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.

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Beth

I’m so happy for you that you get to do something exciting like this! Yay!!
So you will be working in the family room, where the computer is now? Are you moving your tv to the front room? Just curious. I hope things work out with the insurance guy I referred you to. We actually haven’t even seen the real policy yet – still waiting for them to process everything. So I hope it works out for us too! ;)

Miranda Mann
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Yay for you! And good job doing something bold. I call that “feeling the fear and doing it anyway.” I hope it works well for your family!

Michelle Davisdon Argyle
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Life is treating you great! I’m really happy you’re moving forward and get to spend more time with your family. That’s truly a blessing!

riotimus
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riotimus

That is super awesome. I hope everything goes to plan. I especially hope that you’re able to pound out a lot of the writing you want to get done. Good luck.

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Ing
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You bum. Now *I* want to move to Henrieville. Actually, I’ve been wanting to move back there since we visited last year (which was the first time I’d been there in nearly 15 years). One of the most beautiful places on the planet; nothing else quite like it.

You’ll have to let me know how the job transition goes. And when you move to Henrieville, make sure you have space in your big new country house for me’n the fam to come mooch off you. :)

Ben
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Thanks, everybody. First day of the new job starts tomorrow. I’ll report back to let you know how it goes. If only I can get my new computer up and running…

Theadra Leilani
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Hey,I’m a little late, but I hope everything is working out well for you. The pictures you posted are beautiful. Wish I could move there =)

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lackhand

That sounds like an awesome change. I’ve been working from home for just over a year now, and I love it. I am confused about one thing though . . .

Isn’t your new computer an iMac, or did you get something else? I thought all you had to do was plug that thing in and turn it on.

Ben
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Yep, lackhand, it’s an iMac. My only trouble was that I didn’t have the right kind of cord to transfer my data from my old computer to the new one—or so I thought. I was trying to do it over my achingly slow and unreliable wireless connection, which inevitably failed and forced me to reinstall the system. Once that was done and I realized I could use an ethernet cable, it went smooth as butter. It was my own fault for trying to rely on something I knew wasn’t reliable.