Last Friday I did what I never thought I’d have the guts to do, I gave notice at my day job to pursue freelance design full time. For years I’ve always created excuses for myself to not chase my dreams; I’m too busy, there’s not enough money in my savings, it’s not the right time, I won’t get enough work in the door, I’ll fail. I’ve been constantly putting up mental roadblocks to prevent me from doing what I’ve always wanted to do, work for myself. I’m not sure where the courage came from but suddenly on Thursday night after having another talk with Aaron about how awesome it would be to freelance full-time I got the urge to say, “I’m just going to do it. I’m just going to put in my notice tomorrow.” So I did it. I called my creative director that night(he’s out of town for 3 weeks for a shoot so I couldn’t do it in person) and I let him know that I’d be putting my notice in the next day to chase my dreams. He was happy for me and sad of course but after I got off the phone I was a crying mess. Not only because I’m terrified/excited/scared but because I’ve been so grateful for the opportunity to learn and work at the agency. It’s been a huge stepping stone for me and I wouldn’t have the knowledge and skills without any of the talented people there. They’ve really been like family to me.
September 30th marks my last day of having a steady paycheck. I’ll head off to Designer Vaca to get a nice break and will start working for myself full-time on October 6th. I can’t wait! It’s been a long time coming but I feel ready to take this next step for myself and I’m so excited to continue designing and working with other small business’s. With that being said, I’ll be making some more changes around this website, launching something fun in October and I’ll also be focusing on this blog a lot more. So stay tuned for more fun posts and work.
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Thank you all so much for your kindness and support as I take this huge leap 🙂
Oh man, so pumped for yOu!! Congrats on taking that huge leap – i’m sure with Your hard work and dedication it’ll pay off! X
Thank you Chelsea!!!
Oh my gosh! I had a feeling this is what you meant by your tweets this weekend. I’m so excited for you, and I know you’re going to look back and not regret that decision! 🙂
I know it was hard containing the excitement even over the weekend!! Thanks Kory 🙂
Gah!! So exciting! Looking forward to see how this blog transitions and where this journey takes you!
Thank you Jamie!!
Congratulations lady! So excited for you.
Thanks, Adele! I’m super pumped.
It is an incredible feeling to work your buns off and to know its all for your own success…cheers to you! xo
Exactly what I’m looking forward to! I’ve felt so mundane working for someone else and working towards THEIR dream. So excited to see what happens. 🙂
Yay! I’m soooo happy and excited for you!
Thanks Jessie!!! Means a lot from you!
you go girl!!
We’ve got this!! Thanks so much Jen 🙂
so exciting!! congrats and many many wonderful things to come!
Thank you so much, Bri!
Wow, congrats! It’s a scary step…but so worth it. Wishing you tons of luck and success!
Thanks Shauna! I really appreciate it. Might have an email coming your way in the future for some questions, haha! <3
Exciting! As someone who just did the same thing – it is awesome! Congratulations, and look forward to seeing what you create!
Thanks so much Jess!
Congratulations! Although it’s scary, i’m positive you’ll be much happier and will be able to pursue the work you’ve always wanted to create and share. I’m excited to keep following along. again, congrats. 🙂
Thanks you so much for the kind words Anna! I’m super pumped and can’t wait to get started. 🙂
Congrats!!! I am in the process of trying to get myself to that point as well … Best of luck to you!
Thanks so much Chelcey! Hope the same for you!!!
go girl!! so exciting and brave to just take that huge first step. now we’re really gonna have to get coffee — tons of exciting things to chat about!!
Yes! Coffee soon, I can’t wait! Thank you!
CONGRATS, Vanessa! That’s so, so exciting. I’m hoping to do the same at some point… sooo… we may have to meet up and talk. 😉
You’ve gotta do it, Katie!!! Let’s meet up soon for sure 🙂
GET IT GIRL. Proud of you!
Thanks, Ashlee!!! Means so much from you!
hellas yes. so proud of you! can’t wait to see what you accomplish
Thanks Brianna!! I can’t wait. Hopefully we can chat soon!!!
Vanessa, i couldnt be more exCiTed for you! CoNgrats on your new adventUre, i know you will do amazing things!
Wow, excuse the crazy type up there. I can’t see if I’m typing upper or lower on your comment box!
lol, no worries! 😉 Thanks so much I appreciate it!!! xx
You got this!!
Thanks, Glenn!! Super pumped!
YES YES YES! Couldn’t be more happy for you – you are going to do big things!! xoxo
Thank you so much Jessica. Miss you!
CONGRATULATIONS! This is my dream eventually Too. I hope it is a worthwhile experience for you. Good luck!
Thanks so much Nicole!!! Hopefully I’ll be able to provide some knowledge and inspire others to make the leap, too!
SO EXCIIIITTINGGG!! Congratulations lady, you’re going to be amazing 🙂
Thank you SO much Amy, seriously!!! We’ll have to chat soon! xx
I’m so happy for you!!! Congrats!!
Thanks, Lynn! Let’s meet up soon 🙂
Good for you! you will do fantastic on your own and wonder how you ever worked for anyone else 🙂 It’s a scary move at first but so very rewarding.
I seriously hope I feel like that months from now! Currently freaking out a bit but I know it’ll be worth it. Thank you Sara!
YES! high fives all around. So stoked for you!
Thanks, Liz! <3
Congrats Vanessa! Too bad I’ll have to miss designer vaca! have a splendid time and be a sponge!
Thanks Amanda! And I’ll definitely be a sponge this year haha<3
So excited for you, Vanessa! This is awesome. You go!
Thanks Sara, I appreciate the support SO much 🙂
Yay! I´m so excited for you! I did the same back in march and it has been so worth it 🙂
I seriously can’t wait!!! Thanks so much <3
well done, lady! i’ve been freelance for just over a year. it can be challenging and, i think, is definitely harder than most people realize but it’s totally worth it. you should also be so proud of yourself for making the leap!