Well, hello there. It's been ages.
Yes, I am still alive. And pregnant.
The reason I've been so quiet around here lately is not for lack of things to share. In fact, there are many experiences and moments I've had that I really, really wanted to nail down for posterity sake.
But, to be honest, I'm running out of words.
You see, earlier this year, my day job as a Product Manager for a Healthcare IT company started to slow down a bit. Without going into detail--because frankly I still respect that company and have hopes that someday I can perhaps resume my role there--it was an IT start-up, and those are not for the faint of heart. I found myself in need of a regular, dependable paycheck, as we all do, especially given that it would only be a handful of months before I'd need to take time off to have a baby and, you know, raise him for a bit. (I'm hoping I can swing at least three months at home full-time with Little Nugget, and beyond that, I'm leaving it up to The Lord. But I have put in a request to work from home if at all possible. You can request things from God, after all.)
So, all that being said, I've been working the last month now as a web copywriter for a boutique SEO agency. It's actually been a really interesting experience already, and I feel like I've learned so much. I'm amazed at how relevant the training I'm getting is on so many fronts, and I feel pretty blessed to be working as a professional writer. As long as I've been at this deal, this is the first time (that I can recall, at least) that I'm getting paid to use my words. Pretty neat, huh?
Because of this new role and the fact that I'm cranking out thousands of words of copy every.single.day, I honestly don't have much left at the end of a workday. I forgot how draining it can be to produce that much content, as I haven't been forced to flex those muscles so stringently since my years as an undergrad writing major. So while I'm enjoying it and I do feel like the constant creative output is keeping my brain sharp (or at least sharper than it could be if Pregnancy Brain was left unchecked), my own writing has suffered.
But it's only temporary. We'll see what the months after baby hold for writing, and I'm hoping I'll eventually adjust and may even be more productive with my own content as a result of this gig. But in the meantime, that's why I've been slightly MIA.
Not that you asked.