I feel like most of my blog posts these days begin with “hello everyone, remember this horrific world we in the United States are living through right now? Hopefully we can turn this chaos and mass tragedy of COVID-19 and the failings of our nation into something positive!”
And it’s hard, sometimes. I’m writing this on Fourth of July because… what else am I going to do? It feels like we’re in work mode all the time now, and I keep blocking off “rest days” that end up turning into work days anyways because… might as well I guess?
So, there is a method to my madness: if we’re going to be cooped up at home for the next however long, why not make the most of it? Why not save up for travel and exploration and the future? Why not work hard now so we can play later?
I say this as someone who enjoys the work I do (I’m working on writing an essay about how hustle culture can be toxic — more on that later!) and finding purpose in my work grounds me and helps me stay sane.
(I’m also gardening and reading books and watching way too much Shark Tank and Warrior Nun, so I’m not working ALL the time! Also Warrior Nun is a new Netflix series that is surprisingly delightful, go check it out. It’s very reminiscent of Buffy.)
Catholic superhero shows aside, I wanted to write this article to talk a little bit about the landscape of freelancing in the pandemic from my experiences in case you were looking to get started as a freelance writer or were looking for some new strategies in this uncertain time. Let’s go![Read more…]