Staying positive in uncertain times

How are you doing? Really.

I felt compelled to write about something that probably resonates for you right now – the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our families, communities, and businesses.

As the news seems to get worse by the day (scratch that, hour), it can be hard to find one’s center during uncertain times. Fear, denial, and not knowing what the future holds leads to a whole sh*t ton of anxiety. I know I’ve been feeling it, and I’m willing to bet you’re experiencing at least a little of it, too.

So, what’s a freelancer to do?

I don’t have the answer, but I do have a few good toolsborn from 20 years of small business experience, weathering the fallout of 9/11, the 2008 recession, and more industry shifts than you can shake a stick at.

If you’re feeling anxiety, know that you’re not alone. Here are three tried and tested strategies I use to stay sane and ride out any crisis.

1) Know what keeps you balanced and happy

One of the blessings of having been knocked around by life a few times is that we start to build a toolbox of things that work for us. For some, writing in a journal might

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