Hello all of my beautiful readers!
Many of you are probably thinking: Woah there. A blog post? This can't be real.
Alas, the blog is not dead! Just went into hibernation for a bit. ;)
Along with some major life changes going on in my life recently (been CRAZY busy), I've also been having a bit of writers block. If any of you have suggestions for topics to write about, send them my way! For now, a little personal life update:
In the last 2 months, a lot has changed.
Let me back up...
Since the beginning of the year, I have felt extremely lost. Most of this feeling was due to taking on a job at the end of last year that wasn't in my line of work, because I was having such a hard time finding a position in my field where I live. The job wasn't a bad or hard job, it just wasn't fulfilling or rewarding for me. While I was still doing my Esthetics on the side, it was extremely hard for me to concentrate on my goals. My life plan changed daily, and I lost a clear vision of what exactly I wanted. I considered going back to school for something else, because I lost all confidence that I could find something in my field.
It never occurred to me that I could do it on my own. Or maybe it did...but I was scared, so I stayed at this job for much longer than I anticipated. Almost a full year, even though it was originally supposed to be temporary.
I recently took the biggest leap of faith I have ever taken. I was lucky enough to quit my mundane day job, and go full time at home with my Esthetics business. It was a huge risk for me (I'm NOT a risk taker), and to be honest it has been terrifying for me. But that assures me that it was really brave and will continue to be rewarding. It has lead me to meet/reconnect with the most amazing people. It has allowed me to reset my brain, and set some clear goals. It has also given me some great opportunities to better my career, and I don't anticipate those opportunities stopping. I absolutely love what I'm doing, and now know that I was always meant to be an entrepreneur. Without the support of my sweet husband, I don't know if I ever would have taken the risk. He has been so supportive and helpful during the times when I haven't thought I could do it or be successful at it. I tend to be a bit of a pessimist, and his words of encouragement keep me going. Although some may not understand, I have clear goals now of exactly what I want. I'm able to dream again, and that's what matters.
Of course with any big risk, it means inconsistency. At my last job, it meant consistent hours, consistent paychecks, consistent work. While that's nice to have and was "safe", great things never came from comfort zones. More money isn't worth my happiness. I am okay with having inconsistency for now if it means I'm happy with my job. I have big plans/goals for the next 5 years, and that's something I haven't had in a long time.
This life change has been quite the learning experience. I've had to learn the business side of things, which is something I'm still learning. I've started to learn what works and what doesn't. I'm doing it all on my own (with inspiration of others of course), but that's been the most rewarding part of the whole experience.
Isn't that the whole point of me starting this blog? We're all learning.
This isn't me telling you to quit your job tomorrow, or that I'm any sort of life expert. Some of you have a family or children to support, which I totally understand. But if it isn't fulfilling and you dread going to work every day, maybe it's time to make a change. Look for other opportunities. The right one won't just fall into your lap, and may take some time. Life's too short to hate your job every day. The beauty about living in the era we do now, is we don't have to be stuck at the same unfulfilling career for 40+ years until retirement. Our generation is much more open to new opportunities and entrepreneurial work than the generations before us.
Like I said, I'm not claiming to be some life expert guru. But maybe sharing my own experience will give one of you the confidence that I needed a year ago.
As far as the blog goes, it's happening. The blog is not dead. ;)
As always, thanks for reading. If you made it this far into this long post I applaud and appreciate you!
See ya in the next one.
P.S: If you want to see what I do, head over to my Instagram page @ashleychanellebeauty!