Freelance Life Post: Everything Hits at Once



Have you noticed, if you are a freelancer, that right around the holidays everything happens at the same time? Everything. EVERYTHING. Enter: Stress Threat Level Orange. We’ll be leading into Red by Christmas.

My brother, who will be blogging with me as soon as he feels a bit better, is ill and was recently in the hospital. He lives a few hours away, so I am communicating by text, email, cell phone, and tying messages to the legs of ravens. I don’t recommend that last one. I think it only works on TV. I don’t like not being able to see him, so I get very stressed. When someone I love is sick, I want to be there to make sure they are well taken care of  (even though I know his wife is doing this for him). I once was the “last straw” in having a Physician’s Assistant fired for being a jerk… he was – there were witnesses – and trying to bully me when my mother was in the hospital. I do not fear nurses, doctors, lab technicians, or other hospital personnel who need to pay attention to their patients. I am not nasty unless they are uniquely horrid. My sister wants to make sure I’m at her side if she’s ever sick. ANYWAY… I feel helpless because I can’t help.

In addition, I have/had a client. I can’t say for sure because I’m trying to cancel the job and the whole situation is like gum on my shoe. Let’s just leave that there.

My sons were home for Thanksgiving and the sewer clogged at my mother-in-law’s where we were having dinner.

My phone has rung 14,586 times today and only 2 weren’t telemarketers or charities.

It’s December already. I have done no shopping at all for the holidays and don’t even have one decoration up.

My router stopped working and the 5 minute firmware update took a day and a half.

I have deadlines upon deadlines and I’m writing a blog post instead.

I hope you haven’t read this far hoping I have a solution. I’m just putting out fires as I go along. I guess that’s one of things about being a freelancer: you must be able to prioritize, multitask, and just keep moving forward. Are you still here? Shouldn’t you be doing something?