The Devoted Routine of a Crazy Freelance Life

It is day twenty of the new year and also my third year of being a freelancer. I survived! There were many times I really didn’t think I would make it. Things got pretty crazy after quitting my job in 2013. There have been many ups and downs and lessons learned but I’m so grateful for being on this journey. But real talk, you really need a routine as a freelancer. A routine that you can be devoted to following. Without a routine, you are like a chicken with its head cut off – directionless! I recently implemented a new daily routine and wanted to share it with you. This is brand-spanking new for me so yes, I will slip up and that’s okay. So if you’re interested in freelancing or are a creative without a routine, get into this.

Freelancer Routine

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The Power of Uncomfortable Conversations

new york city skyline

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

A few weeks ago, I was in New York for a job interview. That’s not information I’m willing to divulge because, what if. What if I start telling everyone who asks about the position and then I don’t get it? Did I jinx myself by speaking too soon? Although I do believe in keeping some things to yourself, other times, sharing the journey can make the desired outcome more real. I mean, the only real reason I didn’t want to discuss it is because of uncertainty. But as I’m reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, I’m realizing how much fear of the unknown is just an excuse not to live our best lives.

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Dare To Win

I took these shots in December, thinking I was going to write something about restarting for the New Year. That’s not really what I want to write about at all. I want to talk about winning.

Urban Outfitters Hat, Target fur vest, H&M leather pants

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I Am the Master of My Fate, the Captain of My Soul

Oprah Winfrey Life You Want

The lights grew dim as wristbands began to illuminate the arena. A voice low, yet robust filled the atmosphere. Women excitedly cheered on as they recognized the familiar voice speaking. I could barely hear what she was reciting over the roaring applause. And then, like a vision of a burning sun, she rose from within the stage. We all lost our minds! It took me a second to realize that I was watching Oprah Gail Winfrey walk on the stage. Tears began to well in my eyes as it hit me: I was seeing Oprah in the flesh.

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Opportunity awaits

opportunity

Last week, I had lunch with a friend to discuss my involvement in his new project. I love hearing the excitement in someone’s voice when they speak on their passions. I truly believe that whatever you want is right there waiting for you, so long as you put in the effort to attain it.

After lunch, he was presented with a work opportunity in my presence. I’m thinking, “Shoot, I’ve been unemployed 37 days now. Let me find a way in this.” So…I said I’d do the work. And that was that.

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Embracing Uncertainty & Accepting Fear

I think the gravity of what I’ve done is finally affecting me.

I quit my job. There are no more paychecks coming in. It’s time to pay the bills. The magnitude of this realization caused me not to want to get out of bed this morning.

And then I’m reminded of words my good friend GG shared with me when I first told her I quit my job:

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Beyonce :: Self-Titled

BEYONCE YEAR

It’s actually pretty sickening how much I actually talk about Beyonce on this blog and with friends.

I’m not talking about, “Oh, Bey real cute on the streets today.” kinda talking but complete dissertations of every song since 4 came out. Because really, that’s when Beyonce finally came into her own.

Over at Pledge to Be Bella (where I am a contributor), we’re discussing how to have a Beyonce Year; how to achieve Beyonce-esque greatness. Now, I know I have the same 24 hours as Beyonce but c’mon folks, we all know that Beyonce is the by-product of an IMMACULATE team. Beyonce + her team = greatness. She does what she wants [now] without fear. And that’s what a Beyonce Year is all about.

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