In need of support.

In need of support.

Since firing my only writing client exactly one month ago, I have been struggling to regain my footing as a freelancer. I wrote for the finance sector briefly before returning to teaching yoga as a way to bring in some cash while I figured out my next steps.

Initially, I thought that I was going through a normal transition period. Every six months or so since I started freelance writing, my trajectory has consistently shifted as I got more clear on the work I wanted to do and the people I wanted to serve.

This time, however, felt different. I had none of the excitement found in previous iteration periods of my professional practice. Nor did I have the clarity that usually spurs this need for change. Instead, I felt uninspired and inert.

Hopeful that trying something completely different would help me to rebuild momentum, I began creating a course that will be launching on Skillshare at the end of this month. Even with that well underway, I couldn’t help but feel that something was still missing.

To add insult to injury, I found myself in a few conversations with folks who urged me to consider getting a “real job” and to start thinking about my writing as a hobby. While this advice was unhelpful, it did allow me to see something I was previously unaware of.

Having been a freelancer in some form or another for over 10 years, I have largely been on my own when it comes to professional development. While I have had some mentorship over the past decade, I’ve mostly had to stumble my way through challenges by myself.

So while I don’t need a real job or to stop making my creative practice a priority, I do need support with how to show up differently as a freelancer. Despite being someone who is resilient and self-sufficient, I don’t think I can muscle my way through this one.

The same day I had this realization, I received an email about Seth Godin’s newly launched The Freelancer’s Workshop. Its promise is to help freelancers get better clients while providing invaluable interpersonal support from the other workshop participants.

I signed up and am hopeful that this perfectly-timed resource will help me launch myself into the next chapter of the work I’m doing as a freelancer. I want to keep working as a freelancer and I need to make some changes in order for that to be sustainable moving forward.

So, what support do you need to progress in your profession?

Being with breath.

Being with breath.

Not a hobby.

Not a hobby.