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July 13th, 2010

Since I've moved back to Massachusetts, my life seems to have settled back into it's busy state of being—lots of working, both for Classic Elite as well as for myself; and lots of family and friend visits and obligations.

I had been thinking about how to lighten up the busy-ness of my life, and what I needed to do to stay happiest. I came up with a solution, but it was a difficult and scary decision. I had been tossing around the idea in my head for months—even before moving back to Massachusetts—asking myself when would be the right time, and how life would be after I did it.

So, what am I doing, you wonder? I've decided, come the end of this month, to become self employed, and leave my full-time job at Classic Elite Yarns. The plan is to do freelance knit and crochet technical editing, as well as designing.

I've been receiving encouraging signs that now is the right time. Many people have contacted me recently about working with them on tech editing projects—some small projects of 1 or 2 sweaters or accessories, others have up to 20 projects. In the past I had to turn away many offers for work because I just didn't have the time. But I decided to begin accepting them to see how comforatble I feel about the work-load they could provide—to see if I think I'd be able to survive financially from doing primarily freelance work. And I'm feeling pretty confident that I'll be able to live comfortably doing this. I'm prepared for a challenge, but I have no real expectations of financial chaos. Only time will be able to tell…

I'm excited to be able to use my time as I choose—I can work from 10PM to 6AM if I really want. I can take a Wednesday off and go to the beach with friends if I want. I can design something for a magazine in the middle of the day on a Friday, rather than waiting for the evening, or a weekend to do the swatching. When I feel the drive to design, I can. I feel like a lot of restrictions have been lifted off my shoulders that allow me the freedom to follow my heart more-so than ever before.

Mostly, I'm excited! There is a small amount of nervous tension in my belly, but I'm not at all worried. I've always been provided for by the universe—through working hard, and being mindful—so there is no doubt in my mind that bills will be paid and food will be in my belly.

Oh… if anyone has any information on Massachusetts health insurance, I'm all ears!

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