So, as it often happens with contract-based work, and with life in general - when it rains, it pours.
Contract work can be (comically and infuriatingly) fast and furious when the gettin's good. Just when your financial situation appears to be falling apart at the seams, you're offered an awesome contract. You officially sign on and you're elated! Yay! You kick ass, take names, and chew some bubblegum. For good measure you take on a few extra freelance jobs because in that same week, you get two other job offers and everyone's coming out of the woodwork all at once.
Five weeks in, you stagger into your bathroom at 2am after hitting a massive deadline and housing an XL bag of peanut M&Ms. You're still wearing the same pajamas you woke up in a few days ago and upon looking at yourself in the mirror, wonder if it's worth a trip to the 24-hour CVS down the street to find an undereye cream that will make you look vaguely human again. You ultimately decide on Amazon Prime with free two-day shipping.
On the flip side, when contract work is sparse, that's a whole different ballgame. Three weeks ago, everything was going so great you actually had to turn down projects, but suddenly freelance work doesn't even seem to exist anymore, and you've emailed, called and/or texted every man, woman or child you've ever done business with, with zero results. Your days consist of waking up in a frenzy of optimistic motivation; you cook overcomplicated meals because you have way too much time; you go for long walks; you clean out your spice cabinet; you still don't hear back from any of the men, women or children you emailed; you then proceed to spend the hours of 3PM - 4PM curled in the fetal position on your bed staring blankly into space and listening to self-help videos on YouTube until you realize you need to buy shampoo at Target. From 4PM - 4:05PM you internally debate whether or not you should shower before going out in public.
The past few months have been a wee bit sparse in terms of work - winter always seems to be. I busied myself with various tasks, not least of which was upgrading my portfolio site to this fancy thing! Thanks Squarespace! I'm a firm believer in the concept that mental resistance blocks certain opportunities from entering your life (or, alternatively, undesirable circumstances from exiting your life). "What you resist, persists" as they say. As it happens, not a few minutes after I declared this portfolio site finished and shared it with the world, I received an email about a potential new contract. Funny how that works, isn't it? Anyhow, the good news is I'm currently starting to work on a few (very!) exciting things these days, and can't wait to share them with you and the world soon!