It’s Monday afternoon already after a lovely long weekend spent with my three boys and lots of friends. Grab a cup of coffee and take a break with me. I want to chat a bit about some changes in our lives plus how my days and weeks are as a freelance writer.
Our lives have changed quite a bit in the past three weeks. It may not seem like a huge deal, but Ezra started childcare. Having worked with minimal childcare help for nearly the entire first year of his life, I’m honestly having a hard time adjusting. I got used to rushing to get anything done during naps and hoping for the best (a long nap). I still tip-toe through the house and only catch myself 20 minutes later when I remember that Ezra isn’t home napping. He’s adjusted really well and I love that I can focus 100% on my boys when I pick them up in the afternoon.
This has been a positive change for our family, although I had a massive amount of guilt and gross feelings during his first week or two of childcare. I now feel very content with our decision. Working is very important to me.
I’m trying to create a bit of order in my working life now that I have the luxury of having the time I need to focus on work and I’m finally able to take on new opportunities, some of which I’ll share here soon. I’m still struggling with the working from home balance and trying to figure out how to separate our house stuff from my work hours. It’s tough and something I’ll just keep working through.
For now, here is a look at a day in the life a freelance writer and blogger:
Wake up. Move, move, move for an hour and a half packing lunches, bottles, dressing the boys and myself, putting sunscreen on the kids, chugging coffee and finding anything else that needs to go to school with the boys. Kisses for my husband and we’re off.
Load the car, turn on our favorite children’s music on Pandora and drive.
After drop-off for the boys, I spend my mornings responding to emails, photographing and writing sponsored posts, brainstorming ideas for non-sponsored posts, communicating with brands, working with my editors of the various publications I write for on story ideas and edits and so much more. I work with brands through my work on Momtastic somewhat regularly so I spend time creating beautiful images with Melissa Oholendt or on my own and write content for them pretty regularly as well.
I’ve found a groove with running over my lunch break (I’m currently training for a 10K, but am FAR from ready) and then follow that up with 30 minutes of cleaning in our home. This helps me deal with the “stuff” I see while working from home that I feel I need to deal with and can sometimes distract me from work. I have to set a timer or I would keep going and going. In 30 minutes, I can get a few loads of laundry folded and put away, a room tidied up and the dishes done. I sometimes spend the time on other household things, but allowing myself 30 minutes to do it and 30 minutes only really has helped me.
I spend a few hours each week researching and communicating with people about new opportunities and ideas. This is something I simply didn’t have time for when Ezra was home. I was holding on by a string when he was home and I was only working during naps so this is definitely something I’m feeling thankful for. And it’s something I absolutely have to do. Blogging and online writing means I need to stay up on things and need to constantly be open to new ideas and opportunities for growth. If you’re not open to change, this is not the career for you.
I’m trying to use my flexible career to our family’s advantage as well. I try to run errands on Friday afternoons so our family doesn’t have to spend the weekend doing that. I also try to squeeze in lunches with friends so that I don’t feel like I just NEED a girls night out. Honestly, I haven’t done this yet at all, but I have one on the books on Friday with two very encouraging, inspiring and creative friends. It’s the start of a healthy habit.
I know that I am beyond lucky to have this setup for my career right now and I don’t take it for granted. I shared some of my story of how I left my corporate career a while back. I think I owe you an update on how my side job of freelance writing and my hobby of blogging became my career, but for now, check out past articles.
How are you? What’s new in your world?
Photos by Melissa Oholendt Photography.