Happy Monday, babes!! I thought I’d kick this week off fresh with a big ol’ BANG full of news for you…yes, I did it. I quit my job, and I made the leap into being a full-time, self-managed, all-on-my-own, creative entrepreneur.
Whoa, whoa, whoa — let’s back up a bit. This didn’t exactly happen overnight, but it is happening NOW, and I’m here to share all of the fun, scary, exhilarating details with you from my journey of working in a 9-to-5 to working 24-7…but happier than ever. Grab your coffee, friends, and settle in!
Life wasn’t bad.
Let me just start by saying that. I had a very stable job doing something I liked with people I loved. I designed things all day long — flyers, brochures, websites and web banners, posters, booklets, you name it. And the people were GREAT; I felt lucky to work with such a talented team.
Every night, however, I would drive home with one thing on my mind: my little, tiny business I had been slowly growing since last November. I spent my drives thinking about ways I could expand my business, find new clients, create new products and write more blog posts. I was extremely proud of this little piece of internet that I called mine, J.Lynn Designery. It’s where my thoughts, my aesthetic and my passion all lived online.
After a few months of this routine, I found myself getting antsy. I was antsy to dedicate more time to my side business. I stayed up late and woke up early every day throwing myself into the business, until…one day, I saw my energy start to weigh heavily toward my own work outside of my day job. Don’t get me wrong; I still dedicated myself to my work at the office the minute I stepped in until I left at the end of the day. But it was clear that a change needed to happen. At the time, I wasn’t even sure what the next step would be, but I knew I needed to make a move.
So I did. I had a conversation with my boss (actually, I had two at the time, which resulted in two very difficult conversations). To my amazing relief, they were both entirely supportive and understanding of my desire to branch out and explore some options for next steps.
Then I left.
I had my last day on a Friday in June, and on the following Monday, I simply didn’t go to work. I didn’t go to an office. In fact, I was in Oklahoma; I spent the weekend visiting family, and my first Monday not going to an office ever was spent driving back to Kansas City.
When I got back, things were, as you can imagine, a little odd.
When I got back, things were, as you can imagine, a little odd. I didn’t know how to fill my time exactly. Sure, I had a few freelance clients and a blog to keep up with, but overall, there was a lack of order that I was used to.
Thankfully (or not, however you look at it), this lack of events and work didn’t last long. I filled my time building relationships with new friends at events around Kansas City; some of those relationships turned into creative freelance clients, and some of them turned into full-time job interviews and opportunities.
This was a tricky few weeks. I found myself both saying an enthusiastic “Yes!” to new creative work that would come my way, but also replying the same to employment opportunities and interviews; I truly didn’t know which path was right at this point. I followed the interviews through all the way to a job offer on a couple, but turned them down, making the excuse that it was too soon and it didn’t feel right.
As it turns out, none of them felt right. After MANY conversations and praying (thank you, thank you, thank you friends and family — you know who you are) and a little more time, I realized that my path wasn’t meant to lead me to another full-time position working for someone else again; I needed to work for myself. At the very least, I needed to give it a chance and be my own boss for the first time ever.
And now: hello, boss lady.
That’s right. June may have been the most emotionally up and down month I’ve ever had, but now I’m SO thrilled to share that I am 100% my own boss and will absolutely be working my tail off to keep it a reality. It’s funny; I’ve always known this is something I wanted to do…go off on my own and grow something. Grow a business and make it work. Figure out what it takes to make it a success. It just happened a little earlier in life than I thought; but hey, if we all wait until we’re absolutely ready for something, it’s never going to happen!
I may not have realized it a couple months ago, but I WAS ready to make that leap to work for myself. And despite the overwhelming, exhilarating, exciting and yet sometimes terrifying feelings that creep into my week every now and then, it honestly was the best decision I’ve ever made.
A day in the life…
Now, life is a little crazier and yet, a lot more joyful!! I spend my days working with clients on creative work, like web design and brand development, as well as my own website and blog (what you’re reading now!). I’m also working on a SUPER exciting new product, which you will hear more and more about in the coming months. (I cannot even contain the excitement about this thing, so it’ll probably be sooner than later when you get all the juicy details!)
And of course, working at home means more time with the pigs. I’m learning to cook (don’t look so surprised — I have very domesticated family in my blood!), and I’m able to make more time for exercise, which has always been a faraway goal of mine.
Hear me out — working for yourself is not all rainbows and unicorns. You’re still a company of one and responsible for paying rent, health insurance, taxes…the list goes on and on. It’s been quite a learning experience and not always a rosy, posy one. But at the end of the day, it’s all about just figuring out the answers and not giving up. Every day presents a new challenge, but that’s the exact thing that entrepreneurs thrive off of — the excitement and uncertainty of what each day will bring.
And that’s it! My journey of how I made the leap to quit my job and be my own boss.
Now, I want to know: have you ever thought about or already gone through this giant leap yourself? What was your experience like, or what might be holding you back? I’d love for you to share below in the comments! xo