So I never intended to take a 14-month break from blogging. And I’m very excited to be back!
I have to say, 2013 was a pretty crappy year for me. I was underemployed or unemployed for most of it; worrying about my finances was one of the most exhausting and depressing experiences I have ever had. I have never felt so worthless as I did when I was trying to find a job. But in November of last year, I accepted a new position as a senior project manager at a fabulous company. We translate material for Fortune 500 companies, as well as provide cultural awareness training and interpretation services. I have to say I absolutely love my job.
The only downside is the commute. I work a 50-hour week and commuting adds about another 10 hours. So while my mental energy has soared because I’m actually exercising my brain every day, my physical energy is almost non-existent. I’m just now starting to feel like I’m used to this new schedule and figuring out how to fit everything I want to do into my limited free time.
There hasn’t been a single day I haven’t thought about this blog. I’ve been trying to get back to blogging for months and I think I’m finally ready.
I want to extend a huge thank you to those who emailed wondering where I was. And to those who have continued to sign up for the newsletter and blog posts and liked the Quietly Fabulous page on Facebook. Your support meant the world to me and has been a huge factor in my recommitting to posting here.
One of things holding me back was the feeling that I had to do everything all at one: post multiple times a week, be active on social media, write a newsletter, etc. The thought of all that was overwhelming. So I’m going to start slow, with just one post a week, a few social media posts and a monthly newsletter.
But I have LOTS of ideas! Being in an office environment again (after several years working out of my home) is generating all kinds of thoughts about being an introvert in this crazy, extrovert-centric world we live in. And I have ideas for ebooks, courses and video posts. But I know I need to start slow so I don’t get overwhelmed.
This community exists for you, so please let me know what you want to hear about. Some of my best posts have come from comments or questions from you, and I’m ready to hear your ideas.
Thanks again to everyone who still reads or subscribes. I’m looking forward to sharing more with all of you in 2015.