Just before leaving town 2 weeks ago my life had started to take on a new shape. What had at first been a potentially good situation with a writing job had changed into a much more firm and reliable writing job. And then a second writing and editing position had landed in my lap that would also keep me busy. Suddenly, completely out of the blue, I have work and income!
But then I took off for South Carolina and focused on other things for 8 days. Eight really awesome days.
Now that I'm home and rested, I'm getting into a new groove. (How many times this year have I had to stop, erase, and start a new groove all over again?? I've completely lost count.) But I'm excited about this new routine and these opportunities. I actually got a paycheck (the day I left town) and I'm going to get another one! The idea is so foreign to me I can barely accept it!
If you've known me for long, or read this blog more than 4 years ago, you know that I love being busy. I used to thrive on event planning, travel, and being involved in dozens of things at once. Due to the changes life threw at me, I haven't been that way in years. I've missed the "old me" quite a bit. For the past 3+ years I've primarily worked from home and it has been very quiet, and rarely busy or stressful. I'd prefer the crazy life! That's just me! The week I spent on the campaign was very fun for me. I got my groove back. I got to be busy and crazy, and running a program, managing people, and getting involved. I felt like me again. I would welcome the opportunity to be busy like that again.
These new writing gigs won't keep me busy like that any time soon, but still, it is a good groove. But they do keep me busy and mentally engaged. And thankfully, in spite of being home-based, and online work, there is reason for human interaction! (I like humans!)
The gigs are freelance, no contract. I have reason to believe that the first one could extend indefinitely, and if they company likes me (and so far they do!) they may offer a secure contract at any point. The second job is only for one month, but has potential to extend in the future.
I have work, people. Actual work. I'm earning money and working. I like how that feels! This is a great groove to be in. I get to engage in so many things that appeal to me (news, politics, religion, and believe it or not, I'm starting to like the stock market)! That spark inside of me that loves to write and get opinionated has taken over and I like it!
Watch out world, Erin's got her groove back.