Thoughts on Freelance: Goodness

Inspiring QuotesCourtesy of Promopocket at Etsy

I’ve definitely got the January Blues…

– Towards the end of last year a hugely influential figurehead of my city turned it’s back on independents. Stores are closing, small businesses are devastated. Sure, some are ploughing on and uniting in the evil of the conglomerates, like it’s a noble quest. But why should it be this hard?
– My tax return was compiled by my accountant yesterday and despite it coming to the same total that I calculated it to be myself the week prior, the reality of it really hit me in the gut when it arrived. Questioning everything and finally coming to the ultimate conclusion, what is the point?

Running my own business is really important to me, not because I think it will earn me millions, but because I believe it will give me the freedom to do the right thing; I always want to do the right thing. No cheap production or exploitation. I want to create a inspiring working environment for the staff I will have someday, I want to create jobs, I want to be a huge supporter of many charities, I want to campaign for what I think is right. My dad always says to me, “Soph, you’re not gonna change the world.” And I always respond, “Why not?” Maybe it’s naive, but I want to try my damned hardest at the very least.

Inspiring QuotesCourtesy of Promopocket at Etsy

I must say, though, that try as I might to do the right thing, I feel battered and bruised and kicked and spat on. I feel like the ones that do ‘the wrong thing’ seem to hijack to the fast lane. They make the money and they spend it wildly and shockingly. Why do those big fat cat companies get away without paying their taxes and go on to import cheap materials that result in animal cruelty, sell items that mock folk with a serious illness or manufacture in buildings that collapse and kill their badly paid and poorly treated employees. Where’s the support for the good ones? Wheres the damned relief for the struggling independents?

Tonight I feel beaten. I feel like I’m back at square one… again. I feel like I’m running round in endless circles. I feel exhausted and I feel failed by the world and I’m sorry to bring you down with me, but I don’t want to pretend that life is cups of tea and dog walks and pretty clothes all the time. Tonight, I feel like I’m fighting a losing battle.

Life QuotesCourtesy of Promopocket at Etsy

So maybe I am naive to think that I can both be good and be successful? That I can use my success to do more good? But tomorrow I am going to get up into another day and I’m going to plough through the barriers and keep working towards my perfect world, keep trying to prove that you can be good and be in business. Tomorrow I’m going to write my resolutions and goals for the year, look forward to the excitement to come. I will ‘change the world’ or I’ll die trying.

Loves x xx

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