I quit my job today, or rather I put in my notice. I work for two more weeks full time and then I agreed to go part time for two weeks to help them train someone else. So my last day isn’t really until the middle of June and then I’m free!
It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. There was no anger, or telling me to clean out my desk immediately, actually, quite the opposite – they asked me if there was anything they could offer me to make me want to stay. Then they asked me if I would do contract writing work for them. So essentially I gained a client in quitting, a little ironic.
There is a part of me that is thrilled, I can’t believe I actually had the guts to walk in and quit! I can’t wait for it to be over and there is so, so much that I want to work on immediately. I’m not sure I even know where to begin, my list is so long! But there is also a part of me that is really scared, I mean, I walked in and quit a perfectly good job with job security for a career that is not the most stable career. However, as scary as this transition is, deep down I don’t believe I made the wrong decision, I have to believe that things will work out. I have wanted this for so long.
There is a lot to get organized in the next few weeks, I’m thinking of really putting time into a website right off the bat. This weekend I am out of town, so not much will get done, but soon enough I will have all the time in the world. I can’t wait, I’m almost free!
One thing I love about the wonderful world of freelancing is that I feel like I learn and explore something new every day. Today I learned about two things.
I started exploring Twitter – I’ve had an account for a while now but have never actually used it. So I started reading up on it today. There is so much information out there that is really helpful, it is amazing. And quite soon, I will be using Twitter to see if it helps my writing career.
The other thing I discovered today is Google Reader. I’m not sure of all the ins and outs yet, but so far it has been awesome! Call me behind the times, but this is great because I can actually see all the updates posted on my favorite blogs (all writing blogs so far!) right in one place.
So while I know that most of you are probably already familiar with these two gems I am exploring (if you’re not, check them out), I am just happy to have the time to finally explore them and hopefully some more things in the near future.
One other thing that I am thinking about, researching and considering is a way to boost viewers to this blog. I’m considering making it more of a niche, or starting a more specific blog to improve my online presence. So far, I’m a little short on ideas, but hopefully soon I will have a grasp on where I want to go with blogging.
Having the opportunity to learn something new every day keeps things exciting and fun! I hope that my writing career always remains this way and I hope that I never lose the desire to learn something new.
Do you have any suggestions of other things I can look into? Remember I am still fairly new to all of this!
Well, my big event is over. It was a huge success, so much so that I have already been offered several side event planning jobs – an interesting concept. But the big thing is that it’s over. Aside from being completely wiped out and trying to frantically wrap up all the loose ends from the event, I am feeling pretty relieved that it went well. Let me brag for just a minute: there were 700 attendees, and it raised over $140,000 for the non-profit organization that I work for – pretty impressive if I do say so myself.
My plan for the next few weeks is to start back up with my writing projects, including this blog. I’m taking a week off from my full time job for a wedding I’m in and I will have two house guests during that time, but hopefully I will get some writing time in. Then I am headed to Chicago for a long weekend. So things are still going to be pretty busy, but I am antsy to get back into the flow of writing. I realized over the past few weeks how much I miss writing, the creative juices I feel when I write and the sense of control over my own life that I get from writing.
In the next few weeks it is also time to make some big decisions about my career. I have the money in the bank that I need to quit my full time job, I have some writing clients that will give me a good start into freelance writing full time, and I have the absolute support of my family and friends, but I am still scared to death to walk away from a stable, good paying job in this economy. I know I really need to just make the leap, and I will regret it if I don’t but why does it have to be so scary? I feel like now that the time is actually here, I’m hesitating…..oh, what to do?