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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Lawyerish
13 years ago

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.

serror
serror
13 years ago

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

Mandy
Mandy
13 years ago

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!

elembee123
elembee123
13 years ago

“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!!

Nicole
13 years ago

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…

Maggie C
Maggie C
13 years ago

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!

JennyM
13 years ago

AAAA! Congratulations on a huge decision…

Jennifer
Jennifer
13 years ago

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

Jamie
13 years ago

HELL YEAH! Congrats!

tawnya
13 years ago

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

Anyabeth
13 years ago

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

Melissa
Melissa
13 years ago

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

6512 and growing
13 years ago

Fantastic!
Don’t look back.

Susan
13 years ago

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

Connie
Connie
13 years ago

Wow!! Congrats!

Pam
Pam
13 years ago

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

Kellie
Kellie
13 years ago

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!

Kathleen
Kathleen
13 years ago

Huzzah!

wealhtheow
13 years ago

Congratulations!

Lindsay
Lindsay
13 years ago

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

ElizabelleM
ElizabelleM
13 years ago

Dizzamn!!

poppy
poppy
13 years ago

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

jb
jb
13 years ago

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.

Artemisia
13 years ago

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!

Callie
13 years ago

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

Signed,
Stuck in Corporate Comm

Heather
Heather
13 years ago

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

Laura
Laura
13 years ago

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
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!

LJ
LJ
13 years ago

Oh happy day!!! Congratulations!

jolie
13 years ago

LINDA! AWESOME! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

mixette
mixette
13 years ago

That took guts: congratulations!!!

Sandra
Sandra
13 years ago

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

Anne L.
Anne L.
13 years ago

Awesome!!! I wish I had the balls.

Shawna
Shawna
13 years ago

OMIGOD! That is FANTASTIC!!!

Rachel
13 years ago

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

April G.
April G.
13 years ago

Go, you! Congratulations, Linda!

Souphead
13 years ago

Scary as it may be…congratulations!!!

Miss Virginia
Miss Virginia
13 years ago

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

Jules
Jules
13 years ago

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

Heather
Heather
13 years ago

Yay! Very exciting.

Julie
Julie
13 years ago

Congratulations. Kudos on following your dream!

Lisa
Lisa
13 years ago

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.

Susie
Susie
13 years ago

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.

shygirl
shygirl
13 years ago

OMG! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!

Best feeling EVER, amirite???

Heater
Heater
13 years ago

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.

Steph
Steph
13 years ago

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!

ginger
ginger
13 years ago

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

tricia
tricia
13 years ago

Best wishes!

agirlandaboy
13 years ago

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

Kaz
Kaz
13 years ago

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

Anna
Anna
13 years ago

Yay! Congrats and good luck!