a big, juicy announcement…
I can’t believe I’m writing this post. It’s been a long time coming. If I’m being honest with myself, it’s probably been in the making since the first time I sat down at my very first desk in my very first office in my very first job right out of college. Here goes…
I quit my job.
And I don’t have another one.
And it was on purpose.
I am so fortunate that, after six years working in a job that wasn’t a perfect fit for me, I now have the opportunity to figure out what is a great fit. I am insanely excited to figure out what is next in my career. I realized early on after college that doing the 9-to-5 desk job thing wasn’t going to be a “forever” for me. I just never gelled with it. And I’m so lucky that I get to try and venture out on my own now.
I know this all sounds a little bit flighty and irresponsible, I mean who leaves a well-paying job in the middle of this economy? I know. I know. But the truth is, I’m 100% sure this is the right decision for me and my family in my heart.
So you’re probably wondering what I want to do with my life. Well…a lot! I have so many plans. But when it comes to the down-and-dirty finances part? I’m very fortunate to be pulling in some income from BTHR and the Broken Plow (thank you guys so much!) and my freelance writing and design gigs. I can’t wait to devote more time to bringing better content to my blogs and snatching up more freelance writing and design opportunities. I love writing about food and wellness, and I’m really excited to see how far I can take it now that I’m jobless.
Also, I’m not the only one going through a change. Craig recently snagged a perfect-for-him job working in a local Mom and Pop garden nursery full-time. He’s always loved plants, gardening and helping people, and this place seems like the perfect fit for him. For the vast majority of our marriage, I’ve been the breadwinner while Craig worked part-time, went to school and did almost all of the domestic stuff, but we’re switching that up at the end of the month. He’ll be the full-timer, and I’m going to have to finally learn how to use the washer and dryer.
Even with Craig’s new awesome job and my side jobs, we’re still not up to pre-quitting income levels. We’re actually slashing our total monthly income in about half. Which sounds dramatic, but we’re pretty skilled at living frugally. And it’s enough to hold us over while we try our hand at something we’ve wanted to do for ages—a joint photography and design business.
We’ve been wanting to do this business (focusing mostly on weddings) for years, before we were married even, but with my full-time gig and writing two blogs, I just never had the energy or time to devote to getting it off the ground. We’ve dabbled (him shooting a few weddings, me doing a few invitation designs), but we’ve felt like for a while now, that to really get it off the ground, one of us needs to go at it full-time. And with my marketing background, I was the right Johnston for the job. We’ve always had a dream of working and being creative together, and we’re hoping this business might be “the one” in coming years.
Of course, there are a million other things I’d love to do with newfound 40+ free hours a week, too. I would love to write and self-publish a cookbook. I’d love to open up an Etsy store. I’d love to sell some produce at the farmer’s market. I have so many ideas. I can’t wait to have the time to implement them.
So, basically, it’s all a big leap of faith, which, if I’m being honest, isn’t normally my thing. I’m a numbers girl and cutting out that kind of stability has me scared at times, but I know in the deepest part of me, that this is the right decision—even if the logical side of me puts up a fuss sometimes. There is obviously going to be some serious penny pinching—we might end up eating rice and beans for the rest of our lives—but at least I’ll know we took the risk. And if I didn’t, I know I would wonder “what if” forever. Even if I go crawling back asking for my job again in a year, it’ll be worth it because I’ll know I tried.
I am so thankful for all the support I’ve had from Craig, my friends, my family and even my co-workers. People have been absolutely amazing with this hefty chunk of news. Thank you guys for helping to make this possible! Your support means so much more to me than I could ever put into words. I think I’ll bake you all cookies. Who wants chocolate chip?
Onto the next big thing…
P.S. Pop back in this afternoon for a hefty-sized Chobani giveaway. Yum!