September has been all about getting over fears. Fears that this won’t work, fears that no one will like what I’m doing, fears that I’m doing it all wrong. Who am I kidding? I’m sure there’s lots more of that to come! But for now, I’m happy that it’s the right path to take. It doesn't always feel 100% right, but doing anything else would feel 100% wrong.
What did I do this month?
Launched my Newsletter!
It's called the Journey Journal, it's a month old, it's 2 entries in and I have just over 10 subscribers. I love you all! If you'd like to join this special group who receive updates, images and helpful advice just fill in the form below! You can find out more about the Journey Journal here.
Took a break from blogging.
It was a last minute decision but a worthwhile one. If you follow me on any social media you probably already know that my Mum and her partner came to stay with me in Thailand for two weeks! This of course meant some work had to be put aside. The break had another silver lining; it’s made me so much more productive and given me a turbo boost of inspiration!
Re-defined my themes.
I could write about just about anything at the moment, and that's what I've been doing. To make sure I don't over-do it, I've narrowed it down to 5 key themes: Nature, Photography, Freelance, Travel and Mental Health. These all easily link and most of my blogs will combine a couple of these.
You may have noticed I used to have "Eco-Living" in my taglines and bios. While I fully support this movement and will still touch on it from time to time, this is a subject with plenty of dedicated people and resources that can inform you much better than I can. I feel semi-similarly about mental health however on this subject I think the more people who are open about it, the better! I can also see that my blogs surrounding this subject have some of the best page views on my whole website. So if you like them, and I like them, of course they will continue.
Worried about Money.
I have such a strange relationship with money. I've never had much and was raised on the reduced sections and charity shops. None of this is a complaint! It's made me far less materialistic and I’m completely grateful for what I have in my life.
Money, however, is still something I can't completely get my head around. I'll admit that when I have it I'm usually a bit stingy. So much so that when I don't have as much money (but still enough to get by) I panic!
This month that started to happen again. As a result I found myself applying for jobs with the comforting benefit of regular pay. It didn't take long for me to realise that I would probably turn them all down if I got them. That's not the life I want anymore, at least not for now. This is why I'm so determined to make Going Freelance work. I don't care if I have to do 3 or 5 or 10 times the work of a normal office job - I value my freedom (to work how I choose and live how and where I choose) over any monetary value.
Aims for October:
Get ahead of myself - in a good way!
I haven’t been completely on it when it comes to writing blogs, hence the gap in posts for the last 2 weeks. My aim for this month is to start writing all blogs at least the week before and write extra ones where possible so I can have a library to go when life gets busy.
Launch a product
Something is coming! You will be the first to know if you’re signed-up for my Newsletter, for now you’ll just have to wait and see. This is the first of many steps I need to take to start monetising my work. An online business isn’t much good without it!
Ignore invisible pressures
Last month I started to worry about not looking ‘professional’ enough. It was a silly thought. After all, it’s the personal touches that make our work unique.
Seems like I’ve done pretty well meeting last months goals! If you'd like to find out what they were you can check out my last Going Freelance Blog Here. You can see more of my Going Freelance series by clicking here.