“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go!
It isn’t every day that you leave your comfortable job of four years in the pursuit of your dreams. But, that’s exactly what I did last Wednesday, my last day at my former employer. The exit was bittersweet, as I loved many of the people I worked with, and the purpose of the company. My job was easy. My income was reliable. And, I knew exactly what I could expect just about every day. However, I couldn’t grow myself or my business the way I wanted to if I stayed in a day-job. So, it was time to bid a farewell, and take those first few steps forward into the great unknown. And, so I did.
Scary? YES. The moment I walked into the office to give my two weeks notice, I felt as if I’d jumped out of an airplane. I was scared shitless. Freefalling? Yes, I certainly was!
That fear suddenly transformed into excitement, however, once the notice was given. I looked forward to giving my dream my very best shot. As each day in the office passed, I felt less and less scared, and more and more excited about what lay around the corner. (Plus, I’d saved up for months and planned on doing it. I just didn’t know WHEN I would do it.)
For many of us, owning our own business and being our own boss is easier said than done. In fact, it’s far simpler to talk about it than it is to make even the tiniest change in pursuit of it. And, leaving comfort is never easy. At least for me. Some people might like change, but I’m not one of them. However, my life is far too important to rob myself of what could have been.
And, my itty bitty business is growing every day. Now that I have a wide open schedule, I can book more clients, invest more time into marketing, blogging and networking, and study new techniques. In short, I can focus 100% of my energy on photography. (And a few other freelancing projects whenever they come my way.)
Now, in retrospect, change doesn’t seem so scary. Probably because I’ve already made the change. I did something that scared the shit out of me… and I don’t regret it one bit. I know in my heart that it will be totally worth it… because I have room to move around, and because I’m following my heart and using my mind, too. That’s freedom… and, damn, it feels good!
The Dr. Seuss quote in the beginning of this post? Well, that’s from the farewell/best-wishes card or, rather, book (Oh, the Places You’ll Go) that my former boss and colleague, Laura, and co-workers gave me. Each person signed the book with the sweetest messages. What an amazing send off to a new chapter in my life. I will never forget the way the characters in my previous chapter touched my life… and I can’t wait to see them again.
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