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The Balancing Act

Hi everyone!! How is everyone doing this lovely day? I hope well!

I have a ton of things I want to share with you all, but can’t seem to find the time lately. You see, when I started this blog, it had been weighing heavily on my mind for a very long time. So I finally pushed that launch / publish button! This blog has been a wonderful outlet for me, and I am not ready to give it up. I actually really love it! I promise I will get better at posting every week, but there’s been a lot going on.

When I first moved here to ND, I also wanted to start my freelance career. Then it got pushed aside, because, ya know, life. In my last post I shared my story of my mom passing away, and what I learned in A Mother’s Love is Immortal, Even Though She Isn’t. It was when I was at my parents house in IL, the week of my mom’s funeral, that I realized I REALLY wanted (and needed) to start pushing myself to jump back into the freelance world. Working remotely appeals to me in so many different ways. When my boyfriend and I both missed work for a bit over a week, it really hurt the paychecks. If I had the ability to work remotely, and while we were out of state I could have still pushed myself to work. It would have even kept my mind busy.

When we got home from IL, I started putting in the work. I put together my services and rates, contact page and started a professional blog. (Right around the same time I published this blog). The professional blog is supposed to be a way to show my potential clients that I do in fact know what I am talking about. I want to show people that my knowledge and experience aren’t just words on a resume. (As we all know unfortunately a lot of people lie on their resumes, or “fabricate” them).

Once I completed my VA (virtual assistant) website, and published a couple blogs, I started applying and bidding on available freelance positions. On Oct. 21st, I signed my very first contract. The irony behind all of this is that it was my mom’s birthday. As I mentioned, her passing was the entire reason I started pushing myself in that direction again. I still can’t even explain how that made me feel. That day was a serious emotional roller coaster. In some moments I was screeching with excitement, others I was crying uncontrollably. It makes me believe my mom is still watching out for me, though.

It seems it all kind of happened at once. I admit, I put myself in that position, but I wasn’t expecting to get a contract so soon. I couldn’t be more thankful for it, though! And it’s perfect timing for some extra holiday cash!

The problem I am having now is balancing everything. I still work full time, as well as manage two websites, work freelance part time, and raising kids!! WHEW!! It’s a lot! My goal is to eventually, and hopefully soon, be able to quit my full time job and freelance full time. In the meantime, I have got some figuring out to do.

laptop and notebook with highlighter and pen on table
Working from my living room because my son stole my office chair for gaming

Here’s My Plan

I have to prioritize my contract, and get that work done. It’s nice because it seems to be an ongoing project. So I can focus on that during the week, after work.

My plan for my blogs then, will be to work on them on Sundays. I have a million posts that are half written, or already planned out. I just have to make the time. The hard part about this will be the possibility of not having a “day away” from my computer.

My other big problem is social media! I am terrible at continuously posting on Instagram. I am an introvert with anxiety… Sometimes I feel like I just don’t have the energy to do it. I come up with all of these great posts in my head, and then I don’t do it. I think I might be able to plan my Instagram posts after I publish my blogs on Sundays.

If I plan to meet my goals of being full time freelance by next year I will also need to continue to bid on jobs. Some of the freelancer Facebook groups I follow suggest a “Pitch Slap Wednesday”. Where one day a week, in this case Wednesdays, you submit your bids and send out a few proposals.

This still seems like A LOT! Even if I were to put this all in a calendar or what I like to call my “Artificial Intelligence” with set reminders to keep me on track.

I know I am not the only person in this big ol’ world to struggle with multiple things on their plate. So I ask you: Are there any other freelancers out there that are still working full time? Parenting? Blogging in the middle of it? How do you balance everything? I would LOVE TO KNOW what you use to keep you sane and organized.

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