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.
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.
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.
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