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Less like Dorothy caught in a whirling tornado and more like Mary Poppins, compelled by a subtle shift in the air, telling me that it’s time to move on: The winds of change are creeping up on me and it feels like something I’ve been waiting for, for a long time.

In a few days I start my first full-time job in 4 years! Any fellow freelancers out there will know just how daunting this change feels. If you’d asked me a year ago, I’d have shooed you out of the room at the mere suggestion of a 9-5, but now I’m excitedly arranging my work wardrobe, sorting out my stationary and counting down the days until I can get behind my new desk (a desk that’s not right next to my bedroom!).


Little boats lined up


This new wave of work/life balance has actually been bubbling away since late Spring, when H first got his full-time job as a web developer. After a few weeks it dawned on us that with H working weeks and me working weekends we would never see each other, let alone have time to redesign the boat! For the past few months we’ve been like two ship, slowly sailing towards the same dock. As the trees turn and the leaves fall, a cold breeze is about to usher in some much needed change: Weekends spent together reading books, comics and blogs, building the boat, seeing friends and family- all the things I’ve been missing for the last few years whilst working weekends.

The new job itself also has a large part to play in my joy. I’ll be working closely with the children’s publishing industry as well as fantastic videographers and authors, all whilst continuing to teach creative writing lessons to my Little Stars. The web development agency H works for will be building us a new site and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling so I can properly talk to you about what the company’s got planned.


Our scruffy row boat


With all things said and done, as my work turns to writing, publishing and new projects, H and I have got a few tricks up our sleeves for the blog. Over the coming months we’ll be making changes and practicing some of our new skills. H is itching to improve the code and design after months of making other people websites look nicer than ours, and I can’t wait to share a few stories I’ve been working on over the summer.

In the mean time we have boat building updates and small stories to tell over on Instagram. And if you have any changes coming your way, let me know so we can compare notes! 🙊