Right now I may be pinching pennies, working multiple jobs (some random, some event-related), and using all of my creative fortitude to get by, but I know that I am moving towards something. I now have the time and space to move on and up in my life, and to pursue new and exciting projects. For the first time, my future is full of possibility, and starting a business did that for me.
It has been 6 months since my last day of work at my previous job, and I’m not looking back. It was a decision that I laboured over and was unsure about for so long, but I really think it was the best decision I could have made and I definitely don’t regret it.
While I was in a full-time job, I dreamed of starting my own business on the side and slowly building it up to be something I could do all the time. But it’s difficult to find the time and energy to work on a huge project like this as an afterthought. I always knew I wanted to start my business “someday”, but I’m glad I took the opportunity of doing it now. Every day my world feels like I am working towards doing exactly what I want to do, instead of just biding my time waiting for a chance that may never come. It’s now up to me to create my own opportunities to make my business what I want it to be.
Even if I fall flat on my face and need to look for another position, I don’t think I will have lost anything. I will have gained life experience, as well as some of the varied skills it takes to be an entrepreneur. If I choose to go back to a full-time job, it will be something I am extremely excited about, or it will be because that is the path I choose to take in my life. For now, I’m trying to forge my own.
Of course, the best case scenario is that I am able to grow this business into something I love and to work on exciting projects. The best case scenario is being able to really live the life I want. To me, the opportunity to do this is invaluable and I feel so lucky to live in a world that will allow me to blaze my own trail. Owning a business doesn’t work out for everyone, but I hope that I can push my way through and carve out a niche in the event industry. I’ve started small, with a few different events over the summer, but I’m looking forward to growing, taking on new projects, and figuring out exactly where my skills and ambition can take me.
When I look back on the past 6 months, I have no regrets. I’m happy with the choice I made, even though I’m still on the road to figuring my business out. It has not been easy so far, and I don’t expect it to become easy anytime soon, but I wake up every day and I’m excited for what is next.