Here’s the Deal

I sincerely apologize for teasing you so in the last few weeks about my good news.  You know, the news I keep alluding to but never quite disclose?  It’s annoying, so I am going to cut that shi* out right this second!

In case you hadn’t noticed, I am one of those people who is afraid to say things out loud just in case they don’t come true.  Like somehow I will jinx myself if I hope too much.  True to form, I am the perpetual cynic. 

But the good things that I have been afraid to say out loud?  They’re coming true!  So today, I resigned from my teaching position to take on a new challenge. 

not happening

And then I freaked out.  Like, majorly.  A little.  I’m taking a big leap of faith, but I have a good feeling it’s going to work out.

Here’s the story . . .

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a friend of a friend looking for a web content specialist for her Web Design/Social Media company.  Would I be interested? 

Um, yeah!

More than interested!  It sounded like pretty much my dream job!  Writing and editing content for a major website, project management to help launch the site’s new feel, and social media outreach all sounded like things I am not only interested in, but really want to do! 

The risk involved is that I will work as an independent contractor for the first year, billing for all the full time work I do, paying my own taxes and benefits, and working partly from home.  If I don’t screw up too badly, there’s a full time position in it for me at the end of the year.  In the meantime, this means there’s going to be a lot of juggling involved and also that I have a TON to learn, not only about the job, but also about this new lifestyle. 

It’s intimidating and daunting and a little scary, but at the same time, IamsofreakingexcitedIcanhardlystandit!!!!!

I have a lot of research to do before I get started next week, and I’ll be doing some work remotely, which will allow me to stay in Michigan for a couple more weeks before heading back to Richmond.  The job will also require me to commute into DC a couple days a week, so I’m not entirely sure how that’s going to work out. 

It’s a lot to wrap my head around, but I’m ready to jump in! 

What I’m happiest about, though, is that I feel like I’m doing this just for me.  It’s something I want to try, on my own terms, and I get to do it.  Of course I’ve weighed my options, but this feels right right now.  Time to leap!

Wish me luck!

Have you ever taken a big risk—at work or otherwise?  How did it work out for you?

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29 thoughts on “Here’s the Deal

  1. Oh my gosh, Melissa!! Congratulations! That’s SO exciting!!
    It almost seems as if that just happened to fall into your lap for a reason, so good for you for running with it!

    I think that’s so incredibly admirable of you to follow your gut and do what you really want to do. Enjoy this leap, girl!! 🙂

    • I definitely believe that, too! I applied when I wasn’t sure whether my teaching contract would be renewed or not and was still feeling iffy about returning to my job in the fall, so I think this is happening now for good reason!

      Thanks so much for your sweet words!

  2. Congrats! Sounds like a great opportunity! I mean it’s second best to being a professional tanner or margarita taster, but still, that’s pretty damn good!

    My big risk was moving to Orlando for my job – out of my mom’s house. But everything worked out great! There was a layoff in there, but it ended up putting me back in school plus I met my husband. All good things!

  3. Kira says:

    OMG! So excited for you! I know you’re an amazing teacher, buy I also know you will do an amazing job with this! Sounds like it’s right up your alley!! 🙂

  4. Melissa!! I’m so excited for you!! That really does sound like a dream job! So very, very excited for you and can’t wait to read all about it! Good for you on pursuing your goals and dreams on YOUR terms 🙂 Wooohoo pump up the Spice Girls — girl power! 🙂

  5. yey! You will be an AMAZING web content writer! 🙂 I’m so happy that you’re taking a leap of faith to do what you want to do! I really look forward to hearing what you think of your work because I’m considering looking for part time web content writing work to do at home depending on some factors.

    I’m so happy for you! 🙂

  6. Congratulations!! I’m sure you are going to do great and it seems like you will be fantastic 🙂 If you ever need some company in Michigan let me know, I’m only 1 hr away!

  7. I am so excited for you!! As you know, I recently took that leap, too and you were so encouraging to me! I can’t wait to hear about this new adventure in your life – I totally get how scary it can be – but you will be AWESOME!! 🙂 Some of the greatest decisions we make are leaps of faith 🙂

  8. omg!!! awesome!! GOOD LUCK! i am sure you will excel in this new journey!! i am so envious of people like you who jump into amazing opportunities!! i wish you the very best of luck!!! xo

  9. Oh Melissa, I’m so very happy for you. It sounds like an amazing opportunity. I admire you for taking this leap. Too bad the job isn’t in Chicago! 😉

  10. I do the same thing … not saying anything afraid it’ll be jinxed! haha congrats though! that’s something I would dream of doing in the future once I graduate!

  11. Renee Byard says:

    What an exciting new chapter….congrats! You will be terrific at this! Can’t wait to finally meet you in person tomorrow! YAY!
    FYI……The bride, groom and ring bearer made it into town safely about 4am. 🙂

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