Taking a breather

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By Caitlin Kelly

People fantasize about freelance life — no boss! no meetings! no cubicle! no commute!

All true.

Also — no steady income! no security! no workday!

One great pleasure, though, is disappearing when we can find the time and money to do so.

So we’re off to Jose’s hometown, Santa Fe, New Mexico, my first visit there in 20 years, right after we met.

We’ll visit childhood friends, hike, get a massage at 10,000 Waves, play golf.

Relax.

Jose just finished photo editing for the U.S. Open, held in Pebble Beach, California — sitting in the hallway of our one-bedroom New York apartment. His workday stretched from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for a solid week. I don’t know where he gets the stamina!

I’ve spent the past week pitching a lot of stories, all of them to new-to-me markets, and now await (I hope) a few assignments to come back to.

In American life, workers feel lucky to even get two weeks’ paid vacation, while Europeans are accustomed to five. Working freelance, we generally take five or six weeks, although three-at-once is the most we can do because of Jose’s work.

So ready to recharge!

10 thoughts on “Taking a breather

  1. Interesting that Jose is so able to pull the long-haul work hours. My husband is the same — he spends hours on the phone all day on international calls with coworkers and barely takes a break. Must be a male thing — I am better at short bursts and flitting around from one task to another. Enjoy your break — sounds well-deserved!

    1. He really has no choice as these tournaments are often a steady stream of images he has to edit in real time.

      I keep telling him to take breaks and does when he can.

      Thanks! Just had my 1st ever first class flight (NY to Atlanta). My my!

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