Finding extra hours in the day

The main reason I chose to become self-employed was to allow me to be there for my family. I’ve worked hard to get to a point where I’m freelancing in roles that are both fulfilling and flexible. At the end of 2016 I finally felt like I’d got there and I was looking forward to getting into a routine in 2017. I’d decided that this year I’d be more organised with my blogging. I had a schedule, aims and objectives and I knew what I needed to do and when.

But nothing ever goes quite to plan does it?  On New Year’s Eve, my husband had to go away due to family illness. At the moment, we’re not sure when he’ll be back but it’s not likely to be until he goes back to work. So all my plans have gone out of the window yet again.

Looking back

I feel like I’ve jumped back to the awful time after my husband’s accident when he was in hospital and everything fell to me. But finding myself in a similar situation has just made me realise how far I’ve come. I’ve also realised the amazing positives that came from such a terrible situation.

Back then, I was dabbling in blogging and freelance writing, but my main income came from typing transcripts of court cases and interviews. The work was easy and it paid well, but I didn’t love it. And it was so unpredictable that I was often working until 3am. When I did get to bed, I’d sometimes be up once or twice with Lia, before getting up at about 6.30am for the day.

After my husband’s accident, it became impossible for me to continue with that work. I needed to find about three extra hours in the day to cope with everything, but I was already just 3 hours sleep some nights. If something didn’t change, I’d have to stop sleeping altogether.

Positive changes

And so I realised that the only way to fit everything in was to make some changes. I took the decision to move away from audiotyping and make writing and blogging my only business. This may sound like a silly thing to do at a difficult time, but it was my only chance.

Fast forward 18 months and yet again, I’m struggling to fit everything in. But this time, I’m getting to bed not long after midnight. I’m managing to do some exercise each day and the worst thing about not working as much as usual is that I miss it.

Blogging is now my main income. I earn through sponsored posts, social media promotion and using affiliate links. And for the first time ever, I genuinely enjoy my work. Better still, it fits around my family. When I need to drop everything and be there for them, I can do it.

So the next few weeks are going to be difficult, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I personally feel stronger already having taken the time to reflect on how far we’ve come. Finding extra hours in the day

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18 Comments

  1. msedollyp
    January 2, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Sorry to hear of your difficult times hun but you sound full of strength and positivity so i know you will find a way through as a family, strong.

    • monsterid January 3, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you Louise. I think it will be a tough time but we’ll get through it.
      Nat.x

  2. January 2, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    I’m sorry to hear this Nat, that’s tough on all of you. You are an inspiration to what you’ve achieved. This is my goal for 2017 X
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    • monsterid January 3, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you Laura. You’ve done brilliantly the past 12 months, I have no doubt you’ll be blogging as a career by the end of this year.
      Nat.x

  3. January 3, 2017 / 12:04 am

    As hard as those circumstances all sound – it seems you’ve made the very best of everything. What more can you do? Hopefully this post will inspire others too, especially where taking that leap of faith and blogging full time is concerned! Kudos to you!

    • monsterid January 3, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Thank you Mark! Blogging has definitely been a bit of a godsend the past couple of year!

  4. January 4, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    I hope things improve for you soon, it’s very hard to juggle things isn’t it? I dropped some other work to focus on my blogging at the end of last year too and this year for me I need to get more organised and more balance. Good luck with your blog I very much enjoyed discovering and reading it last year x
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    • monsterid January 4, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you Laura. I definitely need to get more organised too! Best of luck to you as well and I look forward to following your adventures next year.
      Nat.x

  5. January 5, 2017 / 8:29 am

    You do so much each day, it doesn’t surprise me that you used to fit everything in on only 3 hours sleep. That definitely couldn’t go on long though, glad to hear that blogging has helped and is bringing in a much better income for you. Good luck with the year! Xx
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  6. January 5, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Sorry to hear about the family illness, but it’s great that a positive has come out of it for you. You’ve come a long way in the last 18 months and you should be proud of what you’ve achieved. X
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    • monsterid January 5, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      Thank you Sarah that’s a kind thing to say, I am quite proud!
      Nat.x

  7. January 5, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Hi Nat, you are a blogging inspiration, finding a positive solution when many of us would have curled up in a corner. I do hope that you are not left on your own for too long and that your husband’s Dad gets better. I do love your positive attitude!

    xx
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    • monsterid January 5, 2017 / 11:55 pm

      Ah thank you so much Debbie. It’s funny I’ve never really thought of myself of a positive person, I’m generally quite glum!
      Nat.x

  8. January 8, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Sounds to me like you’re already very strong so I’m sure you’ll get through these next few weeks just fine. I hope your husband it home soon too x

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