The subject line is stolen from a comment on my personal blog, in response to my bit of bragging that I called 438 people on election day to urge them to get out and vote. She was commenting on how it was nice that self-employment allowed me to take a day to do something like that. I concur 100%. As a matter of fact, I volunteered to do election calling precisely because I was in my last week of full-time employment, and I was feeling a little terrified by all those “empty,” unstructured days that were stretching before me. In addition to the election volunteering, I also made a spur-of-the-moment decision to attend the Call to Action conference this weekend. I wanted to meet my fellow Call to Action bloggers and perhaps get some inspiration for future writing, but I also made the decision while I was a little heady with the idea that I didn’t have to ask for a day off work to do it.
Of course, this kind of thinking is bound to wear off soon. If things go as planned, I’ll hopefully soon be too busy to make spur-of-the-moment travel decisions. I’m taking things a little easy right now to ease the transition from full-time to freelance work, but I won’t take things easy for too long, because the money will run out too quickly if I do. Still, I’ve always been motivated by the work rather than the hours, so I really do feel that self-employment was the best choice for me, and I’ve resolved to give it at least two months before I make a mad, panicked dash for the nearest traditional job in sight.
I’m still lagging behind on my NaNoWriMo word count, but I wrote the first draft of my essay for BiWomen this morning, and I’ve decided to give potential publication precedence over creative meandering–possibly for the first time in my life. Not to be disparaging, but I don’t think my brilliant NaNo will earn me publication credentials and a boost to my checking account any time soon.