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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Sarah
Sarah
11 years ago

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!!!!

Heather
Heather
11 years ago

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

Lisa
Lisa
11 years ago

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

Alli
11 years ago

That is absolutely amazing! Congratulations!!

shannon
11 years ago

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

Hannah Christine
11 years ago

Linda, you are a star! Congratulations!

ccr in MA
11 years ago

Whew! Congrats on doing what you needed to.

lindsay
lindsay
11 years ago

SO inspiring. Best wishes to you all.

Abacus
Abacus
11 years ago

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!

Elsa
11 years ago

Fuck yeah!

Mrs. B
Mrs. B
11 years ago

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.

jodie
jodie
11 years ago

Ahhh!! How cool!

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

M.A.
M.A.
11 years ago

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.

bouncy
bouncy
11 years ago

Congratulations!
You are growing so fast.

I love it.

Michelle
Michelle
11 years ago

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.

Melissa
11 years ago

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

Allie
Allie
11 years ago

WOW!!! Awesome! You go girl!

Cathy
Cathy
11 years ago

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

E
E
11 years ago

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

Rachael
11 years ago

Holy shit, Linda. That is awesome.

Kellie
Kellie
11 years ago

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.

tara
11 years ago

dude. congrats. that is huge.

kim
kim
11 years ago

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

willikat
11 years ago

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!

Danielle
Danielle
11 years ago

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!

Janet
Janet
11 years ago

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

Sarcy
11 years ago

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?

Lesley
Lesley
11 years ago

Their loss, your gain.

Think of the money you’ll save on gas.

Working from home rocks.

Nerida
Nerida
11 years ago

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!

Tracy
11 years ago

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

GingerB
11 years ago

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

Gnometree
11 years ago

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

Jen
Jen
11 years ago

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

kat
kat
11 years ago

well done you!

Francesca
11 years ago

That’s amazing — congratulations!!

AnnaA
11 years ago

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

Tess
Tess
11 years ago

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

Deanna
Deanna
11 years ago

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!!

Tia
Tia
11 years ago

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

Lisa
Lisa
11 years ago

Congratulations! The scariest choice is usually the right choice!

Debbie
Debbie
11 years ago

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

HRJ
HRJ
11 years ago

yay you!! :)

amanda
11 years ago

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

Jen
Jen
11 years ago

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

Heather
Heather
11 years ago

WOOOOO!

Diana
11 years ago

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!

Sarah
Sarah
11 years ago

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

Crys
Crys
11 years ago

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

squandra
squandra
11 years ago

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!

http://www.fivebigquestions.com/

Jen W.
Jen W.
11 years ago

Congratulations. That is such exciting news!