If you would have told me six months ago that I would be going part-time at work and leaving my job at the end of the year, I would have cried and punched you in the face. Because six months ago, I felt trapped by my circumstances, and the idea of being free from my 9-to-5 seemed way off in the future. Like, years away.
But alas, it is mid-July, and I am currently part-time at work (I’m off on Fridays and will have both Thursdays and Fridays off beginning in October). I’ve also put in my six-months notice, and I am leaving my job at the end of the year (I’m working up until Christmas and then, that’s it).
It seems like out of nowhere, I’m closing a chapter in my life that’s lasted almost 10 years, but looking back, this moment has been in the making for months. Specifically, the last three months have been some of my most uncomfortable: every aspect of my life seemed to be falling apart in one way or another. But in the midst of all that, God was revealing his plan for me, and all signs pointed to wrapping things up at my current job. When I decided to leave, I didn’t have other options lined up, and I still don’t. Last week I found out last week that the most promising lead I had is a “no go.” I had interviewed with a foundation dedicated to leveling the playing field for female entrepreneurs. I would work part-time from home writing the foundation’s blog, managing all the social media channels, and growing/engaging the online community. I mean, hello. The position was perfect for me, and I was perfect for the position…and I still didn’t get the job. Looking back, I see that the things I’m so good at, and was so willing to do for this organization, are the things I should be doing for my own brand, but don’t. And that’s not okay.
This is my time to invest in myself and my business. Going through the interview process for this last position showed me that I while I may know a lot about social media, hosting events, and building relationships, none of that matters if I’m not using it to fulfill my purpose. So I’m going to treat my business like an actual business, and not just an idea. All the hard work I’d committed to doing for the foundation, I’m doing that for my business. Now that I’m part-time at work, I’m going to invest the free time I have into building my business and growing this online community of creative and entrepreneurial women who read (and love) The Feisty House.
I have a few things that I want to do immediately to give myself some structure:
- Build a content calendar (or editorial calendar) for this blog and post here 3x/week
- Become more consistent with the weekly email newsletter
- Post to social media on a more consistent basis (and with greater intention)
- Organize the hashtags I use for the blog and brand
Once I have a handle on that stuff, there are some things I want to start doing in order to build community:
- Launch a podcast to replace the interviews with Black women entrepreneurs
- Organize a monthly happy hour event for creative, entrepreneurial women of color
- Re-launch the Dream Job BRUNCH (yassssss)
- Facilitate an online forum for entrepreneurs to engage and encourage each other
That’s all with the larger goal of creating “a collaborative co-working community for creative and entrepreneurial women of color” (that phrase is straight out of my mission statement). God has allowed me to dream big, and now He’s giving me room to launch something big too, and I need to start moving in that direction. Of course, I wonder how I’ll supplement my income in the meantime; working part-time was not planned, nor is leaving my job without some other form of work! But I believe the money will come at the right time. I don’t need to focus on working for someone else right now because He’s already given me a job to do.
I believe that in not getting that job, God is saying that right now, at least in the immediate, he wants me to focus on me.
INVEST in MYSELF.
What are some ways that you’re making space to invest in yourself?
If you work full-time, how do you make sure that you make your personal goals a priority?
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