Yikes. You guys deserve a proper explanation as to my recent whereabouts…or more precicely, my what-the-hell-have-you-been-doing-all-this-time-abouts.
I owe you that. So, here goes:
Remember when I started working fulltime at DragonSearch? Yeah…an hour away from home and suddenly I was trying to cram the same amount of blogging from before into a block of time that had been cut in half.
Then about a month ago, I’d brought my car into Toyota to have some work done. It was making that wonky noise…remember? You don’t?? That’s okay. I barely remember it myself.
Anyway, the General Manager there took me to lunch and said he wanted to offer me a job. (At this point, feel free to conjure a mental image of Kathryn cocking her head to one side in complete confusion.)
Kathryn: “But. I have a job.”
GM: “I know. I want you to work for me.”
Kathryn: (Still confused) “You mean, like…in addition to my full-time gig? ‘Cause I don’t know if I can handle that. I mean, I don’t get home till pretty late as it is…”
GM: (Sighs) “Hoo boy. Okay…let’s take it from the top. I want you to stop working at the other place and you’ll work here and do our social media. It’s only a 25-minute commute. Think of all the gas you’ll save.”
|March 18, 2011 (It's almost $1/gal higher now. Triple yikes.)|
But I didn’t want to stop being a Dragon. Dragons rule…and when Dragon, Ric Dragon said he completely understood my leaving and wished me the best, I thought I was going to cry. I then offered to continue copywriting for them in my spare time…which is ironic, since I wasn’t aware that I actually had any. Bear in mind that I’ve held down an additional part-time job for the last 14 years that’s done in my spare time. But I’m nothing if not tenacious. Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it. I may be kicking and screaming on the inside but I’m not stupid…I know when I’m living the dream. I’ve always wanted to wear a lot of hats…it mixes things up a little…and it definitely keeps things from getting boring.
So, now my full-time gig is as the Director of Social Media for DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota. The website needs a serious overhaul but I'm tackling one thing at a time. I’m on Facebook…I’m on Twitter…I’m on FourSquare and LinkedIn and YouTube and Google on behalf of DCH. I’m everywhere… but never on From the Inside…Out. For how will I possibly find the time??
But then an amazing thing happened. After a month at the new job, it started getting a little bit easier. Not a lot at first…but there was a definitive ease of that perpetual knot in my stomach. One freelance project was completed…and then another…and I began to realize that maybe I can do it all…and maybe Kathrnville really defines being crazy like a fox…instead of the white-knuckled, white-coat, white-hair-from-worry-insanity we’ve always equated with living inside the padded walls of my head.
And so, here I go again…trying to find that all-elusive balance between work, motherhood and my interminable love for my cyber-friends. May this time be the charm.
Hey. You’ve gotta give me credit for trying…