Holy shrimp on a stick, I don’t have a job anymore.
Yesterday was my last day in the office, then I worked from home today to tie up some loose ends, and I’m staying on freelance to work on some big projects, but as of about an hour ago, I’m technically jobless. Holy crap.
My co-workers were amazing on my last day. They showered me with kind words, a beautiful gift and a ton of (healthy!) snacks. They even got me a giant bowl of Cheddar Bunnies! It was a really sweet way to say goodbye.
It’s a good thing they got me healthy snacks at work, because Craig and I are celebrating with the aforepictured champagne plus pizza and cheesecake. Ha! Healthy balance, right? And, of course, I’m not the only one celebrating. Craig’s last day at his job was yesterday! He starts a new gig in a few weeks, but tonight, we celebrate and revel in our joint joblessness!
I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t pretty sad driving away from Bloomington yesterday. Our jobs were really our last ties to that wonderful, amazing town. We’ve both loved being Bloomingtonians, and we’re excited to see what it’ll be like to come back to B-town as visitors now instead of townies (because you know we’ll be back to go to basketball games and visit friends!). I definitely got a little misty as we drove away for the last time. When we moved, it was different because we knew we’d be coming back to Bloomington each week for work. But this, this feels very final.
As sad as I am to be leaving Bloomington, I feel so fortunate to have been given this opportunity to pursue my dream of being my own boss. Leaving a stable job is a huge leap of faith (read more about my plans for my newfound “free” time here), but I’m feeling good about my chances of making it in this big ocean of opportunity I just tossed myself into. Sink or swim, right?
It’s amazing the doors that have opened since I announced I was quitting. I now have enough work to carry us through comfortably for a few months. Work that wasn’t even on the horizon a few weeks ago. Not to get all new-agey-touchy-feely on you guys, but I truly believe that I opened myself up to the universe and all it had to offer, and the universe rewarded me for my trust and hard work. It’s absolutely incredible how things just work out sometimes, isn’t it? Thank you all so, so much for your support. You are just…the best group of people in the entire world.
Anyway. Enough of this mushy-gushy stuff. I’ve gotta go pack a suitcase! We’re up early tomorrow morning to jet off to Canada to visit with Craig’s family.
Holy crap. I’m a jet-setting, jobless person!
It’s that time of month again for me to pay homage to the folks that help make the 35+ posts a month I do here possible. I’m so grateful to have the support of awesome companies each month so I can keep on doing what I love to do.
It’s actually a little slow around here, but that’s okay, because it gives me more space to focus on my one amazing sponsor for this month. This company deserves its own post!
Committed Coaching is the brainchild of one of the most inspirational, motivational, caring and kind people I’ve ever met, Krissie. Coach Krissie is a certified running coach who loves to help people succeed in running, wellness and…well…life! She offers one-on-one running and wellness coaching through email, phone and in-person. She runs seasonal challenges (with prizes!) to help folks get healthy. And she runs in-person group training programs for all running distances in Lexington, Kentucky.
If you’re interested in becoming a runner, or just looking for someone to check in and keep you accountable in your healthy lifestyle, Coach Krissie is your girl. Want to learn more about Committed Coaching? Check out the website, add Coach Krissie on Twitter or “like” her on Facebook.
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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?
I’m a few days late, but it’s time to do my monthly recap of my favorite content from BTHR from last month. I love doing these recap posts because I think it’s a fun way to make sure you guys didn’t miss out on any of the gems of the last 30 days, but also it helps me put a nice little feather in my cap. It’s really rewarding to see all my hard work from the last month in one spot. Patting yourself on the back every now and again is good for ya. Enjoy!
Best Recipe: Not at all even close to anything resembling a “healthy choice”, but this Cream and Crimson pizza was insanely delicious. Highly recommended for an occasional treat!
Best Printable: Hands down the Wellness Calendar for November takes the cake. This sucker took me a while to put together, but the response was HUGE and I’m so happy so many people loved it. It was so popular, I made one for this month, too!
Best Confession: This confession about my sugar addiction is something that a lot of folks seem to commiserate with. Hopefully we can all figure out a way to cut back on the sweet stuff.
Best Workout: This kettlebell workout that I tested out was fast, easy, calorie-torching and definitely made it a little hard to walk the next day.
Best Discovery: Without a doubt, the Holidays Rule album I talked about in this post. So much Christmas awesome.
Best How-To: I wrote up my tips for how to roast the perfect holiday turkey. It makes a winner, winner turkey dinner every time.
Best Photos: I’m kinda obsessed with the photos from my Vanilla Cardamom Spritz Cookies recipe. I just happened to finish up the cookies while the light was perfect and the result makes me very, very happy.
Best Recap: This list-style recap of my holiday weekend was chock-full of stuff we accomplished. It’s always fun pulling together recaps of just a “normal” weekend to share.
How’d your November go? Did you accomplish any goals, hit any milestones or have anything to celebrate? Toot your own horn!
You may have noticed that I recently began selling adspace on BTHR. I’ve always been part of an ad network, but I’d toyed around for months with the idea of selling my own space and finally took the plunge last month and have had some great folks sign on! Advertisers make it possible for me to pump out 40ish posts a month, and I’m eternally grateful that they’ve signed on to make it to where I can write (and afford my ingredients). Each month, I’ll be pulling together a big honkin’ thank you post for my sponsors. It’s my special way of showing my gratitude!
- Beautiful Layers Magazine: Beautiful Layers is a blog and online magazine that is chock full of amazing creative inspiration for women interested in DIY, fashion, food, beauty, home, photography and more! Their online magazine is a real winner and definitely worth a download. Perfect reading material for a Sunday morning!
- Swanky Outlet: There are great bedding deals to be had at Swanky Outlet! I’m swooning over their big selection of high thread count sheets and warm and cozy blankets. I think I might need to do a bedding upgrade soon.
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Being that it’s the second day of the month, I’d safely say we are now solidly into November (which makes Babyface très happy because his iPhone 5 ships today). But before we completely leave October behind, I thought it might be fun to do a fun-sized review of all the goings on here over the past month. We’re all super busy and sometimes, we just can’t devote time to reading all of our favorite blogs. Just yesterday I had to begrudgingly click the “Mark All As Read” button in Google Reader because the number was intimidatingly high. So take this as the CliffsNotes version of BTHR for last month. You get to see the best-of-the-best from last month, and I get to give myself a big ole pat after seeing all the work, sweat and eats that go into 31 days. Win, win!
P.S. I recently learned that they aren’t called CliffsNotes in Canada. Apparently they are ColesNotes. Not that Babyface ever used them to write papers in English in high school or anything…
Best Recipe: It was a simple one, but this recipe for an apple pie spinach smoothie was definitely my favorite of the month. So much delicious flavor, but it’s still so good for you!
Best Printable: There was a ton of love for my Deskercise Bingo printable! I’m having so much fun designing free printables for BTHR and hope to do a lot more in the future.
Best Confession: I think maybe this one—where I talk about our exorbitant grocery bill—was the doozie of the month. I’m always so embarrassed that we spend so much on food. Which is ridiculous! There are a lot worse things to be spending money on than good food.
Best Discussion: We had a nice little chat about the fitness middle early in the month. I admitted that I never was going to excel at fitness—and that’s okay!
Best Workout: Not a single workout, but the All About the Numbers challenge definitely kept me moving last month with its fitness minutes and walking requirements. Shoooo-weee!
Best Discovery: Newman’s Own Extra Bold Extra Awesome Extra Delicious Coffee. All other coffee tastes like brown water compared to this stuff.
Best How-To: I was nervous to post it (I was afraid some people would be offended) but everyone seemed really excited about my 6 blog design tips for non-designers.
Best Photos: I was kinda, totally in love with all the photos that came out of the carrot and apple soup photoshoot. Such beautiful, fall colors!
Best Recap: It was so much fun sharing with you guys about our Canadian Thanksgiving celebration with Babyface’s family.