Well, metamorphosis means change, and I've been doing a lot of that over the last few months.
Working as a solopreneur has its benefits, but there are times when you need to stretch. I've had a variety of gigs over the last year or so, but I felt a need for some inspiration. A background in the public service meant that some corporate or non-profit experience might do me some good. When the chance came along to do that, even for a while, I jumped at it.
Back in September, I took a 9-5 job with the local Board of Trade. I was at a business to business reception, when they approached me out of the blue. The question was "Do you do business writing as well as science writing." "Well, yes," I said, "as a matter of fact, I just finished a certificate in that." A couple of short conversations later, they offered me a job for a couple of months.
It's been good. There hasn't been all that much writing yet, but interacting with people during the day has been therapeutic. I found that I'd developed some seriously bad habits while working alone for over 2 years. The days all seemed to combine into one, and productivity was heading to the basement. I needed a change. Heh, I got that.
There are a variety of tasks that I'm involved in now, from writing to printing, to event preparation and photography. Variety is the spice of life, so to speak. I'm learning a lot and having fun.
I can still hear the echo. A year ago I swore I'd never take a full-time job again. Hmm...note to self: never say never. Life changes and you have to change along with it. Nothing is forever, and if you think it is you will miss out on so many things.
We'll see how long this gig lasts. I hope it lasts a while. If not, that's ok. I've made some new friends and acquaintances, learned lots of new things, and have a new appreciation for 9-5.
Onward and upward...