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Music is like food to my soul

I am a huge music lover. You can easily catch me listening to some of the greatest hits on my Spotify playlist. I listen to music everyday and with the current pandemic worldwide, music is like food to my soul. It literally feeds me. I listen to many different types of music, from gospel to rhythm and blues, rock to pop. As long as the beat is good and the lyrics make sense, I would listen to it.

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Here are some of the jams I have been listening to these past few days –

Whitney Houston – I Didn’t Know My Own Strength

I love Whitney Houston so much. Her voice gives me the chills every time I hear it. This song is one of my favourite. Her voice wasn’t as good on the track but the lyrics are amazing. They literally spoke to me and it felt like she was singing my story. It is such a lovely song.

Idina Menzel – Into the Unknown

This track is one of the songs from Frozen 2. If you have seen the movie, you would know all about this amazing song. My kids love it, I love it even more. The lyrics are amazing and Idina Menzel’s voice is just amazing. It is one of my favourite songs at the moment.

Sia – Rainbow

This is another song loved by the kiddies and me. I am a huge fan of SIA. Her voice is just out of this world. I love the lyrics of the song and the beat is quite catchy. I bet the My Little Pony fans love this song.

Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father

Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross is one of my favourite songs ever. I have been listening to it a lot for some weeks now. Luther Vandross has such a lovely voice and the song’s lyrics are so meaningful.

Boyz 2 Men – The Colour of Love

The Colour of Love is such a beautiful song. It is one song I always find myself singing along to even though my voice sounds nothing like theirs. This song is always on my go-to playlist.

Tim Godfrey and Travis Greene – Nara

This gospel song is simply beautiful. I love everything it so much. It has lifted me from all sorts of low vibes and energy. I think Tim Godfrey and Travis Greene did a great job with this song.

Mercy Chinwo – Chinedum

Mercy Chinwo’s voice is perfect! I love her songs and this Chinedum is now one of my favourites. The lyrics resonate with my soul and the beat has a great vibe.

Robbie Williams – Angels

This song speaks to my soul. I love the lyrics and Robbie Williams has an amazing voice. He did a wonderful job with this track. It is one of my favourite tracks ever!

I listen to all these songs on my Spotify, so you can download them on their if you have the app. The links here are to the YouTube videos for reference but I don’t watch music videos much.

What do you think of these songs? Is your favourite on the list? I bet you can see how music is like food to my soul.

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The Loneliness of the Self Employed

I went full-time as a self-employed person about 2 years ago, and I can testify first-hand to how lonely a career it can be. Being a freelancer/self-employed person usually means you work from home alone, and some days can be a lot harder than others, even for the introverts.

 

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I have always been an introvert, I am very comfortable being by myself, and I do enjoy being alone most of the time. But sometimes I miss the chit-chat and the buzz that goes on in a regular workplace; being able to have meetings, bounce off ideas, and just the usual office banter. Just so you know, I was not a fan of any of these things when I had my normal job, but I guess sometimes we humans miss things we don’t have, even if we don’t really like it. Why we do, I don’t know, we just do.

The loneliness of being a freelancer is real, so I won’t advise anyone who enjoys being in the company of others to go self-employed, except you have a form of working arrangement that involves working or meeting regularly with other self-employed people in your niche.

There are ways to deal with the loneliness and frustrations of the self-employed world, here is how I deal with them –

 

Have a sounding board

Having a sounding board is very important when you are self-employed. A sounding board is someone you trust who would listen to your achievements, frustrations, and just someone you can have a chat with about your work, and who can offer you good advice as well. The more sounding boards you have, the better. I have one main sounding board, and a few others. They all help keep me sane. Whenever I feel like having a rant, I know I can trust them to listen. It also feels great to share milestones and achievements with them.

 

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Take regular breaks

Regular breaks are very important when you work alone from home, because you can easily find yourself working continuously on your coach, without taking a break for hours. Taking breaks means you get to do other things which is great for your mental health and fitness life. Taking regular breaks also means you can leave the house for a walk, which is great because you get to interact with others while you are at it.

I try to go for long walks everyday, and I love how fit I am. My Fitbit stats speak for itself.

 

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Working in coffee shops

Working in coffee shops also help combat the loneliness and isolation. I personally find working in coffee shops very distracting, so I tend not to do this, but I know many who do and enjoy it.

 

Joining Facebook groups and Twitter chats

I have joined a couple of Facebook blogging and freelance groups, and I also try to take part in as many Twitter chats as I can. These groups and chats help combat the isolation.

 

Overall, working from home works well for me. I won’t change my flexible working conditions for anything, but some days I need to have my Spotify playlists on repeat to get rid of the silence.

 

Do you work from home? How do you deal with the loneliness?

 

 

 

 

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