Lauren Shapiro
Freelance Journalist Durban

Here is where I share my thoughts on writing, freelancing, and operating in the media world.


This is the life of a freelancer!

The life of a freelancer
14 January 2014



Days like today make being a freelancer worth it. It's school registration day so, knowing that I would have to take a few hours off to take the kids visit their new classrooms, teachers and friends, I got up at 5 am and hit the keyboard, hard. I sent off several emails so that they would be waiting in the inboxes of the relevant recipients at the start of the business day, and began drafting an article I've been researching over the last few weeks.

After a breakfast of toast and honey with my favourite little learners, I drove them to school for registration and orientation. It was great to meet their teachers face to face, and to watch the little tykes greet old friends and make new ones on the playground. Full-time employed parents would have had to sacrifice half a day's leave for this, or miss out on these special opportunities to participate in important aspects of their kids' lives.

As it's still officially holidays, I dropped the older kids at various play dates, then put in a few hours' good work at my desk before going to pick them up. In the afternoon I taught a lesson to a student who's struggling with English, something I'm passionate about doing and again, would not be able to do if I were tied to a schedule of full-time employment.

And to mark a break between the mental rigours of teaching and writing, I popped on my cozzie and had a 20-minute break in the pool with all three of the kids, including the baby, splashing and laughing and 'losing' race after race with my five-year-old.

Refreshed and invigorated, I dried off and was back at my desk within minutes, where I bashed off this blog post and then knuckled down to complete a good day's work.

I feel so blessed that I'm able to balance my professional and personal commitments in such a fair and fun way. It's only through freelancing that I can. So when all the trials and tribulations of being a freelancer strike, I look back on days like this to remind myself why I do it.




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