I am writing this letter for you, as I like to do at the start of the holidays. Every time of year is crazy for you but this time of year is especially crazy.
Your clients all want to do one last push to get money for the end of the year and they load extra stuff onto your plate.
I know that's very overwhelming and can put a lot of pressure on you but I'm here to tell you, you've got this.
Set aside time for self-care. It can feel like the least important thing during this busy time but I'm telling you, your capacity will be so much more if you fit it in. It doesn't have to be a lot either. You can take 5 minutes here or there to do something but trust me when I tell you, you need to do it.
This season also often brings some mental health challenges too. It can feel like a lot... It can feel heavy. But it, too, will pass.
I know that everyone says that, and it feels really cliqué, but from my deeply personal experience, I can tell you, it does. It absolutely does not feel like that while you're in the thick of it. It feels like you can barely keep your head above water; you're barely surviving. But you will survive, you always do.
Working is so much harder when your mental health is crumbling and it feels like, now is not the time to be struggling to work, you have so much on your plate! But it's a message. You are being told you must take care of yourself, so listen and you will be so much more effective.
But dear freelancer... Please remember this...
Your worth is not defined by your productivity. Keep the promises you made but make promises very carefully. It's okay to say no and set a boundary. If your clients don't understand then it might be time to reconsider things.
So, that's it for this year's letter. You can get through the busy season, you can enjoy this season.
Always loving you,