A Light Summary of Everything Else

Hey, followers 🙂

In my last post, I wrote about the difficulties I’ve been having training Peanut. Over the past week, we’ve already seen a significant improvement – much thanks to the advice I received from nearly a dozen of you.

This week, I want to cover some of the many, many things I have going on in my life right now. Or, rather, the many things Austin and I have going on in our lives.

I guess I should probably start with school.

Right now, I’m taking four classes. Three are accelerated, six-week courses that will end before we go on vacation at the end of June. These courses include Images and Messages, Bringing Media to Market, and Parenting.

The first two classes are directly related to my major. Images and Messages is a journalism class. We’re focusing on artwork, pictures, fonts, colors, and typography to learn how visual communication works (and why it matters to a journalist). I’m not much of a visual learner, but I’ve taken a big interest in this class.

To get an idea of what I’m learning, check out this TED Talk.

Bringing Media to Market is literally the focus of my concentration: Media Marketing. We’re mostly talking about social media and how using it properly can boost the brand reputation of companies around the world. The tips and tricks I’m learning are already proving useful in my career (and my blogs).

Parenting is not a journalism nor a media class. I needed three more credits outside the liberal arts. I decided to take a course that could come in handy in my personal life. I’m actually more stressed about having children now than I was when I started – so I’m not sure that was the best call on my part. Still, I’m learning important things about children and how we learn to be parents. That has to count for something.

My final course lasts the entire summer. Known as Writing and Reporting News II or JRN300, this class is a journalism major requirement that gives me the opportunity to report on the City of Lansing over my summer vacation. My stories will be published on an established news website. I’ll publish that link a little later.

So, that’s school. You already know that family vacation takes place in about four weeks. I’ll write about that (mis)adventure like I do every year.

Outside of school, my focus is split between five animals, a fiance, wedding planning, my nephew-to-be being born, two blogs, a complete lifestyle change, and a full-time freelancing career. It’s insane. One minute, I feel fine. The next minute, I want to curl up into a ball. Or start screaming. Or both. Whatever comes first.

I’m currently juggling four different clients – five, come June. Each client is more demanding than the next. It seems like, no matter how much time I set aside for work, it isn’t enough. Austin is working a four days on, three days off schedule. So far, I haven’t been able to take three days off with him once, no matter how many hours I work each day, which is usually every single hour I’m conscious.

It’s beyond stressful, but there’s really no realistic way for me to cut down. I just need to get through the next four weeks. Once my accelerated classes are over, I won’t need to devote every single morning of my week to schoolwork. P.S. – If anyone has ever attempted to tell you that accelerated, online summer classes are easier than regular classes, they lied through their teeth.

Anyway, once I push through that, my summer should get significantly easier. I can fit my freelancing work into a four day schedule. It’s everything else that’s weighing me down.

For example, I love writing these blogs. But The Realistic Freelancer isn’t getting the views I expected. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and writing everything down, but what’s the point if no one is bothering to read it?

It’s difficult, but I’m trying to push through. I think I need to spend more time marketing my blogs, but I’m not sure where to start. I can’t devote any more of my time right now. It’s just not feasible. If you’ve ever had an anxiety attack or a nervous breakdown, you already know why I’m trying like hell to avoid one.

Oh, right. My lifestyle change. Let’s just say 1200 calories a day and 3-4 workout sessions per week isn’t agreeing with me. I’m hungry all the time. I’m tired all the time. And I’m not seeing the results I want (or the results I deserve). So I’m happy to take suggestions.

Man, this is one grumpy blog post. I think I’m just taking all of my anger out right here. I guess that’s what happens when you’re sleep deprived.

Good news? I found my wedding dress. It’s sitting in my closet. We’ve got the guest list narrowed down. We ordered invitations yesterday.

Financially, we’re doing pretty well, even with all of the added expenses next month (vacation isn’t cheap, and neither is puppy boarding or turning 21).

I think I better stop while I’m ahead. Wish me luck, you guys. For the next four weeks, I’m gonna need it.

In the meantime, let’s try to stay positive.

Maybe.

-Cassie

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