I’m currently undergoing a major life change: I’m quitting my job of seven years to start a new job working from home. It’s a small internet-based company owned by my brother. I’ll be doing all sorts of writing-related activities—I could use terms like SEO copywriting, web writing, social media management, and technical writing—in addition to some editing, layout, and a little graphic design. And I get to do all this from home.
Did I mention I get to work from home? Getting my home office set up is a bit of an undertaking. Our house is really too small to have a separate office, but with three kids under age 5 I really need a dedicated room where I can concentrate. So we’ve got some rearranging and minor remodeling to do (installing a door in the family room, putting shutters on the pass-through window, installing a new closet rod, etc.).
I also have some funner activities to do—like shopping for a new computer, new desk, and new chair. I’m planning on getting a 27″ quad-core iMac, the computer I’ve been lusting after for years—well, the latest incarnation of it, anyway. I just bought my new desk this morning, a large library-style desk with holes for computer cords and a drawer with a fold-out front for a keyboard. Most importantly, it has lots of space underneath for my ungainly lower limbs and plenty of room on the surface for spreading out papers and such. It also has a matching cabinet for a computer tower, which I won’t need for my sweet all-in-one iMac, but will be useful for other things, like a printer. The desk is actually used, but it’s in excellent shape, it’s solid wood so it’ll last forever, and I got it for a fraction of what a brand new one would cost. Long live Craigslist!
This is going to be a good move for me and my family. I get to spend more time with my wife and kids—I’m looking forward to eating all three meals with the family every day and having time to play with the kids before bedtime. No more commute also means more time for writing, something I desperately need.
And, once we manage to sell our house, we can live wherever the heck we want! Both of the pictures below were taken from my parents’ yard in Henrieville, Utah. The first one shows the rim of Bryce Canyon, visible from the back porch. We may or may not end up there—it’s a long way from my wife’s family—but it sure is beautiful.