One of the best decisions I’ve made recently (or possibly ever) was to enroll and in a writing course designed to teach freelance writers how to build and run their own freelance writing business from scratch.
Despite only one month passing since making that decision, it has already changed my life- because it has changed my way of thinking about myself, about what I believe I am capable of, and about my place in the world.
In the past month, my accomplishments from this decision alone:
- Created this blog, and consistently post on a weekly basis (I love doing it)
- Readers like you (!) have begun following my blog, which I’m in awe of
- Set up the framework for the day-to-day details of running a small home-based business
- Reached out to people in my network (that I was terrified to contact) for advice
- Read “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero, and started her sequel, “You Are A Badass at Making Money”, two books I would never have read otherwise and which have completely shifted my mindset
- Created social media accounts for my freelance writing business
- Created a Canva account and started tinkering around just to see how things work
- Created an Upwork account to gain insight on what kind of freelance writing work is out there, because I had no idea
- Listened to multiple podcasts, trainings and webinars to gather common denominators in the business practices of successful freelance writers
They may not seem like much, but for a person who hasn’t taken an active role in her own life for quite some time, these wins mean everything to me. I write them down every week in a notebook with “You’ve Got This” on the cover and cherish them. My writing goals are the first thing I think about every morning when I wake up, and the gratitude I feel for being allowed to realize this dream and start working to bring it into being is incredible.
Not to toot my own horn, but I made another pretty darn good decision last week when I reached out to my writing course instructor for coaching on building this freelance writing business o’ mine. Despite my accomplishments thus far, and my deep knowing that working for myself as a writer is what I want and what I have to do, something inside is responding with resistance.
So, I signed up for a coaching package as an add-on service to the writing course I’m already taking, and fortunately this incredibly busy, downright prolific woman was available to schedule our first session for this past Friday.
It was incredible.
My expectations were fairly non-existent, because having never run my own business before or used coaching services, I really had no idea what it would entail. I figured we would basically discuss my business goals and how to progress towards them – very vague, blanket expectation I suppose.
This was so much more than that.
It was like therapy, but with a business slant. During the session, she asked me some hard questions, made points I hadn’t considered, and drew very insightful parallels between different life events. In closing, she left me with a couple of great suggestions for exercises to do when I was ready, and later sent a follow up email just to recap what we had discussed and get us on the same page before next week’s session.
I’m so glad this is all happening.
Of course, Friday afternoon I took a little nap (deep, emotional thought work = HSP recharge time) and I didn’t force myself to tackle the recommended journaling exercises right away. I let my subconscious process at its own pace and knew when the time was right, I’d be ready.
Saturday morning right after I woke up, I made coffee, took care of my fellas (pups), and carried my journal, favorite pen and a cup of coffee out onto the porch where the slightest hint of fall was giving us a glorious sneak preview with cool, calm air. Time to let my subconscious speak.
The journaling sparked by the coaching session continued for seven full pages.
Suffice it to say, the coaching is off to an amazing start and I thoroughly look forward to more of these rewarding moments in the future.