My life as a “freelancer slash blogger” can be summarized as follows. In January, I start the year off optimistic. I set a ridiculous goal like doubling my income or having a better work-life balance. But some January months come with little to no work, like earlier this year, so doubling my income seems out of reach in the early months of the year. I spend a huge amount of my time on the blog to make up for the lack of work. In the early months of the year, I am a good blogger. Consistent and professional. By April, things have picked up, there are gigs lined up. I still feel somewhat confident that there will be more work. The year is still just beginning. Mid-summer, there’s no work again, and I go into panic-mode. Not enough projects are on the table. I email and email trying to find a client, a gig, anything, I worry. I stress. I cry. I insomnia (yes, I made up that word). In September, work picks up yet again, thankfully. I look back at the summer that I didn’t enjoy while sweating over the lack of opportunities. In September, I wonder why I didn’t take a whole month off during that slump, let alone fit in some form of a real vacation somewhere in there. There was time. I just didn’t see the time that was there in the moment. I blog less. By the end of the year, that is now, the months of November and December are packed. I drown in work. I pray that tomorrow I’ll figure out how to be more efficient. I turn down gigs that just don’t fit. I feel a little rage about how, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t spread out the work evenly over the 12 months of the year. There are 12 months to every year, why does the work happen all at once or not at all? Is the Universe punishing me? In November and December, I refer to myself as “the worst blogger ever” because I basically don’t blog much. I wonder at which point you will leave me because I’ve been a terrible, absent friend. I contemplate the idea that maybe the next email I send you will send you over the edge and make you unsubscribe. I read posts about “slow blogging” and I claim that slow blogging is exactly what I was going for. I’m not neglecting you. I’m slow blogging, obviously (*wink wink*). Ah, the life of a freelancer slash blogger. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least.
So, here we are, December 1st, 2016, 5:15PM, and I am working on the December desktop calendar post that was supposed to go live like 18 hours ago, but it didn’t because up until this very moment, the page had no text, just an image. What kind of a blog has no text? No witty banter? Not mine. Today I made 3 different kinds of cookie doughs that I’ll bake tomorrow for a Christmas cookie swap on the weekend, pots de crème & slushie that I’ll photograph tomorrow, and the cookie base for these Nanaimo bars, that will get filled and finished sometime tomorrow when I can squeeze in a couple minutes. I answered my emails (well… I answered some of my emails… I really tried to answer them all!). I packed my gym bag, marched out the front door, and then promptly did a 180 and marched back in because I really have no time for a trip to the gym right now. How is your December shaping up? Here’s hoping we make it through alive. I suppose, we always do, but it sure feels like a struggle, doesn’t it?
Below is a December 2016 desktop calendar, free for you to download. Simply click the size of the image you need below and the image will open in a new tab. Then download that image by right clicking on it to save it to your computer. Find the file in your folder of Downloads and right click on the image title to set the image as your wallpaper/desktop image.
Image source & recipe: Holiday eggnog & cranberry trifle
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