Friday, September 17, 2010

A New Chapter

It's going to be a crazy ride, folks! I've managed to land myself another job!!!

I've been in talks with the company for ages (since about two days after I was let go from my other job – and that felt good!), but I just officially started this week. It's with Canadian House & Home, and it's a freelance position with two titles, Editor, Special Interest Publications, and Consulting Editor. That essentially means I'll be the editor on the two special issues the company produces, as well as oversee some stories for the regular issues.

I'm absolutely thrilled! I'll be working with a great team and a great mag, three days a week for the most part.

That allows me to take care of myself. I'd like to take on some more clients once things settle down with this client, and I get a handle on what I'm doing for them. I'm looking forward to exploring the freelance life, but it's meant exploring things I know nothing about, like tax rules and getting an accountant, and getting used to tracking my mileage and keeping all my receipts. I'm also going to have to look into drug coverage through the government once my medical benefits through my old company run out.

Right now though, I'm just getting used to getting up early so I can get downtown on time! Last night I slept for almost 12 hours playing catchup! And while I'm at work and sitting at a desk all day, I'm determined to get out for 1/2 hour at lunchtime to move around and during the day to walk to people's desks when possible rather than just call them. Despite that, I was still really quite sore by yesterday, the third day at work this week.

Rheumatoid arthritis, I really would rather not be having a relationship with you!!


  1. BIG congrats to you, Laurie! I'm so pleased you were able to land this job -- and it sounds like it's right up your ally. I bet once you've got your routine set up, and you're used to the changes, your rheuma will back off a bit. Lots of stress with unemployment/new job -- less will help. Again, congratulations!

  2. Oh yay!!! I've been thinking about you and wondering how the job search is going, soo glad to hear you're sorted. :D 3 days a week is good as well, so you can get used to the routine again. Congratulations!!!! (by the way im almost up to date with Dr Who.. can't decide which DR i like the best though..)

  3. Congratulations! How exciting. I'm so happy to hear your news (and, I love Canadian House & Home!).

    I also energetically second the getting out for 1/2 an hour at lunch idea. It makes such a difference.


  4. Wow! Congratulations. Sounds like the perfect situation. Work you enjoy at a pace that lets you take care of yourself as well. So happy for you!

  5. I just discovered your blog and love it!

    Good luck with the freelance work. I'll add a link to your blog on mine.

    Have a great weekend,


  6. Congrats to you! I hope your soreness resolves itself. I know when school started up again, I overdid it and was so sore. Ease into things. =)

  7. Congratulations! Sounds like a great job!

  8. Congratulations! It's wonderful to hear that you're working again. Getting up to walk to other people's desks sounds like a good idea. I've wondered if it would work to put one of those little pedal-cycles under a desk to keep from getting too stiff?

  9. Yay! This sounds really exciting.

  10. Well done! I am in hospital again (deep joy- I have updated the blog again at last) and reading the British version of this magazine and mentally redecorating spending thousands in my head is so much cheaper than the real thing and frankly, in here, keeps me roughly sane! wishing you all the very very best in your new role.

  11. Thank you all so much for your congratulations!! They mean so much to me!

    :) L

    P.S. Squirrel, I have to say I'm still keen on David Tennant, but I'm really liking Matt Smith! Still have 3 episodes to go from his first season...

    Wonky Warrior, I so hope you get out of hospital soon and feel better...and good luck with the virtual decorating – quite frankly it's pretty much what I can afford to do, too!

  12. Laurie, this is fantastic news! I pull the same type of thing too, frequently getting up from my desk to avoid getting too stiff. I hope the soreness is just a transitional thing, and doesn't last too long.

    I especially like the part of this post where you mention taking care of yourself. Good for you! Sometimes we forget, or just don't prioritize it. I'm getting better at it :)

  13. congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

  14. Congratulations! Just discovered your blog, looking forward to reading more posts.