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Humbled: Living the Freelance Life

Written by Yuwanda Black

A friend of mine posted a meme to her Facebook page that read, “My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.”~Rob Hill, Sr.

I reposted it to my page with the note: “I have that life.” And at that point, I had to stop and take pause. How many people can actually say this? In that moment I was humbled.

Humbled by Gratefulness

It’s been a tough week. Working on the book for the publisher has pushed everything else I have going on to the back burner. But as I explain in this Facebook post, yesterday, I met a major milestone — turning in three chapters, which puts me at the halfway mark for getting the book done.

As I was grounded in my humbleness, a remark another freelancer I corresponded with this morning, — Sharon Hurley Hall7-mile beach in Negril, Jamaica, a freelance writer I’ve corresponded with for a few years who lives in Barbados and was kind enough to contribute some amazing tips to the book — resonated.

In response to her amazing submission, I emailed her saying:

Was there ever any doubt about your submission Sharon? I was so excited to read it b/c I knew it was going to be helpful, and you didn’t disappoint. You NAILED it.

She wrote back:

I never take anything for granted, Yuwanda. I was pleased with it, but that didn’t mean it met your publishers’ brief. 🙂

I responded:

As for not taking anything for granted, that’s probably why ur so successful. You give it ur all every time.

And she does. If you ever read any of Sharon’s stuff, it’s all so impeccable, every time. I’ll throw out a blog post with some errors and not sweat it too much. Not Sharon! She’s on point all the time. Makes me want to do better.

But back to my feeling in that moment … it just made me realize that when you don’t take things for granted, you do your best all the time — or at least most of the time. It’s was a simple reminder from the universe — at just the right moment.

The lesson: Never get so busy that you take certain things for granted and/or forget to be grateful.

I’m a bit punch drunk from exhaustion right now. I have literally been writing for 7, 8, 10 hours a day for the past week. I haven’t worked out and of course have been eating all the wrong things (why do deadlines make you do that?!). My body is like, “What the heck is going on?! I want to sweat!” So I’m going for a run.

Here’s wishing you a great weekend. 🙂

What are You Grateful for These Days?

Please share in the comments section below.

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    1. Another reason to like our new connection, Yuwanda. You feature one of my best buds in the online world, Sharon. In fact, did you know Sharon & I are twins? 🙂

      Wishing you much success with the book, Yuwanda. I look forward to your continued success.
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    2. So glad you had an epiphany, Yuwanda. Looking forward to seeing the book when it comes out. 🙂

      • It’s something I already knew, but sometimes I get so busy trying to handle everything on my plate that I do forget to be grateful … that I have a plate that is full — with stuff I actually love doing.

        Your comment reminded me of that beautifully. So again, thanks. 🙂