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Last week I submitted a post, Freelance writing: canned or creative,  about this really neat content site, Ad Astra Traffic that I actually stumbled upon by accident. As noted, I applied to do some freelance writing for them and was accepted. Well, they had a contest (the fun started right from the beginning), where the winner would receive a T-shirt. Sadly, I must admit, I rarely enter contests, and what’s even more rare, is to win one.

But, I WON!!! I WON! I won the contest! Take a gander at my new t-shirt:

Ad Astra Traffic T-shirt

Yep - It's mine!

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know that since the (short-term) beginning of my association with Ad Astra, it has been great. I have gotten to know some of the people and their personalities through FaceBook, Twitter and other online forums, and I am glad to be associated with these professionals.

To my writer friends–you really should check it out. Who couldn’t use a few extra bucks. The last project I completed was really neat. I loved the subject and I learned so much about it. Because of the parameters set out for the assignment,  at times I actually felt I was a character in the project. Anyway…I will not keep droning on about it. You can see for yourself.

To my other business associates–you should really check it out. The content and services they provide are top notch.

All in all, I want to say that being a winner is much more than winning a T-shirt, even though that was pretty nifty. A winner, technically defined, is someone who is “successful or has achieved something notable; a victor”. We each have the potential of being a winner.

Being a winner is a mindset–really. We are all successful at something and achieve notable feats every day.

I encourage you to take on the mindset of the winner you are today. Achieve your dreams, or at the very least, set out on the path and walk toward your goal.

Another person who inspires me is Alex Fayle, founder of Someday Syndrome. A mentor for the ultimate procrastinator, Alex offers solid advice and sound techniques about getting beyond the “roundtuit” attitude. However, that’s another blog for another time.

Until later, see you around the path!

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The Time Trap

“My, how time flies!”  What a familiar adage–time does seem to fly by, especially in a virtual world. If you don’t keep up with your social networks, keep your posts, thoughts and other such stuff moving each day, you can fall off the map of the virtual–albeit now–corporate world.

Having faithfully followed The Freelance Writing Jobs Network since beginning my freelance journey, I have been turned on to some great job leads. While pursuing some, testing and otherwise preoccupied with work, I realized I have not kept up with my virtual world presence recently.

BIG mistake in the freelance business. I may have missed out on my “discovery” by the perfect publisher or company looking for someone just like me. Worse yet, I lose track of what’s happening as far as the latest and greatest in freelancing and the social environments. One saving grace is just as quickly as you drop off the map, you can place yourself back on. The key is consistency.

Even though I am an award-winning editor and journalist (from the past), as the years passed I worked in other areas beside writing and I became rusty.

Being caught up in corporate affairs, dealing more with people and personalities versus writing, put me at a disadvantage. For most people those experiences would only add to their niche, or online personality; but as you can see, I am still trying to find mine.

When I got my first freelance “paying job” I felt like the tin man on the Wizard of Oz. The feeling of being stuck out in the rain and suddenly unable to function in my normal realm. Writing always came naturally to me, but when facing a deadline, I somehow freeze. So I thought freelancing would somehow magically remove the deadline stress from my life. Wrong.

Wrong, if you need to earn a certain amount of money and have to work feverishly to make it and do not have a plan. The stress mounts as each deadline approaches.  It is the same kind of “bad” stress found on a job situated away from your home which caused many of us to make the decision to freelance.

Working at home did not make me “at home” with that vision I somehow conjured up, of wandering around the house, doing whatever I pleased and writing when I wanted too. It can mean that, but it takes balance. Balance and a plan.

Learning to balance your day is vital in freelance work. At first my family and friends thought I was “off work” and at home now, so they could call on me, or expect that I could drop everything to meet their needs. After all, I wasn’t really working–I was just writing online–from home no less.

It can take some time to help family and friends understand that you are at work. It is vital you set work hours for yourself and stick to them, and things will fall into place as it relates to your earnings and freedom. The vision I had about enjoying a morning cuupa joe while listening to the sounds of birds sing is now, a reality.  It can be done. It just takes discipline, balance and a plan.

Best of luck on your freelance journey. Let me know what you have discovered along the way.

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