Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Six Months Self Employed

Well here we are, six months since I left my full-time job to pursue my dream of making a living as my own boss.  My oh my how fast that six months has gone, there are so many things I have learned about being on your own,  but the most important is adapting an ability I like to call hustling. I unlike many of my believers am doing this all on my own, I don't have a significant someone that is stationed in the workforce financially helping out when times get tough while I navigate all this.  So yes there have been a few days of blood, sweat, panic attacks and tears all of which I have gotten through with phone calls, tweets, long walks with T and emails from the great support system that believes in me more then I believe in myself.

Which brings me to lesson learned #2. So many of my friends and "believers" told me when I was transitioning that the first couple years are the hardest, but that if you believe and trust in yourself that you will get through it.  This is something that I struggle with somedays, a few times I seriously got on the computer to start looking for full-time jobs to apply for. I even went so far and interviewed at a few places in moments of pure panic thinking that the "security" of the dependable bi-weekly paycheck of the full-time world would make me feel better about everything when really I know deep down that eventually I would be right back in the state I was in January when I quit the full-time world. Constantly wondering "what if's", someone out there is looking out for me, because none of those interviews panned out which makes me think this is the path I am supposed to be on right now.   I promised myself that I would give this a year, see how much progress I made in a year and if at the end of that year my business wasn't going anywhere that I would go back and use that piece of paper I worked so hard for.

It's been six months, I have doubled the amount of followers on social media sites, I have tweaked my business plan, I have made some key connections, I've been doing shows in other states,  I have learned to live without so many small luxuries and live simply (aka cable tv), I have had a few key doors open and a few close in my face, I have learned who my true supporters and friends are,  I have met new pieces to the puzzle of life, I am overall... happy.

A wise person once said, "If you risk nothing, you gain just that... nothing"  So here's to another 6 months of hustling, to fighting with all I have to make all my dreams come true.   And Thank You to my support system, all the new pieces of my puzzle, you are all rocks that keep me grounded in so many different ways, we got this!



  1. This is the best time for you to take a risk like this. You are young, ambitious and enthusiastic (I can't spell...but, I think you know the words). I actually told my girls that I have a feeling you will get "discovered" - like most of us business bloggers hope for. You know like Pioneer Woman or the Gypsy Sisters! You have to find what you can offer customers that no one else can. Focus on that. I'm so happy for you that you get to do the show with American Pickers! Blessings from Ringle, WI.

  2. You are my inspiration! Even though we have never met I feel our lives are very parallel! I would love to meet up (buy all of your vintage coolers) and junk together! Hang in there sista! You will keep moving forward!