I’ve been attempting to do freelance work since I officially resigned from my former position over a year ago. It’s been ok, but until recently I never took on a whole project, only bits and pieces where I could get them.
In September I got an email from someone I used to work for asking me to pick up a project for him. It was really perfect for me since I had worked on the previous edition of the book and get along really well with the whole book team. So I agreed. After some delays the work finally started up in mid-January and it’s been going really well.
I quickly realized that I would never be able to do it all from home. Even with my mother-in-law there it’s hard to get much done since Brady doesn’t realize I’m working and can’t play with him. Plus I don’t have a good printer, no copier, no fax machine, etc. So I’ve been going into the office one day a week…and I LOVE it!
I get to get out of the apartment, ride on the subway, see my friends, get work done – real work done, and basically become a part of non-baby civilization for one day. I only go in from about 11-3:30 and yet it’s more than enough time. It reminds that I would’t want to be working fulltime again and yet fulfills all those things I was missing. All this and I only have to be away from my little man for 4.5 hours. It’s honestly ideal.
And to sweeten the deal, I’m making us some extra money. I’m working about 6 hours a week which seems like nothing, but it does make a difference. It amazes me that such a small change – just 6 hours a week is making such a huge difference in my life. This project runs through May and I’ve already got some more work lined up. Maybe I’ll go crazy and pick up another in-office day, who knows?
One of the benefits that I really didn’t expect was missing Brady. I know that sounds odd, but when you spend basically 24-7 with a person – even if you grew that person in your own body – you start to get tired of them. My few hours away from Brady make me appreciate those that I have with him even more and I just adore seeing his smiling face running toward me when I come in the door!