As exhausting as it has been start a full-time job on the side while still hanging on to my part-time gig, it has also been thrilling. I was entirely taken of guard by how quickly things took off. Between the few blogging jobs I have, freelancing for a magazine, and ghostwriting part-time, I have met my minimum goal for monthly income. After a few more months of saving, I hope to transition to working from home full time.
I have been absolutely swamped with work, which has meant letting a few things go for the time. There has been some guilt over living in survival mode, falling out of my routine, doing the bare minimum of housework and personal care. This transitional season has been such a learning experience for me.
Living in survival mode is OK. As hard as it is to remember in the thick of it, this is a short season of busy, Full days and missed sleep are not the standard for our future. Living in survival mode is OK, when there is a goal in sight. So for now I am dwelling in the possibilities of what our life could be and working my tail off to make it a reality.
Say no often. If there ever was a time to say no as often as possible, a big life transition is it. This has been essential to remember not only during a career change, but how helpful this lesson is for news babies and new homes. During this season, I am thoughtfully saying no, and I am saying it frequently. This allows me to save my "yeses" for the right people--my husband and children.
Hang tightly to routine. Even during this time of a lot of hard work, and not very must rest, routine is paramount to my survival. In order to stay on top of work, I learned quickly I had to schedule works hours--even if they were schedule at the crack of dawn or late into the night. Sticking to the daytime routine I put in place for the girls has cut down on unnecessary chaos in our days.
Got any tips for me during this big transition? Have you gone through any big life changes recently? What lessons did you learn?