This is a personal post. March 31, 2016.
Today marks one year since the last day of full-time employment by someone else. I’ve been clocking in for myself for 365 days. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of milestones – and I feel like this is a good one! Branching out and leaving a stable work environment takes a lot of thought and faith.. and depending on who you talk to, maybe a little stupidity! This new phase of life feels like the second opportunity I’ve had to create my life story. While I loved my last job, I felt like I wasn’t myself – I wasn’t living my best life. Running this business as my full time funemployment for the past year has been the most satisfying and gratifying experience imaginable. I feel like it granted me a new lease on life.
March 31-May 16, 2015 (our opening day): Building a bakery is glamorous. You get to sit on the dusty, unfinished floor for hours just to make sure the drywall team shows up when they said they would. Then you get to text and call people incessantly wondering why the drywall team didn’t show up when they said they would. You get to pretend your project is everyone’s only project. But more important than being a bit narcissistic about my world, I found a voice that I wasn’t sure existed. I learned to advocate for myself and my wishes more than I ever had. I learned that I could fight my own fights on a professional level.
This new lease on life is wonderful. I’m thankful to be here. I’ll save the sappy stuff for May 16 when we hit our one-year anniversary!! I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat…