Unexpected Path

2012-08-04-09.38.23-e1440896868566

Austin, TX

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog, but I recently met someone who encouraged me to continue these so here I am. Those that have been following me for a while know that I left a corporate job in October of 2013. It was a big risk leaving a job with great benefits and security but I don’t regret it. I decided to follow my heart and do everything in my power to make a living with writing. In the past two years I’ve self-published 7 books and written around 10. I don’t regret leaving my corporate job even though I took odd jobs here and there to make ends meet. It’s been exhilarating and stressful!

About two weeks ago I got a call from my old corporate job, which I left almost two years ago for the usual reasons—money and my boss wasn’t the greatest. I loved this job. It was challenging, played to my strengths and fed my unquenchable thirst for learning. For the first time in my life, no one cared how young I was, just that I had the will to learn and the capability to complete the job. It was amazing. I bloomed here and learned everything from HTML coding to how to apply for a Chinese visa. Every day was a challenge and I thrived on it. It actually pained me to leave this job because I loved it but I knew I had to leave or I’d become resentful and bitter. Anyway, the former Director retired and the new one asked if I would be interested in a six month temporary position with a hefty hourly wage (what I should have gotten paid years ago). I said I was interested because:

  1. I would love to pay off some bills
  2. I want to go on a cruise to Japan in 2016
  3. I loved the job, company and people
  4. The fact that this job is coming up again is a sign… right?
I went in for an interview with the new Director and outlined my former duties, which were varied and intricate. A week went by without a word and I flip-flopped between wanting and not wanting the  job back. After all, it would take me away from writing, but at the same time it could propel me way ahead in different ways AND it’s only a 6 month gig…

I got the job.

The day of my 27th birthday I walked through the double doors, part terrified, part excited. It’s like I never left. I got kisses on both cheeks (some of the employees are French) and much hugs were passed around. If there was ever a job I’d put above writing it’s this one. It seems tailor made for me and it’s one I accidentally fell into two years ago. I’ve committed to this job for the next 6 months and it’s going to be insane. There’s loads of work to slosh through and much to learn.

I guess you all know why I’m writing this… I will be writing, but definitely not as much as I “should.” I will be tinkering around with manuscripts in my downtime, but I doubt that I will get out anything by the end of the year. I know that I promised Unmemorable and Birthright 3 but that’s going to have to take a back seat for now. I promise to finish the books but I have no release date and won’t for a while. It’s amazing that this company called me back nearly two years later. It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I feel like I have built up my writing catalogue enough to take a small break (not really a break at all) to crush some bills and pay for my cruise which is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I know there will be some angry fans waving picket signs saying that I promised the books to be out by the end of 2015. Sorry! I will get these books out, but like I said, there is no release date for any of them because this job demands my attention for now. Writing is a de-stress for me so maybe I will be writing more than I think, but I don’t want to make any promises.

Life is so weird. You never know what’s going to come your way. Be ready for anything and watch for the signs. 😉 Wish me luck!

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