I dreamed of this day for years. On August 23, 2021, I submitted my letter of resignation, and for the first time ever it was not to go to another employer, but to work for myself and focus 100% on my brand.
What. A. Feeling.
It’s indescribable, really. I loved my job, but the love I have for myself, my family and the potential of growing something I truly enjoy even more kept pulling me to take the leap. If you’ve been around awhile then you know that I resisted this day for YEARS. In fact, I think there’s a quote out there where I said I would never stop working. My thought process was, I’m in my prime earning years. I have a great job, great salary and amazing benefits. On top of that, I have a side hustle that generates more income than my 9-5 gig and is extremely lucrative. Why would I stop that cash flow?! Give me ALL the coins. Every single one.
A Change of Heart
Well, here’s what happened … I started to realize I was spending more time working than living. Adding a third child to the mix was a total game changer for me. Being on the road and always working was quickly losing it’s appeal. I LOVED being busy and juggling multiple plates to the point of exhaustion. But I started to wonder after Zoe was born … do I REALLY enjoy this or am I just so used to this hustle that I’ve conditioned myself to keep going no matter what? The last few months revealed to me that it is the latter.
Why am I working two jobs when I don’t have to? Am I scared to take the leap? Am I being greedy? Is money more important to me than my husband and children? All questions I started asking myself while sitting in hotel room after hotel room alone during my travels for work. I didn’t need to work outside of the home, and yet I kept grinding as if I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from.
Time For A Change
It was TIME. Every ounce of me felt it. I also knew when my husband was bugging me about when my last day at work would be that it was a sign. He’s always been a bit more cautious than me. So here we are, a few days into working for myself and there’s no looking back. I want to share 3 things we did to prepare for me leaving my job in hopes that it will help you too:
- We saved a good portion of our income to be able to live off of in worst case scenarios. I would recommend a full year salary or more if you can. Our monthly budget is set up in a way that allows us move money around to ensure we are saving and investing appropriately.
- We eliminated all debt and we live significantly below our means. No student loans, no car debt, we have a house payment but could pay off the entire mortgage right now if we really wanted to.
- We invested in income generating assets. We own real estate, so when our tenants pay rent, we get paid. We also keep our savings in accounts that generate a % return every month. It’s like getting paid off of your savings and it is awesome! More on that in a future blog post.
I don’t know how I’m going to feel with all of this freedom. So much of my life, and what I share has always been with a job in mind … “I better not say that, I have people from work watching” “I can’t be on Instagram right now, my job will think I’m not focused on work” and so many other scenarios but WOW … I work for myself now! My first order of business will be establishing a daily routine and content plan. From there, I look forward to experimenting with more things that I’ve always wanted to do but felt too overwhelmed to add anything else to my plate.
I am so excited and grateful to God for this opportunity. Thank you so much for being here! AHHHHHHHHH let’s do this!!!!