And again, thank you for following me on this journey and supporting JAA! I couldn’t have done it without you. xo JA
A Year of Self-Employment
Happy Monday, friends! Things have been a bit of a world-wind lately, and while there were quite a few topics I had in mind for today’s post, yesterday I realized something. It has been a year since I quit my day job to pursue JAA full-time. All other blog post ideas went out the window, because I knew I had to take a moment, sit down, and acknowledge this.
I went back and read this post, where I first announced that I was making this leap of faith. I read through all the comments. There were so many names I recognized in that comment section and it got me thinking about all the people I have “met” through this business, all the friends I have made, all the people who have been following this blog for over a year now. What a relationship we have created…
It flew by. I mean, flew. I really can’t believe it’s been a year since I pulled out of my old job’s parking lot, windows down, blaring Mumford and feeling free. A year. Wow.
And what a year it has been. There was ups and downs, but it was nothing short of incredible. I learned a lot, in so many aspects. I mentioned last week how I’ve learned a lot about myself through this journey, but there’s also been a lot of learning the ways of running a business. I explored different marketing strategies. I registered my designs after facing copyright infringement. I wrapped up my first year of self-employment with two successful craft fairs, a new product launch and an Etsy feature. And I couldn’t be happier. This was one of the best years of my life.
So what’s next? Well, we are taking a trip this week. We leave tomorrow and won’t be back until Sunday night. I will have little cell or internet service and it’s going to be really really weird to “unplug. “But I think that is just another thing I need to learn how to do. Let go. Turn off the business side of my brain and relax. And just enjoy living. That’s what this trip represents to me. And when I get home? I’ll be dying to get back to work of course.