The Grind

Life can be so discouraging at times. I’m not talking your overall “Life with a capital L”, but just the day-to-day, ins and outs of living. Especially when you’re trying to change some aspect of those day-to-day motions that you have to go through.

I’ve been looking forward to my days off recently as an opportunity to work on writing and researching how to turn it into a career. But then little things happen. One thing leads to another, and suddenly I have to cover a shift. Bye bye day off. Granted, I have another one coming up, but now I have to do everything else that I need to get done on that day as well and, well, life starts to pile up. Suddenly, what you want to do has to take a back seat.

In these times, it can be easy to stress out over this kind of stuff. Life piling up, hopes and aspirations looking more and more like a dream than an actual attainable reality. School, job, family, friends, lists, shopping, bills, it all starts to become so overwhelming.

But then I remember the reason that I had to cover a shift. My boss had to go to the doctor to get his heart checked. He has been under an extreme amount of stress for many years now, and working 7 days a week for months at a time isn’t helping with that. Though he lives a pretty healthy lifestyle, the stress has begun to catch up with him.

Now, I’m not saying that this stress was unavoidable. Some stress is completely unavoidable, and in his case, I’d argue that it was this kind. However, when I take a look at my own life in light of this, and the things I stress out over, I realize that far more often, I need to step back, take a deep breath, and recognize that things aren’t all that bad. The things I’m stressing over are things that can’t be helped, and stressing out over them certainly won’t do any good. So, why stress out over them?

So what if I lost a day off? Things’ll still work out.

So It Begins…

Hi there! My name’s Aaron, and I’m new to the game. What game exactly?

….Still working on that part.

I’m currently working a retail gig while I’m making my way through school, but I’d like to change that. I know that I have the ability to, as other freelancers put it, “Put words together into sentences”,  and after learning more about this whole freelancing thing, I’ve decided it was worth a shot!

However, it’s not as easy as many freelancers make it sound. It seems like the best way to start raking in the big bucks is to find a niche that I’m good at. However, in order to get those niche jobs, you need writing samples from that niche…but those samples need to be published, not just something that you’ve written out. So it’s back to the “need experience to get a job…” circular argument.

So now I’m looking into content mills, just to get content published. I’m studying up on how to write Search Engine Optimization (SEO) articles in order to start landing some of those gigs. But then, suddenly, every other article I’m reading is telling me that writing for content mills is the worst possible decision I can make in my life! Occasionally, you’ll find someone who says “Nah, it sucks, but you can make it work”, but those are few and far between.

So basically, I’m pretty much totally lost. I’d ultimately like to get into technical writing…at least, I think I’d like to get into technical writing…we’ll have to see.

Regardless, I’m going to try and work on this blog more frequently. If nobody ever sees it, so be it. At least I’m getting experience in blog writing, and that’s gotta count for something!