No looking back

Well, I did it. I'm done at the bakery, I've submitted my new insurance information, and I am now officially a full-time freelance writer.

Last night was my last day at the bakery, my last day as a bread slinger, pie wrangler, and muffin maven. I was getting ready to leave and drive home a woman who lives near me, when told her tonight was going to be a fun ride home. Her initial thought was that I was going to be all giggly and buzzing because I was leaving. No, I told her, the ride home was going to be fun because my rearview mirror fell off my windshield and was dangling by its wires. It looked something like this:

She laughed and said it was a very appropriate malfunction because for my life right now, there is no looking back. "So if you're not looking back," she said, "Why would you need a rearview mirror?"
(I'm fairly certain the police wouldn't buy this logic if I got pulled over, but I was prepared to use this line if it should happen.)

Right now, I'm scared. And exhilarated. And not a little in shock.

Although my rearview mirror is now fixed (super glue, not duct tape, for once), there is still no looking back.

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Red said...

Congratulations on not letting your fears keep you from your dreams!

Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul said...

Congratulations! What a big step! I'm truly inspired by your courage and dedication. Whatever you'll be writing I'll be reading =)

Unknown said...

I think you should celebrate tonight-- no doubt about it. you took a risk, you faced your fears and most importantly, you put yourself first.

so proud.

The Thrifty Book Nerd said...

Congrats on taking this big step. You'll do great!

Anonymous said...

Another lesson from the cockpit:

Beautiful, courageous, talented soul Carrie - go for it!

Libby said...

Whooohoo! Huge, huge, huge step! So excited for you! And excited to be joining you in self employment next month. :)

Angela Elain Gambrel said...

I'm so happy for you! Don't ever look back - you will do great!



Anonymous said...

I knew there was a song for this,
Boston's Don't Look Back.

James Clayton said...

Congratulations Carrie, and really nice and appropriate story with the rearview mirror.

It's an omen! It's a omen! Journey forward no fear (and even if there is fear journey forward anyway)...

Charlotte Bevan said...

Good luck my friend. You can't change the past but you can shape the future.


K-pedia said...

I'm so happy for you! Your blog is so inspiring that I visit it every day. Thank you so much for sharing your similar life struggles with us ... From one science writer to another, good luck out there! You're going to kick in some serious face.

Mango said...

I love reading your blog and will follow you, rearview mirror or not, where ever life brings you next. Good luck and congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Have a good (new) journey!

Colleen said...

congratulations and get ready for the next chapter of your life!

random q: I'm not sure if it was a new episode or not, but today on Dr. Oz there was a 40-year-old man who has been suffering with anorexia for 20 years. I wondered if you ever saw the segment and what you thought about it. Here is some info about it:

Personally, as someone in recovery myself, I found the segment rather offensive. Dr. Oz clearly doesn't understand the nature of the disorder, male or otherwise. He seemed frustrated with the poor man, when he clearly did not choose to live his life this way.

It also annoys me that Dr. Oz features this kind of story back-to-back with a segment about how many calories are in popular foods and how to cut back. It disgusts me.

Sorry to leave this as a comment but I was irked and needed to get someone else's opinion!

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