Thoughts on The TrainAnyway, to avoid traffic and high gas prices, I opted to take the train to Philadelphia and back. On the ride, I had the chance to do some thinking and reflecting. One topic that was on my mind quite a bit was work. I'm coming up on 1 year of being completely out of the Army and I've been thinking about how this past year has unfolded. During my transition out of the Army, I witnessed God opening and closing doors and it was amazing!
Career TransitionBefore I got out of the Army and before Scott and I got married, I had some career decisions to make. Scott would be in one place for a short amount of time while he completed training. It would be just long enough to get settled, but not long enough to hold a permanent job. I must admit, after 10 years (including college at a military academy) of not having a lot of free time and the freedom to pick up and go whenever and wherever I wanted, I was a little hesitant to immediately transition to a 9-5 job anyway. Also, after 3+ years of dating Scott long distance and 1+ years of being engaged long distance, I wanted to spend as much time with my husband as I could--especially in the crucial first year of marriage. With his ever-changing schedule, I wanted to be able to pickup and go when he was free but also have something going on to keep me busy, active, and bring in some extra income. Freelance writing sounded like a great way to fulfill all of my work-related wants and desires. Not only that, but I enjoy writing...bonus!
|A Photo from President Obama's Speech|
A couple of weeks ago, I landed another sweet freelance gig with a photography studio in Canada--gotta love technology, right? So now I have 2 ongoing freelance jobs and I'm loving them both. But on my train ride to Philadelphia, I realized that working from home has it's own set of challenges. For me, the challenges are mainly staying on task (i.e. not being distracted by laundry and dishes), and feeling like a professional.
A New JourneyI decided on my train ride that I need to make changes to the way I approach my work and the way I view myself. I believe these changes are necessary for me to be more productive and to feel like a professional even if I work from home.
Are you a work from home professional? How do you do it?? I need all the help I can get!
I thought it would be fun to turn my journey into a 4-week series to document my progress. Week 1 will begin next Monday!