Two months into 2014, and here’s the deal. (At least, here’s the CliffsNotes version, and yes, Cliff’s Notes lost the apostrophe!) For the first time in almost 10 years, I’m a full-time freelancer. I’m settling into the lifestyle change pretty well, all things considered. There is pleasure in shaping one’s own schedule and in choosing one’s own adventure. Slightly less pleasure in typing up invoices and hustlin’ for work, but what are you gonna do? Anyway, I’ve been writing for publications such as Elle.com, Cosmopolitan, and xoJane so far. More to come. Stay tuned.
The other big, terrifying, exciting thing is that I’m working on launching a beauty site of my own. Originally I wanted it to be an everything site—recipes, travel pictures, beauty, et cetera—but that feels a little scattered, and I think I’ll be able to focus better on one thing. So that’s coming around the Ides of March. You’ve been warned. (Ha ha, get it?)
I’ve had a really positive, warm, confident feeling about this year. And I think a lot of that has to do with actively trying to practice gratitude. My grandfather frequently used to talk about how fortunate we were just to be. “Honey Bunny,” he’d say in his German accent, “You are so very lucky! You have your HEALTH, you have a family who LUFFS YOU, and you were born in the CRAYTEST COUNTRY in the WORLT!” At eight years of age, all of that seemed like a gimme, but now I understand what he meant. (“Opa knows best,” he also liked to say.) He was right. So many good things are happening, and it is the craytest filling in the worlt.