I’ve been working in the wine industry out here in Washington for five years, the last two as manager of a tasting room, and for the most part, I’ve loved it. But this week I officially gave notice at the winery.
I’m not walking away from the wine biz entirely – I plan to pick up hours working here and there. As I said, I really loved the job. But the cost/benefit equation of the manager’s job no longer worked in my favor – I felt I was losing too much of my writing-self to it, and that wasn’t good.
(and yes, sometimes life decisions do come down to a ledger line)
On the plus side: weekends free for socializing ‘n stuff! I can go to convention without stressing over who is going to cover for me! And most importantly, more emotional energy for writing!
Minus: Bluntly, I’m walking away from a not-insignificant chunk of income.
So yeah: pivot, rebalance, and go.