10 Reasons I Love My Job. Because I do love what I do even if I get tired and forget sometimes.
- I don’t have a boss. That’s why being a freelance writer means that I don’t answer to anyone but myself. Granted I have clients who hire me, but it’s not the same thing as an evil boss lurking over your shoulder.
- I make my own schedule. I schedule meetings and phone calls when I want to. I can work from my couch, the coffee shop, or close my laptop and go for a walk.
- I get to take care of sick kids stress free. I remember what it was like to get a call from my daycare provider that my son was sick. I’d have to tell my boss and coworkers that I needed to leave and then I’d have to finish what I was working on, clean out my in-box, while sitting on hold with the doctor. The whole time my sick child would be waiting for me at daycare. Now? I can have my sick kids in my arms in less than 6 minutes from the time the school calls me to tell me their sick. I can snuggle, watch TV or take them to the doctor. All without worrying about leaving work.
- I don’t miss a thing. Class parties, assemblies, field trips, science lab, and every other little thing at school. I’m there for all of it. And that’s pretty damn cool.
- In every diary, questionnaire or personality quiz I ever took for as long as I remember, they always said the same thing. That I should be a writer. The fact that it’s what I always wanted to do and now I get paid for it is one of the coolest things ever. The only thing cooler? When my kids ask what do you do? And I say. “I’m a writer.” Then they ask, “What did you want to do when you were a kid?” And I can honestly answer, “Be a writer.”
- I get to do cool stuff. Not in a million years would I have been able to take my kids to go see Peter Pan or Beauty & The Beast this summer. But I did, because being a writer and blogger gets you cool stuff.
- Bylines feel cool. I’m not going to lie, seeing your name in a byline and knowing it’s out there is a good feeling. When I write something, even a piddly little blog post like this, I’m putting a little piece of me out there. And that feels good.
- I can take a vacation without taking time off work. I can pretty much work from anywhere that I can plug in my laptop and get Wi-Fi. Anywhere.
- The dress code isn’t very strict. I can dress up or show up in my PJs. Either way the only one judging me is the cat. And who is she to judge fashion?
- I can touch people. Not that it happens very often, but when someone emails me or messages me and says that something I wrote helped them, or made them cry or feel good. Then I’ve done my job. I love the idea that someone out there may be reading something I wrote and feeling like a better mom.
How about you? Can you name 10 things you love about your job?