I’m Cooking Up Something New…
I know what you’re thinking: Where the hell have you been? How could you bless us with new essays, photos, and podcasts every week for 8 months and then almost completely disappear? I get it. For the last two months, I get an F for consistency, but I’ve used the time wisely, I swear.
As most of you know, I’m a full-time freelance writer. I’m nearing the end of my second year in this business, and I’m not where I want to be. But in the last month, I’ve realized how unclear my goals were. I knew that I wanted to generate more income, but I hadn’t specified how much more or how I planned to do it. So, for the last month, I’ve hunkered down to start ironing out my long-term strategy for 2018 and beyond. In short, 2017 has to suffer a bit so I can get ahead.
This year, I've learned that running a business means making sacrifices. Some of them have hurt, but it'll all be worth it in the end.— Jefferey Spivey (@Jeffereyspivey) October 17, 2017
Also, I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. I’ve been writing an average of 11,000 words each week, which is the equivalent of a 22-page research paper. And that’s in addition to creating social media content for clients and editing documents. I’m not complaining, because I’m so grateful for the steady work. I know there are tons of freelancers out there who are dying to have a stack of workload like this on their desks. But also, at the end of the work day, the last thing I feel like doing is writing more. Even if it’s just for me and Uptown Bourgeois, and I have complete creative control. When I finish work for my last client of the day, it’s lights out for this laptop. I don’t want to see another blue Microsoft Word banner.
I’m also taking a vacation. To you, I know it looks like I’m living a life of leisure, since I’ve been neglecting you. But I haven’t taken a full week of vacation this entire year. Can you say burnout? So, my hubby and I are headed to LA for about 10 days to relax, rejuvenate, and ring in our first wedding anniversary. I’m putting a “Do Not Disturb” sign on my professional and creative lives for a couple weeks so my personal life can thrive.
When I get back to my grind, my goal is set a framework for the new year. How will I beat 2017? How will I hit my income target? How will I get an agent and a book deal? How will I turn this website into the effective sales funnel I know it can be? How can I make sure this weekly “22-page research paper” is worth the effort it takes to complete it? I have lots of unanswered questions, and I need time to myself to find their solutions.
As far as new content goes, this is as good as it gets for now. But don’t worry. I still have lots of never before seen photos and tons of essay ideas. I’ll publish a few more things in November and December, and then 2018—look out! I’ve got lots of things up my sleeve, so take this downtime as an opportunity to get prepared. I’m cooking up something new, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.
Ciao for now.