Lunch Lessons

January 30, 2009

In December, I mentioned that I had had lunch with an established writer. She told me about her career: how she volunteered for writing projects wherever she was and built up a portfolio over time. Her plan was to leave freelance work and look for a more stable day job that perhaps included some project management. Meanwhile, she’d been paying into unemployment for enough years to justify taking some back out, and was working on her nonfiction manuscript in between resume submissions.

I found it reassuring to talk to an older woman who had her life pretty well squared away, and who was keeping up a positive attitude as she moved from one kind of work to another. She showed me that it’s possible to spend some time outside the normal boundaries of security and not lose one’s head. Transition is not disaster; change doesn’t have to be a crisis.

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