I’m completely floored by the very supportive comments and emails. I can’t possibly respond to all of you, so this is how I’m doing it. I’m feeling pretty buoyed up right now. The last time I worked from home was a disaster that lead to us leaving L.A. We wanted to leave, sort of, and it’s worked out very well. But we’ve got some major work in front of us. I’m looking forward to it, not dreading it. And that’s a big change from a week ago.
I don’t think we could do this without all the very loyal, very wonderful readers and supporters. The ads (I’ll be putting some on this site as well) will give us breathing room to figure it out. And that is a luxury I don’t take for granted. Over the past few years, we’ve been so lucky to have such a fantastic patronage from all of you. Yes, I’m kissing your asses. Hopefully, over the next few months, there will be even more reason to visit, and I’m thinking that if things continue, I might not ever have to get another job. Just make my own. Or make this site my business.
I’ve mentioned Po Bronson and his book What Should I Do With My Life (Fast Company Essay, Amazon, NPR, Personal Site) before. I think I’m experiencing one of the moments that so many people in that book talk about; making real change for the better and being more healthy and happy because of it. If you are looking for your life to take a new direction, the book is not the savior. It’s just got a lot of great stories about people and their dreams.
I still want to design and build things, but I’m going to be more selective and hopefully smarter about who I work with in that part of my professional life. Not being desperate is a good thing, so I think that’s a big part of working with people you want to work with as opposed to taking a job because you have to. I also value my family life. Partly because I never thought I’d have a family. Partly because it’s who I am. I want to be there for Heather and Leta. No amount of money is going to make up for me being gone either mentally or physically. Because I can do this right now, I am. I can. Thank you so much Heather.
I’ve always loved publishing and writing, but I’ve only put “writer” on my resume once, and subsequently took it off, because I felt a fraud. I think it’s time for me to embrace the publishing/writing side of myself and hopefully results will be seen here and other places.
Finally, I think it’s awful that so many people are in such bad places professionally. I’m so sorry that so many of you are living and working in hell. May we all escape the hell.