Well, so far, 2016 has not gone as planned. An unexpected challenge wrecked havoc on my life. What’s that old saying — the best-laid plans …?
What I had planned to do this year was expand my blog in the direction I’ve been dreaming about for five years. I’ve been longing to help other freelancers create the careers of their dreams — with courses, workshops, and workbooks.
But here it is mid-August and I’ve barely even written any blog posts this year.
There is a reason for this lapse. Simply stated, I fell serious ill late last year. The kind of ill that not only undermines your career pursuits, but also your quality of life.
Last October, I started collapsing from exhaustion every time I had an intense period of work, such as meeting a big deadline or conducting in-depth boots-on-the-ground research. For three to seven days afterward I’d barely be able to get out of bed.
Every time I recovered from another bought of exhaustion, I thought my mysterious health issue was all behind me. But I just kept collapsing throughout October, November, and December. I saw my doctor, but she couldn’t find anything specifically wrong with me.
My Desperate New Year’s Resolution
Out of desperation I created a specific New Year’s resolution — I was going on a diet. But not a diet to lose weight. A diet to heal inflammation. A “detox” if you will. I gave up gluten, dairy, nuts, processed food, nightshades, and more. I ate more whole and organic food. And I tried to get as much rest as possible.
Throughout this whole ordeal, I continued working for my freelance clients. I managed to meet all of my deadlines, even if I had to work all weekend. Of course, I’d be in bed for a few days afterward. But my clients didn’t know that. That’s one of the perks of freelancing — we can work when we are able, as long as we meet our deadlines. However, that’s all I had energy for — there was none left to pursue my dream projects.
By early March, I hadn’t cheated on my new meal plan. I was starting to feel somewhat better. But then I attended a client’s three-day conference and had to eat the food that was served.
After that, I struggled to return to my strict eating routine. The bouts of exhaustion persisted. As soon as I got back to eating healthy, I was back on the road to recovery.
During May, June, and July I was doing okay — with no major breakdown, just minor energy dips. By early August, I finally felt like I was over the grip of some phantom illness. I don’t think I’ll ever know exactly what happened. But at least I found a way out of it. I hope it lasts!
Back to Pursuing My Dream Projects
And that brings me up to today. I’m happy to report that I now have the energy to get back to pursuing my dream projects. In the meantime, my plans have changed a bit — but in a great way, I think. I made a lot of tweaks to a workshop I’m offering freelancers and even changed the name — it’s now called Freelance Like a BOSS!
I think this name captures exactly what I’m aiming for — to help freelancers create the career of their dreams by finding the kinds of clients they want and projects they love. There is nothing better to enjoy a great freelance life. I’ve always been the happiest when I’ve had a steady flow of well-paying projects.
Just to give you a heads up, the beta launch of my new workshop is going to be on October 1st, 2016. But you can sign up now and get a head start on Lesson 1 — which is my Blog Smarter Course — yes, all of it! This course will help you turn your blog into a client-attraction machine.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more with you about my new workshop for freelancers — Freelance Like a BOSS! I am excited about it because I believe this course contains the power to help many freelancers build the careers of their dreams.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear about what you’ve been up to — and if you are accomplishing your freelance career goals so far this year. Share your story in the comments.
To find out more about the Freelance Like a BOSS! Workshop, go here.
Photo credit: © xtock