The Adventures of a Freelance Writer and Editor

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My Trip to Maine

A few months ago, I read an article in Writer’s Digest about the importance of work/life balance. It suggested that freelance writers (and other self-employed professionals) take one to two weeks vacation every year. It makes sense, but when you are trying to start and operate a business, it is scary to take time off.

When my husband and I got invited to a cabin in Maine, I was a little nervous about leaving behind my work. I’m starting to feel confident in my ability to grow a successful business, and I finally have a handful of regular clients. I was scared that I would get behind or miss an opportunity, but then I remembered that article. I’d been working really hard and I deserved a break, so I gave myself permission to take an impromptu vacation. I’m glad a did.

For the past week, I’ve been waking up to a beautiful view of a lake and mountains. I’ve lounged around reading, and I’ve gone fishing. For  first time in a long time, I spent a whole week relaxing, and as a result, I came home refreshed.

Though not writing related, here are some highlights from my week.

1) I saw a moose. A real life moose in the wild.

2) I read a really good book (One Day (Movie Tie-in Edition) by David Nicholls).

3) I tried (keyword) bass and eggs for breakfast.

4) I went for a canoe ride.

5) I got to spend the week my husband and one of my best friends.

6) I ate fresh Maine lobster.

Even though I spent the week relaxing, I do have some writing updates. Here are my most recent blog posts.

To DIY or not to DIY (Mita Productions)

2011 Flower Trends (Mita Productions)

How to Choose a Wedding Theme (Music by Design)

Mumford & Sons (Music by Design)

A Garden Party Interview: Tina Jay Photography

After my rejuvenating vacation, I am ready to get back to work. I have a lot of writing and editing work to do this week, so I will keep you updated.

 

 

 

My Two Favorite Florists

My Beautiful Wedding Bouquet by A Garden Party Florist

As many of you know, I have been writing a celebrity wedding blog series for A Garden Party Florist. It has been a pleasure working with Dawn and Mary, the owners; their enthusiasm is contagious. They prove the theory “if you love what you’re doing, you will never work a day in your life.” These two talented women inspire me to pursue my own passions, writing and editing. They prove that it is possible to own a thriving business in a small town, and they do it  while juggling a family. Receiving their positive feedback about my services was a great compliment.  (To read their testimonial, click here.) Thank you Dawn and Mary for the feedback. I look forward to our continued partnership.

What I’ve Been Up To

Well, another week has passed, and another weekend is halfway over. Time really does fly by when you’re busy (and having a little fun). So here’s a recap of what I’ve been up to this week, and what I have planned for the upcoming week.

I posted juicy details about Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s wedding and engagement party on A Garden Party Florist. Next week, I will share more details about the wedding and offer ideas for your own wedding or event. Check out my recent posts and upcoming posts on A Garden Party Florist.

I published an article about the best margarita recipes. If you need a great drink idea for your upcoming Memorial Day party, be sure to check it out.

My article “7 ways to Improve Employee Satisfaction” was published on Inc.com. I wrote this article for an online writing course, so I was excited to find out that the teacher published it.

I volunteered at Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity. I am helping the executive director write and submit grant applications. We have three more applications we want to submit by the end of June, so it is going to be a busy month.

I also started researching grant opportunities for Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide. Each month, I write and submit grant applications on behalf of the organization. Starting in June, I should hear if any of our applications have been awarded. I am crossing my fingers that our hard work pays off.

I took a copy editing test for a publishing company. Hopefully, it will lead to some copy editing work in the near future.

I wrote an article for the Hampton Chef Society. Check an eye out for my upcoming food articles.

In addition to all of the writing I’ve been doing, I have been actively looking for other writing work by bidding on projects posted online, contacting potential clients, and querying editors. If you or anyone you know has a need for my services (grant writing, copy editing, copywriting, blog writing, etc), please contact me.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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