I’ll start off by saying this is going to be a long read with not that many fun pictures but it’s needed, and if you make it through this then you deserve some wine (like I’m having right now).
It’s been quite a bit since I posted, and I’ve missed it dearly.
Luckily one of the cool things about being your own editor is that you set your own deadlines, but I didn’t except to take this long of a break!
I’m finally back to do blog posts (huge shoutout to my PR friends for being so patient) and I’ll be rolling out the content soon.
But the big question: where the heck have I been? There’s been new jobs, bug infestations (not going into that one), a skipped birthday on my part and so much more.
Let’s catch up on life.
(For your sake I’ll keep it job related, because I don’t think you want to be here all day, am I right?)
From Retail to Freelance to Full-time
I think everyone reading this knows I’ve worked in retail for about 12 years. And that is a long ass time. Now in my home town it was manageable, but the Toronto customers are a whole other breed (and not in a good way).
Earlier this year I took on two retail jobs which meant working lots of hours, very few days off, and me being exhausted at all times. And more than full-time hours does not mean full-time pay in this case, which made it really hard to see the point – besides sweet discounts.
I was doing these jobs while doing my own blog and freelance writing plus social media management. I know, it was a bit much.
So when the opportunity came up to leave one of the retail jobs to do more social media management I jumped at the chance! It was a foot out of the door, which is exactly what I was looking for.
I will admit it was a little scary, but I was excited to work from home half the week.
You see, the freelance life seems oh so glamorous but it mostly consisted of not washing my hair as much as I should and chasing people for pay checks. And honestly I barely made rent, or sometimes didn’t at all. My parents are extremely supportive and I’m always able to pay them back but I know not everyone would be as lucky. Basically I’m just saying it’s not always as filtered as you see on social media and in movies, you know?
And start-ups are great experiences but they don’t have the dependability that most people want, and need, including me. There’s only so much you can do with promises of what’s coming, and promises cannot pay rent.
My girl Kendra joked this year that she couldn’t keep up with my job changes and as it happens I made yet another move: all in the same month I started doing social, events and blogging with a company, moved in the home office of a company I love and was still doing retail.
And that’s when the blog started to slip and I started to feel like I was going to burn out.
Which is hands down one of the worst feelings.
See, I had a few jobs come up that were extremely promising and when I didn’t get them, the feedback was not helpful. Which sounds bitter, but being told I don’t have enough customer service experience is strange after working with the public since I was 15.
But I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason (even though it’s super cheesy) and that hard work pays off – eventually.
That time finally came this past week when I landed a job doing exactly what I love – writing. It all happened very quickly, when I was actually in the process of accepting another job, because apparently when it rains it pours. Or that’s what everyone’s been telling me.
I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am for this next chapter – and also relieved.
If you’ve been following me on social media you already know that I’m joining the Diply team as a Humour Writer which is beyond awesome, and I head out to London for training on Monday! Very excited to see what this job brings, and even more excited to be joining an awesome company. Seriously, my new editor loves The Office and they sent me a sweater – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that. Plus it’s an adult job. Finally.
What’s this mean for the blog?
I have never had set hours – ever! I have never had weekends off, been done work at a reasonable hour, nothing!
I know it’s going to be a big adjustment but it’s an adjustment that I am ready for.
I’m hoping to swing on back into my two or three posts a week rhythm as well as do a few videos here and there – even though that’s a little daunting.
My creativity has been non-existent these last few months because of stress (mostly financial stress) and now I can prioritize doing what I love. Also doesn’t hurt that I love my job, and I get to work with amazing people including my girl Vicki.
This is also the first time since graduating college that I’ll be working one job. No more juggling four companies’ social media & trying to keep mine afloat, no more chasing people for money, no more working till 11:30 p.m only to do it all again the next day. Also no more customers throwing books at me, that’s a sweet perk.
I will say in the new year I want to take my blog in a different direction.
I miss posts like this – full honesty and words from me about real things, instead of product reviews. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still do them, but I think I would like to make the blog more personal overall – how’s that sound?
I think that’s it – I have a few more life updates coming with the exciting stuff I’ve been up to that’s not job related but let’s cut this off now.
And if you made it this far, I appreciate you and will gladly buy your next bottle of wine.