I think we can all agree that I’m from the “let’s call bullshit” school of thought. I like to think I’m fairly no-nonsense, and I’m certainly not afraid to get controversial.

Unfortunately, in this online world we live, those qualities have become synonymous with being a dick. And today I’d like to call bullshit on THAT.

I have another value, which I cherish just as much as my brutal honesty. KINDNESS.

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Do you want to hear something equal parts weird and exciting?

1 year ago today was my first official day working for myself.

Yep. 365 days since Operation #freedaire was declared an almighty success.

If I’m honest, I kind of thought I’d be back on the hunt for a day job around the 3 month mark, but hey, everyone’s wrong (very, very) occasionally.

Without a doubt, this has been a year filled with trials,

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When you run your own business, it tends to be all-consuming. We tend to spend a lot of our “free” time working. Drafting blog posts. Checking emails. Filing documents. Chatting with clients and colleagues. Doing biz-related e-courses.

 

We justify it by saying we find those things fun. We enjoy our work, so it counts as a hobby, right?

 

Wrong. You need that time to really switch off from your work day and do other things you enjoy.
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We’re back for the next installment of the “Just Another Day” series (the movement designed to showcase the more real, less gold-tinted vision of working for yourself). This month I’m featuring the lovely Bella Shaw, a buddy from Jo Gifford’s Brilliance Ignition group.

Bella writes a lot of great stuff over on her blog, all about making healthy changes and finding more “me time” – two things I’m majorly bad at.

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