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.

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Erin
Erin
13 years ago

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!

squandra
squandra
13 years ago

Yeah! Congratulations; so happy for you.

Heater
Heater
13 years ago

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.

ericka
13 years ago

man, it must feel good to be a gangsta.

Trina
Trina
13 years ago

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!

Kathy
Kathy
13 years ago

Wishing you the Best of luck!

Tracy
Tracy
13 years ago

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

lisa
13 years ago

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!!

Jill
13 years ago

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

Mrs.  Flinger
13 years ago

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

katie.
13 years ago

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.

Bridget
13 years ago

Oh my god, I’m so happy for you.

Michele
13 years ago

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.

Melissa
Melissa
13 years ago

I am so happy for you. Yay you!

Emma
Emma
13 years ago

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.

Coleen
13 years ago

Congratulations, Linda!

pseudostoops
13 years ago

Awesome. Congratulations!

lisa
lisa
13 years ago

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

Melanie
13 years ago

YOU DID IT! YAY!!!

Laura
Laura
13 years ago

Yay! Yay! Yay!

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
13 years ago

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

Carmen
Carmen
13 years ago

Congratulations! Go, you!

Heater
Heater
13 years ago

“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.

Stephanie
Stephanie
13 years ago

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

Sarah
13 years ago

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!

honeybecke
honeybecke
13 years ago

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.

Alyce
Alyce
13 years ago

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.

Blabbermouse
13 years ago

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.

Gaby
Gaby
13 years ago

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.

Dana
13 years ago

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.

Michelle
Michelle
13 years ago

Go you! Congratulations!

Daily Tragedies
13 years ago

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

Laura
13 years ago

WOW, congrats!!

Nichole
13 years ago

Yay! Congratulations!!

Pete
Pete
13 years ago

Congratulations

D.
D.
13 years ago

Hooray! Congratulations and good luck.

Bill
Bill
13 years ago
Kelsey
Kelsey
13 years ago

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

Chris H.
Chris H.
13 years ago

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.

Dawn
Dawn
13 years ago

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.

Junni
Junni
13 years ago

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

Maureen
Maureen
13 years ago

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

Jane
Jane
13 years ago

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

Lisa
13 years ago

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

Jeanette
13 years ago

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

Courtney
Courtney
13 years ago

Holy shit, good for you!

Kristin H
Kristin H
13 years ago

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

Kate
Kate
13 years ago

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!

jen
jen
13 years ago

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

KKF
KKF
13 years ago

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