It has been quite the week. I am still processing the fact that it was my last week of "work".
I say "work" because I still work, just not at 9-5 job like I have for the last 12 years of my career.
After proudly graduating with an honors degree in Neuroscience, a Masters in Biomedical Technology and building an amazing 12 year career, all before the age of 35, I leaned out of the “ 9-5 world” and became a full time, professional food blogger.
Seems crazy right?!
4 years ago had you told me this is what I would be doing today, I would have died laughing, and then hopped into my car to drive from suburbia to my 9-5 job – like I have done for the last 12 years.
But, this week was the last week that I drove into the city from suburbia, and sit at a desk in an office.
This week, I "leaned out" the “9-5 life” and leaned in to next adventure as an entrepreneur. A food blogger. A creator. A teacher. A better mom and wife.
Typing these out still makes me feel like this isn’t even my life.
Reading success stories of people who took the leap to entrepreneurship has been a huge driver and motivator for me to do the same.
So, I am sharing my story today.
So, here it is. This is how I was able to leave a 6 figure career, and become an entrepreneur:
1 | Seeing this as a business from day one BUT being realistic and patient.
About 6 months into starting my blog, I learned that my now passion project could one day be a serious income generating business. But, I also knew it wouldn’t be paying our mortgage next week, or even next year.
I knew I would need to work really hard to balance my job, and build my business. To do this, I scaled back at my day job. In 2015, I had the opportunity to transition from a stressful corporate full time role with a ton of travel, to a less stressful job in the non profit sector, and drop to 4 days a week.
In 2017, I scaled back to 3 days a week, and 2019, finally transitioned out of my day job.
In a world of “follow your passion” it is hard not to be influenced by the #YOLO (you only live once) culture and just drop it all and jump in with 2 feet.
While I believe in following your passion, and YOLO, I knew I was going to TRANSITION to this in a planned and strategic way.
I really think that this patience allowed me to set the stage to make this move, and not just jump in and potentially be under incredible pressure to make it work, and lose my passion for it.
So, while I saw the income and business potential. I was patient (not something I am typically good at!), and strategic in how I would make it work – over the next few YEARS. 4 years to be exact.
Have a target. See it in the future, and be incredibly strategic and make an actual plan (vs a wish) of how you can make it work.
2 | Invested in myself
I have spent the last 4 years investing in myself. I bought and read a lot of books. I started going to conferences and learning from the experts in the industry. I took courses and courses. I asked A LOT of dumb questions to people much smarter than me.
3 | Surrounded myself with like minded energy
It wasn't by design, but in hind sight I started building some really awesome friendships with other entrepreneurial spirits. Soon, it felt like everyone I was spending time with was an entrepreneur.
The conversations I was having daily were all about growing businesses, surviving entrepreneurship in one piece, and discussing the latest google update and social platform algorithm changes.
All of this lead to normalizing this lifestyle for me. A lifestyle I wasn't sure I could ever actually move into.
Find your tribe. It has been one of the most valuable experiences of my life.
4 | Want to quit a lot. But don’t.
I can't even count the times the thought of not pursuing this crossed my mind.
It was easier to be an employee. I wanted to quit putting in the work.
I had set backs in my physical and mental health from trying to do too much. I wanted to quit.
It was hard to handle people online (seriously, be a nice human online). I wanted to quit.
Growth is slow and a marathon. I wanted to quit.
It is hard not to compare myself to other bloggers who were growing faster than me. I wanted to quit.
Despite it all. I didn't quit. Took breaks, YES. But, quit. No.
5 | Learned that ending things, and "quitting" are not the same thing.
I had a really hard mental battle over "quitting my job".
I am not a quitter, of anything. Ever. Type A problems, I suppose.
I had to do a lot of talking and reflecting about this. My career had always felt like such a huge part of my identity. Something I am incredibly proud of. A source of income for my family. How could I quit it?!
But, it isn't about quitting. It is about getting REALLY clear on what you want in life. Focusing energy into what it takes to do that, and ending anything that is not productive to that.
For me, my WHY towards my career had changed. My WHY, and what I was spending my energy doing were no longer aligned. It took me YEARS to have this revelation.
Once I got clear on what I wanted in life, it became clear what I needed to end in order to grow towards what I really, truly wanted.
So, here I am, 4 years after starting my passion project hobby blog, talking to you about how I finally made the leap into entrepreneurship. Hard pause. I.still.can't.believe.it.
If you have been following me awhile now. Thank You.
Thank you for reading when I had no clue. Thanks for encouraging me and leaving the most amazing comments, DMs, comments, and emails.
Thanks for coming to my in person and online classes.
Thanks for buying my products.
Thanks for growing with me, and now allowing me to do this as a job.
I can't wait to create this new chapter!