Working for yourself, having time to grow creatively, developing your craft: this is the dream, right? I don’t know if it’s just me, but I’ve found that going freelance is so mentally exhausting. I know what you’re thinking. “Duh, starting your own business is tough.” Or maybe you’re thinking, “Right, working in your pajamas and rolling out of bed whenever you want is so tough.” I think I was on the latter train when I first began this journey, but now that I’m in the thick of it, I’m waking up earlier, working later, taking a heck of a lot more phone calls/meetings/Google Hangouts than ever, and feeling a new kind of mental exhaustion.
When Saturday rolls around, I basically sit on the couch and stare at the wall/TV/iPad for hours. But then Sunday night comes, and I’m back to trying to get a jump start on the week.
This turned into more of a rant then I planned. I wanted to talk about Oprah, because 1. I love her 2. she did a Vogue interview last month that gave me a peek into the dream life I would like to have and 3. thinking about her career helps me remember why I decided to do this to myself in the first place.
I saw Oprah in New York maybe 5 or 6 years ago at Radio City Music Hall. I always thought she was pretty cool, but seeing her in real life, I learned how much a real person she is. She DGAF. She’s just who she is.
Also she lives on a plantation that she built in California complete with live oaks that she got shipped in from somewhere in the south, I presume. That’s so badass.
So, all this is to say, when I want to blow off all my work, lay down on the couch, and take a nap, I think of Oprah sitting under her ancient oak tree and think, “WWOD?”
By the way, I highly recommend reading that Vogue interview. Oprah is a boss.