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Today is My 3-Year Anniversary

Today is the 3 year anniversary of leaving my 9-5 job. It’s a significant milestone.

I remember when I first made the decision to leave. It was more than a year before I actually left and it was as if a light bulb had gone off. The “aha” moment was as sharp and clear as a well-composed digital photo. So, why am I still here in this job where my ideas are not valued, my work duties are slowly being eroded, and my work is being marginalized by people who do not have the training and expertise that I have? It may have been a case of being in one place too long or maybe I was just tired of the hypocrisy I witnessed everyday. If I sound bitter, I was, and I was exhausted. Something needed to change and I knew then that I would leave.

In preparing to leave, I had a vague concept of what I might do and I even wrote a business plan. That business plan was okay but was born at a time where I was still thinking like a manager and an indentured servant. My plan was to be a consultant which was another way to become an employee again, only now, I would have many bosses instead of one. I knew that I would make a living doing consulting, but in the process I was ignoring my true calling.

I worried about money and making ends meet. I worried about what my friends would think. I was particularly worried about my family especially my husband. Could he support me, spiritually and financially, in leaving a well-paying job to follow my passion? I even worried that I would be homeless in a few years. Doesn’t every entrepreneur have that homelessness worry at least once a month?

The one thing that kept me from chickening-out and staying in that job was this overwhelming desire for autonomy. I no longer wanted to write a script for someone else and have my words become swallowed in the corporate morass. I wanted to write my name at the bottom of all my work. I wanted to have the say on what I published. I no longer wanted to maintain programs and structures that were ridiculously bureaucratic. I wanted to dream, teach, entertain, tell stories and do interesting writing projects that allowed me to continuously learn my craft. I wanted to be crazy and explore ideas that seemed impossible. I wanted my work to be fun again.

So I have become an artist who uses words as my medium. Despite the doubts I have and the fear that I will someday starve, I still get up every morning excited to sit down at my computer and write.

Three years ago today, I left my 9-5 job and I became writer.

Cheers, Catherine  Location: Saltspring Island, BC
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The life [simplified] letter: Owning My Age

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter: Owning My Age published on June 30, 2013 is now available. Enjoy!

The life [simplified] letter is written for my email subscribers. The email letter is my weekly musings on lifestyle design focusing on simplicity and ease where I share my successes and my tribulations. Email subscribers get each edition of the letter four days prior to it being posted here.

Every once in a while, I send little goodies that are only available through the email letter.

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Cheers, Catherine   Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

The life [simplified] letter: New Job, More Complexity

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter has just been sent to my subscribers. Enjoy! If you would like to get your own copy the letter delivered right to your inbox, please subscribe. It’s free!

Cheers, Catherine   Location:Edmonton, AB
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The life [simplified] letter: My Theme for 2013

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter: My Theme for 2013 published on December 13, 2012 is now available. Enjoy!

The life [simplified] letter is written for my email subscribers. The email letter is my weekly musings on lifestyle design focusing on simplicity and ease where I share my successes and my tribulations. Email subscribers get each edition of the letter four days prior to it being posted here.

Every once in a while, I send little goodies that are only available through the email letter.

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Cheers, Catherine   Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

The life [simplified] letter: Clothes Shopping

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter: Clothes Shopping published on November 1, 2012 is now available. Enjoy!

The life [simplified] letter is written for my email subscribers. The email letter is my weekly musings on lifestyle design focusing on simplicity and ease where I share my successes and my tribulations. Email subscribers get each edition of the letter four days prior to it being posted here.

Every once in a while, I send little goodies that are only available through the email letter.

If you would like to get your own copy of the letter delivered right to your inbox, please subscribe. It’s free!

Cheers, Catherine   Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

The life [simplified] letter: Dressed for Success

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter: Dressed for Success published on October 11, 2012 is now available. Enjoy!

The life [simplified] letter is written for my email subscribers. The email letter is my weekly musings on lifestyle design focusing on simplicity and ease where I share my successes and my tribulations. Email subscribers get each edition of the letter four days prior to it being posted here.

Every once in a while, I send little goodies that are only available through the email letter.

If you would like to get your own copy of the letter delivered right to your inbox, please subscribe. It’s free!

Cheers, Catherine   Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

The life [simplified] letter: Fear

The latest edition of the life [simplified] letter: Fear published on July 5, 2012 is now available. Enjoy!

The life [simplified] letter is written for my email subscribers. The email letter is my weekly musings on lifestyle design focusing on simplicity and ease where I share my successes and my tribulations. Email subscribers get each edition of the letter four days prior to it being posted here.

Every once in a while, I send little goodies that are only available through the email letter.

If you would like to get your own copy of the letter delivered right to your inbox, please subscribe. It’s free!

Cheers, Catherine   Location: Edmonton AB, Canada

my last day on the job

Flowers

A Gift of Flowers on the Last Day at Work

I gave my resignation notice a few weeks ago and last Friday was my last day at work. Since then I’ve been trying to process the feelings that I had that day and the many kindnesses that I experienced. Continue reading

cards and gifts you receive

Today is Boxing Day, the traditional post holiday “shop ’til you drop” day for bargains. It’s an opportunity to buy everything that you didn’t get for Christmas. I’m not fond of shopping and to add crowds of bargain hunters into the mix just makes me tired thinking about it. I don’t need “a bargain” that badly.

Here is a different idea. Why don’t you skip the malls and take a few minutes today to write down the names of those who sent you Christmas cards and gifts this year? Gather up all the cards and gift tags. Write down the names on a list in your note book or on your computer along with what you received. Now you have a list you can use for thank you cards and for next year’s Christmas card list or email card list.

If you are really keen, you can also update addresses in your contacts software or address book as needed. I find the easiest way to keep track of those new addresses is to to copy them off the return address on the envelop or print them on the back of the card until you are ready to put them into your contacts system. You can also update your own Christmas card labels or list for next year including your email addresses for your email holiday card list. If you update the list now, it means there is one less thing to do next year.

The last step is to recycle the cards and gift tags by putting them in the recyle bin. Another option is to save the covers of some of the pretty, cute or special cards for use as gift labels next year if you give gifts. As I have mentioned before, I prefer to give donations, experiences and consumables instead of things.

I do have one other idea. Instead of hitting the shopping malls today, perhaps you can give thanks for everything you already have. As I look at the many gifts and privileges I have, I am truly grateful.

Cheers, Catherine, Location:Edmonton, AB

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Gifts: Consumables versus Things

A few days ago, I published a post on holiday stress. I suggested that perhaps a truce on gift giving could be called as a way to manage stress around the holidays.

I know that some people still like to give gifts. Yesterday, I suggested that an alternative to giving gifts is making donations in the name of family and friends.

Another alternative gift idea is to give gifts that are meant to be consumed. Some examples could be wine (homemade wine is special), chocolate, homemade cookies or baking, or food gift baskets. Some years I have made up a variety of baking and homemade candies (Almond Roca anyone?) in reusable containers for my friends and family. Sometimes I will include index cards with the recipe for some of my friends who like to bake.

Question: What is your thought on providing consumable gifts in lieu of things during the holidays?

Cheers, Catherine, Location:Edmonton, AB

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