opportunities as they pass in favor of things you know you need to do. And hope that maybe you’ll get another chance at them (or find peace with their passing) in time. (Does that sound super depressing? It is. The downside of creativity is seeing so much potential and having to pass on it).
But to be honest… those are the only major downsides for me right now. And compared to what I was experiencing as an employee — a commute, pants, packing lunch, working with people with very different priorities, working on things I had no choice on, etc — I consider myself incredibly blessed, a year later.