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The Freelance Series: Praycation

Today I begin a month-long Praycation. What’s that? You’ve never heard of a Praycation? Maybe in some religious circles, a Praycation refers to something else entirely, but in freelance terms, a Praycation is what happens when you intentionally take time off. You spend that entire time worrying no work will follow it.

I have been freelance for just over two years now. I take pretty much anything that crosses my desk. The first year was tough as I had extended periods of no work. As a freelancer, the term feast or famine is bandied about a lot. It refers to being extremely busy with a lot of work and then not being busy at all with no work whatsoever. My first year of freelancing was a lot like that. This year, however, I took a slightly different tack and prepared for famine better by saving more and budgeting more efficiently.

I digress. I have been pummelled by work since May and have reached a breaking point psychologically. In that time, I also renovated my kitchen (with much help) and my wife had a baby! I took one day off (the birth of my daughter) and went right back to work. Needless to say, I am ready for time off. I even took my laptop to the cottage so I could work for the second year in a row.

So I began not accepting any new work that extended into December. “I’m not available.” became my mantra. Lingering in the back of my head, every time I turned down a project is “Was that the last offer I get?”

Now I am off, intentionally clearing my horizon. I can recharge, I can invest in my skills by learning some new stuff. I can work on a personal project or two and I can spend time with my family.

Now I pray. I pray that after the countdown on New Year’s and I start extending the feelers for work that work can be found.

Wish me luck.

NYC Whirlwind

Went to NYC for the day for the first time yesterday.

It’s been a few years since I’d been back. I managed to meet with the guys from Organic (the whole reason for going) then slipped off to see my friends from Ming Dynasty. Eric and Ming were recording in the basement of some chinese restaurant/club in the lower east side.

It was a lot of fun to see Eric and Ming again. I even managed to have a late lunch then a pint with Eric’s charming girlfriend Marie while he was busy packing up. They saw me off in a taxi headed to LaGuardia and I accidentally tipped my cabbie (the “Happy Cabbie” apparently) an extra 20 bucks…Oops. However, he got me to the airport in time to jump on an earlier flight. So I got home an hour earlier to Libs and Declan.

*All videos and photos taken with my phone.