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.


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.

Time to Start Planning for the Big 2

It’s September, and that means it’s time to starting planning Lucy’s 2nd birthday party.

Of course, if you know me, you’d know I’ve already been “planning” but coming up with ideas of things I want to do, but now it’s really time to buckle down. Our first hurdle is to pick a location. I’m having a hard time deciding where exactly to have it. There are two play places that Lucy loves that I’m considering. The other option is doing the same kind of thing we did last year where we use a room (last year, we used the fellowship hall at my old church), decorate, bring some toys for the kids and just let them all play.

The theme this year is Elmo. Well, Elmo and Abby. And, maybe Ernie. Because Lucy is obsessed with them. I’m super excited because I’ve found some neat decorations. And, we have some fabulous ideas for her birthday invitations. I’m super excited. I LOVE designing her invites every year because they’re personalized and special.

Maybe now is a good time to start getting into Pinterest. Maybe I can find some great ideas on there to help me with this year’s bash.

Birthstone Jewelry

So, I am kind of obsessed with birthstone jewelry. I have several pieces with my birthstone, aquamarine, and now I want to find a piece or two of november baby birthstone jewelry to represent Lucy. I have my hand stamped necklace with a charm that represents her birthstone, but I would like a necklace or something with her actual birthstone on it.

Do you guys have birthstone jewelry to represent your kids?

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