I blogged recently about my decision to open up to sponsors here at Did You Make That, and promised some context once the dust had settled. Having realised that the mental dust is not going to settle for many months to come, I thought I’d take the plunge and mention a few changes in my life anyway.
I mean, if you say it on a blog, it has to be real, right. Right?!
It’s not that dramatic or interesting to others, but it’s massive to me. After nearly a quarter of a century in full-time employ, I have decided to leave my current job to launch publishing services in my chosen field.
In any given 24 hours, I am cycling between exhilaration and terror. The terror is good and necessary – it means I’ll plan. The exhilaration is important, too. If you don’t have passion, pack up and go home.
Down the years, whenever I’ve faced professional challenges, I’ve found myself relying on a very simple mantra that goes round in my head. I know I’m a good person and I know I’m a good editor. If I can’t succeed with those two truths behind me, I’m not sure I want another version of success.
Simplistic, yes. Often the best models for life are. But then to back that up – research, research, research. So if you have any advice (and bring on the good and the bad) for the freelance lifestyle, launch in below! I’m a total self-starter. I need my friends around me.
So far, I’ve been blown away by the support, advice and expertise freely shared by the publishing community. I hope you’ll support my decisions, too, though I shan’t share much of the journey here unless it feels pertinent and inspiring. I am intrigued to see how the blog develops when my life changes this summer.
So, these are the reasons I’ve decided to open up to sponsors. There’s a little dog who needs keeping in her favourite dog food! Not to say, a blogger who may not entirely be able to curtail her devotion to making things.
Making things. Let’s see how that one goes, shall we?
Sincere thanks to all the people who read and comment, who have become friends in real life or electronically. I hope you know how important you are.