Where’ve you been?

17 Dec
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Things have been a bit crazy.

Wow. Four months?! That’s the longest I’ve stayed away from Ye Olde Blog. With this much time since my last post, I’m going to guess anyone who read pithypants with much regularity has wandered off for greener pastures. But on the off-chance that someone’s out there, stalking this site regularly in hopes of some new content – I’ll give it a go.

First, I have a back-log of posts I need to get to. Like when we went to Vancouver for vacation and – as a result of food poisoning – I learned that Pho tastes pretty much the same coming up as it does going down. (And that apparently six hours isn’t enough time for your stomach acid to break down rice noodles – and that you really SHOULD chew your food 64 times before swallowing it, unless you want to choke on a noodle when it reappears.)

Or the time I visited my friend in Atlanta and ended up in the awkward position of having to interrupt a group of women drinking wine poolside to let them know that one of their little angels (not referring to myself cryptically here, for the record) had not only clogged and overflowed the toilet, but had also somehow managed to actually shit down the outside of the aforementioned toilet.

Or the time I spilled $310 of quarters on the floor of Alan’s car. (Don’t ask.)

There’s more (there always is, isn’t there?) but I’ll spare you – for now.

I suppose I owe you an explanation. Why haven’t I been writing? Well, at some point this fall I started to listen to the little voice in my head. The voice that once told me to quit my job and move to France in 2003. The same one that encouraged me to apply to Georgetown to get a coaching certificate three years ago. This time, the voice said, “It’s time to do your own thing. Hang out a shingle. Work for yourself. What are you waiting for?”

Originally my response to the voice was, “Hush. I like my job. A lot.” But then I started to realize that whenever I thought of coaching full time, I’d get little butterflies in my stomach. Not the post-Pho, barfy kind – more like the excited, “I have a crush” kind. Things that might make other people think twice about starting a company (writing a business plan, defining service offerings, crafting a sales pitch) – would wake me in the middle of the night because I’d be too excited to sleep.

So while it might seem crazy for me to walk away from a job I enjoy, at some point, I decided to listen to the voice – because whenever I’ve heeded its calling in the past, it’s steered me right. It hasn’t always steered me toward riches – but it’s made my life richer by taking me off the predictable path. So here it is, the end of 2016, and – in a month – I plan to trade a great job I’ve enjoyed for nine years to take a chance on my own thing. Goodbye security. Hello, hustle.

When you ask why I haven’t written in months, it’s not because life hasn’t been pithy. (It has!) It’s just that life has also been BUSY. With a limited number of hours before and after work, I’ve channeled what HAD been my evening blogging time (and eating time, and working out time) into prepping a business launch.

So yeah, I haven’t been writing as much. I’ve been a bit busy. But man, you should see my hustle…

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8 Responses to “Where’ve you been?”

  1. emphasisonjoy December 17, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    I will reluctantly allow you to go. Only because I know you will be terrific and you have so much to offer the world, as you have done here. Best wishes, my friend! But please find time to write 🙂

    • pithypants December 17, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

      Thanks! I’m excited – and so appreciative of everything I’ve gained in the last nine years. I’ve learned a ton, worked with so many smart people, and have been encouraged to “just be me.” It’s a rare experience, and I’m grateful. I’m not looking at this as the end – just a reinvention of my relationship with a great company. Thanks for all your support along the way. 🙂

  2. joyburnout December 18, 2016 at 12:38 am #

    how very exciting. can’t wait to read the next chapter.

    • pithypants December 18, 2016 at 6:21 am #

      Thanks! After years of asking other people what they’d do if they weren’t afraid, I’ve decided to take my own advice. Giddy’up!

  3. Babs December 19, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    I’m so excited for you to take this new journey! Hello hustle is right though! When you need business cards printed up, coming see me!

    • pithypants December 25, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      Thanks! And I have some biz cards and a logo that I’m using as stop-gaps… but I’ll definitely reach out when I have banked enough $ to do it properly!

  4. Jay E. December 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    Still here, and glad to see you be you 🙂

    • pithypants December 25, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      Yay! Thanks for coming back (or sticking around?). Thanks for reading, Jay!

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