New Work Habits

They say it takes 30 days for something to become a habit but I have to say that I am already in a new routine and loving it. It’s been two weeks since I finished working my full-time job and made the transition into my home office with a new roster of clients and I would say my first two weeks have been a success. To everyone who told me to “take some time off”,”relax” a bit, and ease into things: do you know me?! I dove in headfirst and started work with a new client a mere two hours after finishing my last day at the law firm I had been working at.

Two weeks later, I’ve got a roster of clients I am comfortable with and keep my on my toes, forcing me to push beyond my own comfort zone and work harder every day.

I make sure to get up by 7am, hop in the shower, walk the dog, regretfully put on pants, and am at the computer sipping my coffee by 8:30. Some days I can walk the dog again around lunchtime or some days I have lunchtime meetings to jet to. I work hard all day so that I can have my evenings off, but sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. The best part about working doing something you love is that I haven’t needed as much coffee to get me through the day – I’m excited and motivated by the work I’m doing instead. Natural caffeine FTW!

No time is wasted commuting, getting set up, or getting caught up on the office gossip (mostly because I am already aware that the dog farted on the cat yesterday and the cat is plotting his revenge).

My new office pals in a rare moment of still-ness

One of the organizations I am thrilled to be working with is the Canadian Red Cross. I am part of the team looking after their social media channels and posting content to their blog. It’s funny writing content for this blog and then going to write things about disaster response and emergency preparedness. Even the news looks different to me as I scan it for potential Red Cross content or pay closer attention to hurricane warnings. Right now we’re watching Hurricane Isaac and crossing our fingers that it won’t cause too much damage!
Here are some of my articles that have gone up on the Red Cross blog for Ontario:

Photo of the Day: Red Cross Amphibians
Emergency Responders Prepare for Winter with New Jackets
Canadian Red Cross Mentioned on Perez Hilton! (Who ever thought I’d be writing about Perez Hilton for CRC?!)
Are You Prepared for the Canadian National Exhibition? (A personal fave)
Photo of the Day: The Role of Logistics in Emergency Response
Why Do We Name Storms?
Tech Talk: American Red Cross Launches “Hurricane App” 
I’ve also been hard at work with a few other clients and I’ll be sharing news about them all in due time 🙂
The good news is I’m healthy, I’m happy, and I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing. Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this transition!

My next step will be to finish my home office renovations and update this blog more – both of which have been on the back burner since my clients are keeping me busy!

Oh! And I almost forgot: my good friend/ultimate Springsteen fan/tattoo artist/graphic designer Wes is in the midst of finalizing a logo for my blog and business! I’m hoping to reveal that soon and show off his talent!

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  1. ValTorontoGal
    August 28, 2012 / 10:51 am


  2. August 28, 2012 / 10:52 am

    Good for you, Jamie! I’m super proud and happy for you.
    I should do the same, but I just have too much bank account fear at the moment.
    But you’re an inspiration!

  3. skinny_dip
    August 28, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    Yay!! So proud of you and happy that things are going well! xo

  4. August 29, 2012 / 11:06 am

    Congratulations on an easy transition. Self motivation is a struggle for the majority.