If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions…

“How can I make the leap to being a freelancer?”
“What should I do if my job doesn’t rock my world any more?”
“How do I find customers, & make them care about my business?”
or even:
“What am I doing? What is my purpose? What is my mission?”

You’re in the right place.

 

Let’s break out of this joint…

James Greig

 

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“I think you have a gift that can help people face themselves through the uncertainty and turbulence life can be.”
— Mirtza

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— Esther

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My story

A few years ago I had a personal meltdown and quit my job, and then spent two months travelling across the USA by train. I was working so hard I didn’t have energy for side projects of my own, and the work I was doing didn’t feel like it mattered any more.

It seems naive now of course, but I thought that travelling would help me find clarity about my life purpose, and shake me free of depression.

When I got back though, the same old questions were waiting for me:

  • Who was I? (the real me, not the pretend person on the outside)
  • What did I want from life?

Why do I write?

If you’d told me when I left school that one day I’d be spilling my guts out to strangers on the internet, I would have laughed. (I can be pretty quiet sometimes).

But after a decade in the design industry, writing—or thinking in public as I like to call it—seems to be helping me make sense of things.

I haven’t found the answers to my original questions yet.

But I’ve made some important discoveries:

  • That it’s ok to feel lost (and the people who seem to know what they’re doing are often floundering too)
  • Fear of perfection doesn’t have to hold you back
  • Making yourself vulnerable allows people to connect with you

Whatever it is that you’re feeling stuck with, I’m here to help you find your way.

I’m aware this is a longer-than-average page, so I’ll stop typing now.

Thank you for being here,

—James

PS. What’s happening in your life that has brought you to my website? I read every response that comes in, so please click the link and tell me as honestly as you can. On average I reply to 99.461% (or thereabouts) of emails, because connecting with my readers is the best thing about writing for me.


Both photos on this page are by the effervescent Hello Sandwich

 

Other things I’ve made

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