Some things I’ve learned in the past 1.5 months since my day job quit me …
I love being without a day job. My own projects, or those I choose to help other people with, make for awesome days and really late evenings/technically early mornings.
My new-as-of-last-year air conditioner is more efficient than I thought, and it shows on the monthly electric bills, especially now that I’m home all day.
Even if I have a phenomenal migraine, I can draw something worthwhile.
Getting over 17 years of day job programming is going to take longer than 1.5 months.
Thursday is now my Saturday. Fortunately, my boyfriend also has non-traditional working hours, so the enjoyment of mostly-empty movie theatres and restaurants is ours together.
A gamble I took last month paid off. Just like I hoped, and prepared, for it to.
I’m going to get paid for skilz I developed creating fan music videos >>. Thirteen year old hobby for the financial win!
Somethings need be a tortoise – slow and steady, little bit every day kind of activity. Like exercise. And eating.
Somethings need to be a hare – fast, bingey, get-it-all-done-now kind of activity. Like outlining a novel. Or concepting an iPad app.
My parents are extremely supportive of my decisions and I am so very grateful for them.
I can’t settle for just “ok”. I’ll feel it, I’ll know it inside, and the more I try to push past it, the worse the project gets, or I’ll discover I’ve somehow abandoned it and that days have gone by without working on it. If I stop, re-evaluate it, totally break it down and rebuild it if necessary, or just think about it and listen to what it should be, that project will come alive again and be exponentially better than it was.
COBRA isn’t as expensive as I feared.
Starbucks peaches & cream muffin has replaced their old fashioned doughnut as my headache fix. Tall chai latte is still a tall chai latte.
I have awesome friends. Not something new I learned, something that has been re-enforced.