Yesterday was my last day at Pure Barre. It was bittersweet: I love our clients and my co-workers and I know I’ll miss them dearly, but I’m also really looking forward to the next chapter in my life. Right now, I don’t really feel sad, but I think a lot of that is also because all of our worldly possessions are literally being loaded into a moving truck as I’m typing this. I have so much to focus on with moving that I haven’t really had time to be sad or to think about everything I’m leaving behind.
I got to thinking that maybe it’s a good thing that I’m not spending a lot of time focusing on the part of my life that’s staying in Illinois. I still plan to make a big effort to keep in touch with my friends here, of course. But, instead of worrying about everything I’m going to miss, I’m choosing to stay focused on my future. I’m truly excited for everything that I’ll be able to do now with the extra hours in my week, and I’m excited that I’ll have more time at night and on the weekends to spend with my hubby.
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Today is also my first day of being self-employed. It’s scary, but exciting. I’m really enjoying the freelance work I’ve been doing, and I feel like I’ve really found a calling in copywriting. Best of all, I’ve created a life where I’ll be able to work from home so I can take care of our baby when she comes, allowing us to save on childcare costs. I can set my own hours, work as much or as little as I want to, and really focus on doing what makes me happy. That, to me, is true freedom.
There’s part of me that feels very lucky to have the opportunities that I do, to have found great people to freelance for. (I’m particularly lucky that I believe passionately in the writing I’m doing and the people I’m helping.) But, although I’m sure part of it is luck, I also shouldn’t discount all of the hard work that I’ve put in over many years of honing the craft of writing, whether it was in graduate school writing grants scientific papers or even writing for this blog. I’m trying not to downplay the strengths that have gotten me to where I’m at today.
I guess my big take home message is this: yes, change can be scary, and it can be sad to not see people you love as often as you once did. But, true friendships bridge many, many miles. And, most importantly, you wind up wasting a lot of time by looking backward. If you want to create a life you love, to have the freedom to do what you truly want to do every single day of your life, you need to focus on moving forward. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past year, and it’s what’s gotten me to where I am today. And, never downplay the strengths you’ve worked so hard to build. If you’re good at something, own it.
Have an awesome rest of your week!
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