cubicle freedom

A New Year

Wow, can you believe that it's already 2017??? Remember the Y2K scare back when the calendar was about to roll over to the year 2000? Seems like it was just yesterday.

If you have followed any of my FB posts, you may have noticed when I mentioned that I don't really believe in New Year's resolutions. I mean, I've always felt that each day is the start of a new year. Really, every moment is new and fresh so why should we wait until a new year to begin making positive changes in our lives? The good news is that we don't.

That being said, I did decide that I was going to make a change this year. Last year was a bit tough at times. Mindy (my wife) and I watched my mother-in-law's health consistently decline. It goes without saying that it was difficult for both she and Mindy. For me, I found that keeping up with school, work and life's other demands left me feeling drained. I noticed that I started putting on some weight and my blood pressure was slowly starting to climb (something I must be diligent about since hypertension runs in my family). I was also suffering from headaches either due to something within the building or the artificial lighting (I'm still not sure which exactly).

I hadn't been happy with my full-time job and it seemed as if things were starting to snowball a bit. As my stress levels began to climb, so did my attitude and my irritability. I knew that I needed to make a much-needed change. 

Something happened in November that set my changes into motion. The building I work in caught fire. No, I am not saying that as a mere figure of speech. It literally caught fire the night of November 8th (and no, it had nothing to do with the U.S. Presidential Election!). It was a random occurrence in that someone left something plugged in that should have been unplugged (did you expect something out of an action flick??).

Anyhow, that set changes in my life into motion. The building did not burn down and in fact, most of the damage was caused by soot and water from the activation of the sprinklers. As a result, the entire floor that I work on had to be rebuilt, which obviously takes time.

Enter work from home! Yes, I have been working at home now since November 9th. This amazing and glorious time of freedom from within the confines of cubicles and artificial lighting has given me a small taste of what it is like to have freedom and self-employment, both of which I have dreamed of for years. Okay, so maybe self-employment is a bit more involved considering it requires marketing, obeying different tax laws and so forth but you get the gist here. Such a glorious taste of freedom it has been!

I have to return to my office next week but I return with a sense of renewal. During my time at home, I have had the time to begin to market and to network. Being at home has given me the push that I needed to finally (did I say FINALLY) set my own writing business into motion.

I have landed two contracts and will be filing my LLC license next week. I now know that I've had it in me all along and that it is indeed possible. This is going to be an amazing journey and one I want to share as I move down the path.

I also want to share YOURS as well. Let me know if you have a story you'd like to share or if you, like me, are just about to start. We can do this together!