Welcome to Freelance Friday! Each Friday, I’ll share something Freelance-y that I learned during the week that will help other freelancers or entertain cubicle-queens. Thanks for reading! Also, this post has three warnings ahead of it:
- First, these are first-world problems. We’re unbelievably blessed to get the option to pursue the careers we do and to be concerned with these kinds of meaningful problems rather than with our everyday survival.
- Second, it gets pretty Christian up in here. But the Bible verse, I think, can stand on its own as a way to think about things. Thank you for reading if you’re not Christian (and if you are!).
- Third, there’s an option to donate your hard-earned cash to help someone near and dear to me reach out and grasp a goal. Don’t say I didn’t warn you ;-).
The Bible has been a great source of peace for me in my time as a freelancer. There’s a lot in there about not knowing what’s coming, managing finances, and staying peaceful about the unknown. All of that applies to me as a freelancer.
Which is why last week’s verse punched me in the face:
The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and runs away, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; he runs away because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep (John 10:12-13) .
This is not a phenomenon exclusive to freelancers: plenty of 9-5 kids believe in their work and love to do it, regardless of how they get paid for it.
But for me, freelancing is what allowed me to go out in the world and truly shepherd what I love most: words. Words on the Internet, words in proposals, words in emails, email newsletters, call-out boxes, and beyond.
Most of the things I’ve done for a living made me feel like a hired hand. I was in it for the paycheck, not for the work in and of itself. It made me get frustrated easily, give up too soon (though not always), and generally not enjoy my life. And other jobs I looked at applying to when I was first laid off? I definitely would have been a hired hand.
Finding work you love — that you shepherd because you love doing it for the sake of doing it — is a core value for me now. It’s a blessing that I think everyone should fight for, because imagine what a peaceful world it could be if everyone was busy doing things (full-time, part-time, volunteer, or side-hustle) that they really believed in and cared about?
Helping other shepherds find their way
My husband has a calling he’d like to shepherd, and yesterday we took the biggest step yet: We launched an IndieGOGO to fund a professional LP yesterday morning:
Already, we’re 3 percent to our goal. It makes me want to cry in joy whenever I check in on it. Because no matter what he’s good at, what he does for a living, or what he’s learned over the years, being a musician and supporting himself with his music has been his dream since he was 10 years old.
He pursued it through high school and college, and for the past two years our weekend hobby has been driving around Virginia and playing shows, races, and all sorts of random things. Each and every performance made that desire within him burn, and now we’re really going to do it.
Due to me clicking the wrong button, the campaign ends on June 9, 2014 instead of the end of June. The pressure is on, and we’d be grateful for the rest of our lives if you shared this with your (
rich rich in love ;-) ) friends or clicked through to watch the video photo album of the last two years of our lives, driving around Virginia to share his music.