Over the past couple of months, I’ve transitioned from working for a newspaper as a full-time reporter to working for myself as a freelance writer.
This led to two immediate changes:
- My schedule has a little more time and a lot more flexibility. I’m still working full-time, but for almost a year before making the switch I was working 40 to 50 hours per week at my job, then coming home and working around 20 hours per week as a freelancer to build up my clients and savings before I took the plunge. And working for myself, I can work any time of the day that I want to, so long as I make my clients’ deadlines.
- My Covered California application was processed incorrectly, thanks to it being submitted at the same time as open enrollment, so I was without coverage for six weeks — and without therapy.
A year ago, I would have panicked at that second one. But for a few months, I’ve been in a pretty good place. Even my most recent, flu- and irresponsibility-fueled dip into depression wasn’t nearly as bad as things have been in the past.
So I tried to look on the bright side. This was the perfect opportunity to try something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: Mindfulness meditation.