I spent over 13 years in corporate America. It is all I have known professionally, but I recently realized it was not for me anymore. I am thankful and blessed for my time in corporate America; I wouldn’t be who I am—or where I am—without the experiences I had and relationships I made along the way. Some of my greatest friendships and mentorships were made in the office. Everything I know from a career perspective I have learned through on-the-job experience and from other professionals.
But as I reflected on my personal and professional goals, I knew they were no longer aligned with working for a large company. Leaving was not an easy decision, but I know it was the right one. Here is why I left my corporate job.
I wanted the flexibility to be there for my family—like getting my son off the bus, having more time with my daughter, and doing whatever needs to be done (errands, laundry, walking the dog). When I told Jacob I was not going to be going into work anymore, he looked at me and asked, “Does that mean you will get me off the bus every day?” I said, “Yes, that is what that means.” He gave me the biggest smile and the biggest hug. Seeing his reaction confirmed I made the right decision.
I have not stopped working! Working always has and always will be a part of who I am. But I wanted to do something I have full control over. Someone once told me that there are two kinds of freedom: one is staying out of jail, and the other is being your own boss. So far, I have stayed out of jail! So that brings me to my next point.
My Own Business
I have always dreamed of having my own business and being my own boss. I did not know what that looked like exactly: Would I own a store one day? Would I create a product? Over the last six years, I have built my professional social media skills. Social media is a marketable skill that is in demand. So I made my dreams come true; I started my own social media consulting business. My focus is working with small businesses on building or improving their social media presence. Right now, I am taking it all in stride by networking and finding my clients through word of mouth. As I continue to expand, I will build a website. For now, I am doing it my way—because I can.
I have always been independent, and I believe I will thrive on running my own gig. I want to set an example to both my son and daughter that they, too, can follow their dreams. I have a lot to learn on my new venture, but I am beyond excited.
Before I wrap up, I do need to give a shout out to my cousin Kyle. She is the one who encouraged me to move forward with this dream. She believed in me because she knew I believed in myself.I would talk to her about wanting to do this, and she told me to go for it. So, I did!
Tell me about how you have made your personal and professional dreams come true. I am so excited to live my best life!