It’s been one year since I unceremoniously packed up my work computer and sent it back to the company I had been working for. One year since I kissed the steady paycheck and company-subsidized health care goodbye. One year of traveling around the world and building a business. One year of living my core values without compromise.
I’m staring at this bright computer screen wondering what I should tell you, wondering what you might find useful from a one year out post? I could tell you that my life looks so much different than it did from one year ago, but if it didn’t then we would have a pretty big problem. Before I go further, I'll ask, what would you like to know? What do you want to know about where I am a year out of leaving the perceived security of the corporate world? If you ask me questions in the comments section below I will answer them in a follow-up post.
What I can tell you for sure: In the last year I’ve gone after what I want out of my life, and out of business with everything I have. I’ve charged forward like a bull into the wild unknown of how to make things work. I can tell you that I wish I had more capital (every single entrepreneur wants this), and more business acumen, and I wish I hadn’t blown through my entire life savings. Well, that last part is a lie, I don’t regret the choices I’ve made. Not one single bit. I'm resourceful, the business is finding its stride and I know this is all working out. I'm every so slowing finding my stride as an entrepreneur.
I'm figuring out what works and what doesn't work even if it feels like I'm moving at a snails pace. Sometimes I think if I could cut the learning curve I would, but then I wonder what would be the fun in that? Actually, the trying is the fun part even when it doesn't work. Part of the fun is just getting to try a bunch of different things. I try something, and I fail, or only part of it works, or every once in a while I try something and it works really well or I try something and it takes awhile to catch on, but eventually, it sticks.
I wish I could clone myself because every night I go to bed thinking of things I haven't had a chance to do and that list is long and getting longer. I wish I had realized sooner the importance of community and figured out how to build it sooner and by sooner I'm thinking back to my first business the yoga studio. One of the greatest lessons I've learned about being an entrepreneur is how important building a community is. Finding, connecting, building and growing your tribe is a silver bullet.
My days are filled with answering a never-ending stream of e-mails. I'm doing so much and so many different yet all related things that I have less time than I've ever had. It's like the person who retires that says "I have no idea how I ever had time for work". I'm working more than I've ever worked in my life. It's a lie when people tell you "If you find a job you're passionate about you'll never work a day in your life" I call bullshit. I'm HEAD OVER FEET IN LOVE with my work and some days I don't feel like working, but I work and I still love it and it's still work!
Yesterday I taught a lunch and learn about Core Values, you’ve probably heard me preach about the importance of identifying your 5 core values. You can read about my core values here. A little over a year ago I identified that my core values are Growth, Creativity, Sovereignty, Health and Mindfulness. These have been my guiding lights this year. These are the values and the principles that I’ve upheld over the last 12 months and I know my wellbeing is better for it. It’s worth noting that the wellbeing of my community is better for it too. What I’m bringing into the world because I’m living my truth, because I’m happy and healthy, because I feel like I’m in alignment with my core values, is having ripple effects across my networks. I can feel it and I can see it.
Here are 10 great things about being an entrepreneur:
- I *can* and often start work as soon as I get out of bed (This is exciting to me because I love my work!)
- I drink hot coffee from my favorite mug in bed while I'm writing a blog post (what I'm doing right this second!), formatting a Wise Women Wednesday post, or checking e-mail. This is when and how I'm most productive.
- I have the sovereignty to take a 4 day weekend to randomly drive to OH and spend time with my Grandma and crash my parent's 39th wedding anniversary without worrying if I have enough vacation time.
- I meet and connect with more women and build a tribe in a way I didn't even know was possible.
- I not only have the time to support women who are doing big things, it's my job!
- I've gotten to make presentations at Venture cafe, GMA, and Lunch and learns for HQ Greensboro that actually have a purpose! I made my first powerpoint this year!!
- If I'm having a long day because it started at 5pm and I've got a long night ahead, I have the flexibility to take a nap at 3pm if I need to (see my core value of health).
- I get to work with the brightest most innovative women in Greensboro.
- I get to work with people who aren't just punching a clock, they are passionate and enthusiastic and in love with the work they do and that is contagious!
- Maybe best of all, the sense of belonging is the strongest I've ever experienced. I don't just feel it, I know it, I fit, and belong. The last time I felt this sense of love, support and belonging was when I was in high school when I met my tribe of fellow theater kids.
The entrepreneur community believes in me and what I'm doing. Entrepreneurship is my jam.
If you're dreaming of a life you love, dreaming of doing something different, dreaming of getting to work your passion, I'm here to tell that your dream is possible. You can follow your hearts callings. If you don't know how to do that, you can schedule a 20-minute free discovery call with me here we'll talk about how to get you where you want to be.