New Job, New Business, New Year

I said in my last post that I have an announcement, and I actually have two.

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First, I’ve switched jobs again and am working in Decatur with my previous company. It’s a better fit for me, and I’m excited to be back. It’s a little strange to come into a “new” job where I already know everyone and designed the processes, though – but strange in a good way.

Second (and this is the announcement I was talking about before), I’m working on building a freelance business, offering copy editing and proofreading (maybe line editing as well, but probably not developmental/structural). I’m jumping the gun a little, since I haven’t established the web site yet. Changing jobs and an extended visit from family has delayed me, and now I’m second-guessing myself.  But I need to push myself, so I thought that if I put it here, then I have to do it. Feel free to offer up a snarky “So how’s that business plan coming along?” if I don’t post a link in the next month or so. It keeps me on my toes.

Last year was a difficult one for me, and I’m hoping that these changes will be part of a much better 2017. And on top of it all, the end of the year is always exhausting and stressful for me for some reason. I feel crushed by the weight of it. I shouldn’t this year. I finished out the year standing up for myself in ways I never have before – a fact that I’m very proud of. But I still feel drained.

Learning to balance my life with a chronic illness has been a big part of that this year, as I spent a lot of time getting annoyed with my new limitations and pushing myself until I was unable to continue. I’m learning, though, to respect those limitations, work around them, and give myself breaks.

It’s not that I think the new year is going to magically transition into a perfect time where nothing goes wrong, of course. I know it’s only in my mind that the new year only represents a fresh start and it doesn’t literally change anything, but state of mind is important. I’m going to use the perception of a new beginning to push myself to make this year better.

I wish all of you an amazing 2017, and I’ll be back with more posts next week.

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