In June 2012, I was set to deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. As the commander of an Army unit, I was responsible for ensuring my soldiers were ready. I myself was prepared, as I had been for every deployment. And then came the one thing I couldn't prepare for: cancer.
As a freelancer, you have to be your own advocate. That means knowing when to demand compensation, when to work for free to further your cause, and when to stand by your original words. Keep your heart and action toward why you started writing in the first place and you'll be able to find a balance.
During periods of darkness in our lives we have to search for the light. It's always there but at times we may have to get out a magnifying glass to see it. The light (or happy) isn't shined in our eyes like the bright lights of an oncoming car, we have to search for it in the corners and crevices. It's like the flower that finds a crack in the side walk and blooms.