photo info: I snapped this back in September while spending a weekend at my parent’s farm in Wisconsin. Bit of an oldie, but seemed fitting for today.
Today marks my last day working for Yelp, which means next week Monday will officially be my first day pursuing freelance graphic design full-time!
I’ve been with Yelp for nearly two years and it has been a wild and absolutely wonderful ride. This decision came while looking ahead at where I want my career path to go – what do I want for my next season of life? With the help of Brandon’s support and nudging, I finally admitted out loud what I’ve been thinking in my head for three, maybe four years now…
“I want to run my own successful business. I want to help other businesses connect with and love their own business even more. I want to be a brand that inspires other women to love what they do and to be really damn good at what they do.”
Our baby on the way has forced me to finally admit these ambitions to myself, because the mantra lead by example has never felt as empowering (or as terrifying) as it does when I consider that the one looking up to me will soon be my own child.
Brandon and I have been discussing how we’ll shape our lives once baby arrives – will we refer to daycare? hire a nanny? should one of us be a stay-at-home parent? In asking these questions, we realized that life will never be as simple as it is right now. Things are going to become busier, more demanding, and more chaotic. All of which translates to mean: this is my window to either commit hard or brush these career aspirations to the side.
So over the last month I’ve been prepping. I’ve been identifying my short-term and long-term goals, shaping my client process, nailing down pricing, and identifying my dream clients. These next four months leading up to baby’s arrival are all about laying the foundation, and building both my client base and word of mouth – all with the intent of setting the stage to hit the ground running after maternity leave.
I know some people look at this transition as too risky. I know you care for me and that you’re scared for me. I’m scared for me too. But you know… it’s in that fear where the ambition and drive will come from to push my ambitions to fruition. And perhaps in a year or three years from now, instead of saying “I want this,” I’ll be saying “this is what I’m doing.”