So, I’ve hit the approximate one month mark since I left my 9-to-5.
I can honestly say that I don’t regret it in the least, and I’m incredibly blessed/lucky/privileged to have been able to leave.
Since then, I’ve been focusing on writing, learning web design, and working on other projects that I’m excited to share in the near future! I’m calling it “learnployment.” I am not unemployed. I chose to leave, and I work from home every day on projects of my choosing. In a lot of ways, I feel more occupied with projects than I did when I commuted to a job in the suburbs.
Though I am still struggling a bit with the schedule I’ve laid out for myself, and some days I feel like a huge failure in the productivity department, I realize that I have been either learning or creating (or both) every single day.
I’m used to getting it all done. Overscheduling and writing to-do lists that no one could accomplish in a day. I expected that most days I would feel like I haven’t done enough or learned enough or managed my time well. And that’s been true. But I’m also learning to recognize that progress sometimes comes at a slower pace, in smaller increments than I would like, and that’s ok.
I had heard of The Artist’s Way before Girl Crush Philly, I think perhaps from Buster Benson‘s 750words.com. I liked the idea of doing morning pages (writing three pages longhand each morning)in theory, but I never started them. I didn’t want to start anything except a job at the time.
I was also hesitant because the website looks, well, a little hokey. But then Danielle did an excellent job of selling me on the book and process during Girl Crush and a new neighbor friend also suggested I give it a try. Seemed like someone was trying to tell me something.
So I bought the book, and now that I’ve intentionally bailed on the 9-to-5, it seems like the perfect time to get started.
I’m hoping it will help lend structure to my day and also inform my work going forward.
Proper ingredients to begin:
So here we go!
I got a bit of a slow start last week, with all of the hurricane excitement. Chad couldn’t get to his office in Manhattan, so he worked from home with me all last week.
I did manage to write and take photos for an article that was posted to Chestnut Hill Dish today. It’s a brunch review of Heirloom. Just thinking about this review makes me really hungry for French toast and cheesecake. Chestnut Hill Dish is part of Town Dish, a network of hyper-local foodie websites I’ve been contributing to since the spring. I was even able to write a preview and recap of the food we ate in Iceland for their travel site, Dish Trip!
I’m hoping to keep sharing what I’m working on! In the meantime, enjoy some brunch photos and feel free to read other things I’ve written, mostly for the Town Dish sites.