You know, working from home is amazing and challenging. I’ve said that so many times! It has definitely not been a linear path for me (as you may know if you’ve read about my journey) but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the trouble. I’ve learned so much about myself over these five years and have grown so much as a person. I have no idea where I would be right now if I never gave working from home a chance.
So today I’m going to share with you two of the lessons I’ve learned about myself in an effort to teach you a little bit about yourself as well. These truths apply to you as well, whether you realize it yet or not.
Truth: You are stronger than you know.
Learning to work from home has helped me learn so many new habits and skills. I’m now more organized, proactive, able to keep routines, confident, and honestly — even more positive than I was a few years ago when my life was simpler.
Being in charge of my own future is so rewarding. It has helped me come into my own in ways I didn’t realize were possible. And when tough situations arise? I handle it a lot better now than I would have a few years ago.
You never know what you can live through until the unthinkable happens. I had no idea I was going to be suddenly unemployed in the beginning of 2015 and where some people would have broken apart, I feel like I really found my stride. It helped me truly understand more of what I want from my life.
Additionally, I’ve exposed myself to many different types of work opportunities that I never thought I would have approached in the past. Trying new things opened me up to topic ranges I never thought I would feel comfortable writing about. You may surprise yourself!
Truth: You can be really resourceful when you need to be.
Especially as a freelancer, the amount of work you have week to week can change. Meaning that you may have to scrounge up some money out of nowhere, adapt your budget on the go, or accept a job you weren’t originally interested in.
Sometimes these odd jobs turn out to be a lot of fun (I’ve been surprised a few times) so don’t let an initial prejudice have you turn away an opportunity. No, you don’t have to say yes to everything (I really don’t recommend that) but be courteous to those that offer you jobs even if you end up saying no.
Send a polite response like this:
Thank you so much for thinking of me for this opportunity. I’m not currently taking on projects like this but I will keep your email for if that changes or if I run into someone else that I may be able to refer to you!
This way you keep your windows open. You never know when you may need this connection.
Becoming a remote worker brings out new things in yourself. Be open to them!
Now I want to ask you, have you already learned a few things about yourself you didn’t know yet? When have you risen to a challenge you originally thought would be too hard for you?