April 27, 2015
queen of colors
Another week, of me being relatively quiet around here, is gone. Another week that was full and exciting, but also another one that included rough patches and tricky moments.
Before definitely sounding like a broken record, the struggles we're having over here at the moment, are money, money, money. Or better, the lack of it. Maybe one doesn't talk about this in public, especially Germans are super secretive about the topic, but it makes me boiling even typing it. And it so needs to get out.
Some of you might know yourself, about the tradition of not paying your bills. We've all been there, done that. What happens right now though, three major clients of the husband are not paying for the jobs he did for them. This happens a lot in hospitality. And in Berlin on top. Basically every freelancer I have met so far, told me similar stories. It makes me so, so furious.
You will do a job for a client, with all your passion and energy, and they'll even tell you how happy they are, with what you have done. And then of course, you'll send in your invoice. After nothing is happening in your account and you do not hear back from the client, you will ask politely what might have happended. And you will remind them about the invoice. Most of the times, you'll get no answer. Again. Or you'll get told some funny stories about why, because and how they haven't been able to pay. Still friendly, you are sending out another reminder. They'll tell you that the money had been adviced a day earlier. Again, nothing happens. Well, I don't want to bore you, this goes back and forth for a while. Your tone will get more strict, theirs will become more and more offended. The situation heats up.
I have to admit, not everybody acts like this and over the years, you'll develop one or the other strategy to deal with such situations. Once or twice a year though, it will become too much and things simply explode. As we're both working as freelancers, there is not much to backup or funds we could happily live off for a while. But the part that annoys me the most actually, is all the time and energy spend within these phases. The arguments at home, simply grown out of pressure. The time spend, that I was short in the studio. And all the fun, that has been taken away, because the topic lingers around within everything you'll do.
I am trying to stay focused and disciplined, trying hard to see the little sunny things, as stated yesterday. I also know, that this is going to pass and will look much smaller in respective, but right now I have simply felt like telling you guys, that this is the reason for me being a lot quiet lately.
For this week, I wish that we're able to react wisely and calm. I will hope for the issues to get solved. And I wish for everybody, enough sunny patches to smile about the rain. Have a good one.
P.S. Dania, you were totally right about the branches. A beech it is. Woman, you know your woods!
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