So, 2017 hasn’t exactly been my year. Like many people, from what I can gather, for a variety of reasons.
For me professionally, it’s been pretty frustrating. I knew setting out on a freelance writing journey would be a long one. My time most of this year involved research, job applications, setting up profiles on content mill sites that I quickly realized were not a good fit for me (or a lot of others, from what I keep reading) and taking a freelance opportunity that kept me in an industry I was trying to leave.
But just in the last month or so, things may have started to click. Writing for an ultra-local monthly newspaper has turned out to be a little better than expected and pays OK. A longtime and well-paying — but very sporadic — client sent a last-minute assignment that seemed to have turned out very well.
Then I was contacted by a past colleague about helping a weekly newspaper as both a freelance writer and an editorial consultant. Just like that, three times in a row, something positive. It does bring you out of the emotional doldrums of seemingly fruitless job searching online these days, attending never-ending networking events that don’t usually result in immediate opportunities.
So, my mood has turned around, just in time for the holidays. I won’t have to put on a false face and a forced smile when someone asks how things are going. I’m not exactly walking on sunshine, though. I know I have a ways to go before I can say I’ve arrived at freelance success. But the stepping stones have been laid along what seems the right path.
There are also a couple of other possibilities that may come to fruition after the first of the year, so maybe in another month or two, I’ll be closer to true success professionally.
Once again, the people who always urge others to keep their chins up and to not give up may be the ones we should credit and follow. Perhaps there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the sun will always rise and tomorrow is indeed a new day.
For the new year, we should all try to remember those wise words and act accordingly, no matter how depressing or even angry life makes us feel. It’s a daily struggle, but it’s one we’re all in together, so why not have the right attitude that makes it worthwhile for you, me and everyone we know?
Tempered with a dose of reality, too, just so we don’t all get big heads.
Here’s to a better year ahead for all.