I got out of bed at 9:37am this morning. Which doesn’t sound that remarkable until you understand that (a) I am a naturally early riser, and normally by the time 9:37am rolls around, I’ve crossed at least seven things off my to-do list and (b) it’s a weekday and I’m not unemployed.
The reason I stayed in bed so long is thanks to the sleep-preventing combo of a sick toddler and the worst allergy season ever in the history of ever (achoo). But that’s not the point of this post. The point is: I was able to stay in bed until 9:37am on a weekday without a boss sending me an angry email. And I am so grateful for that—being my own boss really is the perfect fit for my personality. It doesn’t work for everyone—I actually have a number of friends who tried it on their own, and went back to the office by choice—but it’s right for me.
I don’t do a lot of career talk on here anymore, because, let’s be honest, you’re all just here for the food. But I woke up this morning (at 9:37am) and knew I had to write this post. At the start of 2016, I set an overarching business goal for Back to Her Roots—be helpful. And every decision I’ve been making about my business has comes back to one question—is this helpful?—and I think it’s making me a better writer, a better content creator, a better marketer, and honestly, just a better person to be around.
Anywho. When I decided to write this post, I did so because I SO wish I had someone tell me these things 10 years ago. It would have been so helpful. Ten years ago, I had just graduated from college, I was in my first job (that I loaaattheeeeedddd), and was long-distance dating this cute Canadian boy who’d eventually become my cute Canadian husband.
On paper, I should have been off-the-charts happy. I had graduated with an art degree, and I actually managed to get a great job right out of college in my chosen field in the exact city I wanted to live in. But, my gosh, I was so unhappy in my career. Mis-er-a-ble.