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About a month ago, I blogged about some WAHM lessons I’ve learned, specifically on how to value my time.

At that time, I was struggling about whether to let go of certain projects, which I felt were taking up too much of my time for very little pay (or none at all!). Eventually, I decided they weren’t worth my time and let them go.

Today marks the second day that I am totally, unquestionably client-less. That is, in terms of my freelance writing and virtual assistance gig. ย For the first time in the last one year and nine months, I don’t have any income coming in every 15th and 30th of the month. And I am totally scared.

Why? Well, for one, there are BILLS to pay and I don’t want the hubby to shoulder all of it. I feel I also have a responsibility to contribute financially for our family. So, having no fixed income to expect is really nerve-wracking for me. There are days when I start to panic. But there are also days when I’m completely chill. It takes a whole lot of effort to remember that my ONE WORD for the year is ZEN.

But I still took the risk and quit those projects nonetheless, with the hope that God will provide. Yes, I have complete FAITH in Him. I BELIEVE. Thus, this inspirational quote:

 

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JUST BREATHE. That is my current motto in life. Keep calm and be Zen. Not that I’m not doing anything to find new clients and projects. I am, of course. It’s just that, nothing has been finalized yet.

As it turns out though, God seems to be pointing me to another direction. For the past several weeks, I’ve been focusing a lot of effort into this blog and that gave me very positive results.

Yes, my blog stats have improved. I have been getting event invites left and right. But more than that, I’m being presented with new blog collaborations and partnerships with exciting brands (which you will be hearing about within the next several weeks). So, I’m not exactly totally client-less after all.

As if that wasn’t enough, more people have also begun noticing this blog. About a week ago, I received a message from Ana Santos, author of the novel and journal “Happy Even After” and resident solo parenting expert of Working Mom magazine. Here’s a screenshot of her message.

Ana

I was so thrilled! You see, I’ve been looking up to Ana since I first met her in 2010, when I won one of her contests over at SexandSensibilities.com. I read her column on Working Mom every month. So, having her not just find me online but also share one of my blog posts was simply amazing.

And as if that wasn’t already icing on the cake, I’ve been receiving messages too from other women (some I already know and some I’ve never met), who tell me that they find inspiration from my blended family story.

It seems like God is showing me that while He’s not yet giving me “the usual” clients, He’s still taking care of me and leading me to the direction He thinks is best for me. So, who am I to worry?

Just BREATHE.


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23 Comments

  1. I hope you find a job that’s right for you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ By any chance, are you working on Odesk?
    Jemm recently posted…Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie RecipeMy Profile

    1. Hi Jemm. I hope so too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have an account on Odesk but never really used it. Do you get your clients through Odesk?
      Janice Lim recently posted…Inspirations: On Believing (and Being In Between Clients)My Profile

  2. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good
    and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’ ” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

    Always have faith in Him. ๐Ÿ™‚ Im sure hindi ka pababayaan ni God. god bless sis! โ™ฅ

  3. God is a great-provider. He will provide for your need just in time. Keep the faith.
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  4. Exciting times! Letting go of those projects gives you more time for the things that are more meaningful and important to you. Much luck and may you inspire more and more of us ๐Ÿ™‚
    Vera recently posted…Self Survey–How Are My Finances Doing?My Profile

  5. That’s wonderful, Janice! It’s great that your blog is letting you work with people who have the same advocacies as you have.
    ceemee recently posted…Finding Beauty, Cymplified!My Profile

  6. Wow. Just breathe. Thanks for that word. I forgot how to actually do that now that I’m planning on things I wanna venture into. Yes to faith and yes to blogging. You’re famous na no. Being in Top 100 Blogs in Top Blogs Ph is a big thing. I haven’t been in that spot ever before. Plus invites left and right proves that you are a kick ass blogger!! ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe.
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  7. God is good all the time! ๐Ÿ™‚ You know I always pray for you and He works in mysterious ways! Chat soon! xx
    Millie recently posted…5 ways to live your life to the fullestMy Profile

  8. Zen is perfect word to describe! and congrats to your new projects coming up and looking forward to your new post!:)
    Melgie recently posted…Blue Bead Dangle Earrings TutorialMy Profile

  9. What a beautiful story. So very encouraging. Yes, we breathe and let God. Congratulations on your breakthroughs. Looking forward to hearing more of them in the coming days. ๐Ÿ™‚
    May De Jesus-Palacpac recently posted…The Great British Festival: A peek at British cultureMy Profile

  10. Feeling ko talaga it’s time for you to grow and shine as a blogger. At least since you don’t have any clients at the moment, you have time to work on your “Every Day Club” to do ist, diba? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  11. God certainly will provide for you..sometimes it may not be the way that you are used to but is better for you.
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  12. congrats to all the good things come in your way. GOD is good all the time.
    BTW, Farida is hiring a VA maybe you’ll fit in. check it out.

  13. You are a great writer. I hope I can blog like you do, but I don’t think blogging is really for me, pero go pa rin ng go with purpose to improve my communication skill.
    Goodluck, I know you’ll get more clients and collaborations with your blog.
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  14. it sure is terrifying to not have a regular income + be able to contribute with the expenses at home. i simply can relate. i’ve been plagued with the same worries ever since i was no longer generating regular income from my blogs. but, God sure had plans we do not know of + you will just be surprised with the stuff He works out. so yeah, I agree, even when in between clients or online gigs, let us just breathe + keep the faith as HE’s got our backs! ๐Ÿ™‚

    btw, congrats on the blog opps + do not forget to share that journal on your blog!
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  15. Awww I love this post because it is so positive! Keep it up and I’m sure there will be a ton more clients running after you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. That’s such an inspiring article. I have been wanting to become a blogger but has been too hard on myself that I sometimes get frustrated. Maybe I should adapt your “Zen” concept and accept whatever will be given to me! Thank you and best luck on all your blog endeavors!:) Congrats!!!
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  17. Having new projects are good. Letting go of what burdens you is good. And it takes a lot of courage to venture and take a gamble. I really admire people who are willing to take risks. Cheers!
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  18. Just have faith and breathe, Janice. God has plans for all of us and I do think that He is just leading you to the direction that He wants you to take.
    Mommy Peach recently posted…Tough Love: Joy with a Touch of OlayMy Profile

  19. I agree. Lay all your concerns to God and He will take care of the rest. Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves to keep the faith. Its so easy to worry and fret that we forget what God can do. Everything will work out Janice, just smile and believe ๐Ÿ™‚ cheers!
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  20. Will be praying for you, too, and that more opportunities come your way. That is also my dream to grow this blog and have more client projects. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope, soon!
    Meikah Ybanez-Delid recently posted…Life HappensMy Profile

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