This week, I finally experienced what feels like a ‘big break’. You know those Tweets that circulate asking (probably rhetorically) what you’ve achieved this year? I’d begun feeling negatively towards all of those because it hasn’t been the huge year I wanted it to be. I wanted to hire somebody within my business, buy a house and make progress at the gym. At the time of writing, I’m just getting back to progressing Tartle Copywriting, I’ve viewed three houses for my parents’ move and not mine, and I’m no longer a member of my local gym.
But! I’m a faithful observer that everything happens for a reason, and stars always align for me when I feel that I’d like them to. I use an app called Mystic Mondays for a daily digital tarot reading and it’s been so on the mark. Yes, I really have been making big decisions by way of an app. So yes, this week feels like a bit of a tipping point of 2019 for me and I couldn’t be more thankful or grateful.
I did a big thing!
Without further ado, let’s dig into the juicy stuff. Regular readers of Daisybutter will know that back in January, I onboarded a new client who’re, well, pretty damn big in England. They required an in-house freelancer and so since February, I’ve been commuting to London and sitting within their digital marketing team through the week. But of course I also have other clients, plus this blog on the side, and it was all feeling pretty unmanageable.
I’ve been pretty unhappy throughout the summer. It feels really scary to admit that because I’ve really had no reason to. I live a really blessed life and the wonderful lifestyle and freedom I have is not lost on me. Juggling my portfolio of clients felt almost impossible as far back as July. I knew something had to give and for a long time, I worried that it’d be Daisybutter, especially as I certainly don’t earn enough from it alone to keep myself alive! I toyed with a few options but ultimately wanted to have it all. Typical me.
This week, I found myself sat in a boardroom in central London, sharing projected budgets and plans, pitching myself, and getting what I showed up for. The same work with my retainer client with less hours (as I felt presenteeism was taking over the need for me to be there) and more money. I am so proud of myself, and thrilled that it affords me the time to work on some other projects I’ve had in the pipeline(!!) and devote even more time to my other clients.
Dinner with Sian
On Monday I headed out for dinner at wagamama with Sian! It’d been a while since we’ve last hung out but it was great to catch up, laugh a lot and talk about all things freelance. In case you didn’t know, Sian went freelance over the summer and I’m so proud of her. Her portraits and confidence shoots are honestly incredible: we’ve shot twice now (and I’ve booked in another shoot!) and I couldn’t recommend her more, especially if you’re nervous in front of a camera.
Oh, and I can’t wait to share what we’ve been planning 😉
A day in London with Winnie
Yesterday I got on yet-another-train into London to spend the day with Winnie. We’d originally planned to see the Tim Walker exhibition at the V&A, but sadly it sold out by the time we got there and we ended up having to find something else to do. Winnie had a few errands to run, so we did a little run around our usual haunts and chatted up a storm! It’s always great to catch up with friends and realise that nothing much changes even if it’s a few months before you manage to meet up.
We did a slow meandering walk through Mayfair, a route we’d never normally take, and found so many beautiful façades to capture and little shops to peruse. The path less travelled is always the one to take. In fact, even though I’ve been to London hundreds of times (which is almost depressing to think about…!), it honestly felt like I was seeing the city through completely new eyes! A dream.
Links I’ve Loved
- As somebody that is beginning to feel tired of the ‘adulting’ trope, this feature on Man Repeller about why nobody feels like an adult was a brilliant read.
- These Blueberry Muffins look so delicious! I think I’ll be picking up the ingredients and getting my Sunday evening bake on!
- I’m probably the biggest Erica Choi fangirl and I don’t care who knows it: her summer outfits round-up is truly something to behold.
- Another vegan bake: Cupful of Kale’s Blackberry and Gin Cake looks like an absolute showstopper.
- How Many Burnouts Will It Take Before You Change Your Ways?
- A new blog discovery, Calico and Twine, shared this piece about cosy morning rhythms and it’s making me so excited to get back to working from home again.
Posts This Week
How was your week?