Happy Valentine’s Day!
In all the hustle and bustle of my increasingly busy days, it’s so easy for me to get overwhelmed with my never-ending to do list, and start to wonder just why in the world did I choose to take all of this on. So in an attempt to remind myself of all I have to be grateful for in regards to my career, and to honor Valentine’s Day, I’ve created a list of the many reasons I love being a freelance writer . . .
I get to create my own schedule!
Actually, I don’t. My kids’ schedules create my schedule. But someday I will be calling the shots!
It’s a brisk 7 degrees outside as I write this (-2 with wind chill), so I’m pretty happy to not have to go outside. Except to chauffeur those darn kids.
I don’t have to get dressed or do my hair!
Unless I’m taking the kids somewhere — heaven forbid I should embarrass them!
I can work from anywhere!
Anywhere with a wi-fi connection, that is. As long as I’m home in time to feed the kids.
I can say no to projects I don’t want to do!
Unless I’m broke. Then I just have to suck it up. The college that my oldest attends doesn’t care if I don’t want to write about Ice Vending Machines. CMU wants its money!
I’m constantly learning new things!
You’d be surprised how much I actually know about Ice Vending Machines.
I get along with my boss!
I’m pretty easy to get along with. Most of the time.
I can take a long lunch if I want!
Or I can start work after lunch. Or I can quit work after lunch.
I can go on vacation whenever I want!
Well, I can go on vacation whenever the kids are off school.
I can bring my dog to the office!
And five minutes later, I can take a break to let him outside. And five minutes after that, I can take another break to let him back in. And five minutes after that he wants back out.
I can make a Starbucks run whenever I feel like it!
Actually, this might not be such a good thing . . .
I can work on personal projects on company time!
I can also fold laundry on company time. And clean the bathroom. Lucky me.
No office gossip!
As long as I stay off Facebook, that is.
I dictate my own salary!
No haggling for a raise — if I want extra money, I do extra work. Period.
I never get bored!
If I need a break from writing, I can always to some bookkeeping. Or some marketing. Or some research. Or some networking. Or more laundry.