Although I didn’t always refer to myself that way.
My story starts in late 2014 by declaring online that I never wanted to work a 9-5.
(Spoiler alert! I currently work a 9-5 job that I LOVE and wouldn’t have it any other way.)
In 2014, a few key things happened pretty serendipitously.
I had a front row seat to my mom’s professional life as it was crumbling around her. Shit coworkers, awful office politics, and a sexist boss that was hinting at replacing her. (She’s a CFO so that’s no small feat, nor occurrence.)
I (quite miraculously) was slotted into an Intro to Entrepreneurship class at my university that was taught by Amazon’s 5th employee, Tod Nelson.
And, I was influenced to purchase a blogging e-course that completely immersed me in a community of women that were all deeply committed to quitting their current 9-5’s.
I started reading The Desire Map, by Danielle LaPorte and it crystalized the contemporary idea of “work” for me – that you should only invest your time in things and experiences that make you feel the way you want to feel.
For the first time, I did not want to follow in my mother’s footsteps.
I had no interest in emulating her career path, and instead decided to start blazing my own.
(Now, there are days where I quite literally follow in her footsteps as we happen to work at the same company 👯♀️ – more on that here. )
It was the perfect storm.
And it set me on the path that I’m on today.
Since 2014, I grew a sizable audience for my then-lifestyle blog; launched a graphic apparel e-commerce business; co-hosted a podcast with my biz (and real life) bestie, Jenna Teague; built a self-sustaining freelance graphic and web design practice; and then grew into my dream job (helloooo marketing!) with my dream boss.
Now, I happily split my time between the Silicon Valley (you know, the one they make TV shows about?) and Santa Cruz, California (my favorite eccentric, laid-back beach town). When I’m not perfecting email communications at my 9-5, I’m a marketing strategist and web designer that teaches all of my hard-won lessons and insider tips & tricks to passionate small business owners.
It’s a happy blend of corporate and freelance too perfect for me to dream up on my own.
But I didn’t share all of that with you to make you feel like an underachiever.
Quite the opposite, actually.
I want you to know that I get it.
I get you.
That whole multi-passionate thing? It’s my everyday life.
The idea of growing beyond your comfort zone into new ventures? Been there,
done that still doing that.
And the juggling act required to do it all? It’s something that I am quite familiar with.
I believe that…
You can (and should) have it all.
there is no limitation on how many ideas you try.
your Work should make you feel good.
Your quirks and unique differences should be celebrated (and leveraged).
You can do it, should you decide to try.