This is my very last installment of Freelance Writing Guide for New Freelancers. Interestingly enough, it is also the most important as without health, there won’t be a career in freelance writing for you.
While I always knew this in principle, I had to find out the hard way over the last two weeks. If you are not sure what hard way relates to, it is pretty straight forward. Cash!
In the end, many things always come down to cash. We hate it, but we love it. We need it, but wish we wouldn’t. Whatever you think, all of you would have some opinion about cash. To me, cash pays my bills. It allows me to work from home and live a life I have always envisioned before I was able to retire for good from my job.
To me, cash is nice. Especially cash from my own business. I like it because it pays for things and it allows me to help others like you. I’m also not dependent on a boss. For if there was no cash, I would still work in the dungeons of some fancy-schmanzi restaurant and you wouldn’t read any of this.
Health – lifestyle – food exercise.
These are the topics at the forefront of my mind right now. I am still fighting with this damn flu I caught over two weeks ago. Last week I thought I had it all in control, only to find out that I had developed a nasty allergy against codeine, waking up with a swollen head, legs and ankles on Sunday morning.
This was certainly not a fun way to start the day, let me tell you. So, off the medicine I went and back to bed for pretty much all day Sunday and all day Monday. Today is Tuesday and I’m still battling this virus, I can feel it lurking away within. As I’m typing this, I’m sweating like a pig. However, I don’t feel too bad at all. My energy levels are back and besides being very hot, I’m actually fine.
There is a reason why it came to this “meltdown” in my health. It’s called excessive work. Or some might call it mental madness. I call it passion.
I simply love what I do and to me it doesn’t feel like work. Therefore I tend to go overboard most of the time and spend hours on end in front of the computer. This wouldn’t be too bad if it wasn’t for the fact that I totally forget to eat, drink and exercise during those hours.
Not good at all. I warn you now. Be wary of the computer bug. It’s all great, but – you need to learn to find a balance. I’m still struggling with this myself. If I have an idea, I want to research it now. If I want something, I want it now. Therefore I’m not very patient. Least of all with myself.
Now, I’m paying the price for this.
While I knew this all along I guess I kept thinking that I was invincible and wouldn’t get sick, blah, blah blah. As it turned out, I was wrong.
I do know in theory that I need to have the balance of work – life and relaxation. In practice however, things look a little more distorted I guess. You could call me driven to obsession. Especially when I have a target in view which of course I have.
But, I realized that I too had to take things a little easier. I had to learn to say no to certain people. Life is too important to spend sick and too much fun anyway.
Over the next few months I will do my best to find that balance. It will be challenging because there is so much to do.
How do you balance your life with work? Is there something that worked well for you in particular? Let us know please.