Goodbye vacation and sick time. Goodbye free massages, computers, and meals. Goodbye quiet office to myself and uninterrupted hours to get my work done. Goodbye friends and coworkers, hallway conversations, funny emails. Goodbye stability.

Goodbye soul-sucking commute. Goodbye not seeing my kids for eight hours a day. Goodbye unrewarding paychecks, not giving a shit, and giving too much of a shit. Goodbye job that stopped being right for me a few years ago, and started being actively wrong for me six months ago.

Yesterday I said goodbye to Workplace. Today I am officially a self-employed freelance writer who works from home.

Hello to dreams coming true.


322 Responses to “Brand new day”

  1. Sarah Lena on September 2nd, 2010 8:00 am

    Proud of you, babe.

    You can do this. It won’t be easy, but you can. And you will. Keep your head high.

  2. Nicole on September 2nd, 2010 8:00 am

    Awesome! Congratulations.

  3. Amblus on September 2nd, 2010 8:00 am

    Congratulations! That is amazing news.

  4. Laura in PA on September 2nd, 2010 8:01 am

    Wow! Congratulations!

  5. rachel m. on September 2nd, 2010 8:01 am

    Congratulations!!! so so happy for you!!

  6. Kizz on September 2nd, 2010 8:01 am

    Wowee! What a brilliant leap for you. Have fun with it.

  7. typelittlea on September 2nd, 2010 8:01 am

    CONGRATS! I made the leap in March. My co-worker asked me how I was feeling (i was pregnant and really sick at the time) and I said “liberated”.

    Also, now that you don’t work there, i won’t buy their uber expensive iphone app. LOL.

  8. Tiffany on September 2nd, 2010 8:02 am

    Congratulations! Terrifying, isn’t it? :D You’ll do great!

  9. Susan on September 2nd, 2010 8:02 am


  10. Rachel on September 2nd, 2010 8:03 am

    Wow! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you. I’m also excited to read the book you will now be free to write. Right? :)

  11. Jodifur on September 2nd, 2010 8:03 am


  12. Trina on September 2nd, 2010 8:04 am

    So proud of you!

  13. Andrea on September 2nd, 2010 8:04 am

    Wow! You did it. YOU did it!

  14. AbbieBabble on September 2nd, 2010 8:05 am

    Way to take that leap! Congratulations!

  15. duchessbelle on September 2nd, 2010 8:05 am


  16. Kristen on September 2nd, 2010 8:05 am

    wow! congratulations!

  17. Melody on September 2nd, 2010 8:06 am

    Congratulations!! What an exciting step for you and your family.

  18. Angella on September 2nd, 2010 8:06 am

    I’ve already told you how excited I am for you, but reading this gave me the stupid grin. GO LINDA!

  19. Kelley on September 2nd, 2010 8:07 am

    Holy goosebumps!

  20. Christina on September 2nd, 2010 8:08 am

    That is awesome though I am a bit sad (totally self serving.) One of the reasons I started reading your blog is that we had something common that I could relate too. A work away from home parent when so many do not work or work at home which is not a choice for me. It is a different life and I know it will be good and CONGRATS!

  21. Mimi on September 2nd, 2010 8:08 am

    Wow! All the best to you.

  22. Stephanie on September 2nd, 2010 8:09 am

    Biggest hugest congrats to you. I would love to do the same! Okay, well just the goodbye part – I have no skills to write from home!

  23. Jennie on September 2nd, 2010 8:09 am

    So proud of you. So inspired by you.

  24. Kate on September 2nd, 2010 8:10 am

    Holy cow! Congrats!

  25. Amber on September 2nd, 2010 8:14 am

    Congratulations! That is AMAZING.

  26. cbrks12 on September 2nd, 2010 8:15 am

    Congrats! So proud of you…what an adventure! :)

  27. samantha jo Campen on September 2nd, 2010 8:17 am



  28. Yasmin on September 2nd, 2010 8:17 am

    Congratulations! So excited for you!

  29. Karen on September 2nd, 2010 8:17 am

    How thrilling! Congratulations!

  30. Jody on September 2nd, 2010 8:20 am

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read more about your adventures.

  31. Amanda on September 2nd, 2010 8:21 am

    I’m totally inspired. I’m going to do this when baby #2 gets here. Good luck and congratulations.

  32. marilyn on September 2nd, 2010 8:21 am

    Yes yes yes! As cool as Workplace was in some ways, I am SO happy for you to be saying sayonara to that endless daily commute. It’s just WRONG to have to do that so much, and pay gas money for the privilege. I know self-motivation and setting your own schedule in utter freedom can be tricky to navigate sometimes, but 1) you ran a mother-effing marathon, so you know you have that kind of determination to push yourself and do anything, and 2) FREEDOM! GO YOU.

  33. Katie on September 2nd, 2010 8:21 am

    Congratulations, Linda!! That’s great news!

  34. Keely on September 2nd, 2010 8:22 am


  35. Barbara on September 2nd, 2010 8:23 am

    Wahoo! Proud of you!

  36. Nora on September 2nd, 2010 8:23 am


  37. kristylynne on September 2nd, 2010 8:23 am

    Good for you! I’m a freelance writer too, and it’s the best thing I ever did. 10 years ago this year, and I don’t think I could ever go back to working for The Man.

  38. Nellig on September 2nd, 2010 8:24 am


  39. Kate on September 2nd, 2010 8:25 am

    Congratulations! Cheers to taking active steps toward the future you want.

  40. Kami on September 2nd, 2010 8:26 am

    I did this exact thing a couple of years ago. I have never looked back. A couple of small changes in the budget (ok maybe 1) and it’s all good. I highly doubt you will ever regret this. Good luck. More blog posts now right? Yours is one of my all time favs.

  41. Jess on September 2nd, 2010 8:27 am

    Congratulations and here’s to freedom, success and going after your dreams. You are ACTIVELY living your life, and pursuing what you want – becoming who you want to be and it’s freaking awesome! So many people stay, and they are stagnant and discontent….you,,,you are living. Can’t wait to read more.

  42. Kate on September 2nd, 2010 8:28 am

    Congratulations, lady. I’m so happy for you.

  43. wm on September 2nd, 2010 8:29 am

    All the best with the transition!

  44. Stevie on September 2nd, 2010 8:29 am

    ROCK. ON. Congrats! That is so, so fantastic!

  45. el-e-e on September 2nd, 2010 8:29 am

    You’re amazing us with all these brave life decisions! KEEP GOING. How awesome.

  46. Erin on September 2nd, 2010 8:29 am

    Oh awesome!! I don’t comment here often, but I read pretty much everything you write. I’m so excited for you!! This is something I hope to be able to do myself someday. It’s so inspiring to see you making it happen! Reminds me it’s still possible!

  47. Val on September 2nd, 2010 8:29 am

    I don’t say this often but…


  48. Anna on September 2nd, 2010 8:30 am

    We’ve been started to think about that dream in our house too. Hope your dream is full of amazing blessings and adventures! so very very happy for you

  49. Sunny on September 2nd, 2010 8:31 am

    Congrats! That’s every kind of awesome.

  50. Operation Pink Herring on September 2nd, 2010 8:32 am

    Linda, you’re an inspiration. I love everything you write. Congratulations and good luck!

  51. -Jen on September 2nd, 2010 8:32 am

    Huge! Congratulations to you and your family for finding the right path.

  52. Lana on September 2nd, 2010 8:33 am

    Wow – Congratulations!!

    You are really an inspiration!

  53. Julia on September 2nd, 2010 8:36 am

    Wow! Many congratulations to you. Now can you *finally* write that book we’ve all wanted to buy and read for the last 5+ years?

  54. Melissa on September 2nd, 2010 8:36 am

    So exciting to read this knowing how badly you’ve wanted it. Congratulations on taking the leap!

  55. Bethany on September 2nd, 2010 8:39 am

    GO YOU! Wishing you all the best.

  56. Liana (Suburban Mom) on September 2nd, 2010 8:40 am

    GOOD FOR YOU!! I can all too well relate to the time sucking commute and the endless hours away from the kids working for the Man, and I have to say – I’m so proud of you for making your escape!!! It can be done! Maybe someday, SOMEDAY I can follow suit! Congrats!

  57. Janssen on September 2nd, 2010 8:41 am

    YIPPEE!!!! Good for you.

  58. amanda on September 2nd, 2010 8:43 am


    i’m so jealous. i’m not a good writer like you but i sincerely envy having a talent where you can still earn income and stay home with your children. i’m brainstorming everyday so that one day i may be able to raise my kids and pay the mortgage.

  59. Emily on September 2nd, 2010 8:44 am


  60. Noemi on September 2nd, 2010 8:45 am

    WOOOO! You did it! That is so so awesome- best of luck with what comes next!

  61. Sonia on September 2nd, 2010 8:45 am

    Good for you!!! Now get to writing that book…..pretty please?

  62. Christy on September 2nd, 2010 8:46 am

    Wow, congratulations!!!! Scary…but so awesome.

  63. Christen on September 2nd, 2010 8:47 am

    Did you beat the shit out of a fax machine in a field after you left? Wait, don’t tell me. I’m just going to imagine that you did. Rock on!

  64. Anne on September 2nd, 2010 8:47 am

    Wow, good for you, chasing down what you want! Yay!!

  65. Holly on September 2nd, 2010 8:48 am

    Good for you! It takes courage to pursue your dreams and to make your life look how you want it to look. I’m inspired by you!

  66. telegirl on September 2nd, 2010 8:48 am

    Congratulations and “Helllllooooo, Yoga Pants!” This, coming from a semi-experienced work-at-homer who may (or may not) have been wearing her own comfy clothes for the past 4 months. :)

    Best of luck on your new line of work. So happy for you!

  67. Rachel on September 2nd, 2010 8:49 am

    You’ve got balls! Congratulations to you and your family.

  68. Kate on September 2nd, 2010 8:53 am

    I heard a saying once: “Sometimes you have to go out on a limb to reach the fruit.”

    Congrats to you for going out there.

  69. LauraC on September 2nd, 2010 8:55 am

    Congratulations!!! We are all rooting for you.

  70. sooboo on September 2nd, 2010 8:56 am

    Congratulations. I did the same thing five years ago and although it hasn’t always been easy, I have not regretted it at all. Welcome to the world of pants free workdays!!

  71. jenna mccarthy on September 2nd, 2010 8:58 am

    Go out and celebrate with several new pairs of PJs–your new work wardrobe! It is bliss, my friend. BLISS! (Even though the mail carrier will assume you are a lushbag when you pad out in your slippers to relieve him of your haul… it is still and always bliss!)

  72. Bel on September 2nd, 2010 8:59 am

    If this was facebook, I would “like” this post

  73. Sheryl on September 2nd, 2010 8:59 am

    I admire you for having the bravery to follow your heart.

  74. Stephanie on September 2nd, 2010 9:00 am

    I just got the chills! I am so happy for you Linda and look forward to all of your upcoming adventures!You are taking life by the balls lady!

  75. crisi-tunity on September 2nd, 2010 9:00 am

    The only way this could be better news is if it was me doing it. Go you.

  76. Tanya on September 2nd, 2010 9:00 am

    I teared up a little reading this. Congratulations! I can’t tell you how much I admire your drive.

  77. Samantha on September 2nd, 2010 9:00 am

    I literally gasped! Good for you! Oh my God, so exciting.

  78. mckenzie on September 2nd, 2010 9:02 am


  79. Kirsten on September 2nd, 2010 9:02 am

    Woohoo!!!! You inspire me.

  80. Jen on September 2nd, 2010 9:03 am

    SWEET! Time to write a book now??!!

  81. Jean on September 2nd, 2010 9:03 am

    Congratulations, Linda!!

  82. Nolita Morgan on September 2nd, 2010 9:04 am

    Woo hoo!

  83. Cora on September 2nd, 2010 9:04 am


  84. Jessamyn on September 2nd, 2010 9:06 am

    Go, you!!! Wooo hoo!

  85. Sarah on September 2nd, 2010 9:06 am

    Congratulations!! Wishing you all the best.

  86. SJ on September 2nd, 2010 9:08 am

    Congrats! Way to take control of your life for you and your family! So excited to see what’s to come.

  87. Cass on September 2nd, 2010 9:09 am

    Oh yay. Do what makes you happy and the rest will come…

  88. oregoncoastgirl on September 2nd, 2010 9:10 am

    Holy cow! Congratulations! Brass balls, indeed. Raising my cup of coffee to you this morning!

  89. Christine on September 2nd, 2010 9:10 am

    Oh, well done! I’m so excited for your new life.

  90. mona on September 2nd, 2010 9:10 am

    You are an inspiration! Congratulations, Linda!

  91. Valerie on September 2nd, 2010 9:11 am

    Yay! Does this mean more writting from you that I can read to get me through my ridiculously long and annoying day at work?

  92. whoorl on September 2nd, 2010 9:11 am

    So incredibly KICK ASS. Congratulations, Linda!

  93. Leeann on September 2nd, 2010 9:13 am

    That’s amazing :) So, so happy for you.

  94. Maggie on September 2nd, 2010 9:14 am

    That’s freaking awesome. Congrats!

  95. marta on September 2nd, 2010 9:14 am

    Fantastic! Anything that gives us more writing from you.

  96. Michelle on September 2nd, 2010 9:14 am

    Way to go, lady!
    I’ve read your writing all over the Internet, even that scarypants parenting site (and I don’t even have kids). You have real talent, and I know of what I speak: I’m an editor for at a publishing company. You’ll do great things, woman.

  97. Baking Mad Mama on September 2nd, 2010 9:15 am

    Fantastic news! So pleased for you. Congratulations!

  98. Rach on September 2nd, 2010 9:15 am

    Mazel tov! I hope it is the beginning of wonderful things for you and your family.

  99. Katelar on September 2nd, 2010 9:15 am

    Congratulations! I hope it’s as wonderful as can be!

  100. Robin on September 2nd, 2010 9:16 am

    Wow, Linda, just WOW!! I’m so excited to hear about your next steps and be able to sit shotgun (so to speak) as you guys chase down your dreams. Such an awesome opportunity. You continue to inspire! Good luck!!

  101. Erin on September 2nd, 2010 9:16 am

    You inspired the hell out of me when you enrolled in school. It’s really amazing to watch you. I’d wish you good luck but you don’t even need it. Congrats!

  102. squandra on September 2nd, 2010 9:16 am

    Yeah! Congratulations; so happy for you.

  103. Heater on September 2nd, 2010 9:16 am

    What the hell were you thinking?!?!? Have you fallen on your head?

    Sorry… too many positive happy squee/ love comments. I had to.

    You my dear….. will be fine.

  104. ericka on September 2nd, 2010 9:17 am

    man, it must feel good to be a gangsta.

  105. Trina on September 2nd, 2010 9:17 am

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I’m sure it’s a little scary but you will make it work and will be a million times happier. Not to mention, the commute alone! So happy for you!

  106. Kathy on September 2nd, 2010 9:18 am

    Wishing you the Best of luck!

  107. Tracy on September 2nd, 2010 9:22 am

    So happy for you and looking forwarding to reading lots more from you.

  108. lisa on September 2nd, 2010 9:23 am

    Yay! So happy for you!!

    I quit my job 5 years ago to be a freelance photographer/designer/teacher and I have never regretted it. I know you won’t either. Best of luck with everything!!

  109. Jill on September 2nd, 2010 9:24 am

    I love hearing about people who take charge of their lives! It is inspiring!

  110. Mrs. Flinger on September 2nd, 2010 9:24 am

    :-D All the best for you and your family!!

  111. katie. on September 2nd, 2010 9:25 am

    can i tell you that i cried a little for you the other night when you were stuck in traffic on the way home on riley’s birthday. (via twitter)

    and i just cried a little for you right now.

    so excited for you & your family.

  112. Bridget on September 2nd, 2010 9:27 am

    Oh my god, I’m so happy for you.

  113. Michele on September 2nd, 2010 9:27 am

    Your kids will thank you for this someday. You can never get this time back with them. Best thing I ever did was quit to stay home with my son. Now that he’s in middle school, I’m back to the grind, but I wouldn’t trade a paycheck for what I got out of the time at home.

    The world is your oyster, now go make me some smoked ones, with brie please.

  114. Melissa on September 2nd, 2010 9:29 am

    I am so happy for you. Yay you!

  115. Emma on September 2nd, 2010 9:30 am

    That is great news Linda. I’m looking forward to more of your excellent writing. I think you have it in you to do great things.

  116. Coleen on September 2nd, 2010 9:32 am

    Congratulations, Linda!

  117. pseudostoops on September 2nd, 2010 9:33 am

    Awesome. Congratulations!

  118. lisa on September 2nd, 2010 9:34 am

    good for you linda!!!!!! i love that you are bold enough to take a risk and go for your dreams!

  119. Melanie on September 2nd, 2010 9:36 am

    YOU DID IT! YAY!!!

  120. Laura on September 2nd, 2010 9:37 am

    Yay! Yay! Yay!

  121. Eric's Mommy on September 2nd, 2010 9:39 am

    Way to go Linda, I am so proud of you!!

  122. Carmen on September 2nd, 2010 9:39 am

    Congratulations! Go, you!

  123. Heater on September 2nd, 2010 9:40 am

    “Uh yeah, Hi Sundry, Bill Lumbergh here. Uh yeah, ah, I almost forgot in your exit interview…I’m also going to need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. We, uhhh, lost some people this week and we sorta need to play catch-up. Mmmmmkay? Thaaaaaanks. Call me back.

  124. Stephanie on September 2nd, 2010 9:40 am

    This may be my very first comment on your blog since I started reading you ages ago…..WHAHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  125. Sarah on September 2nd, 2010 9:40 am

    So, so liberating. I quit my job after my son was born, and I found the only things that I missed were reading on the train on the way to/from work and getting dressed up. Eight months into this new life, I’ve found new opportunities opening up that are far more fulfilling than the previous corporate grind. Can’t wait to hear about yours. Congrats!

  126. honeybecke on September 2nd, 2010 9:42 am

    Get out there and bust a nut girl. I am so proud of you!!! Wonderful things will come from your courage. What a gift you have given yourself and your family.

  127. Alyce on September 2nd, 2010 9:42 am

    Wow! This is exciting news. I’m thrilled that you did it. Gives hope for those of us who are still in the ‘dreaming about it’ phase.

  128. Blabbermouse on September 2nd, 2010 9:42 am

    Ecstatic for you. Truly. Ever since I discovered your wonderful blog, I’ve been voting you Most Likely to Succeed in my head. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  129. Gaby on September 2nd, 2010 9:42 am

    Way to go!You are a true inspiration.

    Now can you offer any advice to a writer/editor who just had a baby who hopes to freelance?

    Seriously. I have no idea how to break into this world without falling prey to the scams.

    And I don’t know if I can mentally handle going back to my soul-sucking job in order to pay for leaving my little guy in daycare.

  130. Dana on September 2nd, 2010 9:43 am

    I was a brand new person the day I quit a job that stopped being right for me. Way to go! I hope you find the same relief.

  131. Michelle on September 2nd, 2010 9:45 am

    Go you! Congratulations!

  132. Daily Tragedies on September 2nd, 2010 9:48 am

    Wow. And yay! Good luck with the next chapter.

  133. Laura on September 2nd, 2010 9:48 am

    WOW, congrats!!

  134. Nichole on September 2nd, 2010 9:49 am

    Yay! Congratulations!!

  135. Pete on September 2nd, 2010 9:51 am


  136. D. on September 2nd, 2010 9:53 am

    Hooray! Congratulations and good luck.

  137. Bill on September 2nd, 2010 9:53 am
  138. Kelsey on September 2nd, 2010 9:54 am

    Yay for you! What a great step. You must feel like a million bucks. You inspire me!

  139. Chris H. on September 2nd, 2010 9:56 am

    Wow! Have been waiting to see if you would do this. I’m a little envious (even though I love my job). Looking forward to reading about your and your family’s new adventures.

  140. Dawn on September 2nd, 2010 9:58 am

    Big hairy balls of steel, and I am so proud of you. You inspire the HELL out of me. Can’t wait to see where these dreams take you.

  141. Junni on September 2nd, 2010 9:59 am

    WOW!!! I never say this, but: YOU GO GIRL!

  142. Maureen on September 2nd, 2010 10:01 am

    Holy Crap! Congrats-does it feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders?

  143. Jane on September 2nd, 2010 10:03 am

    congrats! Not so sound overly cheesy, but you are such an inspiration for me.

  144. Lisa on September 2nd, 2010 10:03 am

    I hope I get to write the same post one day. Hopefully one day soon!

  145. Jeanette on September 2nd, 2010 10:10 am

    Woo hoo! Congratulations and all the best for much success!!

  146. Courtney on September 2nd, 2010 10:15 am

    Holy shit, good for you!

  147. Kristin H on September 2nd, 2010 10:17 am

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful and a HUGE, brave step to take.

  148. Kate on September 2nd, 2010 10:17 am

    YAY! So happy for you! Congratulations! It has been so amazing following your journey over the past couple of years. You are such an inspiration! You will be successful at anything you do. Congrats again!

  149. jen on September 2nd, 2010 10:22 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am sure you will find it to be better than you thought it could be. Best of luck.

  150. KKF on September 2nd, 2010 10:22 am

    Yes, Yes, a thousand times YES!
    Wonderful! Keep a’ going!

  151. scantee on September 2nd, 2010 10:22 am

    Congrats! You are brave and I am totally jealous.

  152. Tamara on September 2nd, 2010 10:23 am

    Congratulations, lady! Freelancing is hard, but the rewards are worth it!

  153. Erica on September 2nd, 2010 10:28 am

    OMG! Freakin’ fanstatic! May your dreams come true!!!

  154. Lori on September 2nd, 2010 10:29 am

    Wow, I kind of teared up a bit (reading this sitting in my “not really right for me”/soul sucking job). That’s weird right? I mean I don’t know you, but I feel really proud of/for you.

    Your bravery is inspiring, again.

  155. maggie on September 2nd, 2010 10:32 am

    Congrats to you for setting a goal and making it come true! Good luck in your new endeavor.

  156. Elizabeth on September 2nd, 2010 10:34 am

    You inspire me!

  157. Amy Q on September 2nd, 2010 10:38 am

    SO happy for you!!! that is just fantastic news! Best of luck!!

  158. Marci on September 2nd, 2010 10:39 am

    I’ll add to the chorus & say: good for you!!

  159. Emily on September 2nd, 2010 10:40 am


  160. jonniker on September 2nd, 2010 10:41 am

    I do this! And it is worth it, to me. Way worth it. I only do part-time, so I don’t know how it will be full-time with kids — I haven’t done full time since before Sam was born.

    The hardest part for me is shutting down at the end of it all. Like, there are NO work boundaries at all, so sometimes I’m getting stuff done when Sam could really use my attention, and sometimes I skip out on sleep.

    And sometimes I have no work at all, so I’m feeling like a total waste. But it all evens out, and for me, it was worth it.

    I’m sure it will be for you, too. Congratulations!

  161. Kathryn (katiemagics) on September 2nd, 2010 10:43 am

    Holy shit woman, rock on!

  162. Mary on September 2nd, 2010 10:44 am

    Delurking to say congrats on taking the leap! That is so awesome.

  163. Marie Green on September 2nd, 2010 10:45 am

    Holy shit, this is huge. Inspiring as always, Linda… I’m grateful to have found your corner of the internet!

  164. Katherine on September 2nd, 2010 10:49 am

    I have so much respect for people who don’t let fear make their choices for them. Congratulations! I’m so excited for you and your family.

  165. Amy on September 2nd, 2010 10:50 am

    So it’s been said approx. 200 times before I got to my comment but here goes anyway: Fucking CONGRATS dude. I have a feeling you’ll never forget the breathless freedom you feel today.

  166. deb on September 2nd, 2010 10:57 am

    Brave and true of you. Make you a deal: you keep writing and I’ll buy whatever you put out there. Congratulations.

  167. warcrygirl on September 2nd, 2010 10:59 am

    Rock on!

  168. Nancy on September 2nd, 2010 11:01 am

    I knew it was just a matter of time…. way to GO, girl!! You’re going to love this new rollercoaster, wherever it ends up taking you. YOU are in control now!

  169. Jen on September 2nd, 2010 11:03 am

    Congratulations! That must have been the best feeling ever. Can’t wait to see where this takes you…

  170. Anonymous on September 2nd, 2010 11:08 am

    Congrats! Best of luck to you. Can’t wait to read all about your new adventures.

  171. Melissa H on September 2nd, 2010 11:16 am

    Congrats! I can’t think of anyone better suited to succeed as a freelance writer. Keep us posted!

  172. Lisa on September 2nd, 2010 11:16 am

    You will always, always, remember that this decision was the starting point living the life you wanted. You’ve got gonads a lot of us envy and your support system for handling them (JB, a ball-handler!) couldn’t be better.

    You stinkin’ ROCK, Linda!

  173. sheilah on September 2nd, 2010 11:19 am

    That is too cool! I am happy for you. Yay for having the ovaries to follow your dream.

    (…since I’m pretty sure you don’t have balls…except the bouncy kind, of course…)

  174. Maria on September 2nd, 2010 11:23 am

    I’m so happy for you. The day I quit my job to freelance from home was honestly happier than my wedding day. (Sorry, husband.) I’d never felt as liberated and excited and… momentous.

    This makes me happy, dude. Like really truly happy.

  175. Nicole on September 2nd, 2010 11:25 am

    Congratulations! This is so awesome. Yes, let us know where you’re writing (and what we can buy!) so we can support you in every way possible!!!

  176. Joanna on September 2nd, 2010 11:27 am

    YES!! That is awesome! Congratulations!

  177. Carrie (in MN) on September 2nd, 2010 11:27 am


  178. Melanie on September 2nd, 2010 11:29 am

    Hey! I was just reading my latest issue of Parenting mag and who is the first featured blogger. :-) I felt so ‘in the know’ what with you being in my Reader and all…
    Congrats on the new career. You’ll be brilliant.

  179. nonsoccermom on September 2nd, 2010 11:29 am

    Yay you! Congratulations, and best of luck.

  180. Mommy on the Spot on September 2nd, 2010 11:30 am

    Congrats! That is awesome!

    Takes guts to follow your instincts and your dreams. And no guts, no glory!

    Can’t wait to hear about your new adventures!

  181. Michelle on September 2nd, 2010 11:31 am

    Goosebumps. This makes me feel like I do when I watch acrobats performing miraculous feats. Congratulations!

  182. Rosie on September 2nd, 2010 11:31 am


  183. sarah on September 2nd, 2010 11:36 am

    congrats!! you rock!

  184. Dawn on September 2nd, 2010 11:39 am

    Congratulations on making the leap! I can’t even imagine how good it must feel.

  185. kinak on September 2nd, 2010 11:40 am

    What an incredible thing you’re doing: changing your life instead of just bitching about it. You are amazing me today. Way to fucking go, Linda.

  186. heather on September 2nd, 2010 11:41 am

    you’re awesome. that is all. :)

  187. Becky on September 2nd, 2010 11:44 am


  188. Sarah on September 2nd, 2010 11:45 am

    Congratulations!!! This goodbye sounds like a great big door opening for you!! Best of luck!

  189. Becky on September 2nd, 2010 11:47 am

    Congratulations! So glad to hear it!!!!

  190. Redbecca on September 2nd, 2010 11:47 am

    I’m so happy for you! And envious and nervous and everything else all at the same time, but YAY! and congratulations! This is awesome!

  191. Cecilia on September 2nd, 2010 11:48 am

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. I gave up my job in July to be home with my 2 year old son and have never been happier.

  192. Lylah on September 2nd, 2010 11:53 am

    I’m wallowing in my version of your second paragraph right now…

    Congratulations on making the leap!

  193. Hillary on September 2nd, 2010 11:56 am

    Good for you! I’m sure you’ll be a fantastic freelancer.

  194. Clueless But Hopeful Mama on September 2nd, 2010 11:57 am

    Each step you take toward your dreams is so inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing it all with us.

  195. Jaime on September 2nd, 2010 12:00 pm

    I’m so happy for you and your family. My tiny family (my 5 year old daughter and myself) are trying to see our Oregon dream to fruition as well! Maybe we’ll see you there!

  196. Christine on September 2nd, 2010 12:02 pm

    Congratulations! I am so happy and proud of you. It’s such a big jump. You are ten kinds of awesome lady. Rock on with your bad self. :)

  197. Kristy on September 2nd, 2010 12:05 pm

    Fantastic news…best wishes!!

  198. Theresa on September 2nd, 2010 12:07 pm

    *squealing jumpy claps* So excited for you! No guts, no glory! Accompanying you on this adventure is a great privilege. Thanks for sharing.

  199. Anonymous on September 2nd, 2010 12:09 pm

    congratulations! i’m so happy for you and your family. you guys are truly amazing and i hope your guts pay off in a big way. i’m sure it will with your boys, but i hope you see some big bucks along the way too…incoming, i mean, not just the outgoing big bucks! :D

  200. Deb on September 2nd, 2010 12:13 pm

    OH EM GEE!

    Dude, you guys are an inspiration.

    I look forward to reading more about your adventures as you hurl yourselves off the cliff of Merely Surviving and into the wild blue yonder of Really Living.

  201. Lawyerish on September 2nd, 2010 12:27 pm

    Wow! That is phenomenal!! I am so proud of you and so excited to see what this new venture brings.

    I have to say, the way that you continually work to better your self and your life (when you were already damn awesome to begin with) is truly inspiring.

    I got teary when I read this entry. Thank you for always reminding the rest of us that we are the masters of our own destinies.

  202. serror on September 2nd, 2010 12:33 pm

    Congrats! An exciting new change! So brave of you to take the leap…

  203. Mandy on September 2nd, 2010 12:35 pm

    Holy crap!! Good for you!! I hope this is just the first of the Big Decisions that fall into place for you and your family as you make your Big Moves. Inspiring!

  204. elembee123 on September 2nd, 2010 12:37 pm

    “Leap and a net will appear” – Zen saying

    The above quote constantly reminds me that sometimes it’s okay to take the plunge; that everything will work out.

    Congratulations and good luck making those dreams come true!!

  205. Nicole on September 2nd, 2010 12:54 pm

    How totally awesome! I am constantly amazed at what incredible writing you produce on a “part-time” basis. I can’t wait to see what full-time looks like. Congratulations Linda!!! You are (again) an inspiration; for your brilliance, your humor, your tenacity and your moxie! I stand in awe…

  206. Maggie C on September 2nd, 2010 1:04 pm

    Ok, first you go back to school and then you quit your soul sucking job while I still sit here too scared to move. JEALOUS!

  207. JennyM on September 2nd, 2010 1:10 pm

    AAAA! Congratulations on a huge decision…

  208. Jennifer on September 2nd, 2010 1:10 pm

    Good for you!! Way to take a leap – it’s not easy. But, as “they” say – nothing worth having/doing is. Good luck!

  209. Jamie on September 2nd, 2010 1:12 pm

    HELL YEAH! Congrats!

  210. tawnya on September 2nd, 2010 1:16 pm

    Oh, congrats. It’s a fabulous scary thing!

  211. Anyabeth on September 2nd, 2010 1:19 pm

    Congrats on being so brave! You and JB are just the dream doers. Amazing.

  212. Melissa on September 2nd, 2010 1:20 pm

    Good for you, Linda! Can’t pursue dreams when something like that is holding you back. Best of luck!

  213. 6512 and growing on September 2nd, 2010 1:21 pm

    Don’t look back.

  214. Susan on September 2nd, 2010 1:21 pm

    Oh, wow. Congrats, congrats, congrats. So thrilled for you!

  215. Connie on September 2nd, 2010 1:23 pm

    Wow!! Congrats!

  216. Pam on September 2nd, 2010 1:26 pm

    congratulations! and .. I am envious, too. Hope it all goes as well as you want and deserve it to!

  217. Kellie on September 2nd, 2010 1:26 pm

    Congratulations! You are one of my favorite blogs to read – you have an awesome gift with the words, and I love your attitude. Good luck and enjoy each day!

  218. Kathleen on September 2nd, 2010 1:26 pm


  219. wealhtheow on September 2nd, 2010 1:28 pm


  220. Lindsay on September 2nd, 2010 1:32 pm

    YAAAAY! Oh, Linda, that is so exciting! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  221. ElizabelleM on September 2nd, 2010 1:37 pm


  222. poppy on September 2nd, 2010 1:58 pm

    amazing and inspiring Linda! don’t look back and don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

  223. jb on September 2nd, 2010 1:59 pm

    Congratulations Linda. Hope my husband doesn’t find this post cause he’ll ban me from reading you.
    Now you’re really going to have to go to that block party so you actually have face to face adult conversations with people other than the AF delivery guy.
    All the best.

  224. Artemisia on September 2nd, 2010 1:59 pm

    WOO WOO WOO!!! Congrats!

    I am so very proud of you, Linda. You are brave, intelligent and such a wonderful inspiration. I am cheering for you all the way!

  225. Callie on September 2nd, 2010 2:00 pm

    Congrats. And also, I will be waiting for the instructional post telling the rest of us HOW to become work from home freelance writers. :)

    Stuck in Corporate Comm

  226. Heather on September 2nd, 2010 2:00 pm

    You did it!
    You did it!
    So happy for you!

  227. Laura on September 2nd, 2010 2:19 pm

    Linda, you totally made me teary. I’m so happy for you. Dude, congratulations. You are such a badass. I know you’ll be able to weather the change and all it entails. Great job!

  228. LJ on September 2nd, 2010 2:25 pm

    Oh happy day!!! Congratulations!

  229. jolie on September 2nd, 2010 2:26 pm


  230. mixette on September 2nd, 2010 2:33 pm

    That took guts: congratulations!!!

  231. Sandra on September 2nd, 2010 2:42 pm

    Yay! Congratulations. I look forward to reading all your new material.

  232. Anne L. on September 2nd, 2010 2:55 pm

    Awesome!!! I wish I had the balls.

  233. Shawna on September 2nd, 2010 3:00 pm

    OMIGOD! That is FANTASTIC!!!

  234. Rachel on September 2nd, 2010 3:17 pm

    You did it! You continue to be an inspiration to us all.

  235. April G. on September 2nd, 2010 3:29 pm

    Go, you! Congratulations, Linda!

  236. Souphead on September 2nd, 2010 3:35 pm

    Scary as it may be…congratulations!!!

  237. Miss Virginia on September 2nd, 2010 3:36 pm

    You are amazing. You will never regret this! GO YOU!

  238. Jules on September 2nd, 2010 3:52 pm

    Congrats! I’m reminded of this wonderful quote:
    Freedom lies in being bold. ~Robert Frost

  239. Heather on September 2nd, 2010 3:54 pm

    Yay! Very exciting.

  240. Julie on September 2nd, 2010 4:23 pm

    Congratulations. Kudos on following your dream!

  241. Lisa on September 2nd, 2010 4:26 pm

    Wow, what timing. I’ve come full circle and just returned to work after being a freelance writer at home for almost 10 years. Kids are now 9 & 12… funny how perspectives change with time… never thought I’d love going back to work. :) Good luck to you.

  242. Susie on September 2nd, 2010 4:29 pm

    Support husband to quit his job and realize his dream? Check. Run a 5K? Check. Learn to swim? Check. Triathalon? Check. Half-marathon? Check. Marathon? Check. Put house on the market? Check. Say goodbye to your job and chase your own dream? CHECK.

    Congratulations! You’re awesome.

  243. shygirl on September 2nd, 2010 4:29 pm


    Best feeling EVER, amirite???

  244. Heater on September 2nd, 2010 4:34 pm

    Uh.. yeah… Bill Lumbergh here. I thought I would just call again and remind you that the workday starts at 8am today not 9am. Yeah. Alrighty then we will be seeing you soon then. I’m gonna need those TPS reports as soon as you get them collated. If you could really get a rush on those that would be great. Thanks.

  245. Steph on September 2nd, 2010 4:36 pm

    I’m rooting for you! You’ll do great and I’m in such awe and respect of you (can you be “in respect of” someone?) for taking these (calculated) risks and doing what feels right for you and your family. Rock on Linda, you are an inspiration!

  246. ginger on September 2nd, 2010 4:38 pm

    Congratulations, Linda! Life’s just too damn short to play it safe.

  247. tricia on September 2nd, 2010 4:42 pm

    Best wishes!

  248. agirlandaboy on September 2nd, 2010 4:55 pm

    Make it a book. Please make it a book! BOOOOOK!!!

  249. Kaz on September 2nd, 2010 4:59 pm

    Congratulations, Linda! Wishing you all the best in making the rest of your dreams come true too!

  250. Anna on September 2nd, 2010 5:04 pm

    Yay! Congrats and good luck!

  251. Sarah on September 2nd, 2010 5:06 pm

    Congrats! Can you post a little list of the places you write sometime? I would love to read all the stuff that you do. You are fantastic and always so interesting. Good luck!!!!

  252. Heather on September 2nd, 2010 5:09 pm

    Congratulations on doing something most people are terrified to do, awesome!!

  253. Lisa on September 2nd, 2010 5:20 pm

    Wow. So very happy for you. Can’t wait to read about your new adventures. Congratulations!

  254. Alli on September 2nd, 2010 5:23 pm

    That is absolutely amazing! Congratulations!!

  255. shannon on September 2nd, 2010 5:40 pm

    Awesome news! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

  256. Hannah Christine on September 2nd, 2010 5:42 pm

    Linda, you are a star! Congratulations!

  257. ccr in MA on September 2nd, 2010 5:46 pm

    Whew! Congrats on doing what you needed to.

  258. lindsay on September 2nd, 2010 5:53 pm

    SO inspiring. Best wishes to you all.

  259. Abacus on September 2nd, 2010 5:55 pm

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! So happy for you! BTW, my (last) free issue of Parenting came yesterday, and congrats on being one of the parent bloggers that they showcased!

  260. Elsa on September 2nd, 2010 5:58 pm

    Fuck yeah!

  261. Mrs. B on September 2nd, 2010 6:06 pm

    Woah. Congrats.

    I’ve been reading you, first at diaryland then here, for at least six years now. I have to say, if anyone should be able to make a living writing, you should.

  262. jodie on September 2nd, 2010 6:15 pm

    Ahhh!! How cool!

    I, too, would love to see a list of all the websites/publications to which you contribute!

  263. M.A. on September 2nd, 2010 6:22 pm

    I am so happy for you — and us — that you are doing what you do best: write, and being a Mom. Enjoy the ride, Linda. WE will. Hogs and thistles from Michigan.

  264. bouncy on September 2nd, 2010 6:38 pm

    You are growing so fast.

    I love it.

  265. Michelle on September 2nd, 2010 6:58 pm

    Congratulations on taking this huge step. I’m a little disturbed that I don’t know and when I read this post, my eyes teared up with happiness for you and your family. I hope that doesn’t freak you out.

  266. Melissa on September 2nd, 2010 7:04 pm

    So incredibly inspiring. And I’m so excited to be along for the ride!

  267. Allie on September 2nd, 2010 7:06 pm

    WOW!!! Awesome! You go girl!

  268. Cathy on September 2nd, 2010 7:07 pm

    Congrats!! You are such an inspiration. Way to seek out the life you aspire.

  269. E on September 2nd, 2010 7:12 pm

    How exciting and scary and INSPIRING! Congratulations!! Definitely good riddance to not seeing your kids for 8 hours a day!!! All the very best!!!

  270. Rachael on September 2nd, 2010 7:14 pm

    Holy shit, Linda. That is awesome.

  271. Kellie on September 2nd, 2010 7:15 pm

    This made me tear up. GOOD FOR YOU. I for one will immediately buy your book if you write one.

    I don’t know you, but I am proud of you.

  272. tara on September 2nd, 2010 7:48 pm

    dude. congrats. that is huge.

  273. kim on September 2nd, 2010 7:55 pm

    Wow!! I’m so excited and happy for you. Congratulations! :) kim

  274. willikat on September 2nd, 2010 8:41 pm

    You did it!!!!! Man, do I love your take-charge, take-no-prisoners life kickassery. Consider me another person cheering you along on the sidelines!

  275. Danielle on September 2nd, 2010 8:43 pm

    I don’t comment often, but I read all the time. I just wanted to add to the long list of very well deserved Congratulations!!! You are a very inspiring woman, thank you for putting your voice into the world!

  276. Janet on September 2nd, 2010 8:54 pm

    Go Linda!! Congratulations, I knew the day would come:)

  277. Sarcy on September 2nd, 2010 9:11 pm

    Every time you blog about a new milestone, I start to write you a gushy comment, but always get embarrassed and delete.

    I forget how I first came across your blog, but I remember getting hooked and reading your entire archive one winter weekend while I was pregnant with my first son. (Three years ago now…time flies.)

    You were always a good writer and a sharp wit, but your personal evolution has been amazing. How do you set all these awesome goals and keep knocking ‘em out? You’re an inspiration.

    So now, freelancer…a book of your life story?

  278. Lesley on September 2nd, 2010 9:13 pm

    Their loss, your gain.

    Think of the money you’ll save on gas.

    Working from home rocks.

  279. Nerida on September 2nd, 2010 9:21 pm

    Congratulations Linda. Wishing you all the best for your new venture and new way of living! Here’s to more changes (location this time) soon!

  280. Tracy on September 2nd, 2010 9:36 pm

    Holy crap! Congrats! Long commutes are a bitch–so happy for you that you don’t have to worry about that anymore.

  281. GingerB on September 2nd, 2010 9:46 pm

    Well done, you brave girl. I wish you the very best of luck as you travel your new path!

  282. Gnometree on September 2nd, 2010 9:49 pm

    WOW!!! That must be the scariest thing to do – but well done on doing it.

  283. Jen on September 2nd, 2010 9:50 pm

    Jumping up and down for you! Congratulations, on taking this step, and on having the courage and self-confidence needed.

  284. kat on September 2nd, 2010 10:30 pm

    well done you!

  285. Francesca on September 3rd, 2010 1:54 am

    That’s amazing — congratulations!!

  286. AnnaA on September 3rd, 2010 4:35 am

    Congrats & best wishes! It’ll be a helluva change, but definitely worth going for!

  287. Tess on September 3rd, 2010 4:47 am

    *Thumbs up* Awesomesauce. Welcome to the fabulous freelance world of financial instability you are going to LOVE it!

  288. Deanna on September 3rd, 2010 4:47 am

    When I got laid off from Majorcompany over 7 years ago it was like I could breathe again. Now, learning to change my spending and shopping habits took time, any and all savings and credit are long gone, being with the kids all day is not always fun but we are soooo much better off emotionally. Yay for you for walking away on your own!!

  289. Tia on September 3rd, 2010 5:25 am

    So happy for you guys! And a bit jealous :)

  290. Lisa on September 3rd, 2010 5:35 am

    Congratulations! The scariest choice is usually the right choice!

  291. Debbie on September 3rd, 2010 6:23 am

    Holy shit! Congratulations on pursuing something new! You will have to share the details with your readers. :)

  292. HRJ on September 3rd, 2010 6:35 am

    yay you!! :)

  293. amanda on September 3rd, 2010 6:45 am

    OMG! Congrats! I am supremely jealous – and so happy for you!

  294. Jen on September 3rd, 2010 6:47 am

    Congratulations!!! So very happy for you… I hope all of your dreams come true :)

  295. Heather on September 3rd, 2010 6:52 am


  296. Diana on September 3rd, 2010 7:32 am

    Congrats! I made the same jump 5 months ago and it’s the best decision I ever made. I’ve been following you since the Diaryland days, and you’re a fantastic writer–you can do it!

  297. Sarah on September 3rd, 2010 7:33 am

    Yet again, you constantly push yourself in the direction you want to go – yey for you!!

  298. Crys on September 3rd, 2010 7:42 am

    Good for you Linda – way to make you and your sanity, family, and dreams a priority! Best of luck!!!

  299. squandra on September 3rd, 2010 7:46 am

    Had to share this … It reminded me of you not so much because you need to see it, but because you’ve tackled these questions on your own. Inspiring to see what happens when you do!

  300. Jen W. on September 3rd, 2010 9:05 am

    Congratulations. That is such exciting news!

  301. Sarabeth Burke on September 3rd, 2010 9:25 am

    well said! congrats on your newest endeavors, i am on my way to do the same and may have to borrow this :)
    i’m a new follower and i’m lovin it! can’t wait to read some more!


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  303. Stacy on September 3rd, 2010 2:05 pm

    Whee! So exciting! Congratulations.

  304. NancyJ on September 3rd, 2010 2:13 pm

    I don’t care whether there are already 303 comments – I had to add my own — YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!
    You will not regret it! Times my get tough and you may get anxious, but you have taken this leap of faith because you have faith in yourself and JB and your beautiful sons that you will all stick together and work it out. Through good times and bad!
    I’ve probably said this more than once here — I quit my fulltime job 11 years ago at the same time my husband, a carpenter, decided to go out on his own as a contractor. Yeah, it was scary, yeah we had some hairy moments but we had each other and where there’s a will there’s a way.
    You will look back and say “what the fuck took me so long?”.

  305. Jo on September 3rd, 2010 5:43 pm

    Congrats, so stoked for you!! :)

  306. Amanda on September 3rd, 2010 10:20 pm

    Holy shit! Holy shit, holy shit, holy shit! YAY!!

  307. Niki P on September 4th, 2010 6:47 am

    WOW!!! SO happy for you and JB.

  308. Pippa on September 4th, 2010 11:42 am

    Congrats! I did the exact same thing yesterday (the 3rd of Sept.) … it’s sort of bittersweet, but I am SO looking forward to a new beginning!
    I wish you all the best :)

  309. holley on September 4th, 2010 1:00 pm

    Wow. So happy for you. I don’t eve know you, and yet, I am soooooooo proud

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  311. Elaine on September 6th, 2010 1:08 am

    Wow…I know my comment will be lost in this sea of comments and I don’t know you at all…I just found you from the article in Parenting magazine…but I wanted to say congratulations and good luck! I know you will not regret having more time with your children, even if nothing else is what you thought it would be, the time with your kids is worth it all. Enjoy the journey, can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

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  313. Carrie on September 7th, 2010 9:32 am

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!

  314. K.B. on September 14th, 2010 10:32 am

    I got chills!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!

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