My Working Life (and a big change!)

For the last two and a half years, about half of my work week has been devoted to writing articles for a Canadian Magazine called Fine Lifestyles. It’s a group of glossy publications distributed across Central and Eastern Canada (and two US cities) that features a mix of small businesses, travel and home design, with a leaning toward the luxury market — hence the ‘Fine’ in ‘Fine Lifestyles.

Since starting with the company in 2013, I’ve written somewhere around 230 articles, published in cities like Halifax, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Regina, Swift Current, Saskatoon and Santa Fe. It’s been a good gig. From my home office in Portland, I’ve been able to conduct all my interviews via skype, write the articles, communicate with my team of five editors, six other writers and a bunch of sales reps, and meet my weekly deadlines…with a schedule that’s fairly flexible, accommodating the freelance copywriting and editing I do for my own clients.

I’ve learned a lot. I’ve written a lot. I’ve created strong relationships with editors and developed my portfolio exponentially. And earlier this fall, I made the decision to move on.

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Editorial piece for The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. I interviewed the director.

You know when you’re ready to make a change, but instead of doing it, you find yourself waiting until the ‘right time’? That’s been me for the last several months. So a few weeks ago I decided the ‘right time’ to leave was…when I decided it was right.

I came to this decision for a few different reasons. These are the top 5: Continue reading