Friday afternoon, I boxed up my company issued laptop and sent it back to the company I have been working for, effectively ending a chapter in my life that has provided joy, challenge, financial reward, stress and opportunity.
When I decided to resign from my job, I did so knowing that I would be giving up a lot, with hopes of gaining more.
The last year has been a difficult one, I have seen my voice diminished, my judgement questioned and my passion for a job that I have loved eliminated. I knew it was time to move on.
While the passion for my job was gone, new opportunities came to me and I am now ready to see where those opportunities will take me.
When I bought a small business last year, I did so with plans of it being a simple investment that I would sell in a couple of years.
Impressed quickly became more of a passion and the thoughts of it being an investment vanished. I found in Impressed the opportunity to capitalize on my artistic sensibilities and nurture my entrepreneurial spirit.
Who knew that t-shirts could be so much fun?
While I embraced the new business, I also committed to more writing. I have always enjoyed writing and started this blog years ago, but somehow never had the time to devote to it.
In January, when I decided I was going to concentrate on my writing, the “pay-off” was immediate.
Over the last several months, I have been given the opportunity to write a monthly column for Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine and had a featured column in the summer issue of Cabin & Cove.
The feedback from my articles has encouraged me and I look forward to more opportunities to share my words with others.
For several years I have heard from family and friends that I should write a book. Well, yes I should, and I would love to, however as with many things in life, fear prevented me from pursuing that dream.
The final agreement I had to make with myself when I decided to leave my career was that I would pursue the opportunity of that book.
Once I made that decision, again, doors opened and I am now diligently working towards making the dream a reality.
Yesterday, I locked myself in my house, put everything aside that I should be doing and wrote. I wrote all day and once I closed my computer and sat down to watch TV, I started thinking and wrote some more.
It was a great day, filled with opportunity that I am actively pursuing a dream that has simmered inside me for many years.
Who knows if it will happen, but I can honestly say I am inspired each time I sit at this keyboard with the opportunity to write. When the words start to flow and a sentence appears on the screen that I like, the excitement I feel is unlike anything I have ever known and I anticipate the words that will follow.
So here I am, I have set a new course and plan on seeing it through.
I believe in visioning, when you see something in your mind and will it to happen. I am in full visioning mode.
I can see Impressed being successful and continuing to inspire my artistic and entrepreneurial spirit.
And I vision more opportunities to write, more opportunities to put words on a screen that inspire me.
I can see my book cover, I can see people reading my work and I can see a new happiness and challenge that I have embraced.
On Friday, I closed a door, but have thrown open my heart to a world that is filled with opportunity, excitement and new challenges.
Am I afraid? You bet!
Am I worried about the change in income? Yes, and Georgia Power probably is too, but more than fear, I am excited by what can happen, what can be my greatest passion, what can be my next step.
On a personal note, I covet your prayers and hope you will remember me as I move into this next phase of my life. It won’t be easy, but I look forward to seeing where the road leads me.