August 12 10

Well.

So.

If you saw me at BlogHer, I may have handed you one of these little numbers.

But what you may not have seen was this here fine print:

Yes. You read that right. Director of Content. Also known as Editorial Director. Of UrbanMoms.ca. No, this isn’t a horrific Moo cards printing error you see before you. Instead what you are looking at are my new business cards. Real business cards. For my brand-spanking new JOB. A full-time job as a part of the UrbanMoms team. And I am telling you guys, I have a perma-smile on my face.

When I left for Atlanta almost exactly a year ago, I left an office job that I loved, but at the time I was under the assumption that I would be doing that same office job, just from the comforts of my home office in Atlanta, and then when we returned back to Toronto a year later I would be returning back to the office. And this went swimmingly for the first few months. But then the work stopped coming. It went from 40 hours a week to 30 hours a week to 20 hours a week and by December, it had dwindled to, well, nothing. NOTHING. My lovely job and my lovely salary (that my family depended on) were practically non-existent, which, you know, is always fun, especially when it happens around the holidays.

When all of this was happening, all I could think was, MY GOD, I am the luckiest girl in the world. The universe has freed up all of this time so I could visit Miss Anissa in her hospital room, and then her nursing home, and then her rehab, and then her home. I had the time to bring her pictures of the Aiming Low crew to decorate her room. I had the time to visit the p.o. box and bring her all the presents and letters and gift cards and signed pictures from the Karate Kid himself to fill her heart with glee. And speaking of glee, not having work coming in meant that Anissa and I were able to have hospital room Glee dance parties. I did the dancing, she did the mocking.

And then all I could think was, MY GOD, I am the luckiest girl in the world. The universe has freed up all of this time for me and my kids. Anissa had a stroke. She was a total friggin’ rockstar and was not only a survivor, she was a superhero. But it really stopped me and made me wonder that if something like this could happen to someone so young; someone with three young children; someone like ME…what’s stopping something like this from actually happening to ME? And maybe I wouldn’t be a superhero, even though I do look ridiculously good in tights and a cape. I couldn’t help but realize that we only get one shot at this thing we call LIFE and our younglings are only young for such a short time and I want to spend as much time with them as I can. I want to KNOW them and their friends and their teachers and be at every single recital, no matter how small. I want to pick them up and drop them off.

But, I like working.

(And, you know, the paycheck doesn’t hurt either. hello, mortgage)

And then Jen from UrbanMoms called.

And I jumped.

Nay, I leaped at this chance.

I have the chance to do something I love at an online magazine I stand behind 100%, the chance to do something I am good at, something that makes me deliriously happy, something I can do without spending the hours of 8-4 in the confines of a cubicle, something I think might just be the best job I ever have.

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  1. Congratulations on the new gig. Sounds awesome.

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on August 12, 2010
  2. Hey ‘boss’! Looking forward to meeting you in person! Congrats and welcome home.
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..Got Milk Ummm yup =-.

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    Comment by Sara on August 12, 2010
  3. AH! I didn’t get a card! And they’re so cute!

    And I think I would have noticed that, dude.

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. So happy.

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    Comment by jonniker on August 12, 2010
  4. Wow…so exciting! Congrats!

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    Comment by mapsgirl on August 12, 2010
  5. Congratulations! And no, I didn’t get one of your cards, any of the multiple times I saw you.

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    Comment by Avitable on August 12, 2010
  6. you are an easy boss to work for, I must say!

    Congrats on the new job. Money is always good.

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    Comment by gorillabuns on August 12, 2010
  7. Congratulations!!!

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    Comment by Miss Britt on August 12, 2010
  8. That’s fantastic. Congratulations!!

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    Comment by Hamlet's Mistress on August 12, 2010
  9. I think I’ve told you no less than 100 times how ridiculously excited I am for you! You’re PERFECT for this job!

    Now go get famous so I can come be your live-in nanny!

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    Comment by Kristabella on August 12, 2010
  10. Congratulations!! Yay for you. That sounds like an awesome arrangement!

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    Comment by Rebecca (Bearca) on August 12, 2010
  11. Oh, yay!!! So happy for you! Urban Moms is a GREAT site and Jen is fabulous. Congratulations!!!

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    Comment by Angella on August 12, 2010
  12. awesome news for you! enjoy. :)

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    Comment by adrienne on August 12, 2010
  13. You have arrived!! High Five!
    .-= suzanne´s last blog ..Deep Breath INAaaand let it outgood bye OCD- goodbye =-.

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    Comment by suzanne on August 12, 2010
  14. Congrats on the new job! Sounds like a perfect fit. And I am totally digging the business cards.

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    Comment by Arica on August 12, 2010
  15. SO, SO thrilled to have you on our team, Ali!! Btw, do I set my PVR for tomorrow morning for your big BT appearance??

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    Comment by Jen Maier on August 12, 2010
  16. You rock. Congrats!

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    Comment by whoorl on August 12, 2010
  17. Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you!

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    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on August 12, 2010
  18. congrats!

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    Comment by lisa b on August 12, 2010
  19. So beyond excited for you!! I love reading UrbanMoms, even though I am not Canadian it still rocks because some of my favorite Canadians are there (especially you!!)

    It was great to see you again.

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    Comment by Heather on August 12, 2010
  20. Congrats! You’ll rock it.
    .-= Sarahviz´s last blog ..Fridays Favorite Links =-.

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    Comment by Sarahviz on August 13, 2010
  21. You are so talented and wonderful.

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    Comment by jennifer on August 13, 2010
  22. Congratulations! I also love to work, two new hires at my job are women in their late sixties and on top of their games.

    Best of luck.

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    Comment by Linda on August 13, 2010
  23. YAYAYAY! Good luck!!

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    Comment by Katherine on August 13, 2010
  24. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! So so so awesome. I love that site.

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    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on August 13, 2010
  25. Congrats to you…that’s slicker than a new pair of racing tires.

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    Comment by muskrat on August 14, 2010
  26. Congrats, my dear! You totally rock. :)
    The universe works in mysterious ways. You are exactly where you should be. All the best. xo

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    Comment by Nenette on August 16, 2010
  27. Congratulations Ali. Totally well-deserved.

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    Comment by Chris on August 17, 2010
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