Hello, my lovely, neglected readers!
You may have noticed that things are a bit quiet around here. Big changes are happening around these parts, and I’ve inadvertently left you in the dark for much too long.
Here’s a brief overview of what’s been eating my time and thoughts for the last few weeks and making me run around like a headless chicken:
Thing 1: I quit my dream job to work for myself
Whoa! This is the big one, and it’s only just finally sunk into my brain as something that’s really happening.
About a month ago, I made one of the hardest choices, if not the hardest choice, of my entire career when I decided to leave my awesome job as a front end developer at Jet Cooper to start my own tiny business and work for myself full time. When I say I left my dream job, I mean it. I’m a huge fan of the company and every single one of my coworkers, and I learned a shitload (pretty sure that’s the scientific term) about being a great front-end developer over the past year and a bit.
So then, you might be wondering, why did I decide to leave?
The first answer is because running my own solo business is something I’ve always dreamed of doing, and this feels like exactly the right time to give it 100% of my attention and effort. I’m really excited to jump into figuring out exactly the kind of work makes me tick, the type of clients I like working with, and the values and principles that will inform my decisions. I’m also super excited to be taking on more design and strategy work in addition to front-end development, because despite really loving The Codes, I’m not the kind of person who ultimately enjoys being a hyper-specialist. I know, I know, there’s that common wisdom that people who spread themselves too thin end up not truly being good at any of the things they do, but I think that the “too thin” threshold varies wildly from person to person, and I’m pretty confident that I’m nowhere near that line.
The second answer is simply that I need to take better care of myself than I am right now. It’s not glamorous, but it’s true. Being chronically exhausted and unwell is, unsurprisingly, not super fun (o rly?), and I’m of the firm belief that people do their best work when they’re happy and healthy. So, time to make that shiz a top priority.
Thing 2: Oops, I took on too much work already
So, I decided to work for myself because I want some freedom, control, and flexibility in terms of how much I work and what kind of work I do, so I can prioritize my wellbeing… right? Well, somehow, I kind of forgot about that and have booked myself solid for the past few weeks (while still working full time, I might add), AND going forward into March when I’ll be starting on my own full-time. Oops? Admittedly, it’s a pretty good problem to have (hey, people like me! they really like me!), but it means that blogging has totally taken a back seat. And that’s too bad, because I like writing here. So, I’ll be sorting out my schedule soon and making sure I set aside time for writing. Speaking of which…
Thing 3: Adios, Reverie Time!
Don’t worry, I’m not shutting my blog down. I am, however, going to be amalgamating it with my main portfolio site, because it’s way easier to maintain and promote one site, one name, and one brand instead of two. The good news is that if you’re subscribed to this site, you won’t have to do anything when I change over to the new location, ’cause I’ll use my mad skillz and redirect you without you even knowing it. Magic!
Stay tuned, because I’ll be back in action soon with lots of new, shiny blog posts (and, of course, March’s wallpaper). Thanks for your patience with my silence, and for following along!
YAY! Such great news, hun’! Ready for new adventures, how exciting!
+ I do think it’s a good idea idd to join your portfolio & blog as one big whole. GO YOU! :)
Thanks, Femke! <3 It is exciting! And a bit scary!
P.S. We should catch up soon! Skype date?
Congrats! What a big step!!! Wishing you the best of luck and success on your adventure as your own boss Dara!
Thanks so much, Liz! :D
Ah, so cool! Congrats, miss Dara. I’m truly inspired by your bold move and can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for the blog. :)
Thanks, Cassie :D My blog’s new design is almost done and it’s looking pretty different. I’m excited to see your redesign too!
That’s super exciting! This seems to be the year of major changes for everyone in the blog world. :) Enjoy this time, make sure to clarify your priorities sooner rather than later and keep up the momentum. You’re going to do great!
Thanks, Dawnielle! The world of blogging is pretty cool in that we can follow along with other people’s adventures – I’ve been noticing lots of people doing cool things too!
Dara, huge congratulations and best wishes to you on your new adventure! I know it will be SO worth it! xo
Thanks so much, Jordan! We’ll have to compare notes soon :D
Fuck. Yeah. Congrats, Dara! This is off the charts awesome! So excite for what’s to come for you. I would love to partner up on some projects – I sense you and I have a lot in common!
Fuck yeah indeed :D Thanks, Morgan! I’d love to partner up on something too — exciting!
Dara, what an inspiration! Congrats on the big move to working for yourself :)
Thanks so much, Amy! People who are starting their businesses around now are obviously awesome ;)
Whoop whoop! Very exciting news! Can’t wait to see what you do next.
Wooo! Thanks, Sidra! P.S. I think we need another Toronto blogcadet meetup soon!
Can I please all of your paragraphs for myself? :D Kudos and way to go.
Haha, feel free! Thanks, B, and see you soon! :D
Yeah! Congrats on the new direction. Just in time… to make more “me” time for summer. WooHoo!!!
Hey, thanks, Te! Great to hear from you! I’m definitely looking forward to getting outside more in the summer weather :D Now the weather just has to hurry up and cooperate and stop being winter already.