A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT NO I'M NOT PREGNANT

Good Thursday to you Blogstalkers.

If you follow me on Facebook you might have seen my update about an upcoming BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.  Well it's here.

I know I've been remiss in attending to my little blog lately and I have been feeling pretty down about it.  Writing is what I love to do and what I want to spend all of my time doing.  And lately, I haven't been able to spend like any of my time doing that, as you could probably tell by how I haven't posted in a week and I haven't answered comments in like a month and if you've sent me an email, you've not heard a reply.

What changed was, work got crazy.  I work for a small company that is growing every month by leaps and bounds.  Which is just wonderful truly.  What isn't wonderful is that it means I am almost never not working.  And while my current job is absolutely lovely and the people I work with are absolutely lovely, I've realized in the last year or so that I don't think being an accountant is lovely.  It's a fantastic profession and it's done me well over the last ten-ish years, but it's not, in the end, what I want to have done with my life.

And the whole "Life Is Short" lesson hit Ryan, myself, and our family like a brick wall this year.

So today, after one-thousand-and-a-half hours of talking about this with my husband, I put in my notice at work.

I quit my job.

And I'm not going to get another job.

I am though, going to work.  I am going to write.  I am going to update this blog a whole heck of a lot more (I'm thinking at least four times a week, maybe more) and I'm going to write other things...that have to remain a bit of secret for now.

I know I am extremely lucky that my husband and I are in a situation where financially, we are comfortable giving this a shot.  Because, let's face it, I'm not The Bloggess, and honestly, never will be.
I didn't quit my job because I think I'm going to become a super-popular-famous-skinny internet sensation if I post four times a week.  I quit my job because I was miserable and my wonderful husband saw that I was miserable and so is giving me a chance to do something I love, something about which I feel passionate, even if it's only for a short time.

We are giving this little experiment a year.  If in one year, this isn't working for us.  If we're both not still excited and happy about the situation, then we've agreed that I'll go back to work.

For now though, I am so over the moon.  I feel like, for the first time in long while, I can breathe.

Or at least like I will be able to breathe come August 31st, which is when I told my employer that I would be willing to stay until - to train someone else.

Be excited for me?  Or at least be excited that I'm going to post all like on the daily, yo?

Oh and in case you all think my husband is just like an angel on earth for agreeing to this scheme, he did make me a ridiculous list of rules that I have to follow in order for him to not regret this.  So look for that post in the upcoming future.

I'll get it up whenever I take a break from "spending at least 15 minutes a day googling tips on how to please your husband."

That's all for now Blogstalkers!

I'll be back at you soon, but for now I have to go pack for BlogHer in NYC, which I am totally totally flying off to tomorrow!  All by myself.  Just one little Lauren in one Big Apple.

I'm not sure New York is ready for this jelly.


146 comments:

  1. Congrats Lauren, enjoy it and do what you love...I envy you but have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog...Love it!

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    1. Thanks Meg! It's scary, but exciting.

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  2. I could not be more thrilled for you or more proud of you. How brave and scary and wonderful and exhilirating! You have my full support as a loyal blogstalker - as well as the support of your entire blogstalking legion :)

    So, so wonderful.

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    1. Thank you ever-lovely Kait.

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  3. Happy Gingras8/02/2012

    Good for you- and best of luck!

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    1. Thanks! I'm totally going to need the best of luck.

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  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this announcement! So happy for you.... it is always amazing when you can follow your heart and do the things that make you happy.... can't wait for all your posts...

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    1. I'm so glad you you liked this! It was a really terrifying post to put up. I don't want people to think I'm like all full of myself and think I'm totally the next big thing on the internet...because I don't think that. This is just a chance, just for a little while, to do the things that make me happy.

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  5. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you, and this will be fun for us all to watch and read! Looking forward to it!

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    1. Thank you! Look forward to lots of posts about how going to the grocery store and sitting at my desk trying to think of post ideas.

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  6. I'm not gonna lie, when you posted "A Big Announcement" on Facebook I DID think you were pregnant. And I was super excited for you.

    But then I read your actual blog post. And I'm still super excited for you. I can't wait to read more posts from you. I wish you luck and happiness on your new step in life. :)

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    1. Haha I KNEW everyone was going to think that, that's why I put it in the title of the post. Just to get it out of the way right away.

      And thanks!

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  7. YAY! Congrats! Very excited for you to be happier, and very excited that I will get to read more frequent posts. :) And maybe your next big announcment WILL be that you're pregnant!

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    1. I WISH I could make that announcement. The funny thing is that part of the terms of this is that, yeah, we need to push the whole baby thing back for now. And wait and see how this goes first.

      And thanks!

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  8. Congratulations! I am excited for the potential of more blog updates, you're my favorite blogger. I hope you enjoy every minute of following your passion to write!

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    1. Thank you so much Lenae. I'm really excited and your comment just made me super smiley.

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  9. Yea!! That's awesome news! I can't wait for more posts :)

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    1. You'll have to wait until September 1st for more regular posts to begin, but after that NO MORE WAITING!!! Yay!

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  10. I was hoping, with fingers and toes crossed, that this was the news (since you already told us you weren't pregnant). I'm beyond happy, excited, thrilled and truly proud of you for taking this leap. I have no doubt you will be very successful.

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    1. Thank you so very much Claire. I was so scared to post this. I don't want people to think I'm terrible and entitled. I'm just grabbing at the chance to do what I love, even if it's only for just a short while.

      And congrats on your book!! (It's so on my list of Books To Read.)

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  11. Congratulations! In a way you are pregnant , pregnant with possibilities! Which are endless! Also, this will give you more time to dedicate to your official Lauren club duties..... Love, OL

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    1. I know! I never got around to making tee shirts even. I am a terrible Lauren Club President.

      Thanks!

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  12. YAY!!! I'm so happy you have the chance to take this step for yourself!!! I love your blog and can't wait to see the places you'll go with your writing :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kayla. I'm so nervous, but sort of strangely serene for the first time in what feels like a long time.

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    2. For me that's always a sign I've made the right choice, even though it's a scary one. I look forward to reading everything you write, and hope it works out wonderfully for you!

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    3. Let's hope it's the right choice...

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    4. Fingers, and toes crossed :)

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  13. I am extremely jealous. I wish you luck and am looking forward to many more blog posts!

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  14. Anonymous8/02/2012

    What happy news! I am so pleased for you! (okay, and SO pleased for me, because now I get to read more of what you're willing to put on the Interweb. Seriously, Lauren, you put me in a happy place every time I read a post.) Congratulations!

    Melissa

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    1. Aww thanks Melissa. Your comments always put me in a happy place.

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  15. I am so VERY excited for you (and a little jealous lol)! I'm glad you're getting this opportunity, and I just know you'll thrive with this chance.

    I wish I was able to go with you to BlogHer like we talked about, but maybe next year things will have calmed down for me, and I can go next year. :)

    You deserve this my friend, so shine on you crazy diamond. Or ruby, you can shine like a crazy ruby too if you prefer.
    <3

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    1. Oh I'm not gemstone-biased. I will shine like any one of the sparkly little (Oooh or big) things.

      So sad you're not making it to BlogHer this year. It was SUCH a last minute decision on my part. I'm only actually going just for Friday night and Saturday, so not the whole thing.

      Thanks so much!

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  16. Congrats!!! I am SO thrilled for you! Thrilled to the point that I am quite jealous, actually. I will admit, however, that I'm a bit sad as I've only recently discovered your wonderful blog and felt warm fuzzies knowing that I wasn't the only one pretending to work an accounting job while dreaming of bigger things. But it's ok, I forgive you :) Can't wait to read what you write 4+ times a week!

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    1. Thanks! So glad you've made your way over here. Keep dreaming, you'll get there someday. I did some of my best dreaming whilst doing accounting.

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  17. So glad for you. I also just quit my job a few months ago. I have a PhD, was making good money...and saw my daughter for about an hour and a half daily Monday through Friday. Not cool. I now freelance while she naps, am making okay money while working way less, and most importantly I was the first person that saw her crawl for the first time a few weeks ago. Which happened on a Thursday at 2 pm, so I would've missed it. I totally hear you on the being able to breath front.

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    1. Michelle that is so amazing. Seriously. I'm SO glad for YOU.

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  18. OMG!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!

    You are doing what I *want* to do - but can't just yet - finances will not permit it. SIGH!

    ENJOY your time!

    (I think I can guess what some of those "rules" might be...sigh...men).

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    1. Yep I think you are probably very very correct about what some of the rules are. Men indeed.

      And thanks! So so hope you get the chance to do this someday.

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  19. Yay! I'm so happy for you. And I can even help you save some time. You can stop looking on Google for tips on how to please your husband. You already have the list, as referenced in your 6/18 post. (I know because I've been catching up on my blogstalking duties and reading archives at "lunch." Or the few hours a day at work I count as my lunch. I read that post today, so I'm almost caught up!)

    If you time it right, you can end your year-long work experiment with staying home as a stay-at-home mom. RYAN, pay attention!

    Good luck!

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    1. You know what is the funniest thing ever? My friend Julie and her husband Caleb (who were the ones that received the list in one of their wedding cards) were JUST over and they asked about his list of requirements for this year and he literally said "It's basically just that list someone gave you for your wedding." So you are right on.

      I also totally used to take two hour lunches!

      And I wish...this may actually push the baby thing back even more ::sigh::

      My life is SO hard...

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  20. Yay this is the best news ever!!

    Also, I read the Bloggess and I read you and I laugh at least as hard reading your posts as hers. (My husband kind of hates both you and the Bloggess. Not really, it's just that I insist on reading every post aloud to him no matter what he's doing and in between guffaws and sometimes I think he'd just like to check his e-mail in peace.) So while I suppose it's a good thing you know you're not her, sanity-wise and all that, maybe you are kind of her in some ways?

    What I'm saying is you're damn funny.

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    1. So glad everyone is being so supportive!

      And thank you so much for The Bloggess comparison, it's super flattering. I do the same thing with her posts to my husband. He loves days when she doesn't update.

      This comment seriously made my night by the way.

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  22. This is the best news I've heard all week! You write more, we read more, it's a win-win!

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    1. So glad you think it's good news!

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  23. Yay! I was so hoping you had quit your job! I'm so proud of you (both) for taking that step!

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    1. Thanks so much Carrie!

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  24. HUZZAH TO YOU!!! Bravo for taking such a BIG step! Now quit being so inspirational, you're making the rest of us look bad. ;P

    Can't wait to meet you at your own book signing!

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    1. OHMYGOSH my own book signing, that would be crazy pants.

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  25. This is such amazing, awesome, fun news!! I look forward to your posts and laugh unattractively in public when I read them. You are brave and honest and crazy funny. I'm so excited for you!!! Congratulations!!

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    1. Making people laugh unattractively in public is like my favorite thing to do!

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  26. So brave to take such a big step, I wish you the best! An it works out great for all of us, because we get a lot more of your posts :)!

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    1. Argh, typo! Of course I mean and...

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  27. YO WOMAN. You know that my last day at work is August 31st too, right? Yep, that's the truth. My position is being phased out but none the less, it's true. Can I also tell you I was a tax accountant for a while and eventually I was all, "the hours are ruining my life" and I eventually left it too. Even though in my current position I still do some (private not public) accounting, I also do marketing and I LOVE it. In my next job I am hoping to be writing intensive too (think copywriting).

    Just saying, high-friggen-five from one former-but-maybe-future-but-likely-not accountant to another! Also, yay for August 31st!

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    1. Heather! Will the similarities between us never end?

      Yay for August 31st indeed!

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  28. Hooray! I can not wait to see what pops out of your head. No pressure but I'm sure it will be great! Smiling!

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    1. Or if not great, at least ridiculous. I'll always be ridiculous.

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  29. ElizabethB8/02/2012

    One of my coworkers did this! In fact, I was the one they hired to fill her position and then she stayed on another 3 weeks until I was semi-competent enough to (kinda) do the job. And then she quit her job to finish writing her book! (oh yeah, she also got pregnant almost immediately, but I see that NOT getting pregnant is one of your caveats... :( )

    I can just about see the happy nervous energy all the way out here in Seattle! Congrats!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much ElizabethB! Happy nervous energy is like the perfect way to describe it.

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  30. I am head over heels in love with this post and with your decision. I know my feelings don't hold much weight in the overall scheme of things, but you should know your blog has had a tremendous effect on my little world. Knowing that someone else has the guts and tenacity to take the risk to follow her heart and her dreams helps make my hope that some day, some time, I might have the strength to do likewise for myself, that much more of a reality. So thank you, Lauren. Seriously .... Thank. You.

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    1. Val (and all of my loyal Blogstalkers) your feelings hold SO MUCH weight in my scheme of things. They have a tremendous effect on my little world. My world is so much better and happier for having found you all. I am the one that should be thanking you. You've made this possible.

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  31. That's fantastic! I'm so happy for you!!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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    1. Why thank you kindly Valerie.

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  32. Congratulations! I hope the coming year leaves you absolutely fulfilled and delighted with your decision.

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    1. Haha thanks! I hope exactly the same thing.

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  33. Have fun staying home! You'll get caught up and start seeing reruns on Bravo and HGTV. For real. When you start seeing reruns...that shit is depressing. Those channels must have millions of shows to air. I've been staying home now (not being a dedicated writer) for about 6 months and it gets boring.

    But I have a feeling that you will find all sorts of shenanigans to get into and tell us about. I am really looking forward to reading about them. Good luck!!! You'll be awesome. Tell us what you're writing on the side!!

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    1. I'm going to have to make some rules for myself. 1. No TV during the middle of the day, because of what Natalie said. 2. Also no watching Teen Mom 2 on your computer, that is basically the same as TV. 3. Yes LAUREN, Hulu + counts as TV too. Sheesh.

      Thanks! (And I wish I could, believe me, I'm not one for keeping secrets, but I can't, because of like LEGAL things.)

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  34. Puh-leeze stop saying you're 'no Bloggess'!! You are every bit as talented and hilarious of a writer and have a writing style all your own. Now that you have the time to devote to it - the sky (and the NY Times Bestseller List) is the limit ~ and I look forward to your first book!

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    1. Wow Michelle, that is some high praise. I feel a bit swoony just now. Haha. But THANK YOU.

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  35. YAY! Good for you! Can't wait to see the list that he gave you (And your changes of course....which I'm sure you have some good ones). And can't wait for Part 2 or Part 3 of your love story btw!!! Lucky lucky girl!!!!

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    1. I have SO many changes to his list. I'm pretty sure we're going to have to like hire a lawyer and have an arbitration or something to settle the differences.

      I have no idea if arbitration is the right word.

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  36. Hoping this brave move will open doors for you!

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  37. Congratulations! I am in Michigan right now, but we should celebrate when I get back (plus I need to come see your new place and pet those puppies of yours)!

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    1. I'm in NYC right now, sitting in the lobby of the Hilton in Times Square because I am a on-my-high-horse-self-employed-blogger-person now, so even if you weren't in MIchigan, I couldn't celebrate with you.

      But yes, so many celebrations when we're both back!

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  38. It sounds kind of crazy to say I'm proud of you, since it's not even remotely my doing. But on behalf of all humankind & blogstalkers I'm proud of you for following your BLISS! We all have faith in you. Your voice speaks to people. You make us laugh, cry, smile, giggle, & all of those things that bring us together as people in this remarkable world full of us who love cheese, and even one or two who do not. (Really?) So you go girl!

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    1. Seriously, REALLY Cheese haters?

      And don't think even for a second that this is not your doing. I owe this chance to you and all of my Blogstalkers. Seriously.

      So, you know, thanks. A Lot.

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  39. Anonymous8/02/2012

    Congratulations! This IS big news! I wish you and Ryan all the best in this new venture. I'm sure it was hard to quit your job but fa real...YOLO! Alsooooo, for more selfish reasons I'm totally pumped for more posts. You are a fab writer and just the girl for the job! It's gonna be great!

    -Sara

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    1. Thanks Sara! I'm so excited that I have like glitter popping out of my ears every ten seconds or so. Here's to hoping it's not a total bust.

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  40. Christy8/03/2012

    Hey, first time poster (been lurking for a few months). You crack me up. Seriously. While reading your latest when Lauren met Ryan my husband asked what I was laughing at. Congrats! I hope you find success in taking this new adventure. Even if it is the personal fulfillment kind. (But hopefully it will also be ofthe monetary kind)

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    1. Thanks Christy! I think I'm a bit far from rolling in the blogging-dollars, but I'm ecstatic that I get the chance to do what I love for a bit. I just don't want to look back when I'm 100 years old and think, I wish I would have at least tried. I know I'm lucky to have the chance to do it and I'm so so grateful to everyone that has helped this happen. Which includes Ryan and all of my lovely Blogstalkers.

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  41. I AM SO HAPPY! for you, and for me being able to read more of your awesome blogging. If you publish a book I will read it. You have my support and stalking.

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    1. Thanks Rosie! Those words mean more than you know.

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  42. Congratulations!! All the best in your writing endeavors--with the shackles of a life-draining job gone, you will flourish, I'm sure!
    I can't tell you how many times I've had this conversation with my partner, but he's always like "You need to pay off your student loans first," and I'm all "Fine. Be a KILLJOY *pout*."

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    1. Oh the student loans! I have a couple of those. They suck one thousand bottoms.

      Ryan always tries to tell me that something "sucking bottom" is not a thing, but it's my blog so I'm going to use it here because it feels appropriate and like WISE even. I am so very wise.

      I should delete this reply because it makes no sense, but whatever. Stream of consciousness and all that.

      Thanks!!

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  43. Awesome! I'm so happy for you, and wish you the very best luck and happiness. I'm sure you'll be great, and yay, more posts for us!

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  44. Congratulations on your impending unemployment!!! But seriously, that's wonderful and incredibly brave of you.

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    1. Thanks Kellie! Thanks a million.

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  45. Good for you! I just did the same thing about 7 months ago. Best piece of advice I can offer...get dressed everyday, that's something I struggle with because it's so easy not to. Have fun in NYC!

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    1. Yep, that's one of my working-for-myself rules, get dressed. Also, like, get the eff to the gym since you no longer have any excuses LAUREN.

      And Thanks!

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  46. Living the dream! List before annoucement:
    1. Wake up, dream of going back to sleep on bed of comfy plush rubies.
    2. Grumbly dash off to work as dream of being hit by enormous money tree so can sue the Money Forest for life changing/blog utopia sum.
    3. Work with normal boring fingers hitting computer keys whilst dreaming about having tentacle fingers permanently attached. (Much easier to reach battery/tootsie rolls with tentacle fingers)
    4. Having to have one sided convo with Ryan about the glories of a house made of cheese while dreaming of scads of blogstalker cheese lovers reciprocating your ideas of split entry cheese hallways.
    Life after announcement...in progress

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    1. 1. I prefer my rubies hard and made of ruby.
      2. New personal quest in life: Find Money Forest
      3. Tentacle fingers are also good for annoying husbands/boyfriends/girlfriends/wives.
      4. I'd call my cheese house Provo-home.
      5. ...

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  47. Eek! Excuse incredibly bad spelling from above as just woke up and tentacle fingers aren't working well yet.

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    1. Tentacle fingers can be a bit of a bother in the morning.

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  48. Repeat after me: "Today, Ryan is my Ruby."

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    1. And my diamond And my emerald.

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  49. Veronica8/03/2012

    So so so so happy for you! Now if Ryan will just decide it's okay to procreate, you'll be set!

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  50. Yay - I found you through the Bloggess and I can not stop reading. Also where did the tentacles come fromt? I must buy them for a friend!

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    1. Welcome! The tentacles are available on paper-source.com. I most highly recommend them.

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  51. SharonLynnM8/03/2012

    From one cheese lover to another (German Edam is awesome... YUM), congratulations and I'm so excited for you!! Looking forward to more frequent blog posts, and another "Big Announcement" when your book comes out, as I have faith that it will. You are every bit as funny as The Bloggess, which is how I found your blog, but totally different at the same time. :)

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    1. I LOVE Edam. For more than one reason. 1. Because it tastes good. 2. Because it is often a crossword puzzle answer and then I feel smart. 3. Because it annoys Ryan when I say "Damn this Edam is glam."

      And thanks for the highest of praise!

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  52. Congrats!!! Super excited for you :)

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  53. Congratulations! I've only been reading for a few months (found you through YHL) and I'm honestly thrilled that you get to follow your passions! Good luck!!

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  54. Congrats! I'm so jealous. I think you're awesome, and you're going to be a great full-time blogger!

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  55. Congratulations! I need to try to be as brave as you. :)

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  56. Whoa, congratulations! So exciting! Way to go on following your bliss :)

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  57. Dianna8/03/2012

    Congrats! I'm sure your secret projects will be a great success!

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  58. Congrats!!! This is wicked awesome. I'm glad you're taking the risk to do something you like! I dropped my office job in favor of working from home. I actually work as a virtual assistant to pay the bills, but I'm trying to write more and more as well. Its been amazing- AhMazing I say!
    Cheers to you.
    And on the selfish note- Yay me (and all the other blogstalkers) for more posts!!! I think you're going to inspire me to get my but in gear and work on my blog more (want to move back to blogger from wordpress).

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  59. Very excited for you, best of luck!

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  60. Yeah! I'm excited for more posts!!

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  61. Steph M8/03/2012

    So I've been following since you started this blog (weirdly enough I think I found you on a link from Young House Love) but I don't think I've ever commented before. Anyway, I just wanted to say congrats and I can't wait to read even more of your hilarious adventures! Oh and I totally thought the title said "A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT I'M PREGNANT" and I just thought to myself, huh that's one way to tell everyone!

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  62. Wow, that's so exciting! I don't know you but am totally happy for you. . . and hopefully I'll eventually be posting a similar type of post :)

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  63. Lisa in Seattle8/03/2012

    I am so happy for you!!! And big Internet Stranger hugs to Ryan for his support. Unless his list for you has something like greeting him at the door each evening wearing nothing but Saran Wrap and a smile, in which case hugs retracted because that's super skeevy, RYAN.

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  64. That's amazing news, Lauren! I look forward to reading more of your work
    Well done for being brave enough to take a leap of faith. Good luck :D

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  65. I'm so glad that you'll be posting more and being happy n stuff! I always look forward to reading your posts- you remind me so much of myself, or maybe the other way around since I think you are a little older than me. But anyways- SO glad to hear the amazing news!!

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  66. Congratulations. I quit my job as a stressed out trial lawyer 12 years ago and while I missed the money sometimes, I never missed the job!

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  67. Misty Lazenby8/03/2012

    Awesome news!! I love your blog. You are so down to earth and relatable. I was just telling my husband how you are like my twin or something. Obviously your not, but you write in such a way that you really touch people. I wish you all the luck in the world.

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  68. I'm so excited for you, Lauren!! I'm so happy you'll be posting more and will be able to take some time to focus on you and Ryan. :] I look forward to the next year, and reading more from you.

    Congratulations!!

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  69. That's wonderful! I'm so happy for you. My husband and I decided roughly the same thing a few months ago as well. I have to say, not working is wonderful. :) Although, as I know you suffer from anxiety and depression as well, don't let the guilt that you are fortunate enough to be in this boat overwhelm you. I know I sometimes feel badly that I get to stay home while my friends all work, but I remind myself everyone is different and has different situations, and remind myself to enjoy it while I can, because nothing lasts forever right?
    Anyway, Yay for you! (PS. I also look forward to more posts :)

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  70. Miranda8/04/2012

    Holy cow congratulations!! Good for you. It's an incredibly brave thing to do!

    And you have an incredible guy there...even if he won't let you have babies and he ruins holidays. You're very lucky!

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  71. I'm so happy for you, Lauren. I know that fantastic feeling, when you step away from something that isn't working, and you are able to go for whatever it is that fulfills you. With the support of my husband I left my insurance career behind last year in October, I am now writing full time and working on blogging and writing books. My situation is just a tad different from yours; yes I was burned out and miserable but I was also grappling with serious health issues and I continue to deal with them, I just couldn't get the hell out of my house any longer to work. Regardless, writing has brought me back to life. I'm scared, but happy. This is meant to be for you and it WILL work out beautifully. Looking forward to more blog posts and hearing about the other things you will be working on! You are amazing. Don't forget it.

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  72. Yep, me too. Good luck, girl. Follow the dream.

    (Looks like Ryan gave you a massive hickey before you left. Marking his property?)

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  73. Michelle8/05/2012

    Congrats, Lauren! I am so very happy for you!

    Michelle

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  74. That's fantastic! To be able to do something you love in life is one of the best gifts the universe can give you. Best of luck...I hope it works out!

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  75. I'm a little late to the party, mostly because I have been painting kid rooms all week and was slightly concerned that you were MIA for so long.

    Lauren, that is pretty fantabulous news! I am so thrilled for you that you are taking the time out to follow your dream. I too am working towards that goal, but I still have some more college classes to get through first. I think it is wonderful that you are taking this time out for you so that you can work on your writing! I wish you the best of luck.

    Your EVER FAITHFUL Blogstalker!

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  76. YAY! I think its great that you will be able to chase your dreams and that Ryan supports you. I wish I could figure the whole not working full time thing out but unfortunately our financial circumstances won't allow that right now. So yeah ...envious. But totally excited for you and more posts! Now that I'm addicted to your blog that is great news. And on the plus side how can you resist hanging out with me if I come to chicago sometime in the next year? (ha! blogstalker right).
    Can't wait to see Ryan's rules...
    You're gonna rock this!

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  77. You are so lucky to have such an angel! It takes guts to make such a leap of faith (even when you are miserable). Congrats for doing it. I'll look forward to reading more.

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  78. I'm actually doing this as well! I just quit my job in June to be a full time stay at home mom and focus on just writing and the house...and I guess the 3 kids I gave birth too. I wish you the best of luck!

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  79. Congratulations for going for it. I look forward to continued postings :)

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  80. Good for you! Taking a leap to follow your happy can be super scary but so rewarding too! With your passion I can't wait to see all your upcoming successes!

    Princess WeeWee

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  81. Shannon S.8/06/2012

    Awesome news! I don't get to comment very often, but I do read every single post. You are a fantastic writer and although I don't know you, I'm so happy that you're able to further your writing career (yes, you can call it your career now!). As the wise philosopher Natasha Bedingfield once said, "Today is where your book begins; the rest is still unwritten."

    Congratulations!

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  82. Yay! Follow your bliss, Lauren!

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  83. Anonymous8/07/2012

    My husband and I are doing the exact same thing except the tables are turned. He quit his job, also an accountant, to pursue other things that may not generate income. Like you and Ryan, we are giving it a year and will reasses the situation. We are going on a month, and it's been really nice having him be happy. Good luck!

    -Sally

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  84. That is awesome, that we get to read more of you, wishing you the best of luck, but I am sure you will fine, because we (blogstalkers) love your posts and anything else you are secretly writing.

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  85. That is awesome for you! Good luck on your new adventure.
    I still need to jump on the paper Source website and peruse. It has been a rough month. But my girls and I will get it done. Thanks LAUREN.

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  86. The only thing I don't like about your blog is that you don't update it enough. This announcement means that there are now zero things I don't like about it. I could only have been happier if I had been eating some smoked applewood cheese whilst reading the big announcement.

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  87. You were at BlogHer and I didn't know it????? Oh damn. :(

    Anyway . . . congrats on this huge decision!! I wish we had the money for me to do this, because I am also miserable in my job, but alas, I am obligated to keep feeding my kids, so I am stuck. But it is so exciting that you get this chance to follow your dream! That is uber exciting. Good luck with all those writing opportunities.

    Oh, and I can pretty much wittle that list of "things to do to please your husband" down to 2 words. Blow Job. You are welcome (Ryan).

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  88. Ha! I love the evil little gleam in your eyes. Congrats. That is so amazing and I love that you know how lucky you are and are grateful. I like you more and more.

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  89. Anonymous8/13/2012

    So I don't mean to be snarky, but isn't this old news? I totally remember you announcing that Ryan said it would be alright if you quit your job since you were very miserable in it. Then you mentioned a new job - so I was confused. And now this BIG GIANT announcement about being job-free.

    Am I making this up in my head?

    xoxo!

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  90. New to your blog so browsing and came across this post. RIGHT ON!! Good for you! I say if you can do the things that make you happy in life, do them. If you don't have to work to stay afloat financially, then take some time for yourself and do the things you dream of. So many people wish they could do this (and actually they could if they would think outside the box a little bit) and you're actually doing it. GO YOU!

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