One year ago today, I made the 2nd best decision of my life (with the first being marrying Andy). After months of thinking, planning, and praying, Andy and I made the decision that I would quit my job so that I could pursue a dream that I’d had in my heart for a long time. I wanted to find a job that I truly loved; one that made me excited to wake up in the morning and that I looked forward to each day.
Last January 16, I handed in my resignation letter to close one door in my life so that I could open a new one. The first couple of months after quitting, I did a lot of soul searching. I met with a friend who runs her own business, asking her a million questions about starting your own company. Many afternoons were spent at Barnes and Noble, sipping a drink and combing through design, entrepreneur, and marketing / advertising books and materials. I started a notebook of lists that would later help me define what I really wanted to do. This notebook had lists of things I liked doing–some design related, others not, companies to contact, projects I wanted to design, and so much more.
I started taking my blog more seriously–posting on a regular basis with quality content verses quantity. My posts featured more and more of my illustrations as I continued to further refine my style. Hours were spent typing up legal documents, proposals, processes, and pricing equations. Marketing and advertising methods were utilized to get my name out there and I couldn’t be happier. All of this hard work paid off, as later that spring, Laura Likes Design opened for business full time. Clients started to trickle in–slowly at first, and then a few months later, I was booking out a couple months at a time due to the large interest in my work.
Looking back and comparing where I was a year ago just blows my mind. I was burnt out at a job I did not enjoy, feeling uncreative, and wondering if I was even in the right career field. Now, I find myself looking forward to Mondays, feeling accomplished at the end of the week, enjoying my projects, and satisfied with where my career is heading.
What’s something big that you did last year?
What’s the best decision you’ve ever made?