This blog has well and truly been neglected over the past month or so, but for very good reason!
Firstly, Emily the freelancer is now 6 months old. I have no idea where the past half a year has gone; its flown past. I’ve learned so much and grown massively as a person. I’ve discovered new ways to network and it’s truly been an amazing period of self discovery. I will write more about the lessons I’ve learned in another blog post soon, but if it wasn’t for some of my amazing friends, I’d still be floundering. I have grown up business cards with my own name on them now, and I’ve had two people in the past 2 days tell me that my career history is ‘inspiring’. I don’t know what that is supposed to mean, but are people actually looking up to me in in a professional setting now? If so, that’s quite weird, because 99% of the time I still feel like a child on work experience but with a lot more knowledge. Remember in school when you would play shop, I feel like that, except people are paying me and I’m actually getting results. It’s a bizarre sensation but I quite like it.
As you may have noticed, I’ve stopped doing the playlist rundown as my work life has gotten busier. I was hugely time consuming but I am planning on talking about music still on here, it runs in my veins and it would be weird if I stopped talking about music altogether. There are some amazing bands I’ve discovered recently, with Hot Milk becoming a firm favourite – I’m very excited to see them at Slam Dunk at the end of the month; will I see any of you there? Lizzo’s new album is everything I hoped it would be and more. Some of my old readers will remember that she featured quite heavily in my playlist rundowns and I am so happy she’s getting the recognition she deserves both in the US and the UK. I am hoping to do a couple of write ups about the festivals I’m attending this year. I’m at Slam Dunk North at the end of the month and I will be at Leeds Festival for the Sunday this year – I can’t wait to see Post Malone!
Because my work life has elevated so much, my social life has gone completely south which has taken its toll on my mental health. I spend most days cooped up in the house cooking up new ideas and living my life through LinkedIn and Instagram influencers. I’ve had a couple of wobbles, but I’ve generally been okay. Since finding my feet with my freelancing, I’ve realised how much easier it is to manage my workload and there is so much less pressure than there is with someone breathing down your neck in an office environment. I understand some people need that discipline and routine in their lives to keep them going, but having the ability to start work at lunchtime, work until around 5, then spend some time with my family and do admit until 11pm is liberating. I don’t feel forced to work such long hours anymore, I want to do them, and I feel incredibly motivated. I do miss office banter and the social elements of working with a big group of people, but since I left the office life, I have been a hell of a lot happier and haven’t felt depressed as often – huge result!
So now you’re all caught up, I’m going to promise not to leave it this long again. I have a lot of content ideas for the next few weeks and I can’t wait to continue sharing my freelancer leanings with you. Until next time…