These last couple of days I have been writing posts only to move on and leave them as drafts. I think one of the hardest parts of being in your early twenties is the disconnect between what you want and the road it takes to get there. While I understand how lucky I am to have a steady job and a safe place to live, I also dream about more freedom and less stress. More doing what I enjoy and working with clients I believe in, and less working to pay the bills.
I have been doing a lot of research and reading a lot of blogs written by people who are where I want to be to try and soak up some of their magic.
- Freelance Experts spill the beans on what it takes to fully work on your own, and the abundance of grounded, realistic tips are exactly what I need as I’m slowly trying to build a more solid portfolio with only a couple hours to spare a day. One of the most important points I took with me from here was also the idea of building some experience, at least two years, and saving up enough money to live off of for at least six months. Time is one of my biggest enemies, and I find that I have to remind myself that I still have all kinds of time and that I’m not dead yet.
- This post by Lauren Ledbetter, based on a goal-setting workshop she attended, visits the issue of visualizing the future and focusing on what we want more of in life.
- I found Sarah Dayan‘s website through the article about Freelance Experts above, and her blog is filled with inspiration and nuggets of wisdom for those attempting to better their lettering skills, as well as freelancing wisdom.
- Jen Carrington’s blog is also a goldmine of tips and tricks when it comes to dealing with clients, as well as creating better content, which is her specialty.
- Finally, this little post about increasing your work day productivity is exactly what I need to stay grounded and be the best at what I do.
And while 5-year plans have never been my thing, taking the time to visualize what I want life to look like 10 years down the road is much more up my alley.