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Decision made. I'm quitting

March 5th, 2015 at 02:19 pm

Some of you were gracious enough to comment on my recent post about my job dilemma. Basically, I freelance and after taxes make nothing. I work in journalism, but it's becoming harder and harder every year to make a living doing that.

I've taken your advice, and done a lot of soul searching, and I'm quitting my freelance gig for the newspaper. The pay is terrible and hasn't gone up in six years, and I spend a fortune on childcare to free up the time to do the work. It's also become clear I will not be returning to full-time work in the field, due to lay offs and industry problems.

It's time for me to take some time and think of ways that I can more substantially and meaningfully support my family in both financial and emotional terms. Let the soul searching begin.

And thanks to all of you for your candid advice. I think the extra voices gave me the courage to look to something new.

9 Responses to “Decision made. I'm quitting”

  1. Bluebird Says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy your soul searching and lack of work stress! Smile

  2. Buendia Says:

    That is awesome! Congratulations!

  3. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    To thine own self be true. Ignore the typos. That's what we need you for.

  4. DecisiveParadox Says:

    Booyha!
    there's always something freeing when you quit a job!
    What's next?
    IPO for latest disposable airline cutlery?
    Consulting on Llama hair quality for swimsuit imports?
    Second hand denture recycling?
    The world is your oyster :P
    No seriously. . . . . . What are you looking forward to ?

  5. scottish girl Says:

    That's great!

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    You guys are so funny.

    It sounds cheesy, but I have nearly finished a YA novel, so I'm going to polish it up and send it out to be rejected. (Life long dream!).

    I'm also going to write a nonfiction garden book and I have a couple of gigs teaching garden and preserving classes lined up. (In the distant past, I was the garden writer for the daily newspaper, and I have an urban 'homstead', so this is in my wheel house).

  7. CB in the City Says:

    How exciting if you were to become a published author! That is my dream, too.

  8. ThriftoRama Says:

    Well, CB, would it be cheating to say I already was in a way? I mean, 15 years in journalism for magazines, newspapers and wire services. I've written thousands of articles that have been read by a million people. I know i know, it's not the same. I'm hoping the jump to fiction will be less bumpy because of those years of writing experience. We'll see!

  9. klarose Says:

    Have you considered writing short stories and self publishing on Amazon? I hear there is a big market, and it's fairly easy.

    I may write some myself, if I can ever find the time...

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