Summer So Far, Freelancing Abroad & Finding My Feet
We are almost at the end of July, unbelievably half way through the Summer season here in Ibiza. What a whirlwind it has been this year. I do not want it to end. My third Ibiza Summer in a row now, but my very first season working entirely for myself, freelancing.
When you have a full time job here, like I had done for the previous two Summers, you know what to expect. 6 days a week, each day very much the same and a steady pay check at the end of each month. As those of you who manage your own businesses/work for yourself, this is not the case for us. Honestly, when I made the decision to go it alone, I was extremely nervous about it. I had know idea whether I would make a success of it or fall flat on my face.
Three months in, I can say it has been the best 3 working months of my life.
Yes, of course it has been hard; none stop, sweat and lots of tears. Has it really been worth it? Absolutely. All the worry, the panic and stress were for nothing at all, when in the end I had no trouble at all finding my feet. It was sink or swim, and I just went for it. Working as both a social media coach and make-up artist keeps my days interesting, not one week is ever the same.
I recently read The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon, and it summed up my working lifestyle perfectly.
I really disagree with the saying, as does Emma, “Jack of All Trades, Master of None” as I certainly have a lot of strings to my belt, but I like to believe I do them all really well. Or at least, I try to. Being a #multihyphenate, means I get to work on multiple projects, manage my own work load, spend more time with friends and family, and for me, it also means I get to see more of this beautiful island.
I now have numerous social media clients, and I am already taking on hair and makeup bookings for next year. As I write this, I do feel really proud of myself. It is important to sit back and reflect on your achievements from time to time.
Of course, it has not all been a Summer of work. I am now an Auntie for the first time, so I have been flying back and forth to spend time with my beautiful niece and family. There have been lots of days out, whether that be spent on a boat with friends, or down on the beach.
I also have a car this year, which changes everything.
Before, I never really needed a car, but when you work for yourself here, a car is essential. I have been able to explore so many different parts of the island, and I still have a giant wish list of places I need to see before the Summer is out. I am not the biggest party animal, and would much prefer to stay indoors and read a good book, but I have played out a few times this season and learnt to let my hair down a little when needed.
My blog, as always, has been in the back of my mind. Now I feel is a good time to start writing again. So I am going to see where it takes me, without any of the usual pressure I put myself under. I just want it to be organic, you know?
So there you have it, a little update from me. Yes, I am still here. Looking forward to being more regular in your social feeds. I’ll be back again soon. x