Week 24 – Take a Leap of Faith and Celebrate!

This week was a FREEBIE on my to do list, meaning I could pick anything I wanted to do this week. But it really never was a freebie. It was always a placeholder for something I’ve been intending to do for quite some time now. Something I have found excuse after excuse not to do.

It’s not the right time.

I have it pretty good.

It’s not going to be better anywhere else.

What if I don’t have the drive or the discipline for it?

Can we really afford to do this?

Back around the time I launched this blog, I made a decision that my excuses were just excuses and that I had to find reasons to go after what I wanted. 40 Reasons was born as a way to push me to be accountable to my goals and start doing instead of just thinking about doing.

A few weeks ago, I did one of those big things.

I quit my job.

My safe, secure, snuggly job. I said thank you, it’s been great, but I would like to be uncomfortable and afraid for a bit. No, I didn’t really say that, but that’s how it felt. I have a good gig. I work from home. I like what I do. It’s pretty flexible. But I knew there was something missing. And I knew I wanted more. And it took me a while but I realized I wasn’t going to find it working for someone else.

So, here I am. Standing on the edge of a cliff. Today was my last day at my comfy, cozy job and I’m stepping off the edge into the unknown world of full-time freelance. And it is THRILLING!

My entire day consisted of trying to check the last few items off my to do list while realizing every 5 minutes that this was really it. That I’m really going to be my own boss. That I really did it. I considered taping plastic all over my home office and having a one-woman champagne-spraying locker room style celebration, but that seemed excessive.

Then I considered taking the champagne bottle into the shower because less cleanup, but that seemed like a waste of champagne.

So now I’m just drinking the champagne and taking a moment to high-five myself. We’re heading out tomorrow for a camping trip and some time to disconnect and just enjoy time with family and friends. After that, I’ll be back in my home office hustling for myself. In case you’re interested in what I’ll be doing, aside from way too many Orangetheory Fitness workouts, you can check out my work here.

Now excuse me while I polish off this bubbly.

Makeup Work Update

If you’re a real stickler for details, you may have noticed that my last to do list item that I posted about was Week 19 and yet here we are at Week 24. In my push to get my new business off the ground, I may have fallen behind in my assignments. Here’s a status check.

Week 20 – February 21 – 27 – Cook more from my vast collection of cookbooks.  Try a meal kit delivery service because ain’t nobody got time for that.

Update: So far, I’ve tested Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, and Marley Spoon is on its way next week. Stay tuned for my not-so-scientific report.

Week 21 – February 28 – March 6 – Make plans more often with my girlfriends. Find a mentor.

Update: This is at the top of my list. As a newly minted #bossbabe, I could use all the help I can get.

Week 22 – March 7 – 13 – Go TV & non-essential phone use free for 1 week.

Update: Oof. This one is the bane of my existence and a thorn in my side. I am going to do it. I just don’t know when.

Week 23 – March 14 – 20 – Try meditation. At least once a day for a week. See what happens.

Update: I’ve been practicing visualization in lieu of meditation. Post coming soon.

Week 25 – March 28 – April 3 – Visit a national park I haven’t been to before.

Update: We leave for Pinnacles National Park tomorrow! I’ll be off the grid and rebooting in the nick of time.

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