Yesterday morning, I was back at work after a long weekend in Sicily for our friend’s wedding. Feeling relaxed and recharged, I opened my inbox to find over two hundred emails, of which at least seventy were marked ‘urgent.’ Reading them one by one, I could feel the tension returning to my shoulders and a knot formed in my stomach. I don’t know what overcame me, but without thinking, I ignored the rest of my messages, opened an empty word document, copied and pasted the first standard notice letter I found online and handed it to my manager. It felt good. Really good. I still have until the end of the year, but after that, it’s going to be just me and my MAC. My wife was surprised but supportive, and I feel incredibly lucky to have her.
When I woke up this morning, I expected to be in a panic. I expected to regret my decision of throwing away an easy life, but I didn’t. I’m not sure how I’m going to do this yet, I might have to get a part-time job somewhere to cover the basic bills. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m so looking forward to waking up in the morning and writing instead of going into work. In the meantime, I’m working hard on my third novel, ‘The Cruise’, which I’m hoping to publish in December. I’m super excited about this one, set on a cruise ship. The characters are already fully developed in my mind, and I love the journey they’re on. It’s so much fun to talk to cruise ship staff. They have the best stories and insights about life on a ship, and I can’t wait to finish the book.
2018, Bring it on!!