I’ve done a run of personal essays lately, and this one is no exception. “Dear John” started as a therapeutic writing project to give myself a snapshot of where I’d come in the three months since I was laid off from my job. (The essay was published several months after it was written). Friends and family urged me to have it published and after much thought, I relented for the sake of providing a little recession-hope, I sought a home for it. BusinessWeek.com came as a reference to me via my friends at Seattle’s Child. BusinessWeek was also great to work with because they were patient with me every time I started to back off the project–for fear of damaging my still-good relationship with my former boss. He’s a good guy, and I don’t want anything to read out-of-turn and hurt any feelings.
That said, I’m happy to be on my own, and without the fear of not being able to find a job, and without someone “pushing me out the nest” I don’t think I would have ever worked up the courage to go solo.
The moral of this story: “Fear not, and work hard!”
**Update** This story has since been carried several other places, including publications in India, and Australia.
- 5/5/09 Guest Personal Finance Post
- 6/1/09: Seattle’s Child, The Full Plate