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The spinach didn’t cut it.

Posted by Ilise Benun on

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a web copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

I take my vitamins, eat my spinach, and generally pride myself in being someone who rarely gets sick. So when the flu hit me like a freight train last week, I was equal amounts of surprised and annoyed. It started with a scratchy throat and a silly little cough. I took extra vitamin C. Instead of waking up brand new, I woke up with a 103 fever. Boo!

I had 4 deadlines looming—and was supposed to be doing lots of work. But I couldn’t. I could barely move. As much as it pained me, I had to ask clients for extensions. They were really lovely about it—but I still hated asking.  Shutterstock_94604374

Sure, my clients were super nice, but guess who was super mean? Me! How dare you get sick, Deidre? We have deadlines! I’m a compassionate person—just (evidently) not towards myself.

The lesson: Sometimes I need to ignore myself (when I whine inside my head, feel unmotivated or want to sleep in). But sometimes, I need to listen (like when my body really needs to recover). And most of all, I should forgive myself (or at least remember there’s no room for feelings in business).

My continued quest: Put aside the bull, honor the real, and be smart enough to know the difference. 

Fluey February update
January needed work—but despite the flu, I got a bit closer to my monthly goal in February. I’m just going to keep on truckin’. If I don’t meet my yearly goal, at least I will have pushed myself harder than if I had a lower goal, right? (That’s my working theory, anyway.)

  • total projects: 6
  • days sick in bed: 6
  • episodes of House Hunters watched (while sick in bed): at least 15
  • un-newsletters sent: 1 (2 for the year!)
  • dollars short of monthly goal: 700 (Getting closer.) 
  • dollars difference from Feb. 2013: +100
  • projects in pipeline: 4

So friends, if you’re sick, take time to get better. And if you’re healthy—post your monthly update!

* Spinach, courtesy of Shutterstock.

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