Almost like I was having a mid-life crisis followed by an epiphany. Only, I just turned 29 so I don’t know that you could really call it a mid-life crisis!
In August I stepped down from one of my freelance jobs. This was a job that took up the vast majority of my work from home time. After giving it tons of consideration I felt like I was no longer a good fit for the role. So, in September all of a sudden I started having a bunch more free time. I was no longer having to get creative with how and when I worked.
I wasn’t “busy” anymore.
And it felt weird. Not a good kind of weird. A lost kind of weird.
I started making a bunch of goals and none of them felt important and the next day I’d scrap the goal and start from scratch.
And then one morning I woke up and wondered what in the world was wrong with me?! I quit a job so I’d be more relaxed and able to work on what I wanted and yet, here I was, trying to fill that time back up with stuff that didn’t really matter to me.
So I gave myself permission to slow down and do whatever I felt like. And for the last half of September that’s what I did.
I focused on being present for my girls. I did stuff they asked without thinking about it. (Like making leaf piles by hand or watching them swing for hours.) I refinished an old bench. I re-organized random parts of my house. I cleaned every single day. I started ripping down wallpaper.
Of course I still worked too. I just wasn’t flying through stuff. Instead of rushing from one thing to another I would work, do a load of laundry, work some more, clean the house while listening to a podcast, write a blog post, go visit the animals and then it would be time to pick up the girls from school. (And yes I take and pick my girls up from school just so I can get out of the house a little bit each day!)
Once I got over the feeling of needing to be busy all the time slowing down really felt good.
I guess after three years of intense goal chasing I had to force myself to change pace.
That’s not to say I’m done with goals. I just have to make sure I’m going after the right ones that mean something to me and not making myself busy just for the sake of being busy.
I’ve even been thinking of going and working for my Dad one day a week just for fun. Who knows.
September 2015 Income Report
So that’s a lot of talk about slowing down but I assure you, I did still work. I just wasn’t cramming my schedule so tight.
Here’s what I ended up earning last month. (As a reminder I report the income that I actually receive. That means some of this work was done in the last 30-60 days and I received payment for it in September.)
- Freelancing (Writing, Virtual Assistant Work, Blog Management) – $1,989
- Blogging – $3,661.74
- Total = $5,650.74
To break it down further the blogging income came from:
In other news we finally sold Jamie’s house. And not for what we wanted. You can find out about that on Monday as I try to do some honest accounting.
How was your September? Any side hustle progress? Major epiphanies? Pretty fall weather?