Long Time, No See!

That’s probably what you all think of me. Right? My apologies! I’m currently on my way to Denver to visit my bestie, and thought I would update you on things while I have a three hour layover.

So what have I been up to? Tons!! As far as writing goes I took on a huge project this month which up until today had me working weekends and late into the night. It didn’t help that despite the tight deadline, more work was added at the last minute. But I still managed to get it done before I went away. In fact, I finished it an hour before leaving for the airport. This month I have literally been going at a break neck speed with writing. On top of said huge project, I kept up the work I do monthly with my regular clients and I have to say this month has worn me out! I am oh so grateful for a short getaway to Denver even if it’s just for three days. This month has got me thinking that it’s time I slow down and maybe occasionally start saying no. While I will enjoy a record month in income this month, starting next month I need to think about me and make time to relax. At four and a half months pregnant, I can’t keep up the break neck speed.

Other things I have been up to aside from work. Well, obviously I’m taking a short trip. I’m, on my way to Denver to visit my best friend and can’t wait to see her. This is probably my last trip without a child, so I jumped at the chance to go. I’m happy to say, we have nothing planned and I’m thrilled to just lounge around and catch up with her for a few days.

On the baby front, I’m four and a half months pregnant already. Man has it gone fast!! I can’t believe it – it feels like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant. I have to say the first trimester was hard. I literally felt like puking 24/7 – which was SO not fun. It’s definitely better now and I feel much more normal aside from the occasional mood swing or headache. I’m starting to show a little bit and finally broke down and bought some maternity clothes. Let me just say shopping for maternity clothes was not so fun, but god love Old Navy as it was the only place I found clothes I liked and that were actually a decent price. We’ve heard the heartbeat a few times now and it is so amazing every time that I get all emotional and cry. I can’t help it! Also, we find out the sex in September and I can’t wait! I haven’t even started planning the nursery yet because I want to know what it will be first. Every day I wake up and the first thing that comes to mind is whether or not I’m having a boy or a girl. I have no idea how people wait to be surprised! No waiting here – I want to know!

I’m getting very excited to be a mom and to hold my baby. It finally feels real and January cannot come fast enough! There are some things I need to work out as far as work goes. I’m not giving up any of my clients, but I think when the baby arrives I will need to cut back initially then ease back into things.

Okay, now you should be all caught up with me. I’ll be back sooner than later, I promise. For now, enjoy your weekend – I know I will!


Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

With all the baby excitement going on in my house lately a very important anniversary passed me by without me taking notice. Last week was my one year anniversary of freelance writing full time. I can’t believe it’s been an entire year. It truly feels like just yesterday I quit my full time job. Isn’t it funny how time just flies by when you’re doing something you truly love?!

As many of you who read this blog know it’s been a very good first year and I’ve had some opportunities lately that have made it even better. Here are a few things that I’ve been up to lately on top of my regular client work.

I sold an article!

That’s right, to a real magazine! This is huge for me because I rarely pitch to magazines, as in maybe if I’m lucky I’ll send out three to five pitches a month. That’s certainly not enough – but the best I can do while juggling my clients that keep me busy full time. It’s also a big deal because it’s only the second time I’ve sold an article to a magazine. I was pretty excited! The article doesn’t come out for a while still, so I’m not going to share anymore details until it’s all complete, but I will say it’s for a writer’s magazine.

I’m going to be on the Washington Post blog!

My second huge opportunity is through one of my clients. I got hooked up writing two articles for the Washington Post blog. This is huge to me and I’m so excited to contribute to the legend that is the Washington Post! Both articles focus on back to school, so they should be up in the next month or two. One article I already submitted and once I hear back I’ll start work on the second. I’ll be sure to put the links here when they’re up so you can check them out.

Income wise for my first year things have been pretty good. I’m not making exactly what I was making in my full time office job, but overall I’m making an income I can live off of and it’s very comparable to what I was making.

I’m very proud that in the past year I’ve built up a wonderful list of clients that are happy with my work and keep me very busy most months. Plus I’m very proud that I’ve managed to figure out the business side of things like bookkeeping and setting up my own website.

Overall, this year was a huge success – much more of a success than I thought it would be when I started. I’m truly happy with what I’ve done and how far I’ve come, and I’m completely convinced that this is what I was meant to do with my career.  

Guess What?!?

I’m pregnant. I’ve been putting off this blog post for a while now just because I wanted to make sure our families knew first, but now that the news is spreading it’s time to announce it here. I found out at the end of May and I am currently 11 weeks along. My due date is January 28th and my husband and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Before you ask, yes we were trying – no accidents here although since it only took a month I am grateful there have never been any accidents before.

Immediately upon finding out there were so many thoughts that started flooding my mind. Names, things we’ll need, how to tell people, what to tell my clients, what we need to do to get our house ready and more. One thing I knew for sure right off the bat was that I was going to keep up my work and all of my client work – I’m not giving up my career that I have worked so hard for, no way.

With everything that there is to think about in terms of preparing for a baby my husband and I are trying really hard not to get overwhelmed. We have taken the attitude that although we have no clue what we’re doing we’ll do the best we can and figure it out along the way and everything will turn out fine. Taking this attitude has made for a so far stress free pregnancy and left plenty of room for us to be completely excited.

I have to say that morning sickness is not fun. For the past two months or so it has been my constant companion, but I’m told that it eases up around 12 weeks. Here’s to hoping it does! Feeling crummy has made me realize how truly blessed I am to have my freelancing business. While I’m still completing the same level and amount of work that I was pre-pregnancy my hours have varied and because I work for myself it’s so easy to work when I feel well and not work when I feel bad. I can’t say enough how much I love what I do and am so thankful for it!

We will find out the sex of the baby – there is no way I could wait on that one! We have picked out some names we like, but we’ll keep them under wraps until we decide for sure.

Aside from baby stuff and the holiday weekend July has been a busy work month so far, stay tuned for my next post to see what I’ve been up to work wise including a few awesome opportunities that have come my way!

Happy Independence Day!

I just wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a very happy Independence Day and long 4th of July holiday weekend. While we all enjoy our various cookouts and firework shows, may we be thankful of the wonderful country that we live in and of all the freedoms that we enjoy. Here’s to you America and all of my family and friends. Be safe and enjoy!

List Making Fun

So my last post was a little blah, forgive me I really don’t like birthdays. On a good note this birthday has to rank up there with one of my best. My husband really outdid himself and made me feel very special. Much applause to him!

On to today’s topic: list making. I’m an obsessive compulsive list maker. I make grocery lists, blog idea lists, magazine pitching lists, household chore lists, book lists, recipes to try lists, and on and on. There is almost nothing as gratifying to me as crossing items off my list. It’s like proof of my accomplishments. I think the joy I get from list making is more of a control thing than anything. When I feel really stressed, that’s when the lists get cranked out. It helps me break down tasks, get from point A to point B, feel organized and it helps me control what often feels out of control.

Sometimes I make lists for my husband. He usually rolls his eyes, but eventually crosses things off his lists too. Well, I have a confession to make. This weekend I made the list of all lists. Usually my lists are simple, jotted down quickly on scrap paper in pen. This weekend I’m not sure why, but I sat down and made a HUGE list of EVERYTHING I want to do for our house in the next year. This includes adding shelving to closets, removing a ceiling fan, organizing the dreaded basement, setting up a home gym, ordering a sleeper sofa for the office, lining the kitchen cabinets, and oh so much more. And this is no ordinary list – it’s an entire Excel spreadsheet complete with an estimated cost column, a completion goal column and an actual completed date column. I feel like my list making has stepped into the big time.

Said list actually makes me feel quite happy. When I’ve had free time this week I’ve referred to it and I’ve gotten two things crossed off already – I’m very proud. My husband hasn’t seen this doozie-of-a-list yet, but I’m sure he’ll be thrilled (sarcasm) with it especially since some of the items are only things he can do.

What about you? Do you make lists? How do they help you?

Aging Gracefully

My birthday is coming up and I have to admit I’m not one of those people who ages gracefully. I’ve always admired those people – you know who I’m talking about, the ones who truly believe they get better with age and that each birthday is an opportunity for a whole new year of possibilities. That is so not me. No my birthday goes more like this: the week of my birthday everyone starts asking me what I want for my birthday and what I want to do to celebrate and I end up crying. By the time my birthday actually arrives I have puffy eyes, am in a bad mood and have made no plans. My husband says I’m a little dramatic.

My last good birthday was 21. At 21 I was so happy because I could finally legally drink, but when the hangover wore off it was like well, now I don’t want to have anymore birthdays. There is nothing to look forward to birthday wise after 21. My husband (then only my boyfriend) nicely pointed out that when I turned 25 I could rent a car. Guess how exciting that is? I’ve still never rented a car.

I remember on my 25th birthday, I had a mini breakdown. People thought I was crazy, but I just remember thinking I’m halfway to 50 and it will go too fast. And you know what? Now that I’m turning 29 it feels like my 25th birthday was really just yesterday – I mean where did the last four years go? This is what is so depressing to me about birthdays, it seems like the older we get the faster the time slips by and before I know it I’ll be sitting in a nursing home remembering the good old days and wondering how it all went so fast. Sometimes when someone asks me how old I am I actually forget. It’s not on purpose, but I find myself almost saying 27 – is this a sign of old age setting in?

Here’s the thing, I don’t hate my birthday because I’m unhappy with where my life is. Quite the contrary, I love my career, I love my husband, I love that we have a wonderful house, and that we are surrounded by incredible friends and family. I hate my birthday because I am terrified of old age and all the problems that come with it. I like my life the way it is and the way I look and feel right now – and if it changes I want it to be by my own means and something I control, not the whole out of control aging thing.

On that note, enjoy your week and I’ll try to enjoy mine by pretending I’m not actually having a birthday. Maybe by next year I’ll have figured out how to age gracefully….

Race for the Cure

My sister, my mom and me at the Race for the Cure.

About two weeks ago I got a team together to participate in our local Race for the Cure. The Columbus, Ohio affiliate race raised $2.5 million for breast cancer research and treatment with 50,396 participants. The day was beautiful – sunny and a nice 75 degrees. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and everyone was in good spirits.

Every year, the Race for the Cure is emotional, just because of the beauty of the survivors and the people willing to give to help the cause. This year it was especially emotional because I was personally touched by breast cancer. The biggest highlight was walking across the finish line with my mom and sister. My mom is officially a one year survivor! It was a very touching experience and one that I hope we repeat for many years to come.

The thousands of people walking to raise money for breast cancer.

The back of my race shirt dedicated to my mom.