I recently saw an ad for a grab and go breakfast drink from Organic Valley. It showed real professional women getting ready for their days — in contrast to the idealized images we often see of perfectly-coiffed women doing healthsome and wholesome things with their mornings.

It was pretty funny, and it made me think about my own day as a freelancer. For the most part, I have it pretty good. However, I do have a child (even if he is a teenager now), and there are times when I’m tired and my morning doesn’t go quite as I planned.

I’m often asked what my day as a freelancer is like, and I thought I’d share.

Morning Routine

I’ll be honest. The only reason I drag myself out of bed as I early as I do is because I have a son that needs breakfast before he goes to school. He’s capable of getting his own breakfast, but I think it’s important to get up and send him off.

I try to breathe deep, stretch, and do a little yoga. I have a little journal that doesn’t take much time to write in. I’ve been bad about both of those things since I broke my right wrist.

There are mornings that I just can’t get going. My son gets cold cereal instead of oatmeal for breakfast. I send him with $5 to buy lunch instead of packing him something I made.

And, because I’m a freelancer, there are days that I am still in my pajamas come lunch time. Earlier this week, I didn’t even bother to get dressed. It’s just the way it goes sometimes.

Getting to Work

Most of the time, I prefer to work in the morning. I like to get as much done as I can right after my son leaves for school. Many days that works well.

However, there are times I get distracted by an interesting (and usually useless) comment thread on Facebook. Or I just don’t feel like doing anything. If it’s important, I power through. If it’s not, I just might decide to take a “day off” and go for a walk or curl up with a book and a cup of herbal tea.

That is one of the perks of being a freelancer: I can take a day off with greater ease. The flip side is that eventually that work has to be done. I can decide to have my nails done and meet a friend for lunch on Thursday, but I’d better be ready to get work done on Saturday or Sunday if that’s the case. As a freelancer, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid. It’s why I suffered through weeks of dictation software after breaking my wrist. I needed the money.

Doing More of What I Want

My days are, fortunately, mostly filled with doing what I want. I like being a freelancer. Since moving to Idaho, I have more time to get involved with the community and start new projects of my own. Even though I sometimes bemoan the fact I have stuff to do, and my mornings aren’t always ideal (I’m not getting up super early and exercising), the reality is that I still have a lot of freedom and flexibility in my life.

None of us live ideally all the time. The key is looking for contentment where you can find it.


I'm Miranda and I'm a freelance financial journalist and money expert. My specialties are investing, small business/entrepreneurship and personal finance. The journey to business success and financial freedom is best undertaken with fellow travelers.

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