Ok, not really, but wouldn’t that be the best excuse for disappearing from the blog for a few weeks?
In truth, I’ve been sitting on another set of big news, and I knew that if I tried to write anything else, I was going to let the cat out of the proverbial bag.
So for this Nourish Your Soul Sunday, I finally get to share all of the exciting things that have been happening, all of which I’m immensely grateful for. Here’s the big news: I’ve left my job, my kiddo had the rest of his dental surgery, then I started my new job, and then I doubled-down on all of my existing freelance projects to make sure they’re complete before FinCon.
So much for my visions of a quiet September 😉
New Job News
If you’ve been reading here for a while, you’re probably wondering why on earth I left the world’s most perfect job and DreamBoss. If you haven’t been here for as long, you’re probably wondering why I sat on the news for this long. So let me address both:
DreamBoss and the perfect job didn’t get any less perfect, but an opportunity presented itself that I couldn’t turn down. I’ve been working in content marketing for several years now, and I still love it. But I’ve been curious about the product side as well, as I’ve always held some informal product marketing responsibilities. My new job is as a product marketing manager, and will allow me to contribute in a content capacity, as well as learn about product marketing and product management. I’m so excited I can barely contain myself! Plus, I get to work with an excellent group of people, some of whom I’ve worked with before.
Because I adore and respect DreamBoss, my colleagues, my new employer (who I’ll have to think of a great nickname for), and my freelance clients, I wanted to wait to make the announcement until after everyone had been informed, transition plans were in place, etc. etc. That said, I also wanted to provide as much value as possible to DreamBoss and his team, and make the transition as smooth as possible, so I upped my hours in the last few weeks to get as much done as I humanly could.
Kiddo and Emergency Fund Update
The day after my last day, I took advantage of my day off and caught up on some long overdue car maintenance, and re-read the entire first Harry Potter book while waiting at the tire shop, the oil change place, and the car wash. I’m such a wild and adventurous spirit.
The day after that, it was time for Big Kiddo’s final dental surgery. This was the biggest one, and he had to be put under full anesthesia for it. Everyone at the children’s hospital was wonderful (doubtless having dealt with thousands of nervous parents), and even took extra care with Little Kiddo, who had to accompany us to the hospital. LK is convinced the children’s hospital is the best place ever, as the nurses made her not one, but TWO purple slushies. She keeps asking to go back – pray that we don’t have that opportunity for a long, long, LONG time.
We again managed to pay for this surgery in advance, in cash. While our debt load hasn’t changed significantly since last month, the fact that we’ve managed to pay for all of our medical expenses in cash this year, and consistently replenish our emergency fund, is something that I’m proud of.
Freelance Fairies and Projects Galore
I’ve officially wrapped up my on-going freelance assignments. While there is an opportunity to extend one of the contracts, I’m also taking advantage of networking opportunities at FinCon. If you know any startup SaaS tech companies looking for digital marketing or content marketing assistance, let me know. I’ve set up several meetings, but always open to more!
Also, if you’re going to FinCon, let me know! I’d love to meet up. I’ll be flying in on Tuesday, and staying through Sunday morning, so drop me a line in the comments (or on Twitter) and I’ll reach out.
I’ve been teasing ya’ll with this for a while now, but I’m working to make it the best it can be before I release it. My freelancing series, so far, will cover how to land gigs, put together your portfolio, negotiate contracts, deal with freelancer-related taxes, and the tools I use to stay organized. Anything else you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments!
At FinCon, I’ll be speaking on Google Analytics. If you’re a blogger, come see my roundtable on Saturday at 11 am in the Grande A room. Questions about Google Analytics? You know the drill: post ‘em in the comments or on Twitter. If you have questions that are highly specific to your use case, and you’re coming to FinCon, let me know – I’d be happy to meet with you and help as much as I can. After the conference, I’ll be sure to post the content, as well as answers to any questions asked during the session, here on the blog.
So here we are! I hope to see many of you next week in sunny San Diego. If not, I’ll have lots of great content for you after next week.