*I wrote this last weekend as sort of a therapeutic exercise for myself. Since this is my blog and my space, I figured, why not post it?*

Enjoying Caffe DeLuca.

Wow. Here I am, my last day as an AP newswoman. Yes, that’s the official term.

I plan to quit tomorrow. It’s been a long trip to get to this point. All throughout my maternity leave, it’s been should I go back? Should I stay home? Should I go someplace else?

We all know how much I’m loving my maternity leave. Will I love that reality as much when it’s my everyday life? I believe I will. It feels so strange to sit here in my favorite café in Chicago and realize that something that’s been enmeshed in my soul and how I define myself is about to be gone.

It’s time for a new adventure. It’s kinda exciting, exhilarating, scary and memorable.  I’ll remember this moment. I’ll look back all nostalgic and say: “Remember when I quit the AP and _____.”

See? It’s almost like a choose-your-own-ending book. I don’t have all the answers on what’s next for me, but I do know I will be happy.


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Next Stop: Happiness — 8 Comments

  1. Congrats! I’m very happy for you and your family. I am a local newscast director. I turned in my resignation Tuesday! I won’t be staying at home, but I’ve accepted a job I will love that will give me normal work hours, weekends and holidays off. This will allow more time with my 8month old and my husband.

    • So happy for you! I’m going to start freelance work because it will give me the flexibility that I need. You’re right in that a normal work schedule is often essential in this phase of our lives. Good luck with everything!!

    • Ha! Thanks for the congrats! Yes many days Motherhood is more exciting than AP, but sometimes it can get a little humdrum. However, it’s a gazillion times more rewarding and makes me much happier.

  2. Congratulations on your decision. I know that change is always scary even if it is a good change!

    Can’t wait to read about all your adventures in freelance writer/SAHM land! Talk about a balancing act.

    • Thanks! You’re right it *is* scary, but I have to keep putting one foot in front of the other because I do believe it was the best thing for everyone.

      I’m also excited to see how I balance being self-employed and a SAHM. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Go you! Having quit and gone back and quit again… it’s an interesting ride. That said, I think I would have been much better off had I never gone back after maternity leave than if I’d done it until my daughter was born then gone back again for another 8 months and tried to stay home. TOO different and everyone was too entrenched in existing routines. Yay you!

    • Thanks! I’m really excited about whatever new opportunities are around the corner for me. I can see that it’d be a hard adjustment to go from work to maternity leave, then work and then quit. That’s enough to give you emotional whiplash! (Is there such a thing???) Anyway, it’s been a good transition for me, now I’m easing into how I plan on doing this freelance thing. Fingers crossed.

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