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Dawn Weinberger, Freelance Writer


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Time to move on

Last month, I made a difficult decision. After more than nine years as a freelance writer, I quit.

Lots of folks have asked me why, and honestly there isn’t really one reason. My decision was based on a number of factors that have nothing to do with any experience in particular and everything to do with all of my experiences, all at the same time (if that makes sense?). The truth is, I just knew that I had to make this choice. We’ve all heard the phrase “when one door closes, another opens.” For me, I think I was preventing new doors from opening by insisting on hanging around this door for so long. I knew months and months ago that this was the right call, but I couldn’t convince myself to step out and just do it. When I finally did, I had the whole “weight lifted off my shoulders” type of feeling.

So, what am I doing now? I am taking a break from work. I am spending more time with my husband, I am getting our home more organized and I am pursing activities I rarely made time for when I was under deadline. And I am much, much happier (not that I didn’t like my job — I actually really loved it for a long, long time).

Prior to making my decision, however, I did finally have the opportunity to write a story for Alaska Airlines magazine — thanks to an old friend who works for the publication (I say “finally” because Alaska is probably one of the first magazines I pitched — to no avail — when I started freelancing full-time). I could not have ended my nine-year stint on a brighter note! For the first time in years, I had the opportunity to really dig in and research a topic. I especially loved that I had room to write. 2,500 words! That is almost unheard of in journalism today (most of my recent pieces run between 600 and 1,000 words).

Well, I guess that just about covers it. Thank you to all those who have supported me in this career over the years.

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