10 months ago I posted this selfie on Instagram with "Pucker up Monday, I'm coming for you," and what I didn't share at the time was that I was starting a new job. Yup, after being purely self employed for over 5 years, I'd decided to head back to the world of the employed. In secret.
I kept it secret for a couple of reasons. I didn't want people to think the salon wasn't doing well, as it definitely is. I also didn't want to publicly fail; what if I just couldn't hack it anymore?
I needed a new creative challenge, something to get the brain cogs turning again, and I really really wanted to clear my debts and have a holiday. Starting and running a business often comes with debt, and it can be hard to shift. So I decided to just dive right back in, and give a job a go, it'd certainly been a while!
So, rewind back to Feb 1st 2016, I joined a creative digital agency, and returned to full time work, doing social media and outreach. This was alongside the normal salon management activities, so I honestly wasn't 100% sure how I'd cope, but wanted to give it a shot.
In October I posted this blog - "Achieving two life goals this year" where I shared my joy at clearing all of my debt and going on holiday (Oh hello there Bali). Don't get me wrong, it's been hard work. Working full time and managing my salon certainly puts my time management skills to the test, and my holiday wasn't a full on luxury fest (Bali was cheaper to visit than I'd imagined!), but I did it.
And this week I did something else...handed in my notice ready to start a new job in January. I am ready for the next chapter in this new working life, so watch this space for some of the awesome stuff I'm hopefully going to be up to in the new year; I'll definitely be flexing my creative muscles, and should be able to share a lot of it with you!
A mantra that has featured in my life a lot this year is that you can do anything, but not everything. 2016 had a clear purpose for me, and of course it meant making some sacrifices along the way, but worth every single one. Bring it on 2017, I'm ready for you.