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How I Simplified My Life by Becoming an EP

© 1999, by Kim Marie Wood

Today I am a full-time freelance writer, working from my home office. Less than one year ago, I was the Director of Instructional Technology for a K-12 school district. I walked away from a high-stress/ high-paying/ high profile job to save myself, my health, my sanity and my family. As a result of this stessful job, I wasn't sleeping, I was clinically depressed, I was developing signs of OCD, and my two teens and my husband were the target of much of my frustration.

At my physician's urging, I first used up sick leave and available vacation time. (I also began taking Prozac.) After nearly three weeks off, I decompressed just enough to be able to take my doctor's advice, to the point where I felt unable to return and subject myself to that pressure again. Instead of completing the remaining four months in my contract, I resigned. She urged me to quit while I still had symptoms that could be treated. She cautioned me that more serious health problems were sure to follow if I stayed at this job.

Since that time I have become a successfully self-employed freelance writer, working from my home office. Samples of my published works can be viewed online at

Nearly all of my writing is as a telecommuter. I now plan my "work" around my life and family, instead of the other way around. I can assure you that my spouse and two teenage children like this peson MUCH better, even though it has required some adjustment and lifestyle changes for everyone. I am the education columnist for Family Software Magazine and the online issues columnist for Parenting Today's Teen.

In closing, I'd like to quote Author Katharine Patterson, who said, "As I look back on what I have written, I can see the very persons who have taken away my time are those who have given me something to say."

Kim Marie Wood is a Freelance Writer and owner of Marienkafer Media Services; she can be reached at P.O. Box 21, Oshtemo, MI 49077-0021, by Email: [email protected], by Phone: 616-444-6666, or through her Web site:

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