Here’s to the hard times

So I’m two weeks into the full time freelancing, and I’ve been wanting to write a post about it, so here goes how I’m feeling today…

This is no doubt the scariest thing I’ve ever done. I was shit scared on my last day of work, and I’m still shit scared now. Why? Because I have absolutely no idea what work I might have in two weeks, or in two months. Which also means I have no idea how much money I’ll be making. When you all of a sudden find yourself diving into self employment sooner than expected, it’s a HUGE thing to get used to. No weekly pay cheque, and not much of a safe net.

In saying this, and as scared as I am, I have my freedom, and nothing can replace that. And there’s no other way I would have my life right now. It’s really hard to get used to all of this, but like I said in my first post, you have to constantly back yourself up, and put yourself out there as much as possible. Get noticed. Stand out from everyone else. That’s what’s gonna save you, and get you out the other side.

Last week I took it kind of easy, because it was pretty overwhelming in itself, but now I feel like I have to take it to the next level. I saw someone post on Twitter the other day, that as a creative, you have to constantly assess your branding, and what you stand for, and the kind of work you want to attract. It changes over time. And this could not be more true in my eyes. Which is why it’s become important to me to stand out from the crowd. Going with the crowd is gonna get you nowhere. You’re just gonna blend in, and no one will take any notice.

You have to question everything. Question who you are as a creative. Question why you do what you do. Do you do it just because its your ‘job’, or do you do it because its your lifestyle? Do you get insanely excited when you think about going to work?

I starting asking myself these questions about a year ago, and I began to really find out who I was, and what I wanted to do. And a year later, I quit my job, to start living my dream. I know that being a creative is what I want to do, 110%, so now is the time to literally give this everything. I understand that it won’t be easy, and I think you learn that as soon as you take that leap. But to be really successful, and to get where you want to be, I think it’s going to be better when you’re up there, knowing that you worked your ass off to get there. Right?

Here’s to the hard times, getting us to the good times.

*Sidenote.. I took the above photo this morning, at Palm Beach. I went to shoot the sunrise, then I hung out up there for a few hours. The weather today is absolutely perfect. Blue skies, a warm breeze, and about 26c. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how good you’ve got it. Most of the time things are never as bad as you think, and you’re never as stuck as you think you are.


4 Responses to “Here’s to the hard times”

  1. 1 Krissy March 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    This is my biggest fear about going out into the world after graduation – that I don’t courage or the balls to put myself out there and stand out. That’s also why I know I could never do the freelance thing. I have a lot of admiration and respect for you guys who have the bravery, determination and drive to go for this.
    As always, wishing you all the very best, dude. You’re goin’ places. šŸ™‚

  2. 2 Rach // In Spaces Between March 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Amazing honey, amazing work! It’s all a learning process and if it was easy, none of us would ever work corporate jobs/ for someone else where there’s consistent money coming in and less “emotional attachment.”

    Resistance and ups and downs and all the rest appear when you’re getting closer to living the truth of who you are and what you’re put here to do – so be thankful for every fear that pops up because 1. it gives you motivation to “go bigger, go better” and 2. it asks that you reflect and reassess at regular intervals. Light and shade, ebb and flow! xx

  3. 3 Rachael March 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    So I’ve fallen off the radar a little with my blog reading/blogging lately, but I thought this was a comment-worthy post šŸ˜‰ Back when you first decided to go full-time freelancing, I meant to wish you good luck, and give you a pat on the back šŸ™‚ I have been freelancing for a living for the last few months, and it’s been scary as hell (but that’s prob also because I was forced into it, rather than it being my choice). So huge kudos to anyone that can make it work for them. I have decided that working full-time for an employer is what I need in my life right now, but one day, I’d love to freelance again. You’re a brave lady, but I am the hugest believer in living the life you choose x

  4. 4 SianRicho March 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks a tonne ladies!
    Everything I’ve been reading about business etc lately has said that if you’re not scared to do something, then you should re-asses your goals…
    I think it’s better when you’re shit scared. It pushes you A LOT.

    Once I’ve got something set in my mind, I go at it full steam, so that’s where I’m at with this.
    Bring it on!! xx

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Hey! I'm Sian, and Iā€™m a free-spirited creative wizard. I have a passion for working with people who are on a mission to live their dream lives, and are electrified by the unknown beauty that the future holds. Twelve by One is my place to share awesome finds + write about this amazing world we're living in. Read more here!


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