Overwhelmed

As I think about the fact that as a freelancer I will HAVE to complete a certain number of stories a week to maintain the income I currently bring in, it stresses me out.

Really, it only amounts to 9 stories a week, which really isn’t much when you get down to writing. I can knock out a 400-word story pretty quick. It’s thinking about getting all my interviews lined up and done in time for my stories to be published when they need to be. Like I said in my previous post, I’m sure things will be different once I start freelancing full time, but right now, it stresses me out.

It all comes down to making sure I’m super organized, something I’m really good at, and making sure I’m working a week ahead. Hopefully, if I start that now, it will only get easier once I quit my full time job.

I’ll probably still be stressed out, though, until I see that everything will work out. I guess that’s normal, though.

Changes

I have been a full time journalist for 11 years. That’s about to change.

Today, I turned in my resignation. Beginning in October, I will be freelancing for several online news sites and, if everything pans out, some magazines as well. I will be working from home, and I will have MUCH more time with Lucy. As much as I have enjoyed being a journalist, that love is waning. I no longer get excited when news breaks. I groan. I don’t like covering late night meetings three days a week. I’d rather be home with my daughter and my husband.

And, now, I will get to stay home with Lucy while still bringing in my income. Luckily, I have been able to find enough work to match my current salary. I know I’ll be busy, but it will be a different kind of busy, and it will be on my schedule. That’s the kicker. The flexibility is what is going to be great. I want to go to a play date with Lucy? No problem!

This decision came after lots of time in prayer and in discussion with Joe. It’s scary leaving my stable, full time job for something that’s not as stable, but I think this is where God wants me to be. Otherwise, I don’t think everything would have lined up so well. I have enough work and then some. I’ve actually been freelancing for the last couple of weeks in addition to my full time job and, let me tell you, I am exhausted! On Monday, I was gone from the house for 14 hours. I saw Lucy for maybe 10 minutes in the morning. I’m a little nervous about getting everything done, but I know that without this job to go to in the afternoons, I’ll have plenty of time. It’ll just take some time to get used to it.

So, farewell to my full time career. It’s been fun, but now it’s time for a change.

Teaching Twitter

Joe is teaching a group of his coworkers about Twitter tomorrow and how it is a useful tool in marketing the museum. I really can’t wait to hear how it goes because many of them don’t understand social media as much as people the same age as Joe and I are do. I kind of wish I could be a fly on the wall. Or, that I had some kind of MegaMeeting video conferencing software so I could watch!

New Museum on TV

The first week at the new museum was absolutely amazing. They had 2,300 visitors, and all but 650 were on Saturday and Sunday. Pretty incredible, huh? The weekdays will be slow, at least until school gets out for the summer, but I expect the weekends to continue to be crazy busy.

I’m sure a lot of the traffic is a result of all the news coverage of the opening. There were stories on two Atlanta TV stations, one of which you can check out here. He also was on the American Free Thought podcast this week, and he did a video tour, which was posted on the Rome News-Tribune’s Web site.

Weekly Winners — 01/11/08-01/17/08

It’s been *cold* lately!
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High Five
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Broadcasting Live
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Cutting the Ribbon
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Check out more Weekly Winners over at Lotus’ blog.

Couch Potatos on the Road

The Couch Potato boys hit the road last night and had their first live remote. The Couch Potato Sports Report is a sports talk show that started up last fall during football season and really took off. Our listeners *love* them, and now their show has been extended from 30 minutes to an hour. I went by for a bit to shoot some pictures and hang out, and there were a bunch of people there watching the show.

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The guys gave out shirts and held an autograph session at the end.

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I just wish there had been a way to pipe the audio into Chilis’ sound system so everyone could hear what they were saying. It was a lot of fun, though, and I think they’re going to do more remotes.