That's right, I did it. I am finally a full-time entrepreneur. I say "finally" because it's something I've been thinking about for quite some time now. As someone who's worked a steady job since I was 16, venturing off into a world of uncertainty was a scary thought for me. The thought of not having a pay check every 2 weeks was terrifying to say the least especially now that we've moved from a condo into a new house (stay tuned for that post).
I had a good job, working as a full-time graphic designer for a large Canadian brand but something kept tugging at me. It started as a whisper which I ignored, and then it just got louder as each day passed. Soon I felt like someone was throwing a brick at me screaming, "you're on the wrong path, stupid". It would consume my thoughts morning and night. I've always been very self-aware and observant of the things that happen in my life and it just so happened that opportunities would present themselves every time I was closer to making my decision. Opportunities that I've always wanted and just couldn't pass up. Oprah says, "there's no such thing as luck. There's only preparation meeting the moment of opportunity". I believe this 100%. I wasn't ready a year ago but I worked hard, sacrificed and hustled…and now I'm exactly where I need to be. Now is my moment of opportunity.
After working over a decade on and off with freelance clients of my own, I knew I could sustain a somewhat steady income and be much happier because I would be able to create the life I've always wanted. Working for a growing company can be rewarding but also challenging at the same time. On the upside, you get to be part of something amazing that touches the lives of thousands. On the downside, you may have to give up a lot of your own free time in order to meet the needs of the business. I soon felt that I was giving up too much of my life, especially for something that I couldn't see myself doing for the long haul. It just wasn't right for me anymore. My heart and gut was telling me it's time to go. The life I wanted included being my own type of creative person and still being able to enjoy my home, family and friends.
So here I am, writing on my couch on a Tuesday morning. I'm a little under the weather, surrounded by a mound of kleenex and blankets but I wouldn't have it any other way. There's something liberating, scary and exciting about creating something that is truly your own. Only I can determine how much money I make and whether I get a raise at the end of the year. I'm ecstatic and thankful that I have the opportunity to take this risk during this time in my life. It's going to be a long and hard road ahead but I accept the challenge. I'm now comfortable with being uncomfortable. It also helps that I have the most supportive hubby in the world. I wouldn't have been able to leave a steady full-time job if it weren't for his belief and trust in me and of course his steady income. He's always been my #1 supporter which makes things a lot less scary and a lot more exciting :)
So things are going to look a little different around here. I'm in the process of consolidating my portfolio and blog so some changes will have to be made to Love On Sunday. Right now, my business will be focusing on interior styling and graphic design and I definitely want my site to reflect that. I hope you'll stick around for what's to come!