Posted by: faultlessfinish | April 16, 2012

The Honeymoon is Just Beginning

“I always thought that working 9-5 for a book publisher would be my dream job. But after landing that job last year, it didn’t take long to realize that I want to make my own schedule, be my own boss, and live as freely and joyfully as possible. So I’m venturing out into the exciting world of freelance editing and want to record every step of the way!”

My very first blog post. Oh man, do I ever remember how excited I was that first month. I set up shop in my favourite coffee house, the Purple Perk, and started reading as many books and articles as I could about freelancing as possible. I thought that life couldn’t get any better. Every morning I woke up excited to start work.

I wish I could say I still felt exactly the same. I’m not trying to be a Negative Nelly, and it’s not like I don’t still love what I do. But it’s so easy to lose that initial enthusiasm – the honeymoon phase. Now that I have an established routine and have been working full-time as a freelance editor for a while, it’s easy to just plunge into work and forget the reasons that brought me to this place, to forget to be grateful and excited.

Everything new eventually becomes routine. I used to walk on air for days after I signed a contract with a new author. And rightly so. New business is a big deal. But it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking, “Well, of course you SHOULD be getting new work. You’ve been doing this for long enough.”

“Shoulds” suck. I’ve blogged about this before. Everything positive that comes your way is a reason to celebrate. I had a great week at work last week because I honoured my goal of approaching work like it was my first day. I worked in my favourite coffee shop, read interesting articles, and gave thanks every morning for the projects I’m working on and for the chance to do a job that I love.

Why do you do what you do? Can you remember the reasons? Keep the romance alive – have another honeymoon phase.

Namaste :)

Rachel

This week’s goal: Approach goals mindfully.

Song of the week: “Conscience Killer.” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. This wasn’t a new find, but I’ve loved these guys for a while and still can’t get enough.

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Responses

  1. You do what you do, because you do it so well, Thank you Rachel for all you do for me… 🙂

  2. I have a goal of living a life. Where work and the world are all part of what I do each day. I don’t want separated categories – this is my work, this is my family this is my play. I want it to be this is what I do. Nearly there. 🙂

    Jim

    • That’s a good point, Jim. Just living a life that you love should be the main goal 🙂 Glad to hear you’re almost there! And thanks for reading.


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