So You Want To Be A Freelancer
Life changes… Just when you think you have it all figured out, a change comes along and you re-evaluate. I am a person who loves change. When I was a child I would have been considered ADHD for sure if that was a thing when I was younger. I was just considered the wild child… The child who wouldn’t color within the lines and definitely was not going to color grass green – I would color grass purple just because I could and I refused to let someone tell me grass had to be green. My parents really did try to go with the flow with me but I went to Catholic School – they are totally not “go with the flow” type of people.
When I went to high school I wanted to be an accountant – I really don’t know why other than I loved math. No subject made me happier. But then I took my first accounting class – YUCK! Nope, not accounting. Next up – I wanted to become an actuary. I sat for the first actuarial exam and thought to myself – really? In this day and age a computer does all of this stuff and these calculations – why am I spending thousands of hours studying how to do it all manually. Nope, not an actuary. I went to school for Justice and Law Administration. Life happened again, my parents got divorced; I could no longer afford school and came home. I will say I think this was where my true calling was but sometimes it doesn’t matter and you move on. I ended up with degrees in business – MBA. That was totally not my calling but it allowed me to get a good career until I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.
Then… I earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health. GREAT right?! It was until the school went belly up, no one heard of it anymore and no one trusted the degrees. Moving on… Still working in business, I started blogging. At first I start blogging to chronicle the lives of the three children we had adopted. It was all about them. Through this process I decided it was a great outlet for me and my ambitions, goals and dreams. My blog became my passion – it consumed me and my life. Not in a bad way – everything is on my blog. Well, most everything. I try to stay away from heartbreaking personal stuff – I write about the kids, our family, our pets and so much more. But for example we recently lost my father and my husband’s father – both really have taken a huge toll on us. I took a bit of time away from blogging to grieve for them but never really incorporated these painful times into my writing until this very moment.
For a long time I would only write for others. But now I write alot for me. I now have multiple blogs and even my 13 year old daughter has started one. We write because we love it. As a result, the natural transition for me has been to move into the world of freelancing. I consider myself an entrepreneur – I work a full time job but all my entrepreneurial activities allow me to own horses, practically what seems like a herd at this point; they allow me to provide for my children’s special needs – anything we need for them, we are able to get. And I am always looking to expand my skills, projects, etc… I am still about as ADHD as a person can get. Ask my husband – he doesn’t even try to keep up with me anymore.