Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Big steps

Wishcasting Wednesday this week asks what us what step we wish to take. Well, readers, you know I have taken mine. Less than a month ago I quit my job. It was quite a moment I can tell you. I put myself out of work in the middle of a global recession. Sometimes I feel quite fearless. Yet, why should we be scared of following our hearts, for that after all is what I have done? After a long career of working for other people, I’m taking back a little more control. I’m bringing together all I’ve learned over the years and taking it out in the marketplace for others to have a bit of use of. I’m going freelance…

This week and next I’m working with a communications agency helping them with a project for a High Street bank. It’s literally throw yourself in at the deep end drama but it’s OK. I’ve had lots of practice at swimming and my little lifejacket of knowledge is keeping my head above water. In fact, I’m rather enjoying it. Naturally, the pressure is on and it really is a case of sink or swim – I’m rather expendable, not tied to any employer contract. One mistake and I could be out… but then I always did thrive under a bit of pressure, there’s nothing better to sharpen the focus than an impending deadline or that VIP to impress.

I’ve no doubt there’ll be moments of calm and catch up too when my focus will shift to marketing myself, networking and hunting out the elusive paying opportunities. Also expect to see some serious paint slopping about during these ‘stand down’ days.

There’s a down side naturally. I do get a bit lonely – I miss the colleague sitting beside me to bump ideas around with – it’s not quite the same when you have to call someone and the cats don’t have much of an opinion. It also gets a bit cold here in November and it seems an extravagance to heat the whole house when I’m spending all day sitting at a desk in one tiny (and very untidy) corner. Ah yes, untidiness. My natural predilection toward having all my work spread out around me in a seemingly chaotic mess has meant an even more untidy workspace than usual and I can’t just go home and leave it at the end of the day! My little Lottie cat is most upset at me sitting on her ‘bed’ all day and is getting quite vocal in her complaints. She exacts her revenge by leaving muddy paw prints all over my paperwork. Her brother just clambers onto a lap already laden with notebooks and scribbled reminders and makes himself comfy where he can.

Regrets? Not one. The little teaser on my blog earlier in the week is to tempt you toward my forthcoming Etsy shop. Keep stopping by here to pick up your invitation to the star-studded launch!

So, I’ve taken my step and I’m feeling good!

24 comments:

  1. follow your dreams ... they could only take you to places where YOU want to be :))

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  2. Awesome!
    It sounds like you're on your way to big things!

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  3. As you wish so I wish for you. What a brave and wonderful step to have taken! I wish you well!

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  4. All the best with your new ventures, don those sassy boots and kick a**

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  5. You have done what many only dream of, Lisa! What courage and vision! Continued and growing success I wish for you. And infinite fulfillment! :)

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  6. As you wish so I wish for you. What a brave adventurer you are! It is hard to work on your own but it is so worth it too.

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  7. I'm in awe of your risk taking. What a fantastic thing to follow your heart in such a bold way. I have no doubt it will pay off for you many times over! As you wish for yourself, I wish for you also.

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  8. How courageous!

    As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

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  9. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you. Keep up the good work.

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  10. As you wish for yourself, I wish for you too!

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  11. I, too, quit my job following my heart! Yay! ♥

    Yay to you for taking this brave and healthy step!

    As you wish for yourself, I wish for you also!

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  12. wonderful wonderful wonderful!
    may more steps be made and more wishes come true!

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  13. As you wish for herself, I wish for you also. I took that same step 13 months ago (quit my job to pursue my own creativity) and have not regretted it! I hope it is all that you hoped for and I'm sure it will be!!!

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  14. congratulations to you for all the huge steps you have been taking! As Lisa wishes for herself, so I wish for her also! May it be so! Namaste.

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  15. Whooot Let Fly with that boldness!! You will go far..I just know it!!
    As you wish for yourself, I wish for you also!
    The Etsy shop.....off to see that post!!
    Sarah

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  16. As Lisa wishes for herself, so I wish for her also!
    Fearless - go girl!!! I so admire your "big steps"
    :)

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  17. As Lisa wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

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  18. Hey, hot stuff! You're already on the road to success. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you! Great job!

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  19. As Lisa wishes for herself, so I wish for her too!
    It's really a big step you took. I also have such plan in my mind ...to quit my job. .... however, still hold back..

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  20. As Lisa wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. Good luck with the great adventure!

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  21. Sounds like you already have your wish!

    As Lisa wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. xx

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  22. So inspiring! As Lisa wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.
    Lisa

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  23. Good luck. Quite tough freelancing, but if you can get a network of reliable clients it can make all the difference

    I work in communications too and recently moved to four day week to find time for my own writing.

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