2012 is here and it’s time for fresh starts, new beginnings, resolutions and all that jazz. I’m not big into making drastic changes simply because the calendar rolls over, but I do believe in trying to be a better person every single day.
That being said, the end of 2011 did bring some pretty major changes, not just for Write Now Indy, but for me personally.
First off, I’ve been flying pretty low under the radar recently. My wife and I welcomed our first child (a daughter named Ruby) at the end of November. This was a pretty big change in mindset for me, considering I have the self-diagnosed maturity level of an 8 year-old. I’m now responsible for a completely helpless human being and I’m still getting used to having to think about the well-being of something so freakishly tiny. (She just hit six pounds on the same day she turned six weeks old. Thankfully she’s healthy, just small… for now.)
Don’t get me wrong, I still giggle when I hear words like doodie, tufted titmouse, and cockamamie (that’s why I get along so well with kids), but I’m slowly accepting the idea of being somebody’s “old man.”
In addition to my new responsibilities as an all-star diaper changer, I’ve been working a lot. A LOT!
Warning: Things are about to get a little personal. Feel free to skip ahead until below the photo.
My wife lost her job as a full-time assistant manager at a major retail department store in her eighth month of pregnancy. (The timing was a bit suspicious and we’re weighing our options as far as possible legal recourse.)
We had health insurance through her company, so we were left scrambling to enroll in Cobra so we wouldn’t have to pay for the baby’s delivery out of pocket. Instead we get to pay more than $1000 a month just to continue our current coverage. Yippee!
Anyway, here’s the good news. My wife hated her job and was super stressed out. Now she’s able to stay home with our daughter, saving us money on child-care and helping to boost her mental health (although I’m still slowly driving her mad).
With the drop in income I’m currently splitting my time between four, yes four, different jobs. Who says the economy isn’t improving?
In addition to trying to build my freelance business, I’m working part-time as a news anchor/reporter for a talk radio station. I also pick up a few shifts a week as a server at a local steakhouse and I referee hockey games on the weekends. (By far my favorite of the 4 gigs).
It’s tough to work from a home office with a crying baby in the next room and all three of my other jobs pay more consistently than freelance writing, so sadly my marketing efforts have taken a back seat for the past few weeks. (Diapers aren’t cheap folks!)
Now the good news. I’m rededicating myself to building my writing business (because nobody likes working four different jobs) and I did see a nice bump in the quality of my clients in the second half of 2011.
I wanted to take a moment to thank some of the great people and companies I’ve had a chance to work with over the past six months. Check out their websites and services. I was honored to work with them and it’s my pleasure to recommend them.
Thank you to…
Henry Pierson at SAS Staffing Group.
Douglas Karr and Jenn Lisak with DK New Media.
Lori Winkler at Working Dog Marketing, Inc.
Eghe Lenzi at Pride & Joy Baby Planners.
Ryan Krcmarich of Tacos Without Borders.
Without great folks like this I wouldn’t be able to develop real and meaningful working relationships that a successful freelance business is built upon.
I look forward to increasing my marketing efforts in the new year and working with more awesome people and companies in the Indianapolis area and beyond.