I'm a full-time freelancer now just like this cat who's working hard on his laptop

I’m a Full-Time Freelancer!

I’m a full-time freelance writer now. Yay!

How come, you ask? You’re right; there’s always a story. Usually, it’s a dramatic and inspiring job-quitting saga, or moving-to-a-new-place gritty tale, or coming-of-age self-discovery journey. In my case, however, the story is boring as hell. I live and work in a seasonal town that simply doesn’t have many jobs available between November and May. As a local, you have a choice between moving to a busier location, applying for unemployment, or starting your own business that will bring you income at any time of the year.

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Tools for posting regularly and showing up online

You’re Not Lazy. You Simply Don’t Have The Right Tools. Yet.

Being a solopreneur is exhausting. In the world where content is the king, the workload gets more and more ridiculous. Some people (OK, it’s mostly only Gary Vee) go as far as claim that quantity is more important that quality. I used to be offended by that notion, now I reluctantly tend to agree.

This is the thing: the Internet is getting louder and louder. To stand out, you have to produce something of unsurpassed quality that is better or more innovative than anyone has ever seen before, or simply increase the odds of getting noticed by pumping out more content. And let’s be honest here, #2 is far easier and more realistic for the majority of content creators. It sounds incredibly tedious, but it’s feasible.

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Now you know what I did last summer. Enjoy this view of a lighthouse on Long Point beach of Cape Cod

Now you know what I did last summer

Happy Labor Day everyone! Now that the summer is officially over, it’s time to tell what I’ve been up to, and why I’ve been away from the Creative Overthinker blog.

On top of having my seasonal retail job (hello, #CapeCodLiving ), I started a writing business. I write blog posts, product descriptions, and any other website content for other bloggers and small businesses. I’ve also done ghostwriting (fun topic which I really want to analyze once I have a little bit more first-hand experience) and copywriting, which is quite exciting. That was my summer, thank you for your time, like and subscribe!

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Diving deep. talking about perfectionism and how it often ruins our creative lives

Some Thoughts on Perfectionism

No other destructive trait disguises itself as a virtue as well as perfectionism does. That’s why people bring it up during job interviews, or use it as an excuse for being an absolute nightmare to work with.

I remember being proud of the fact that I could name 10 things wrong with any object, any human, any piece of work, anything at all at a first glance. When you’re a perfectionist, your eye gets automatically drawn to every tiny imperfection out there. It’s simply a default setting of your brain. And you know what’s the worst? You can’t turn it off. Not when you’re home with your family, not when you’re hanging out with your friends, not when you’re trying to explore new things or get to know new people. Eventually I started perceiving it as a limitation rather than a virtue.

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This is an image of beautiful forest trees that sure had some perseverance to grow up as tall as they are

Some Thoughts on Perseverance

Sometimes life just sucks. In one week I got an IRS letter, got my insurance cancelled, as well as some not-so-great news concerning health of the loved one. Sometimes a day feels extremely long and overwhelming, and then I look at the clock, and it’s not even noon yet.

If you know this feeling, congratulations – you belong to the majority of humans who battle anxiety and a legitimately serious case of Why Am I Even Bothering. As soon as life seems more or less figured out, something new falls on your lap. There’s no end in sight – there are new challenges no matter how far you’ve come. On the bright side, you are really not the only one in this boat.

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A picture of a night sky with stars that describes recovering a sense of strength

The Artist’s Way: Recovering a Sense of Strength

Welcome back to the Creative Overthinker! Today I’ll be covering the chapter 8 of The Artist’s Way: Recovering a Sense of Strength.

I genuinely enjoyed this week’s material. It was a welcome change from the past few week – I recently expressed my feelings on the “dwelling on the old memories” part of creative recovery. This week was about a more active approach that included envisioning goals, plans and milestones.

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