I got fired on International Happiness Day.
After three years of working as a Content Writer and Social Media Specialist, I was laid off in a very quick call. There wasn’t much to say, except that the reason wasn’t my performance (I was actually about to get a raise). It was math. Due to the pandemic, the company I worked for was losing clients, and the marketing team was gone in the first round of layoffs.
I shared the news on my LinkedIn profile. I was surprised that people immediately started reacting to my story. Soon, my post was trending…
It seems like the comfort zone has become one of the most dangerous places on Earth.
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There are hundreds of similar internet headlines that are telling us we shouldn’t spend too much time in this place we call the comfort zone.
Comfort zone is usually defined as: […] a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment, experiencing…
Some people say freelancing is great because you can work from everywhere. You’re sitting on a beach, your thoughts are getting lost somewhere over the horizon while inspiration comes to you naturally because you are finally relaxed.
In reality, freelancing is more about sitting uncomfortably on the couch, typing with one hand, and eating a sandwich with the other because you’re approaching your deadline(s).
But you still love the job because you are addicted to getting the projects closed, making your clients happy and payments released.
I started my freelance writing career on Elance, and then continued my work on…
Unless you’re a freelancer who prefers quick gigs, you already know the perks of having a long-term project. First of all, it’s the closest thing to having a full-time job, without strict work hours and that one colleague who sneezes 16 times in a row.
Long-term freelance gigs provide financial security. You probably have a strong relationship and good communication with your client and projects run smoothly.
Unfortunately, everything also comes to an end. You know the story: you work for a client for months, maybe even years. …
Between answering emails, checking FB Messenger, paying for the coffee you just ordered and experiencing a mild panic attack because of a meeting you completely forgot about, it’s almost impossible to be present at the moment.
The problem is, constant pressure increases stress, and stress is very detrimental to our personal and professional lives.
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor emeritus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School defined mindfulness as:
“Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”
Another good definition comes from Ronald Siegel, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School…
When your job is to write content for many different clients, it is inevitable to learn new stuff. For example, I once did research on how to do background checks on people in every single US state.
Was this the most interesting topic for me?
Not so much.
Did I give up? No way!
People often ask me if I get bored with doing research and writing about topics that I personally don’t find interesting. Sure, sometimes I really want to cry if there is absolutely nothing on the Internet that can help me with my project, but that is…
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