I know, I know—valid questions. It
seems like everyone I know in the freelance writing world (aside from a small
handful) started the year with a deluge of updates and fresh content for their
Me? Well, that was something I
would have LOVED to have done three weeks ago. We can’t turn back time,
though. It’s been incredibly busy in my little corner of the writing world. I’ve
been working with some new clients and maintaining relationships that are carrying
2020: New Year, New Vision
Instead of making resolutions
every year, I set goals and examine lifestyle changes I need to make. I feel
like resolutions set me up for failure. So, I refrain from spending any time on
them. I’m looking at 2020 differently than I have previous years—2020, to me, is
about refocusing and having 20/20 vision.
What Does That Mean?
Sometimes we move from day to day
without any specific focus. Yes, we’re checking things off on our to-do list. Yes,
we’re working hard to meet our clients’ expectations. However, that can also
mean losing focus of our overall goal.
Do you want to secure new clients this year?
Are there clients you need to “let go”
because they won’t negotiate rates?
Where do you see yourself career-wise six months
How often are you marketing your business?
Re-examining it ALL
This past November, I celebrated twenty
years as a professional writer. TWO decades! Things have changed
considerably in the writing industry throughout that time. As a result, none of
use can move forward while thinking, “this is the same way I’ve always
That’s what’s happening and why I
haven’t been updating. Aside from maintaining my client base, I’ve been
re-examining everything. When looking at the questions above, I take to pen and
paper to brainstorm what I want to achieve and where I want to be this year.
Personal and Professional Vision
I can’t discount how my personal
and professional lives intertwine with each other. Even though my office is
outside of our home in our backyard, the separation isn’t enough to call it an
“out-of-the-home” profession. So, many of my professional goals stem
from those I’m making for my personal life.
What Does That Mean?
I know my health contributes to
how well I can work throughout the day. I’ve taken some steps to achieve better
health, but those steps started last October. I was tired of feeling like
garbage all the time, so things had to change.
Stop taking two medications that were causing
adverse side effects
Drink a gallon of water daily throughout that
Eat more fresh and home-cooked food (we started
suing HelloFresh and Misfits Market—wish we had done this sooner)
Increase activity—while BIC writing is an
essential part of any writing career, it’s also detrimental to your health if
you don’t get up and move frequently
I suffer from a condition referred
to as Hpersominia.
That condition sounds like Insomnia, but it’s the exact opposite. The best way I
can describe what I’m going through is it’s a lot like Narcolepsy. Few understand
what Hypersomnia is, but I have difficulty staying away. This condition is
something I’ve struggled with my entire life, but I didn’t receive a formal
diagnosis until 2015.
Following that diagnosis, I was
also being treated for fibromyalgia and chronic migraine (the two medications I
recently detoxed from). I couldn’t maintain my fatigue well at all—unless I was
always on the move. So, I researched the side effects of the medications. I learned
that one of them causes Hypersomnia. I started taking it after my diagnosis for
Hpersomnia—so you can imagine my frustration.
There were a host of other side
effects I was experiencing, too, including hand tremors, losing words, and extreme
thirst. Since going through this detox, I can’t believe how much better I feel.
That results in a more productive day personally and professionally—I don’t
want to stay in bed all day from exhaustion.
What Are My Plans?
Artist Writer’s Outlet Shop
For a couple of years, I worked
on building up products available on Zazzle, CafePress, RedBubble,
and the like. At
this point, Zazzle
is the only one I receive sales from regularly. When I promote, sales occur. That’s
a habit I need to get back into this year. I also need to get some fresh
content on those sites, as well. My goal is to make that happen between now and
the end of March.
A project I’ve been cooking up
behind the scenes is re-launching Maine-ly
Motherhood. I initially launched this site in 2013 (2012?), I couldn’t keep
it running because life became “too much.” I got the site back in early
2019 and I’ve been drafting content and brainstorming ideas ever since. My goal is to have it ready for re-launching
by the first week of June.
I’m not happy with my site’s
design and layout at all. I switched things around a little bit during the
first week of 2020. However, I’m not happy with it at all. I’m picking away at
things and hope to have everything the way I want it by the end of March.
Working Freelance Writer
It’s been too long since I’ve
updated Working Freelance
Writer, also. I look at Medium as another blogging platform and, unfortunately,
I’ve been neglecting it for months in favor of working on other projects
(mostly for clients). I know if I manage my time better, I can keep that
publication consistent again. My goal is to have my editorial calendar set and
content rolling out consistently again by the end of February.
Thank You for Sticking Around!
I know I don’t have many loyal
followers on this site and that it’s my fault. (Lack of updates—why would
anyone want to return if there isn’t anything new?) Those of you who are sticking
around, though, I appreciate your loyalty and continued support. You can also
keep up with me on Facebook,
Instagram, and Twitter. Until next time, Happy New