You know what, I wrote out this HUGE article for this topic, got so steamed about it and left it for a night in the “draft” pile because I wanted to reread it with a level head. Now that it’s the next day, I kinda feel like it’s all been said before. I’m SICK of
I have been a freelance graphic designer for going on 2 years now and let me tell you, it is an amazing job. I LOVE what I do, I love being able to wake up in the morning… feed my baby, have a coffee, do a little house work and then sit down at my computer and design fun things. I am living my dream and it feels amazing.
When I first started working for myself, I was scared of failure (of course who wouldn’t be) and letting the people who believed in me down. I under-sold myself to win work, worked long long hours to make sure crazy deadlines were met and burnt my creative candle at both ends. I soon found myself with WAY too much work and not enough hours in the day to get things done… made a lot of silly decisions based purely on my fear of failure.
Last year I was lucky enough to be able to completely wrap my work schedule up to go on maternity leave for 6 months. It’s been awesome, kicking back with my new daughter and enjoying US time every day. My time is almost up however and with less then a month of leave time left I find myself reflecting on how far I have come.
I feel like I have a chance to start again, do things the right way and learn from the mistakes I made in my first 2 years.