a big, juicy announcement…

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 in Career

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!

Have you ever made a leap of faith in your career?

114 Comments

  1. Wow and congrats! Best of luck tho both of you in this endeavor. I’m so impressed by your leap of faith!

    • Thank you so much, Julie! :D

  2. Wow, Cassie, you rock! I am so in awe of how you are taking your dreams and working to make them a reality! I hope it all goes as smoothly as it can. And I would be the first person to buy your cookbook, FYI! And edit it ;) Congratulations!!!!!

    • Oooh! I’ll definitely need an editor. I’ve got the recipe development, the writing, the layout and the photography taken care of, but I’m the queen of rambling and typos, so an editor will definitely be needed. I’ll keep you in mind.

      Thank you! :D

  3. Good for you, Cassie! I too recently took a leap of faith in my career and I’ve never been happier. It was scary and I was unsure of my decision, but it’s been incredible!

    • I’m really glad to hear you are so happy, Ceci! :D And happy to hear that the grass is actually greener our there.

  4. Congratulations!!!! :) I’m so happy for you! This seems so perfect for you guys.

  5. Congrats, that’s so inspiring! You definitely have nothing to worry about – you are so talented! Cubicle jobs can be so draining! I know mine is, and it’s hard to get something else going when you’re gone 11 hours a day doing something that doesn’t really energize you. However, you’re not jobless – you’re self-employed!
    I’m actually going to take the leap myself very soon! We’ve saved enough living expenses that, combined with the income from my husband’s part time job as he finishes school, we’d have the basic necessities covered if I didn’t make a dime for a year (at which time my husband will be done with school and presumably find a job making enough to support us).
    I think my biggest hang-up is self doubt and worrying what people will think.

    • You are absolutely right that the biggest hang up is self-doubt (well that, and figuring our health insurance, for us). Good luck in make your leap!!

  6. I am SOSOSOSOSO happy for you!!! I think this was a great decision!!!!
    I think you know, but I took a big leap of faith to change my career last year, and I am SO glad I did. It’s been a tough year with all of the life adjustments (and not having as much money) but I KNOW it will pay off so much in the end.
    HOORAY for you!!!

  7. Good for you!!! It doesn’t even matter what others think about your decision, because it’s just that – YOUR decision! If you’re certain it’s the right thing, then that’s fantastic. I definitely know how you feel. In the summer my husband and I quit our jobs (which would’ve guaranteed us jobs right through to retirement…and I’m only 28.). And we took up jobs as teachers, in the middle east. So yah, big leap of faith and it’s one that we’re thrilled with!

  8. Congrats!!! That’s so great!!! I think the wedding photography/design business is a fantastic idea! I haven’t made a leap of faith in my career yet, but I’m getting close to one. I’ve been at the same 9-5 desk design job since I graduated and I’m ready for something different. I would love to be self-employed!

  9. Congrats! This is so exciting and I’m sure you will not regret this decision! Good luck to you and Craig on the photography/design business. If you were in the Ottawa area I’d totally book you guys for my April wedding!

    Looking forward to all the new things to come!

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