I've taken the plunge...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Well... after months of debating, I took the leap.  I gave my notice today at work.  We are actively searching for my replacement.  I'll stick around to train them, then stick around on an occasional basis for a month or so, then cut my ties.

The moment after I gave my notice, I breathed a huge sigh of relief, like a ton of bricks had been lifted off my shoulders... I had a little day dream of what it will be like the first day I wake up and don't have to go to a second job.  The freedom to grow my little business! To do all of those things I've wanted to do for so long... release another pattern, work on some ready-made items, approach stores about carrying my line, reach out to stylists and photographers, have a turn around time that's under 8 weeks... Oh, it's all so exciting!

And then the fear it.  When I was in college I was really broke... like really broke.  It was stressful and scary and horrible.  I had a momentary flashback to subsisting off of Dollar-Store pre-packaged noodles & sauce, of that scary little cockroach infested apartment I lived in, and I thought "I never want to be that broke again."  I had that ominous "oh god, what have I done" feeling, realizing that after six years of steady pay-checks, I'm really wadding into uncertain territory.  Now, I've got a second income to rely on (my Danny), savings, and my own business income, it's still pretty scary.

I'm not sure what it was that made me suddenly decide to take the leap.  I thought about it all weekend, ran it by family, talked it over with Dan... and I just couldn't decide.  I knew some things for certain though.  First, I am exhausted, stressed and grumpy and I dread going to work everyday because I just want to stay home and work.  Second, I've had some on-going frustrations with my day-job. Third, I knew if I didn't do it soon, it would just get harder.  And last, the straw that broke the camels back, Dan asked "What would your Grandma tell you to do?"  Oh Gram... my wise old Gram...how I miss her, her entrepreneurial spirit, her wit, her sense humour, her wildly independence spirit.  Here's what she'd say, "Even if it doesn't work out, at least you know you've tried." And then she'd give me a big, soft, grandma-hug.

I have to admit, I am considering applying at a local craft shop that is opening in my town soon, just for a few hours a week.  It's nice to have a reliable income and some extra money over the holidays. I'm going to be pinching my pennies over the next few weeks, and hoping & praying that all goes well with my new venture! Sincerely, Thank You so much to everyone who has offered me words of encouragement and advice. It has really meant a lot to me.

I'm excited about this new step.

And, if it doesn't work out, at least I know I've tried.

25 comments:

  1. That's WONDERFUL! Congratulations! I think that you are going to be able to go on to do amazing things. Your work is beautiful and I can tell you're quite the hard worker!

    If you ever start to have doubts (which you shouldn't! You'll be fine!), read this blog post that helps me get thru moments of fear and worry: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/07/risk-fear-and-worry.html

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  2. Good for you Sarah! How wonderful it will be when you wake up and do what you love every day! This is very brave, and it's wonderful that you have so much support. I think you have a great attitude and work ethic, and you have put in the time on the front end to establish yourself. I am happy for you!

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  3. Hooray, hooray! You're going to do great. Congratulations on chasing your dream!

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  4. You will make it work. Stay strong. Keep focussed and enjoy the ride. Good luck! I am sure this is the beginning of many greater and more wonderful things for you. Huge congratulations on taking this next step forward!

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  5. Oh, yay! I'm so excited for you! I look forward to watching your business grow! :)

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  6. You can do it! You ARE doing it! I have faith in you.

    Can I make a request for large cup (like DDD - G) bra patterns? :D

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    1. Thanks! DDD-G is a whole nother ball game, but I'm always up for a challenge.

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  7. It is the things we don't do, out of fear usually, that provide us the biggest regrets. I just read a quote today, though I can't remember who said it, that that it is persistence that provides the way to success. Not wealth or intelligence, but persistence. So persist! ;-)

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  8. http://ohhhlulu.blogspot.com.au/2010/02/goal.html

    And it is happening! Congrats! Sam xox

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    1. haha!!! Thank you! Trip down memory lane :)

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  9. Congratulations on your new adventure! Running your own business is the best way to work. :)

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am sure you'll do great, just keep doing what you love to do. You're really talented and you make beautiful things that we all love! I am very happy to read this post!

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  11. This is very exciting! I'm sure you will do great because you are really good at what you do AND you really want this. I'm rooting for you, and I'm sure the others who follow your blog and buy your creations are rooting for you too.

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  12. Congratulations & Good Luck!
    Keeping my fingers crossed that it will work out for you. What your doing is my dream too, hopefully some day..... :)

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  13. Huge congratulations! I can't wait to follow your journey as you grow your business. Everything is going to be fabulous, I just know it :)

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  14. WOOHOO! Congratulations :) How exciting! I know you will do your best to make Ohhh Lulu a success- so here is all the best to you!

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  15. This can only been seen as good news Sarah, I really believe you can do it! Your business seems to be going from strength to strength and that's with you only working on it part-time! Just imagine what you can achieve when you go full time. And I still rave about your designs to everyone who will listen, they are seriously special!

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  16. This is so awesome!! Congratulations!! I love to see more women taking charge of their careers and doing what they love! It inspires me so much!

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  17. Congratulations!! I can relate to the scary part & how you feel because I'm in the same boat, only not by choice; at least you have a growing business & a loving partner - these will more than make up for the comfort of a steady paycheque :) You have loads of supporters, including me - and as soon as I get an income of my own, be sure I'll be sending some your way! ;)

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  18. congrats! i love hearing about people achieving their dreams :)

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  19. i know i'm really late on this, but I"M SO PROUD OF YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS!! i know it's scary, but you are so talented i'm sending all my good business karma your way!! (ps i LOVE LOVE LOVE the raven set!!)

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  20. A bit late to the party but I just wanted to say congratulations - very exciting!! Your grandma was a wise lady. Wishing you sooooo much luck for your wonderful business!

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