Taking the Leap

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In a little over two weeks I will be embarking on a new, exciting adventure. On July 20th I will be transitioning from full time librarian/manager, part time crafter to crafting full time. A lot of factors went into this decision, but it is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Despite my love for librarianship, I have not really been happy at work for a while now. Being a librarian and being a manager are two totally different jobs and ultimately I have found that I do not like overseeing people. Overseeing projects? Love it. Being responsible for over a dozen very different human beings and their varying skill sets and personalities? Not my bag. And if there is one thing I’ve learned during my stint as manager, its this – you really need to like your job in order to be effective.

And so I decided to do both my staff and myself a favor by pursuing what really brings me true happiness right now – my arting and crafting. Over the last two years, while I have been growing more discontent at work, I have watched so many creative friends take this same leap and succeed. Now the definition of success is very subjective, I know. My lifestyle as I have known it for the last eight years will likely change. But I am willing to trade in the occasional dinner at a fancy restaurant for the freedom to spend my time managing me and my own projects. I have seen firsthand the heightened self satisfaction and overall quality of life that this has brought to many others and I believe it will happen to me too!

So stay tuned. One my of daily goals once I start my new life is to blog daily. Its a long held desire that I haven’t had time to pursue until now. And there are others too, but I’m sure I’ll be detailing all of them very soon…

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3 Responses to “Taking the Leap”

  1. Wow, congratulations to you on this huge decision! I am so happy for you! As a fellow librarian-now-manager I know first-hand how true it is that they are completely different jobs. (For me, I’ve found that I really enjoy the management parts and don’t miss the librarian parts as much as time goes on – but I can totally see where you’re coming from. There are days…)

    Anyway, your arts/crafts are awesome and I wish you all success! Good for you!!

    • showsomemoxie Says:

      Thanks Anne! It means a lot to have my fellow librarians’ support in this. I will miss the library world, but I’m also curious to experience it as purely a patron. It ought to be interesting!

      • I think a lot of us have thought or dreamed about doing what you’re doing – but very few of us would have the guts to actually follow through! Good on ya!

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