“My Story” Part 2: How I left corporate to be an entrepreneur
Welcome back! Thanks for your interest in my story, “How I left Corporate to be a Multi-passionate Entrepreneur”! In case you missed Part 1 and just to catch you up, I knew from my childhood on that I was extremely creative, and didn’t really fit into a box. I’ve always had my own style. But I needed a job, so I went to college for business and entered Corporate America. The longer I was in Corporate America, the more my creativity and spirit got squelched. Corporate is great for some people, and I know people who love it there…. For me, every day I would dread going to work. I worked long hours. Sometimes I’d work 60 hours a week, nights and weekends. I was sacrificing being with friends, building relationships, and SO MUCH MORE. I was sacrificing my creativity, my passion and strength to help other people do amazing things.
To escape from our corporate boredom, in 2011 my friend and I decided to open up a retail store while we were working full time. Our vision was to sell handcrafted artisan accessories, such as jewelry, handbags, and scarves. For a while, it was great, to help these artisans bring life to their vision and get their voice out there. And it felt great. It felt alive. I had something to do that was making a difference in the world. Then I started feeling like, I’m not so sure about this retail thing. I love helping people and I love having my own business, but being confined to a retail space, especially during holiday times, wasn’t sitting right. But I was getting closer to connecting to my truth…
I did all the marketing for the store. Everything that I ended up learning I taught myself from scratch. At the corporation I worked for, I started a marketing program from scratch. I taught myself graphic design. And people started asking me to design logos for them, and that was the beginning. That was the beginning to connecting. I started to feel like, “Oh my gosh, I’m breaking out of this mold and I am able to be myself and be creative and innovative again.”
I became a marketing consultant, designing logos, postcards, and business cards. Business cards are the easiest thing, but you’ve got to start somewhere! I ended up leaving Corporate America. I started learning more and more. I already had business experience, marketing experience, and systems experience. So it started gaining momentum. One day both my business partner and I decided to close our retail store, and it was okay because I had this consulting business that I was moving forward with and, to this day, I absolutely love. It really is what I am passionate about.
My goal is to share ideas, content and different resources that are designed to inspire you to be innovative and build a business and a life that makes you want to thrive. To figure out what it is you want to do, why you want to do it, then help you bring that dream to life.
Thank you for listening to my story. Now I want to hear about YOU and I want to hear what your story is. So, in the comments below please share a little bit about who you are and what I can do to help you, I would love to hear from you.
In my world, anything in life is possible. If you put a little creativity and a little imagination to something, you can make anything happen. So, I want to help you make your dreams come true, bring your goals to life and help you accomplish them step by step. There are many hurdles I’ve gotten over, and times where people thought “Oh, she’ll never do it.” Guess what? I proved them wrong.
Keep shining your light so bright!
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