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Paid to Play Episode 15: Kelly Gurnett, Cordelia Calls It Quits

(I might be far too late on this, but: Welcome, all you fine Cordelia Calls It Quits readers! I hope you enjoy your stay! If you want to know where anything is, please ask!)

Changing your career, no matter what you’re aiming for or leaving, is a scary endeavour. Embrace your skills and talent all you like, there are still a heap unknowns that you have to face and a lot of habits and familiar things that make staying where you are a more tempting option.

Freelance blogger Kelly Gurnett has made breaking free of those habits and letting go of the familiar things the purpose of her blog, Cordelia Calls It Quits. In each post, Kelly, in the guise of her alter-ego Cordelia, examines an aspect of her life that she either has changed or is in the process of changing. It’s a phenomenal way of keeping yourself honest; her Quits List numbers twenty-seven, with the most recent having gone up in the last couple of weeks, and she reviews her progress against that list on a regular basis.

By any measure, Kelly has been successful; she’s turned her full-time job into a two-day-a-week job and is blogging on several large life-change web sites. Naturally, this put her on my first List of People I Want As Guests, which made it a double pleasure to interview her about how she got to where she is now – especially juggling the day job with the dream job – and the places she still wants to go!

Are You Curious?

Kelly Gurnett, a.k.a. Cordelia, with her eyes on the prize: full-time bloggity-blogging goddesshood.

What habit or aspect of your life do you want to call quits on? How do you handle pursuing a sideline that might take you away from your main job? (Feel free to comment anonymously.)

Show Notes

Cordelia Calls It Quits

The Web Log

Social Media

Friends and Gigs

The Brazen Careerist JMoney of Budgets are Sexy

Books and Blogs

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin The Books of Seth Godin

Images supplied by Kelly Gurnett.

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Rob F.

At times described as "an ideas explorer," "the grin with legs," "flighty" and "geek," amongst other things, Rob is trying things new and old in order to find out just what his thing/s is/are. Three things he always enjoys, though, are sleek futures, giant robots and turning the things he discovers about life and living into blog posts.

  • Cordelia

    Thank you again for having me on your podcast! It was a ton of fun. (And can I just say how much I love the “bloggity-blogging goddesshood” caption? I am seriously thinking renaming my Hiring Me page.) 😀

    • Rob F.

      You’we welcome, Kelly! It was fun having you on! 😀

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  • Karen J

    Hey, Rob ~ I enjoyed this very much. Kelly-Cordelia is one of my favorite bloggers (Hi, Kelly! Happy Thanksgiving!). It’s great to get a bit more of her background story. I will be back, to find out more about some interesting folks I *hadn’t * heard of…

    non sequitur ~ Thanks for your translation of “Creative Commons License” at the end of the show – I’ve always wondered just what the term meant, but not -enough- to slog through the inevitable word-flood/information-desert that grows around big concepts like that.

    • Rob F.

      Thank you for listening, Karen! I’m glad you liked it. Also happy to clear Creative Commons up for you!