Here’s to New Adventures

New Job

Today is my last day at a job I’ve held for four and a half years. There have been (many) times throughout those years where I’ve thought about this day, times where I’ve wanted to up and quit out of frustration and depression and even a sense of entitlement to be paid to do something I love, something entirely fulfilling, something apparently common among my generation. I’m glad I held out, because I’m leaving today without any burnt bridges, professional or otherwise, and with a group of friends so wonderful I’ll never stop feeling grateful to this company for bringing into my life. (The only friends I invited to my wedding who weren’t in my bridal party were three people I’d met and fell madly in love with at this job.)

A few months ago, I complained about being at the end of my rope. Buoyed by your comments and years of therapy, I decided to adopt a Grow Where You’re Planted mentality around my stagnation. This company hired me all those years ago, and have kept me employed despite my best efforts to the contrary (Me, one year ago: “Hey, I’m going to Paris for two months, bye!” My godsend of a manager: “But you’re coming back here afterwards, right?”). I needed to start appreciating that I was employed at all in this still-recovering economy, and paid well to do something that sure, wasn’t what I went to school for, but was something I could leave at the office and never have to worry about after 5pm or on weekends. Jamal, who takes work calls at 11:30 at night and frequently works weekends and travels nonstop, got good and tired of my bitching about how I was unfulfilled and told me, gently, to suck it up and enjoy the paycheck. Grow where you’re planted! I am planted here, I will thrive here.

But I’ll still keep one eye on job postings, and never really give up on my dream of being paid to write while still having time to work on my novel.

And a week after I decided to make peace with this job, I got a new one.

I’m not saying I believe in “The Secret,” that hippy dippy new-age idea that whatever you put out into the universe, the universe will deliver back to you like a karmic boomerang. That would discredit my own hard work at finding my new job, or my skills at landing it. But I do think there is something to be said about hollering into the universe, “HELP ME, I’M DROWNING” and a week later being offered a paid writing position for a staple in the Philly food scene. It started as just 10 hours per week, working from home, writing copy for things like artisanal pickles, and nutella, and tea-based cocktail mixers. And at the end of June, they offered me a more permanent role, still mostly writing from home, but also a two day per week in-office food styling photography position. !!!

You guys. I had to take it. It’s not full-time, but I will have time to finish writing my novel now. You know, my novel. That thing I haven’t touched in months. My schedule will now allow me to write during the week, and I am taking this very seriously, already scheduling blocks of time for next week and delighting at the thought.

I start this new position on Friday, which means I only have one day off between jobs, which frankly I’m okay with. What I’m surprisingly not okay with is leaving all my friends here. My WBFF (that’s Work BFF, duh) Herbie gave me a card this morning that brought me to tears, and while I know there’s no way he’s getting rid of me just because we aren’t working in the same office anymore, it still feels bittersweet.

Here’s to new adventures!

33 thoughts on “Here’s to New Adventures

    1. Thank you, girl! This new stuff won’t have my byline, but I’ll still know it’s mine ;) xo

  1. Congratulations!

    Glad you don’t have to wait too long between leaving the previous job and starting the new one – I find that the job hunting after leaving with no job offer isn’t fun.

    1. Thank you! I had considered (multiple times) just quitting without a back-up plan, but I’m glad everything worked out the way it did! I like having an income, and all that ;) xo

  2. Félicitations Erin ! Avoir un travail qu’on aime c’est comme être en vacances à vie !! Je suis ravie pour toi, tu le mérites bien ! xoxo

  3. ohmygoodness, ohmygoodness! it sounds perfect. working from home, being paid to create, AND having the time to work on your novel. i am SO happy for you. weeeee!

    1. Thank you so much, darling! I am in the office two days a week, but that is a balance I am completely comfortable with. I could pinch myself I feel so lucky! xo

  4. If Daddy taught you nothing else, he taught you to have the confidence to follow your dreams. YOU DID IT!!!! My only advice is to please try not to eat the french cheeses before the shoot.
    Thanks in advance for spending 1/2 of you day and a half vacation with me. Lunch and the Impressionists. Just the two of us…..and, anyone else they can cram into the exhibit.

    1. It was a wonderful day off between jobs! I couldn’t have thought up a better way to spend it. Thank you for being a sounding board all those weeks ago when I was in the middle of yet another ‘crisis.’ Daddy would be so happy! xo

    1. Thank you so much, Marine!! That’s so sweet of you, and yes, you were definitely on my mine with this transition! ;) xo

  5. This is so awesome! I am thrilled to see that you’ll be able to engage two of your passions–at work, no less!–and also save time for writing your novel. I agree with Eva: you 100% deserve it, and it’s just so nice to see such happy things happen to great people. Congrats on this new adventure! Where will you be?

      1. I just went back in time on Insta to like this photo…. that is a pretty sweet deal! I hope that trying the products is encouraged :)

  6. Oh wow – that is fantastic! I am absolutely thrilled for you!!
    This post has come at a time where I have just left my job too (of three-years-and-a-bit) and I can so identify with your feelings surrounding your (now previous) job entirely.
    Despite the slogs (at times) I have now got the most amazing friends who I am beyond grateful for having entered my life and it has given me such a boost as we head Down Under in September to start our new life.

    I hope all your friendships will keep on giving back to you as you head onwards in your new pursuits and I so look forward to reading all about it in this fab blog of yours!:)

    Good luck on your first day in your new job too!

    1. Thank you so much, Mia! There is always a silver lining to a less-than-perfect situation, isn’t there? In both of our cases, it’s the friends we made at our last jobs. And really, they aren’t just coworkers. They’re real friends. You’re moving to Australia! How exciting!! Oh, wow. That takes such bravery, to start a new life in an entirely different country. Oh, I wish you had a blog! I’d love to follow along with that adventure of yours.

      Good luck with the preparations! xoxo

  7. Wishing you all the best in your new, much more suited role.
    Congratulations Erin, have fun with it… onwards and upwards don’t they say.
    Sam x

    1. Thanks, Sam my love! I think the same could be said to you, too! Moving to Oz, following your passion and becoming a reflexologist and all that :) Onwards and upwards! xoxo

    1. Oh, you!! Thank you so much, my dear! It doesn’t feel like all that long ago that we were sitting on my terrace in Paris and having this exact discussion. Crazy how life turns out sometimes, non? Tu me manques!! xo

  8. Yay! Congrats!! I am so happy to hear this. Writing plus putting that photo journalism degree to use. Sounds like a perfect venture for you right now (all that time for your novel, but not TOO much time for the novel ;)) xoxo

    1. Thank you, twinsy!! It only took, oh, six years after college to put that degree to use, but I won’t complain because I realize how lucky I am to be using it at all. Thank you so much for your support! And no, not too much time for the novel, but enough. My goal is to finish a complete draft by the end of the year! We shall see :) xo

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