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Now, as a freelancer, I can balance my life and work easily
“So far my life has been here and there”
Born in China, studied in Japan, worked in Singapore and the UK. So far my life has been here and there. On the other hand, such an unstable life has given me great opportunities to explore the world and to expand my circle. Currently, I live with my partner in a traditional house with a courtyard in the centre of Beijing. In our spare time, we cook, sing and play the piano together.
Also, we take good care of the plants in our yard. I have lots of interests and hobbies. I go to the gym and practice yoga several times a week. Every Thursday and Saturday I go to rehearse with two different singing groups for seasonal concerts.
When I need relief from the busy urban life I choose to hike in the mountains and national parks.
As a certified florist, I arrange my house with fresh flowers at least once a week. I also attend some social salons to exchange ideas with others.
- How does freelancing fit your lifestyle?
I have been a freelancer for a couple of years. Before freelancing I worked in different roles with several companies. However, after reaching a certain level in my career, I felt I had lost the joys of life. Now as a freelancer, I can balance my life and work easily. While working at home or in a cafe I concentrate on what I am doing. Once my tasks are accomplished I can enjoy my freedom!
- Tell us about one of the biggest changes in your life?
Meanwhile, I am working for the international environmental NGO Greenpeace as a communication & analytics officer. It was a coincidence and destiny that Greenpeace and I chose each other.
After I quit my last office job I spent a few months travelling in Greenpeace’s home country, the Netherlands. Being inspired by the beautiful environment and how the Dutch protect it, I wanted to contribute something to improve my own living environment. I was fortunate in that there happened to be a vacancy that suited me. Having now been involved in many projects, I am proud that our action made some changes in society. In addition, I found out that many of my colleagues and supporters have a similar lifestyle and similar goals. This made me feel that it was my destiny to join Greenpeace and became an advocate.
- What was the catalyst for joining Workshift?
I left Japan 10 years ago. Ever since then I never had a real chance to revisit - except transferring flights at the airport. By chance, I found WORKSHIFT on Linkedin. The idea of this site attracted me immediately. A variety of jobs and a global community of freelancers are just what I was looking for!
- What are your impressions of Workshift?
The staff at WORKSHIFT is very professional and reliable. One time there was an urgent case that suited me, WORKSHIFT even gave me an international call to introduce the job to me.
- Do you have any advice for new freelancers?
First and foremost is self-discipline. When you stay in a cozy place without anyone to remind you of the schedule, it’s easy to become lazy and fall into levels of low productivity. So it’s better to set a timetable and control your own work process. Secondly, don’t forget to keep your social connections with the real world.
Like the Japanese word "OTAKU", if you don't go to the office regularly you tend to reduce interaction with colleagues. The more you enjoy working by yourself the less social connection you will have which will make you feel you need more. But being sociable with people can keep your knowledge sharp and updated, and can lead you to new job opportunities from other people.