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If You Work For A Living, Why Do You Kill Yourself To Work?


So, Pranksters, brace yourself. I have an announcement:

I have, once again, decided to leave the nursing field.

(if any one of you is surprised, you should probably take off your sweat pants – there will be no leg humping from Your Aunt Becky).

Okay, so that’s not entirely true (the leg humping bit maybe a little), but it became entirely obvious to me during my stint at both Not-Chicago and Almost-Chicago that being the Director of Nursing isn’t really what it’s cracked up to be. Between the 24/7 calls and the management politics, I remember why I chose not to pursue my nursing career.

So it’s time for something entirely different.

Okay, it’s not really any different than the work I do for The Band Back Together Project, which is my non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness and traumas while providing educational resources to help people learn and heal /end elevator speech. Oh, and if you want to write for us, we’re ALWAYS looking for writers and volunteers (email if’n you want to volunteer), but that’s a totally different story.

(sidebar: I love what I do for The Band. Always have. In the same way I love other non-profit organizations, like SoapBoxSoaps, which is a nifty non-profit that does almost nothing like what we do.)

With the help of my team, we’ve created nearly 600 resource pages, which has, for the first time in my life, become a plus. See, Pranksters, I’ve taken a job IN Chicago working for a massive healthcare conglomerate* to do exactly what I’ve been doing for nearly four years: write medical research. This will allow me to continue to blog and do my own thing on my own time, which makes me almost as happy in the pants as a stick of butter.

I’ll be working full-time as a writer.

In Chicago.

I start September 2.


*which, when you put those words together, sounds like a particularly nasty case of crotch cooties, which I can almost assure you is not the case. Almost.

35 Comments to

“If You Work For A Living, Why Do You Kill Yourself To Work?”

  1. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:15 am Tracie Says:

    That sounds like a perfect new gig for you. Yay! 🙂

  2. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:27 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I sure hope so! I’m having those creepy college dreams where I’ve forgotten to sign up for school and they’re not issuing me my diploma and stuffs.

  3. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:22 am Kizz Says:

    Sweet! Congratulations.

  4. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:28 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    Thank you! I heart you hard.

  5. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:24 am Andrea Says:

    OMGAH! Awesome-sauce. So excited for you! Whoop whoop!

  6. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:28 am Your Aunt Becky Says:


  7. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:25 am Rachel Says:

    AWESOME!! I hope that this fulfills you in ways that nursing couldn’t! It’s so important to love, if not the very least like, what you do for a living!!

  8. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:28 am Your Aunt Becky Says:

    I’m most interested in being able to live my life again!

  9. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:38 am Leslie Says:

    What wonderful news! I’m so happy for you, AB! You know, I’ve been thinking about doing something similar for a second job – I met someone who is successfully doing social media marketing for a bunch of small businesses, and I have 10 years of experience in advertising. Why not see if I can get something going? You’re inspiring. 🙂

  10. On August 20th, 2013 at 12:03 pm stephgas Says:

    congrats for following your heart! good luck – you’ll be great 🙂

  11. On August 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm Triplezmom Says:

    Congrats, lady! You are going to be so awesome, they probably won’t even make you wear pants to work.

  12. On August 20th, 2013 at 1:09 pm Lovelyn Says:

    Sounds great. Congratulations!!

  13. On August 20th, 2013 at 1:28 pm Jolie Says:

    There ya go! Writing, medical field – sounds perfect! If you can do it from home without pants, even better! 🙂 Keep going girl!! ?

  14. On August 20th, 2013 at 2:16 pm Clare Says:

    Congratulations! I’m jealous. Part of me is secretly hoping to get fired from my “real” job so I will have an excuse to give this whole writing thing a shot. Actually, if I don’t stop doing my “pretend” job when I’m supposed be doing my “real” job, I just might get fired, so not that much of a stretch. Good luck to you!

  15. On August 20th, 2013 at 3:07 pm Dana Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! If you find yourself in the vicinity of a local bowling alley on a Saturday night any time soon, stop in and I’ll buy you a celebratory drink!

  16. On August 20th, 2013 at 4:16 pm nikkiana Says:

    Congratulations! That sounds right up your alley!

  17. On August 20th, 2013 at 7:32 pm Sarcasm Goddess Says:

    Congrats! I looooove Chicago!

  18. On August 20th, 2013 at 8:32 pm just JENNIFER Says:

    Hey, I’ve written for The Band and I think it is a super cool thing. Congrats on your new job!

  19. On August 20th, 2013 at 9:15 pm Justine Says:

    YESSSSSSSSS! And: so jealous.

  20. On August 20th, 2013 at 9:32 pm Dr. Jen Says:

    Yay AB! Congratulations!

  21. On August 20th, 2013 at 11:47 pm Kyddryn Says:


    Shade and Sweetwater,

  22. On August 21st, 2013 at 5:08 am Frank Says:


  23. On August 21st, 2013 at 7:56 am Anna Says:

    Wah-hoo! Good for you, Becky! I’m sure you’ll rock your new paying gig. And I know it will feel good to do what you love. <3

  24. On August 21st, 2013 at 1:05 pm Cindy Says:

    stupid question: are crotch cooties related to crotch parasites?

  25. On August 22nd, 2013 at 12:07 pm Janis Says:

    That’s awesome! Congrats!

  26. On August 22nd, 2013 at 1:58 pm Lisa Says:

    YAY! How perfect! So excited for you!

  27. On August 23rd, 2013 at 8:30 am Marta Says:

    Congrats!! That is super super awesome!

  28. On August 23rd, 2013 at 4:43 pm GingerB Says:

    HEY – I needed to see this today, having just quit my power job due to mental illness, trauma, and some other BAD STUFF. You are my inspiration, even though I have not been commenting lately. As a reward for spreading happy in the pants, I will sent you something BIG for BBT. You rock. Don’t gulp so much you get gas . . .

  29. On August 24th, 2013 at 11:26 am chrisinphx Says:

    Woot Woot! I’m super happy in the pants that you’re getting some smiles and other various good shit!

  30. On August 25th, 2013 at 3:10 pm Calypso Says:

    Coming out of lurkerville to say.. CONGRATS!!!

  31. On August 26th, 2013 at 12:46 pm Beth Says:

    You will own this shit. Congratulations!

  32. On September 10th, 2013 at 4:07 pm Kathy Says:

    I *JUST NOW* saw this, but this is like it’s PERFECTLY made for you!

    I love you darling!

  33. On September 27th, 2013 at 8:20 pm Mishka Says:

    Congratulations…and I too, am so jealous. If we all could just do jobs we love, we would be a much happier nation…LOL! I hope you have a blast!!

  34. On December 6th, 2013 at 10:39 am Frank "Uncle Grayhawk" Huminski Says:

    So, I’ve been away for a while (stupid real life bullshit), but came back and was wandering through and saw this…and I hope it’s still going well for you!

    And as far as “crotch cooties” go, I continue to believe that they should be renamed “genitaliens”. much more evocative.

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