Go take a leap


image: Junebug Photography

This Wednesday was my one-year anniversary of being a full-time freelance writer.

I’m still not entirely sure what that means. I’d love to craft a beautifully worded treatise on the joys and foibles of the past twelve months, but there’s no way to encapsulate it in a blog post. This little girl with misaligned socks is a pretty solid representation of what it feels like most of the time, which is why I chose her to accompany this week’s installment… but to write some sort of summary would be damn near impossible.  I really wish I’d written something that first day about taking the leap so I could look back on it now and laugh at what a dolt I was.  I think I was too busy to jot down any thoughts, though. Not too busy with clients (yet), mind you… just too busy freaking out, looking in nooks and crannies for rent money.  Too busy trying to find my footing.  Too busy wondering if I’d ever drink fancy coffee again.

Instead of blathering, I’d rather share a few of the notions, words and people that have inspired me from the start.  If I’ve done the math right (and I’m not proud of this, but that’s a big ‘if’), I’ve written more than 1,300 blog posts and articles totaling something like 396,000 words this past year, and that was just the dry run.  So today, I’m taking the day off to celebrate the fact that I’m able to pay the bills and feed the dog (at least this month, if not next) by doing what I love. I’ll let these pictures do the talking while I take a tiny break and figure out what’s next.  After I finish this here fancy coffee in my hand.

image sources: author's archive and Pinterest (click for origins)

image sources: author’s archive and Pinterest (click for origins)

For those of you who’ve made the leap yourselves, I salute you.  For those thinking about doing something scary that’s been tugging at you from the inside, I say, “Do it.”  If it’s how you truly want to spend your life, and if you’re willing to pay your dues, it will be worth the wait, the fear and the struggle.  The coolest part: when you get to your first benchmark, you’ll realize you never once looked back.  Because why would you?  That shit back there was awful.  This stuff right here is great, even when it isn’t.

Happy Friday, folks, and happy 2012. Thank you for coming here.  Thank you for believing in my work, whether you’ve checked out my portfolio or just enjoy reading these public diary entries.  I hope they make you smile, give you an idea every once in a while, or at least provide the distraction you’re looking for.

Most of all, thank you for your kindness, encouragement and time.  I appreciate it more than you know.



7 thoughts on “Go take a leap

  1. “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.” –GAH! Love it, Amy. Congratulations on your year! Let’s you, me, and Lauren get together sometime and talk about freelance writing…I’m constantly convinced that I’m not doing it “right,” but the more I read cool stuff like this, and Lauren’s post yesterday, the more I’m coming to realize that maybe there is no “right.” Living a life like this IS a teensy bit offbeat/bohemian/unpredictable/ballsy/unconventional/bereft of health benefits/freeing, and I think I just need to learn to accept all that. 🙂 Inspiring words, as always.

    • Thank you ma’am! And here’s a big YES PLEASE to a powwow with you and the lovely miss Lauren. Coffee, booze, primal scream therapy… I’m up for whatever you two want to do. And a little birdie (hope Chris P. doesn’t mind me calling him that) told me I’ll be seeing your face soon anyway. To say I’m psyched would be an understatement…

  2. sherdie says:

    Thank you for the inspiration! I’m three months in to freelancing, fairly sure that at any moment everyone will realise that I have no idea what I’m doing. And loving every terrified minute!

    • My pleasure. Welcome to the club, by the way! And for the record, I’m pretty sure none of us really knows what we’re doing, so you’re in perfect company. In a sick and twisted way, I think living on the edge of panic is part of what keeps us hungry and fresh and good at what we’re doing. A weird double-edged sword, but I’m with you: I wouldn’t trade it for all the tea in China.

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