It’s hard to believe it’s been a little over 6 months since I quit my job and embarked on this new adventure. Let’s dive in and see how it’s been going…
The first month was a blissful haze of doing projects that had been neglected for way too long – like taking the decorative pumpkin off the front porch (it was March!!!!) We had appointments and just caught up on life.
I kicked off April by coming up with a blog name and buying the domain. This prompted me to set some business goals. Business goals led to personal goals, which included taking better care of me. I started working out and meditating.
And then reality set in and I started doubting myself big time. I didn’t want to go back to my old job, but I didn’t know what I was doing in this new journey. There was no rule book or training manual. There was no boss I could ask for advice. I was the boss and I was writing the training manual as I went. I was scared and felt like I was finding my way in the dark.
When you’re stumbling around in the dark, you’ve got two options: turn around or keep going forward. I decided to press forward. I upped the ante and declared a launch date for this blog. I went as far as setting the home page with a countdown to launch. There was no turning back now.
This month was a big turning point for me. I learned so much about starting a blog and was so proud the day I figured out how to get all the moving pieces to talk to each other and actually work – lots of techy stuff.
I also found a marketing class specifically for travel agents. I signed up and began feeling like I finally had some sort of a road map.
Launch Day happened on schedule – Woo Hoo! I had to work really hard, but I also had to take lots of deep breaths and let things go. I realized it wasn’t going to be perfect and there were things I wanted to be better or different. But a website is a living thing and it’s constantly changing. I still have a long list of things I want to change or improve, but it’s giving me something to look forward to as it evolves.
The end of Month 4 brought my first sale! There may have been an awkward happy dance and some loud screaming. But as excited as I was, what I felt more was relief. I took a deep breath – I was finally starting to regain my confidence.
Months 5 and 6
July and August were a blur – they went by so fast! I continued to write blog posts and make changes to the blog. I completed more work in my marketing class and I made a few more sales.
More than anything, I felt more determined – This is my new job and I’m going to be successful!
It’s Been Hard…
I walked away from a consistent paycheck and a job I knew like the back of my hand. There have been several times I wanted to give up and go find a job. I craved consistency and wanted to know if all the work I was putting in mattered or if I was doing the right thing.
And then I realized that I would still be learning a new job, but I would be working to further someone else’s dreams, not mine. It was time to trust and believe in myself (I’m still working on this).
This has also taught me a great deal about patience and faith – you have to crawl before you walk and walk before you run.
If you’re thinking about quitting your job or venturing into a new career, here are a few tips to remember along the way.
- It’s going to be hard! This has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But a friend has reminded me many times throughout this journey – “Hard doesn’t have to be bad.”
- Trust in yourself and your ability.
- Keep a journal. It can be a simple as jotting down a couple of notes on a calendar or a full diary where you write paragraphs. You’ll be thankful when you look back and see how far you’ve come.
- Surround yourself with people who believe in you. You need at least one person who will let you cry on their shoulder when you’re having a tough time but know when to kick you in the butt when you need it.
Would I Do It Again?
Yes, yes, yes! Despite the hard, it’s been a great decision. I still have a long way to go, but I feel like I’m headed in the right direction.
To all of my support team and readers – Thank you!!!!! Your love and support mean so much to me.
Thank you for letting me cry on your shoulder (or over the phone). Thank you for the kick in the butt when I needed it most. Thank you for listening to me ramble a mile a minute or share my crazy ideas. Thank you for celebrating with me. Thank you for reading my blog – for liking, commenting and sharing!
Have you thought about quitting your job? Or making a big career change? Do you have a success story to share about a similar journey you’ve taken? I’d LOVE to hear!
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