Wow, it has been quite a little while since I last posted on my blog! This is probably by far the longest that I’ve ever been away from the blog, and it was completely unplanned. I wish that I could say that I scheduled this little hiatus into my life, but it happened all on its own and I’m a little bit happy about it. Early last year (end of January 2018 to be specific), I quit my full-time job as a marketer at a start-up to pursue my blog full time, and it’s safe to say that things worked out because I’m still here, and not currently hunting for a new job! We can all let out a collective sigh of relief—I know that I definitely did.
Making that decision was probably one of the hardest ones that I’ve ever had to make in my life (excluding the decision to uproot my life in Ottawa and to begin anew in Toronto many years ago), and it’s another one where I have zero regrets. Little did I realize that becoming completely dependent on myself would be one of the most difficult tasks that I would ever undertake. In the past year alone, I’ve worn more hats than I ever had (ie. accountant, debt collection, photographer, art director, consultant, project manager, sales, the list could go on) and it has really worn me down. I massively underestimated how much work would go into running my own business (successfully) and ended up being very burnt out towards the end of the year. These past few months of the new year have truly been a time of reflection for myself, and I’ve also taken the downtime from work to allow myself to relax, recuperate, and to strategize for the next year to come. It’s safe to say that I’ve learned quite a bit about both myself and the business within the past year since I quit my full-time job and I want to share some of these lessons with you in case you’re also in the same boat and thinking of making the leap.