2.12.2011

New Endeavor...

So like a lot of people out in blogland (well at least the people I pay attention to...the cool crafty people!) it would be a dream to share my crafts with the world. I would love to have my own little business just selling my "wares" as Liz puts it. This is something I have been tossing back and forth in my brain for quite sometime. I happen to have the most supportive boyfriend, family, and friends who constantly tell me that I need to do it too.
Over the last few months a lot of things have been happening at my job and the end result is we are all being laid off by June. I have very mixed feelings about it. I have a lot of opportunity to grow with this company if I stay (we can move to another division possibly) but I would be doing things I just happen to be good at but don't particularly like (computer systems).
So A. I could stay and end up making pretty good money but be miserable because I would be staring at a computer and sitting on my ass all day.
Or B. Leave and have no idea what the hell could happen!
I'm not exactly in the position at this point in my life to not have a stable job and steady income because I live on my own and have lots o' bills.

I have been thinking that I should just try anyway, my Aunt actually put them most perfect quote on her facebook last night that really made me realize I have to just DO IT!

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

I've only got this one life. If I don't at least try I will always think "What if I had?"
My mother is actually going through the same thing right now too. My parents both worked on a horse farm training the horses when they met. After I came along, Dad had to get "a real job" and Mom stayed home. My whole childhood and teen years I would hear my Mom say things like "I was so happy training horses." "I wish I could go back to training horses." and things like that. Well she has an amazing opportunity right now to move to Arizona and work on a dude ranch where people go for vacation and be one of the wranglers/leaders. She's has gone the last 2 years and the last 2 years the owners have offered her a job. She obviously has reserves about doing it, mostly because she will be so far from us.
All I keep telling her is that she has to do it. My sister and I are grown, we can come visit! Even if she only does it for one year or five years, she will at least have done it and not regret it. My sister and my Mom's sisters have all been encouraging her to do it too. Opportunites don't always present themselves so blatantly in your face, let alone twice!

After thinking about it so much, I realized I need to take my own advice too!
So with that said, I have been doing a lot of research and still feel really unsure about the whole thing. Mostly just the ACTUAL doing it. Like what's the best way to go about this or that, etc.
Kaelah over on Little Chief Honeybee did a post on Thursday with books that help people in just this situtation which was pretty awesome in itself. A comment was left by one of her readers suggesting the Indie Business Class. I immediately looked it up and couldn't believe how much it is exactly what I need!!
I talked about it with Jeremy for a while. He of course did nothing but encourage me and make me feel like I'm not a fool for wanting to do this so...I signed up!!
Eek!!!
I'm so damn nervous and anxious!!
It starts March 1, there are still spots left (it doesn't say there aren't anyway) so if this is something you are interested in, I think you should go check it out.
I plan on keeping you guys up to date on my progress, thoughts and what not through this adventure.

On to the next chapter I suppose, right?


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7 comments:

Trees said...

Good for you!! I say go for it and do what you whatever makes you happy - not what you think you should do.

alovelylittleworld said...

Omgosh! What an exciting (although terrifying time for you!) Take the plunge. You can do it :D
I'm saying this because I'm totally playing it safe and in many ways I wish I wasn't. (So does this make me a hypocrite.....) haha
I think I will pursue my dreams in the very near future, I just have to figure out what exactly they are. All the best! xo

Jamie said...

Thanks so much ladies! It really is nerve racking but also very, very exciting!

Courtney said...

I think you will be amazing! If you ever need me to blog / promote you I'll do it! I love helping out my crafty friends (and I NEVER charge!) I can't wait to see all of the amazing things that you will come up with. Good LucK!

Jamie said...

Courtney it means so much to me for you to offer your help!! Believe me I will absolutely be taking you up on this offer, you are straight awesome sauce!! <3

Sarah Marie said...

Wow, that Mark Twain quote is so good, I posted it on my FB too haha XD

I'm glad to hear you're going for it, and I hope your mom does too. Life is too short. I really want to run my own business too, just gotta kick my ass..... *uhg*

Good luck with this endeavor!

Jamie said...

Sarah - I think you will do it one day, you are very aware of what you want to do and are so positive and making changes in your life to better yourself...it will all come naturally I bet!