This week has possibly been the most challenging one since I became self-employed (again). I ended a client relationship, and promptly realized how behind I was with my other clients. Another incident made me realize that I need to formalize my consultancy by getting business insurance ASAP. Renegade is in two months and I haven’t figured out what I’m going to sell. And, in the midst of all of this, I’m helping with a workshop at the Museum of Craft of Folk Art this week. I realized – rather late – that I should create a promo postcard for my prints business to pass out to workshop participants, so I cobbled something together late Monday night.
But I’m not complaining.
I heard through the grapevine that the company I worked for a year ago had a big round of layoffs today. I remembered my own layoff (from another company) over two years ago. And while I sympathize with everyone who lost their jobs today, I remembered how much my own layoff – and the subsequent time off – changed my perspective on time and work and caused me to align both with my values (which is a subject for an entirely different post).
But I’m not gloating.
This week has been so hard. I wish it had been easier. But I’m also really thankful despite the challenges of this week, I know that I’m on the right path. There hasn’t been a time since I started my dual consulting/artist journey ten months ago that I’ve wanted to quit. I’ve had difficult discussions with clients, printed late into the night, written blog posts three hours before my self-imposed deadline, not because someone else told me I had to, but because I knew these are the things I needed to do to grow. I have put some really hard work into my work. But discipline and persistence have made good things happen for me.
I don’t know if there’s a deep takeaway from this week’s post. I feel a tremendous amount of gratitude despite all the challenges. There’s something in that – a kernel of peace and knowledge in the middle of activity and stress. I give thanks, not because this path is always easy, but because even when it’s not, I’m not discouraged. I’ve found my place.
17 thoughts on “MSEL: I’ve found my place.”
Came across your blog very recently. I am liking the topics on your blog. Looks simple, inspiring, and straight from the heart. Will keep visiting! :-)
jen, you are so wise! and those postcards are awesome!! you totally and utterly rock.
I just want to tell you that I am just all new to blogging and site-building and absolutely enjoyed your web site. Very likely I’m planning to bookmark your blog post . You absolutely come with terrific stories. Thanks a lot for sharing with us your web site.
There is noticeably a bundle to find out about this. I assume you ensured wonderful points in attributes also.
I am lucky that I found this web blog, precisely the right information that I was searching for!
Hi superb blog! Does running a blog such as this take a lot of work? I have very little expertise in coding however I was hoping to start my own blog in the near future. Anyhow, should you have any suggestions or tips for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off topic nevertheless I simply wanted to ask. Many thanks!
Hey there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thanks a ton!
i like chaning tatum because he has a great body, just look at those chest muscles..
This is the appropriate blog for any person that intends to learn about this topic. You understand so much its practically difficult to argue with you (not that I in fact would want?HaHa). You certainly placed a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Terrific things, just great!
I found your blog site on google as well as examine a few of your very early posts. Continue to keep up the very good run. I simply added up your RSS feed to my MSN News Visitor. Seeking ahead to finding out more from you in the future!?
I?d have to talk to you here. Which is not something I normally do! I delight in reviewing a message that will certainly make people assume. Likewise, many thanks for enabling me to comment!
Largest lover messages were made to share it with your and gives honour of the bride and groom. Very sound systems facing unnecessary throngs of people should take into account each of our valuable concept of all presenting, which is one’s trailer. best man toasts
Oh my goodness! an incredible short article dude. Thanks Nevertheless I am experiencing problem with ur rss. Don?t recognize why Not able to subscribe to it. Exists anyone obtaining similar rss trouble? Anybody that recognizes kindly react. Thnkx
Can I simply state what an alleviation to discover somebody that really understands what theyre talking about online. You certainly understand just how to bring a problem to light and make it essential. More people need to read this as well as understand this side of the tale. I angle believe youre not a lot more prominent because you absolutely have the present.
The next time I read a blog site, I wish that it does not disappoint me as long as this. I mean, I recognize it was my choice to read, however I really thought youd have something interesting to state. All I listen to is a lot of whimpering about something that you might deal with if you werent as well hectic searching for interest.
Oh my goodness! a remarkable post man. Thank you However I am experiencing problem with ur rss. Don?t recognize why Unable to subscribe to it. Exists any person obtaining the same rss trouble? Any individual that recognizes kindly respond. Thnkx
There are some intriguing times in this write-up but I don?t know if I see every one of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will certainly take hold point of view until I look into it better. Excellent short article, thanks and also we desire much more! Added to FeedBurner too
Comments are closed.