Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Three Freelance Jobs Gone In Less Than Three Months...WTF, Universe?


Yesterday I received some disappointing news. The freelance staff writer I've held for the past few years, where I write articles about small businesses across the country, is going away. The company that publishes the websites where these are posted made some organizational changes, and they have decided to move the writing duties to in-house employees. That means a total of six of us are losing this source of income.

I wouldn't care so much if I hadn't lost two other freelance gigs just recently. One I talked about in this YouTube video (and I was actually grateful to see that one conclude for a variety of reasons); another is technically on hiatus (but doesn't sound like it will return any time soon, from the tone of the email all writers received just before Christmas.)

This one stings because it consistently paid me the most amount of money and I knew I could rely on it each month to cover my health and dental issuance premiums and then some. I was also planning on keeping it after finding full-time work again because it would have provided a nice amount of extra cash.

All three jobs were ones I easily manifested by stating to the universe what I wanted and letting it go. Now, in one fell swoop, all three have been removed...WTF, universe???

Well, here is what I think is going on (and no, it's not because I'm being "punished" for something the universe is displeased with.)

I think I had become a little too comfortable, too complacent with these jobs. They were fun to do but ultimately provided no room for growth. Two of them also didn't pay as much as they should have, and that includes the most recent one I'll no longer be doing. I started that job being paid $15 per 500-word article and received a raise last year for $20 per piece. But that's still woefully lower than what magazines or even established websites would pay for similar content and length. As writers (and I would read the finished assignments from the other writers in my team) I feel we were all deserving of better pay.

And truth be told, I was starting to get a little bored from writing about yet another yoga studio or catering company month after month. I estimate that I've written about close to 50 of each of these two types of businesses since landing the gig in May 2015.

I think the universe is forcing me to stretch myself (and to finally get a few versions of my resume rewritten) so I can begin applying for full-time jobs and also seek something new on the side that might prove a little more challenging with higher pay. I've also started to pitch ideas to websites I'd love to write an article for, and I need to get more dedicated about doing that.

Everything that seems like a challenge is possibly happening to force us to grow, and allow for something better to come in that matches our worthiness.

Oddly enough, I wasn't sad or worried about the development today. I think it just means they're something better that I'm worthy of on the horizon. I reminded myself that I manifested these jobs easily, so I have the power to attract a new one. I also still have income coming in and I'm still in good shape with my savings; it's important to focus on what is going right. I also counted what I have manifested so far in lost change since starting the penny manifestation experiment. I've accumulated $1.12 in pennies, dimes, and nickels, all found in stores, in parking lots, and even in nooks and crannies of my own home since October. It's a reminder that I do attract money.

I'll also have more time to work on this blog, which is never a bad thing.

Gotta just roll with the changes life throws your way.

4 comments:

  1. Hey Pam are you at all interested in learning how to publish books on Kindle? And I don't mean books at 100, 000 words in length. They can be as short as 3, 000 words.
    Right now I am getting back into publishing Erotica short stories. Of course you can publish under many other genres. But for now I want to give this genre a try.
    If you need any help at all with this let me know.

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    1. I would have to be truly inspired to do so. Right now my focus is on securing steady full-time (or close to full-time) work. Good luck with your Kindle book project!

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