Hard work trumps talent anyday. You could be gifted all day long, but if you don’t put the effort in, it won’t get you very far. Being talented does not guarantee success. Showing up everyday and putting in the work is the only way to achieve results. Don’t be afraid of challenging tasks as they help develop your character. So today, go do something challenging and watch yourself grow. Happy Monday!
Here I am, returning from the shadows of obscurity. It’s been quite a while. A lot has changed and a lot has remained the same. That was my hipster way of saying that I’ve been running in circles waiting for the sky to fall these last few months. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some great achievements, and I’ve had some learning moments.
First, I’d like to say that no, I’m not a recovering alcoholic (though my mom seems to think so, more on that later). That said, the term “terminal uniqueness”– which is commonly referred to in A.A.– is the belief that the situation the individual is facing is unlike anything faced by other people. Now, if I’m being honest, when I go to my mopey “all hope is lost” place, I tend to think my “isms” are soooo different than what everyone else is facing.
I mean obviously, no one could possibly understand my life. 2 parents that are still married who are unconditionally supportive of their daughter, friends that care, and a career that is gaining speed? Sheesh, the horror.
As I venture out into the world, I am reminded that my road has been traveled and I don’t have to go it alone. I’m coming to the understanding that I’m not a special little snowflake, and I’m finding comfort in the fact that I’m more human than I give myself credit. Now I am tasked with the pesky chore of connecting with my fellow humans. I’m a little rusty, but I’m working on it!
So, I’m getting back into the blogging swing of things and I have a bunch of goodies to share. I had an epic 26th birthday in October, killed it in freelance writing in terms of earnings in the last 2 months, I’m “taking pride in my appearance” (again, more on that later), and volunteering at the library. In a nutshell, I’m back! So get ready, because I mean it this time! Happy Sunday!
A little over 3 months ago, I saw the 100 day project and jumped at the chance to be part of it. Continue reading “My #100DayProject Failure”
If I could offer one piece of advice to my fellow writing cohorts (or anyone with a dream/aspiration), it would be: “Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do”. Continue reading “Go Big or Go Home”
Want to become a freelance writer? Great! You’ve come to the right place. Freelance writing has many great aspects. Continue reading “Freelance Fridays: Getting Started”
This is the first post for my Freelance Friday segment. There is a romanticized notion that being a freelance writer is a whimsical, magical, and work-free occupation. I’m here to tell you that could not be further from the truth. Continue reading “Freelance Fridays: The Nitty Gritty”
As I sit in Starbucks, pretending to get life in order this week, I have made a few goals for this upcoming week. Since sharing is caring here are a few things you can expect from this caffeinated junkie.
As you guys know, I started the 100 Days of Writing last Monday. Now, I’d be lying if I told you these last 7 days have gone perfectly (they haven’t). My new goal is to blurb about my progress at least once a day. A short and quick update on how the project is going. It will help keep me accountable (or so I hope).
- Freelance writing projects
I’ve got a lot on my plate in terms of projects that I’m working on, which is great! I really am attempting to stay on top of my work and making sure my clients are 110% thrilled with my work. I also have some articles that I need to finish by today so they can be published this week! One of my editors needed some content asap for this week, so with any luck, I’ll post a few bylines during the week.
- Quality friendship time
I’ve been shirking my friend duties (although, I did go to a Milky Chance concert last week, more on that later). All work and no play makes for a mopey and anxiety-filled Taryn.
- Working on my fitness
Yeah… my ass has seen better days.
- Freelance Fridays
I will be starting a weekly post on all of my freelance dealings. A lot of times, freelance writers paint the profession as a “romantic” and “work free” love affair where you sit on your pretty little bum, collecting checks with minimal effort. So not true. As with any other self-run business, there is a lot of hustling, hard work, and dedication that comes with it. There, I’ll talk about my experiences, answer any questions you may have for me, and give helpful tips to any aspiring freelancers. I’ve made a few triumphs and a bunch of mistakes, so if you can learn from me and skip some pitfalls, I’m happy to help!
Anywho, that is what’s on the docket for this week. I hope everyone has a splendid, productive week ahead of them. 🙂
Freelancing is not for the faint of heart. It can be great, it’s not always sunshine and daisies. While you technically are your own boss and there is a lot of freedom in the role, it takes a lot of dedication, discipline, and patience. But who wants to be successful? Ain’t nobody got time for that. So to help my fellow writers out, here’s a list of 5 ways you too can kill it working from home.
1. Don’t Go Outside
Seriously, DON”T. GO. OUTSIDE. EVER. Who needs vitamin D anyway. Going outside is for chumps. Be a hero and stay inside, in the dark, under the covers, while slaving away on your laptop. You don’t need to feel the sun on your face to feel alive. The backlight glimmer of your laptop brings the hope of anxiety and potential emotional breakdown. You can’t get that kind of joy from the outside world.
2. Don’t Exercise
Who needs all the benefits of endorphins? Instead, sit your ass on your couch and enjoy the Duck Dynasty marathon. You don’t have to be about that exercise life. Even better, order take out, all the time. Let those fitness freaks do all the running. You’re doing a different kind of marathon… a Netflix marathon, that is.
3. Don’t Budget Your Money
Budgeting is for wimps. You have a rockstar life to maintain. Who cares if your workload isn’t the steadiest? You have to show your friends that you’re a baller without a boss. So live it up. You can always block the calls from debt collectors
4. Don’t Talk to Anyone
You’re an artist. Remember, people are the enemy. The perks of working from home means that you don’t have to interact with anyone. That line “no man is an island” is a load of crap. Creating literary genius requires isolation from the outside world. I mean it worked for Hemingway, right?
5. Don’t Have a Routine
This one is incredibly important. If you truly want to be at the top of your game, you must not have a plan, like, ever. Just slap a bunch of crap on the wall and see what sticks. Work in circles aimlessly. Don’t ask for help either, that’s the lame way out. You’re on this road along… forever… for all eternity. Help is for the weak, you must endure.
Follow these 5 steps and you too can have a rewarding, amazing, anxiety filled depressing career… errrr what???
Ok, ok… so I may be pulling your leg a little. Going down the road less traveled requires more work than one might think.While working for yourself has its rewarding moments, if you do not keep a healthy balance of work and life, it can go south very quickly. In fact, if you don’t pace yourself, you could go bonkers (trust me, it’s happened to yours truly). Get a support system and remember to have a life outside of your work. Freelance responsibly, my friends!