Back to Work

26 Mar

It’s funny how things work out sometimes.

A year ago this week, I left my job and went in search of a new one.

I was optimistic, armed with a strong network of contacts and great experience, and had every reason to believe I’d be back on my feet in no time.

But things didn’t go exactly according to plan. While I was lucky enough to find freelance work (actually, most times it found me), and I enjoyed having time “off” (especially during the summer), the ensuing months were frustrating as job leads didn’t pan out and I intentionally downsized my social life.

All I wanted was something new, and for my life to move forward. Instead, I felt like my life was on hold.

But that’s over now.

johnny-drama-victoryToday I accepted a job offer. My first day is Monday.

That’s right: My last day of work was the last day of March, 2012, and I start the new job on the first day of April, 2013. I will have had exactly one year off.

Kind of poetic, no?

But it gets better.

Despite applying and interviewing elsewhere, in the end, I found almost exactly the kind of job I wanted all along: I’ll be the Senior Content Manager at a startup company (employee #14), helping an up-and-coming brand to identify and tell its story, and I’ll be overseeing and creating the content on the blog, on social media, and on other channels.

As I said … It’s funny how things work out.

I generally try to keep this blog a work-free zone, so I don’t want to mention the company by name. But let me at least say this: I will still be an #emailgeek, and I think that’s pretty darned cool.

I’m feeling very lucky. Also, happy, relieved, and excited.

But most importantly, to quote “February Seven,” the great song by the Avett Brothers that has become something of a theme song for me lately, “I’m rested and I’m ready to begin.” (You can listen to the whole thing below.)

My life begins again on Monday.

It can’t come soon enough.

25 Responses to “Back to Work”

  1. (@popblerd) March 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Congrats, buddy. I’m happy for you.

  2. sara k March 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    So excited for you Martin! Looking forward to the brand reveal…

  3. Lin (@Lin_Dolin) March 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Mazel tov! Will lyou still be in MA?

  4. Aaron Kinne March 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Congratulations, Martin. Look forward to hearing about your latest trailblazing adventures.

  5. Melanie March 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Well, congrats there, cheri. Will you be available for ‘Tham lunches?

    • Martin Lieberman March 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      Thanks, Mel! Unfortunately, that’ll be difficult. But there are always the weekends.

  6. Jim March 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    Your life never stopped Martin — you’re too lively for that. I’m very happy for you!

    • Martin Lieberman March 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Thanks, Jim! And thanks for being such a good friend and supporter.

  7. Jordan Cohen (@jcohen808) March 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Congrats that’s great news! The Liebs is back!

  8. Roberta March 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Wonderful news, Martin!! A new job AND a Shake Shack. Life is good. xo

  9. Peter March 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Woohoo, pumped for you, man!

  10. liz harty March 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Congrats Martin! Very happy for you!

  11. Rebecca Gordon March 27, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Congrats. Glad to hear everything worked out as you had hoped. Also, great to see you Monday night.

  12. Lisa Neary Walczak March 28, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Wow! What a lucky, lucky start-up. Congrats to you, Martin!!!

  13. Michael Buller March 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Congrats Martin! Sounds like the perfect thing for you!

  14. John Refford (@iamreff) April 1, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    #JOBAPOCALYPSE <– I want to check in. Congrats bro.

    • Martin Lieberman April 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

      If you create the place, John, I’ll check in there! 🙂

  15. Amy April 1, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Congrats Marty! Best of luck on your new adventure. Wishing you much success.


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