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Gig, Landed

I started a new job this week. On Monday, actually, but it took me until today to get over my fear of jinxing the whole thing enough to talk about it. I started to update my LinkedIn profile and promptly freaked out over my presumptuousness that I'd last more than a week. 

I lost my "big" corporate contract job back in March and have been some degree of underemployed ever since. What was supposed to be a few weeks of a temporary budget hiccup turned into months of waiting to get called back in, then eventual (overdue) acceptance that I was going to have to start over and find something new. I did some short-term stuff, wrote lots of extra Smackdowns, took endless calls and meetings with leads and promises of awesome long-term gigs coming right around the corner, followed by silence or procrastination or lowball offers. All with three children home and underfoot full time, because I couldn't justify paying for summer camps or sitters until I figured out what to do work-wise. 

If I've sounded particularly grumpy or not funny during the past few months, that's why. I am sorry. I did not have my shit together and not having my shit together makes me unbearably cranky. 

And then, in the space of a week, everything fell into place. Four different leads officially turned into viable offers, all long-term, flexible, and primarily at home. 

I took the one that scared me the most. The one with the most responsibility, the most risk, and probably the biggest odds of me flaming out spectacularly. Which I don't intend to do, at all, of course, but you try telling that to my panicked squirrel brain at three in the morning. 

(Okay, I actually accepted two of the jobs. The big one and a smaller, low-pressure writing gig for a client I've worked with before. Eggs, baskets, omelets, etc.)

The funny thing is this job did not come about because of blogging or a connection I've made from blogging, but from someone I used to work with at my old job. My old old old job, the one I quit a few months after Noah was born, right as the blogging-as-bubble-industry was set to take off. Just someone who remembered me and reached out at precisely the right moment. So after walking away from writing about finance and investments and retirement strategies over EIGHT YEARS AGO, I'm back in, all full-circle like. But with a few new Internetty/marketing skills up my sleeve to make things interesting.

And crippling self-doubt aside, it feels really pretty great. 

(Although ask me again when the reality of three kids and like, a 50-hour work week sinks in. There will be some flailing. Expect that shit.)

Comments

Stacy

Congratulations!

Also, you're going to do great, so cast aside that doubt RIGHT NOW.

Chi

Congratulations! Also, you never stopped being funny. :)

Sue W.

You have not sounded grumpy or anything, so stap wid dat sheet! Congrats on BOTH new gigs. You're gonna do just fine.

Melissa

Congratulations!

Cait

Congrats! You'll be awesome :D

Margaret

Awesome! That's great! I was wondering if there was something in the works!

MariaV

Congratulations, Amy!

Judy

Congratulations! You'll do just fine! :)

Myriam

Is it wrong that I "almost" hope for something to go wrong, just so I can get a laugh out of it? Yeah, it's wrong, so wrong... I'm sorry... you're funny when shit happens!!!!

meredith

Like a commuting to an office type of job?

liz

Mazel tov!!

Jocelyn

Congrats, you are very ambitious!

Sarahd

Congratulations! You'll be fine! Stop worrying:).

Susan

Congratulations! I am also starting a new job next week and I am a basket case. So I totally relate. You will be awesome in the new jobs! Have faith!

Suzy Q

Congrats! I probably would have taken the one that scared me the least, so good for you.

Sue C

Good for you! You go girl!

kimc

Yay! It's really, really great when things work out for the good. And also boo, because I have been really, really enjoying the extra Smackdowns :)

DontBlameTheKids

Congratulations! Sleep is always easier when shit comes together.

Jill

Congratulations!

Lynda M Otvos

Rock on, Rock Star !~! I'm v happy for you and hope that it all falls into place. Altho 50-hour work weeks are hard as hell, I have faith in your ability to juggle like a wild woman.

PattM

Congrats!!!! You'll do great!

Laura

Congratulations Amy. Bet you'll kick arse.

Demery Ryan

Congratulations!!

-k-

Love this. Love that you took the scary one. Love that things are all coming together. Promise to keep us posted?

Marie

Whoo-hoo! for you! It's awesome that you took the scary one.
I appreciate your remark about flailing, because I'm about to start an intense internship and don't know how I'm going to hold together my family and my life meanwhile. I take comfort in knowing we'll be "flailing" together as we embark on awesome, challenging new projects.

Whimsi

Congratulations. You'll do great.

Alicia

If you keep up with these posts, we'd all love to hear how it's going as it's happening. It's a shame you feel like you have to wait til everything works out in the end to write about the process. Your experiences, not just your successes, are what we keep coming back for. Thank you for sharing, best of luck, and congratulations!

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