I wrote before about quitting, and how it can be a freeing and incredible experience. It’s very tempting to leave behind the daily grind and step outside the box, whether that box is a job, a relationship, a location, a booked calendar, or anything else. It’s freeing to quit and do something that brings us more passion.
The reason this is relevant to me today is because I recently found myself on a call with a freelance client, for whom I write posts for several blogs and content for several websites. And during this call, we talked about my ability to pick up some more hours of writing. Because, according to the words that tumbled forth from my mouth, “I’d like to be writing full time.”
OH WOULD I?
Yes. Yes I would.
We talked about hours and about my timeline (I imagine I would be at my current full-time place of employment for at least another year, but who knows?) and about my goals.
I had a real conversation about a very real career change.
When I have conversations about writing, picking up more hours, getting increased responsibilities, or even brainstorming new things to write about, I feel charged with energy. I love to write. I never thought I would be a writer. But I never thought I would be a purchaser for a chemical manufacturer, an administrative assistant for a real estate company, or a career counselor either, and I have done all of those things.
I try not to get too caught up in goals, but this doesn’t feel like a goal. This feels like a need. At the very least, this is a strong desire that I think will bring me joy and passion and satisfaction.
Some of the articles I write for this client are about work-at-home parents, and the more I research and write about the topic, the more interested I am in becoming one of these work-at-home parents. I have recently been thinking very hard about my parenting desires (though, admittedly, children are not on my immediate to-do list) and I have realized that, by the time I have children, I would like to have enough income from my freelance work that I don’t have to return to the workforce outside the home.
I’d also like to point your attention to the two fortunes wrapped into one cookie that I opened recently when I treated myself to Chinese food for dinner: