I kept it up after graduation and booked speaking engagements across the U.S. My speaking fees covered nearly all of my (very low) expenses for 56 days on the road, a winding route from New York to Nevada, Nevada to Washington, and back to New York. Like freelance writing, though, public speaking isn’t super reliable, so I've also built a business of designing websites for writers and creatives, providing guidance to new business owners, and doing brand consulting for bloggers. Rather than doing one thing at a desk all day and being a singular cog in a corporate machine, I have the challenge of doing a hundred things. I am now every piece of the machine. I'd be lying if I said freelancing was easy. Some months I make way more than I need and am able to set some money aside for retirement, while other months I'm barely able to pay off my expenses. It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s certainly never boring.