I didn’t set out to be a freelance writer. It’s the compromise I made in order to do it all, be a journalist and a mom.
It’s made for a good life, and a good career. There are days when I envy friends who are still on staff at national news organizations. But with newspapers and magazines in their current state, I wouldn’t trade places with those staff writers anymore. Besides, over the years, freelancing has let me choose what I write about, make my own hours and still be there when my kids get home from school.
It’s also portable, as I found out when we moved from California to Oregon nine years ago after my husband took a new job, and my business didn’t miss a beat.
I don’t regret it. But I’ve had to work hard to do both.
Read my secrets for making life work as a writer and a mom in a post I wrote on writer Annette Gendler’s namesake blog: