Self-care may take many different forms. Physical self-care, financial self-care, etc. But, what about the most basic self-care which is simply understanding why you feel the way you feel?
As a freelancer, we are constantly in "go" mode and running around trying to appease our clients. No sooner do we finally get a few seconds to ourselves, then the feelings start to come back. The problems we pushed aside months or years ago, the dread that arises from a task put off for too long. So many emotions can come crashing back, and the real question to ask is simply, "Why do I feel the way I feel right now?"
Carlee Myers of A Piece of Positivity Studios (APOP, for short) offers 2 hours of her time during her Feeling Salty workshops for people, be it freelancers or not, to dig down deep to ask these simple questions we put aside just to proceed in life--while playing with a little salt.
If you have not attended a workshop, then you may not know Carlee's backstory as to why she is the voice of creating a positive space for people to explore their fears and emotions and work towards a happier existence on this planet or just simply in their job. Without getting into too much personal detail, Carlee has had her own trials and tribulations in life, making the experience even more authentic. She isn't here to offer a pill or quick fix but is here to have you do the work to figure out what needs to be done for you to become happier in life, work, and other areas, and she is there to lead you.
The beginning of the sessions gets right to the point with asking "What's on your mind?" Carlee does not want to waste time. You may think this is just a question, but as many go around the room, it's quite clear that most of us are harboring some feelings that may be suppressed from life, work, and fear of change. Each subsequent question builds upon simply "What's on your mind," to "What is the challenge?"
People may scratch their head at what the challenge may be, but if what is on your mind is "How am I going to get all this work done for clients?" then perhaps the challenge is time management skills and how to put them into practice. We are not used to taking what we are thinking about and extrapolating, and that is what Carlee is here to do. As the event progresses, you will answer questions about what you would or could do if fear and other obstacles weren't an issue and figuring out what it is you exactly fear which tends to turn into avoidance of certain issues and stimuli.
The end deals with a catharsis, of sorts, and you are supposed to have worked through each step to be at a place where you have a more clear idea of what needs to be done for you to fear less and work towards goals more. As a freelancer, ideas such as "imposter syndrome" or just a simple freelancer burnout can leave you feeling a certain way. Others in different industries also deal with their own fears and obstacles as well and Carlee does a fantastic job not only reaching for what it is deep down you are feeling, but using a little "tough love" to work through the barriers and excuses we tend to make to avoid change and the admission of a problem.
The session ends with salt. I do not want to give too much away, but needless to say, once that portion ended, I felt at ease. Salt has been known to absorb bad energy, so that is why it's used within the workshop. You will have to check it out and take my word for it.
So, how can this help a freelancer out? While we have the freedom to work with who we went and have the freedom to work when and where we want as well, it is still hard to keep happy when you are constantly hustling. Taking the time to practice a little mental self-care and offer yourself some clarity into feelings you have pushed aside for work, why you may feel inadequate and fearful of taking on newer or larger clients, or just why you are running straight towards a freelancer burnout and how can you avoid it?
Carlee not only offers the Feeling Salty workshops, but also programs to "Adult Like a Pro" and creativity workshops to inspire yourself beyond what you know and do already. She is the real deal and freelancers could really benefit from her programs and passion for creating a happier self for all.
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