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.
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?
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?