Today is my last day working at the office I’ve worked at for over four years. It’s the place where I found my passion for social media marketing. It’s the place that inspired me to start this very blog. Here, I found some of my very closest friends and transformed from a college student to a professional. It’s been one of the most defining periods of time in my life.
I wasn’t sure when I originally decided to make the switch from social media marketing at my agency to doing freelance PR how I was really going to feel about the change when it started happening. But now, after working part time doing both for the last three months, I’m ready for the change. In many ways, my agency is not the same agency I fell in love with all those years ago. There are very few “veterans” left from the early days and the culture has changed a lot since we were acquired by a larger agency last year. I used to feel like I was learning so much every day and having so many opportunities to write, but neither of those things have been true for a long time now. It feels like the end of an era, you know?
Doing freelance PR with my mom has gone 10x better than I was expecting. Although the work is a little bit dry and less “sexy” than social media marketing and blogger outreach, I’m writing more than I have in months (my real calling in life). I’m also realizing that my social media skills are still in demand with our clients, so I don’t have to let my passion for social go away completely. Neither my mom nor I was certain how well it was going to go working together… I mean, can you imagine working with your mom? But we’re finding we’re great collaborators and are really enjoying our time working together. And although “food processing and packaging equipment” sounds pretty boring from the outside, the industry is crazy high tech – I mean, think about how much food we consume every day! As you can imagine, the technology required to keep up with the demand is pretty mind-blowing and there’s so much more that goes into it than most laymen realize.
So I’m feeling good. The fear has dropped away left with only certainty that I’m going down the right path for me at this moment.
The biggest question mark left is how well I’m going to manage working from home. Right now I’ve only been working about 12 hours a week from my living room, which doesn’t leave me too starved for social interaction. But now that I’m no longer going into my agency’s office every afternoon, I think the reality of how much time I’m going to spend alone is setting in. It’s a good thing I’m a text book introvert and do pretty well by myself. I think if I get in the habit of working at coffee shops, perhaps joining a coworking space, and make plenty of social plans in the evening, I’ll be alright. It will also make a big difference when my roommate moves out and I have a proper desk to work at– the couch just isn’t cutting it!
Despite my struggle with blogging apathy lately, I’m realizing now more than ever I need to be investing in my online community here. You guys are the people who keep me company during the day as I work alone on my computer, who provide me with emotional support unlike anyone else, and companionship when I’m lonely or bored. I’m so grateful for that, I have no words. And so I’m hoping you can expect more regular posts here again (I’m talking three times a week instead of one or two), more frequent comments, and a whole lot more time on Twitter.
If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about with all this job stuff, check out this post I wrote back in April.
I’m wondering if you guys have any thoughts or advice for me about making professional changes, working from home, or anything else that might help with this adjustment!