Yesterday was the last day of my post-doc! I am officially out of academia! As one of my coworkers put it: "You've escaped!"
Phew. And boy was it a rough final two weeks. Thanks for bearing with me and the lack of posting around here.
On top of finishing my post-doc, I also had my best editing month ever. I must be doing something right, because I've never booked so many jobs before. I'll be writing a post on exactly how I've been marketing my business to achieve that milestone in case it's of any help to you. It's the sort of thing I wish someone had just told me, rather than stumbling around for a few months before I figured it out.
Anyway, I couldn't feel more relieved right now. I managed to get out of the job that was making me so miserable, and without burning any bridges too!
We had a nice group lunch to say goodbye, and while I'll miss some of my coworkers, I'm just so happy to be able to commit myself full time to editing and writing. I don't think I could have handled juggling editing and research for much longer. I was going a little bonkers last week - 3 editing jobs all due within two days of each other while I was also working at my University job full-time. I didn't have a moment to spare.
But now everything will be different. The hours in my day now all belong to me.
One of my goals before leaving my post-doc was to book one more editing job so I would have some momentum in my business extending past my last day in research. Well, I was so busy this past week that I had almost no time to market my business, so I didn't think it was going to happen. But then last night, I snagged another job at 9 pm. Just under the wire!
Anyway, sorry if this is a little incoherent. I am so tired. I worked literally all weekend on an editing job, went to work on Monday to clean up my lab space and throw out my samples, and then finished putting together a research poster this morning and turned it in to my now ex-boss. It was the last thing he asked me to do, and boy did it feel good to check that off my list.