Life barrels on. And sometimes, if you don’t follow me on Twitter, it’s hard to remember what I’m up to. Here’s a section-by-section update for friends, family, bloggers, and lurkers (but hey… introduce yourself in the comments to be upgraded into one of those categories!).
I’m a full time freelancer, guys! The biggest surprise so far? I never in a million years thought I would be the one to say I’m sick of working from home. But wow, guys. 8-10 hours per day in a room with my cat? It hurts a little. (And not just because she’s a little animal that wants to spoon all. the. time.)
Solution: Creating a better routine that starts with getting outdoors and regular social visits throughout the week. Also, scheduled spooning breaks with my cat. Read more in my post “A Day in the Life of Greesonbach Creative”.
Tales of freelancing? It’s amazing. My clients range from full marketing firms looking for an extra staff writer, to full time bloggers who also want a staff writer. I did a small project for a Senator hopeful’s email marketing campaign, and I’m working with a technology security website looking to launch soon. I also partner with web design firms to let them offer social media services to their clients. I write on so many topics that I had to revamp my about page to showcase it!
Most of the time I feel like I am going to get in trouble for this. I mean… you’re not allowed to “not have a job” right? But of course that’s just because I love what I do and it doesn’t feel like a job. I promise I’ll get over it soon (maybe).
So much has changed! To prepare for starting my business (our business, really), we took a surgeon’s knife to our budget. Some of it’s not smart, like putting our student loans into forbearance for three months. But some of it is really smart, like evaluating our food spending, canceling anything we don’t really use, and getting resourceful.
I also love the idea of backwards designing your budget. Now that I have a variable income, we had to decide what we want to pay for each month, what we HAVE to pay for each month, and how much we need overall. When I work, I work to meet that number. Then I can stop. Isn’t that a whole new way of looking at it? So unexpected!
Now, of course, I don’t have the luxury of stopping right now. We’re still in the “Get By” version of this plan. But in a few months, I can see setting a convenient number of hours and meeting that, and then just… stopping. Living. Crazy!
Paleo & Paleo AIP
I’m 100% gluten free at all times, but for my birthday weekend I went a little off Paleo. It started out strong with a meaty & vegetable-y birthday dinner with my parents. But then came the gluten-free pizza Saturday night and staying up too late. I was literally hungover (sans alcohol) Sunday, sleeping and taking baths all day to quit the feeling I was dying.
This week I am slowly bringing myself back to Paleo AIP… and it’s never been harder! I am re-living all the detox and the desperation for decaf coffee… and I’ve indulged twice this week. It’s hard to ride that balance between eating things I enjoy and knowing AIP will make me feel a thousand times better. Why are humans so weird?
Speaking of that, for those Hashi folks, I am back on a dose of half Armour, half Synthroid. My panic attacks have more or less stopped, but now I’m on the opposite end of feeling buzzed around 9pm and unable to sleep. We never can win, can we? (And Sarah Wilson recently had a fantastic post about this, for those curious).
On the upside, I’m feeling more myself all the time. I have some weird aches and pains that require some yoga and really (seriously, come on Sarah) avoiding dairy, but otherwise I feel mentally clear and engaged. I’m in the zone!
Roaming the Web
Well, seriously, it would be hard to link all the places I’m writing right now. So just check out that about page to see the neat places that have hosted me lately, and drop me a line if you’d like me to waddle over to your blog or website.