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Happy Freedomversary to Me!

Six years ago today, I walked away from my last office job.  And I don’t regret that transition one bit.


When I took that job fifteen months earlier — managing a staff of 27 librarians in seven offices, supporting a 12-office law firm — I thought it was perfect for me.  The position was a new one for the firm; the library had never been managed by a professional librarian before.  I came from a number of firms where the library was greatly respected as a team player on major projects, and I looked forward to creating the same powerhouse for my new employer.

Alas, the job didn’t shape up in reality the way it had in my mind.  I ended up traveling a lot — up to two weeks a month — at a time when I was settling in to happy married life at home.  My superiors and I had very different ideas about the role of a library, and the role of management in general.  Mergers reared their ugly heads, along with reductions in force, with seismic shifts in functioning.

I still understood how to create the library I wanted, one that would please my superiors and the lawyers at the firm.  I drew up a plan to achieve that — a five-year plan, with specific goals along the way.

But then I realized I didn’t want to make that five-year investment.

I realized I needed to look for a new job.  I returned home from a particularly grueling trip, and I announced that I was going to start my job search the following day.  My husband said, “Why don’t you try writing full time?”

And so I did.

There are days that I miss the steady certainty of a paycheck deposited into my bank, no matter what projects have been completed in the past several weeks.  There are days that I wonder how my five-year plan would have worked, what I would have accomplished.  And I miss the people — my staff — who were excellent librarians, one and all.
But I don’t regret my decision, ever.  I don’t regret creating the Diamond Brides.  Or the Darkbeast books (as Morgan Keyes).  Or new Jane Madison books.Pretty much, I don’t regret anything.So Happy Freedomversary to me.  And happy weekend to all of you!

Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 13th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
As a reader, I'm pretty glad you made that choice!
Jun. 14th, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
Kind of you to say!
Jun. 19th, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)

Going fully freelance didn't work for me (or not for right now at any rate), mainly because I realised that what I really needed was to get back to a place I was happy to live in longterm, and I needed a steady job to achieve that move,
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