This month I have been overwhelming inspired by two separate blog posts I read in which the blogger quit their day job and has started on the path to self-employment – doing what she loves to do. The first was Jenny Blake, who left Google after 5 years to be her own boss. And then I read Sally McGraw’s post about leaving her job to take Already Pretty full time. AND THEN… to top it all off my younger sister has decided to quit her job and start her own interior design business.
So that got me thinking… we all have dreams, goals, aspirations. Putting them down on paper is often the first step to realizing those dreams. So for Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday we are looking at the dreams that we have – the ones we keep buried inside and daydream about when life throws a curve.
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. – T.E. Lawrence
1. Fess up – if you could do anything professionally what would it be? I’m totally one to be my own boss. Freelance work was my favorite job thus far because it allowed me to be the boss and call the shots. I’ve got so many dreams…. I want to be an often published young adult author. I want to run a successful blog. I want to start an online (maybe print) magazine for young women to empower them. But mostly… I want to run a clothing boutique.
2. What draws you to this? I want to help girls/women who have a hard time shopping and finding the perfect piece and make it easy by bringing it to them. (pic by picturesbyheather)
3. When did you first start dreaming about this ideal? The thought came to me when I first moved to St. Louis and needed to get a job. I started working retail and freelancing. As I worked to turn my writing to a full time thing, I started envisioning using ModlyChic as a launching pad for an online retail site. It’s been building and percolating since then.
4. What’s holding you back from going all in? Money is the main thing. I’m still trying to pay off my dang student loans. Once that happens I can start to think about starting this up. The other thing holding me back is all the legal paperwork, becoming an official business… I’m totally worried about missing a step and getting busted by the government.
But then I read posts and stories about people who just dove in feet first and figure it out as time goes by; and I think dang, I can do that too. No problem! (Now if only I figured this out before I went and racked up thousands of dollars in loans. ah, well, live and learn.)
5. Sometimes the first step is the hardest… what’s one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream? The main thing I’m doing is working hard on ModlyChic and growing it as much as possible. But the real step I’m working on is coming up with a drop-dead business plan, that is solid, well thought-out and complete.