So today I return to a world I haven’t visited in years. The world of working in an office that isn’t in my home. Now I’m not diving headfirst into the experience; instead, I’m just dipping my toes into the waters. I’ll be working for a few hours a day for the next 6-7 weeks, doing office work of some kind. I’m not really sure what, just yet.
It’s been over four years since I held a full-time job. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t worked, just that I haven’t worked for someone else. After all this time, it’s a little scary returning to that world.
Okay, a lot scary.
Now, I worked for many many years, at regular jobs. But taking a few years off has spoiled me. Although working from home does have its down side. You are never “off.” There’s always work to do, be it writing query letters or researching agents or writing books or working contract jobs. Regular people in regular jobs work, and then go home and stop working. (Well, except for workaholics. That’s why I said “regular” people.) I always feel like every minute I’m not working is a minute wasted.
Anyway, I’ve known for a while that I needed to get back into the workaday world. (Thank you, stock market.) But as you can see, I haven’t been overly successful. I always found reasons to avoid taking a “real” job – or the economy in my area made it hard to find a position. Or life got in the way. But now I can’t make any more excuses. It’s time.
So I decided this was a good first step. I worked as a temp for years and enjoyed the variety, the flexibility, and the appreciation the clients showed. I found an agency with a position that fit my needs: short-term, part-time, and not in downtown Phoenix, which is still a little scary to me. Hopefully the people will be nice, the work will be interesting, and I’ll find out that it’s not so scary after all.
So wish me luck today, as I reenter a once-familiar world. Hopefully I’ll soon find a position that challenges and excites me, and the transition will be painless. And I’ll figure out how to fit in writing around work life and personal life. I did it once! I can do it again.
I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for sending all the extra good vibes you have today! Wish me luck…