I don’t know about your 2015, but mine has started out as a really slow rumble, and then all of a sudden exploded into a crazy frenzy by the end of the first month! Now Chinese New Year has passed and those that share my year (I’m the year of the Horse), can seemingly enjoy some luck, after the past few years’ unlucky streak. If you’re curious about what this year of the Ram or Sheep holds for you, check this out: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/horse.asp
So, I’ve started my digital consultancy in full force and effort this year, and I have to say that I ask myself every day WHY I hadn’t done this sooner?!
Of course I realise that maybe I wasn’t ready professionally, or even personally to take on what I’m trying to take on….. which is a crazy lot. But I have to say, I thought I was a creature that lived for routine, for something solid and a 9-6p route that would give me peace of mind that I have health insurance for myself and my baby, a monthly pay check and what not. I have to say, however stressed I was during the time I was in agency, which don’t get me wrong, was still a great learning experience in its own way and I learned A LOT, I am never that stressed anymore, even when things at the beginning of this “freelance” journey was tricky. More than tricky. It was downright frustrating, tiresome, trying, tedious, tumultuous and heartbreaking. Considering all that, I did not once have a breakdown like the 2-4 times I had when I was working in an agency. Again, do not get me wrong: Advertising, if you’re up for it, is FUN. It exercises your mind to think about things in different ways, if you’re surrounded by amazing creative nutso people that want nothing more than to push your limits, and sometimes your buttons. But I figured that this was amazing training ground for the things I wanted to accomplish in my professional life, and that is to see what my capabilities and knowledge of digital marketing and content was made of, and what I could learn to move and add to my knowledge. When I realized I was burning out last year, especially after my second confinement in the hospital for gastro problems that the doctors couldn’t figure out WHAT was wrong, where all my tests were normal, what everyone realized was that it was all stress induced. So I left the agency with a warm good bye and hugs, and went on my way.
The fourth quarter of year last year was one of hustle, bustle, and just working everything I could, even the encoding freelancing jobs, I would look into. I finally landed a job, a very promising partnership truth be told, but as the new year came closer, it fizzled out. I will not lie; that made me question if this decision I put my family through was a good one, if I was smart enough, tenacious enough, good enough to move forward. Being the hard headed person I am, I internally said “EFF IT”, manifested little things to get me going towards where I wanted to head, and trudged on.
What do you know, literally 2 weeks after that rejection, I went on to score my first big client. The next two came in and then a fourth. In doing my personal accounting, racking up the inevitable debt, bills and such I need to pay back (damn those credit cards, I tell ya!), I saw that yes, my debts and bills were considerable, but oh holy cow. I suck at math, but did this excel file just tell me I’m earning TWICE as much as I would be in mid management position I was in?
I did the numbers literally 5 times. On a Saturday night. FIVE. I couldn’t believe it. Then more clients came in. Seriously best last few weeks / month I’ve had in ages. Then a week ago, my official BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) certification came in which meant I could hand out receipts for my services like a damn grown up, and have certification from them. WOOHOOO! 🙂 I have never felt so invigorated, and excited and encouraged and fulfilled. 🙂
So, people in my network started asking me about what I did. I decided to do a name / place holder for an FB account just in case I see the need to have one in the future. Well, it seemed that the future arrived smack at my door, so I made one.
You can check my FB site here, but really there’s nothing in there except me thanking you for liking the page.
SO! Where does this leave me now? I am now going to hang out in my office, which is here at home, watch my son the Punkus rock his hobby horse and try and torment the cat, and give my partner a hug for being so patient with my tantrums.
I’ve also started planning the tackling of my International Travel Bucket List 🙂
My #tbt offering is that of my international travel bucket list which hasn’t changed much, except for the addition of south east asian countries, since I was 20. #deliberatemanifesting #baduyngmgahashtagssoImademyown
Netherlands, Finland especially
Rest of Italy and France (preferably by train hehehe)
Ecuador and the Galapagos
Burma / Myanmar
Himalayas / Tibet
There may just be a couple I’m crossing out, but watch this space! 🙂 And here: just something to keep you company today. It was the soundtrack I was listening to whilst writing this entry and one of the better movies I saw this year 🙂
So…. how’s your new year so far? 🙂 Send me a message! 🙂