Where it all began: Why not me? Why not now?
I want to start my very first blog post on this platform with the story of where I even came from and why I'm even here. My story goes like this:
So, back in 2016, I had just gone back to my old boss to work again. I had just enjoyed 2 amazing years in corporate where I truly LOVED my job. I sat with our Corporate Events team and was in charge of our event registration software platform. I managed the platform and trained our team with one of my very closest working friends I've ever made. We had a TON of fun working together and I truly loved the "real" corporate environment and I loved this job. I got be in charge and how ownership and that felt good but my friend was technically my boss so he fought all the fights for me. And I got to be surrounded by brilliant, beautiful women who worked all day to execute events, large and small, for the company.
Unfortunately, I was laid off right before I went to have my 2nd baby (I was a contractor so they simply eliminated my position so, no, I don't think it was illegal to do this - luckily I had already saved up for a maternity leave as it was going to be unpaid anyway). After a wonderful 4.5 months with my new baby, I decided it was time to start making some money again. And so I reluctantly took my old, old job back... the one I had BEFORE the glorious corporate job. I sort of knew before I even went back that it wasn't a good idea but I pushed forward anyway. Every day was dreadful and I was truly unhappy in this position.
In January of 2016, only 3 months after taking this job back, the lightbulb went off.
OTHER people work for themselves.
OTHER people are out there running successful businesses.
MY DAD works for himself and has always been the boss of a business - for my entire lifetime, that's the only way I knew him.
WHY NOT ME????
And, IF me...
WHY NOT NOW???
Halle-freakin'-lujah that lightbulb finally came on in my brain.
After that, I joined a few female entrepreneur Facebook groups and started to get my head ready to take the leap. I was of course terrified but I was SO unhappy in my job that it was worth it. So, I hired a lawyer to set up my S-Corp and I hired a business coach to help me prep for the day I quit. I wanted to quit on a very specific day for a very specific reason...
But in true to me fashion, I simply could not wait. When I know the TRUTH of something, and I know what I need to do, I typically can't wait to tell the person/do the thing.
So, instead of waiting until March or whenever I had said I was going to quit, I did it about a week into working with that first coach.
She was FLOORED and laughed and said "okay! I guess we're here now!"
Those first few weeks were SO liberating and so incredibly wonderful. I absolutely LOVEDDDD the feeling of being my own boss and making my own rules. Luckily I left that job with my very first client and a $12,000 contract. I'll always be so very grateful for that first client (with whom I STILL keep in touch and who's sent even more business my way over the years!) for giving me the confidence to take the leap.
So, I lept.. and it's been the most beautiful, challenging, humbling, scary, fun, eye opening, soul-expanding, FULL FAITH REQUIRED effort I've ever lived through...
But 6 years later, I can say WITHOUT A DOUBT, it's all been worth it!
Share your take the leap story with me. I want to know when you started and did you also have a lightbulb moment like I did or did you fall into it??
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