Work It Baby

Posted by ZenMom Sunday, January 17, 2010

For a while now, I've been thinking of going back to work.  Well, not exactly going to work -- I was kind of hoping it would come to me.

Between the kids, the animals, the house and all the activities, there's no way I could hold down a 9 to 5 job.  But given the current state of the economy, and our ever-shrinking bank account, its no longer a wish, but a necessity.

The only problem has been my lack of focus.  Until recently, I truly had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up.

In a past life (before kids), I used to be in advertising.

But that was then.

Now -- 14 years and 4 kids later -- there's no way I could go back to that.  First, my contacts have dried up.  So I'd be pounding the pavement with credentials that are over a decade old.  Let's face it, I'm not exactly a sought-after commodity these days.

Even if I did land a job, the hours would kill me.  Not just the normal 9 to 5 type business, deadlines rule and so do long, long hours.  And what about the kids?  Clients have a funny way of frowning on missed deadlines because your kid happens to have strep.

I was just about to give up and go take that retail job down at Target when my luck suddenly changed.  I'm pleased to report I just landed a couple of writing gigs.

First, I'm just doing some article rewriting.  Its a no-brainer, but it pays.  And I can do it from home --  when I want, how I want.

The second is a little more exciting.  I just was hired to write blog posts on family camping by Woodall.  It may not be glamorous to some, but its perfect for me.  We're a camping family, you see.  We've got the trailer, the gear and the stories.

And given my family's penchant for drama, material will certainly overfloweth.

So who do I have to thank for all this?

Why blogging of course.  It reminded me how much I love to write.  And it gave me a little confidence.  So I'd like to give a big fat thanks to all of you who actually take the time out of your days to read the rantings of little ol' me.  I couldn't of done it without you.

And now for a little update:  I'm one week into my diet and I'm proud to report I lost 5 lbs AND made it through Week One of Couchto5K.  I'm pleased, but the real test will be not gaining all the weight back in the upcoming weeks.  Wish me luck.  I'm definitely going to need it.

Keep Calm Busy,

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  1. blueviolet Says:
  2. That's fantastic that you landed two gigs! And congrats on the weight loss as well! :)

  3. Susan Fobes Says:
  4. Way to go! You never know, right?

  5. Michele Says:
  6. Good for you, Hon!!!

    You're a fabulous writer. Nice to see you're doing something to exersise that talent.
    You never know.

    I too work from home. I have been a court transcriber for years now, off and on. It's not creative, but I do enjoy working in my pj's !!! LOL

  7. Hey congrats on the diet success! Also congrats on finding a way to earn some cash. I really need to do that too, and a gig that's favorable to a mom schedule!

  8. Congrats on the writing gigs and the weight! Life is good.

  9. newmumover40 Says:
  10. Thats fantastic! Especially the gig about camping. We love camping as well!! What's the address for that?

  11. Tracie Says:
  12. You're having a great 2010 so far and it's only January! Congrats on all your success - personal and professional!


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