Hey there,

If you’re joining me for the first time “Hello and Welcome!”

A few day ago I began this blog by telling a little bit about my story, my past, and what led me to where I am now. You can check out part 1 of my story here.

Once you’re all caught up, I invite you to continue to read on!

Part 2 of my story begins in the late summer of 2015, a few days after I quit my job and about 3 weeks before my wedding.

Yikes! What a crazy time to make a life-changing decision, am I right?

The answer is YES! But, I wouldn’t change that decision for the world.

Here’s what I’ve learned about making life-changing decisions…

  1. They are always scary.
  2. There really is no perfect time to make a giant change in your life.
  3. If you really feel like the universe is asking you to move on and do something new, you should probably listen.

Deciding to leave the stress, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and feeling of overwhelm behind me prior to my wedding date was the best thing I could have ever done for myself.

Making that decision allowed me to get some rest, relax, and truly enjoy the days leading up to my wedding, my wedding day, the honeymoon, and everything after.

I just know that if I had waited and quit my job after the wedding I would have spent my entire honeymoon reading emails, stressing over products and deadlines, and freaking out when I should simply be enjoying time with my amazing husband in paradise.

Having the privilege of going into my marriage free from the chains of a job that impacted me negatively emotionally, physically, and mentally was a gift I will always cherish.

I’m also so grateful that I diligently saved money while working at my past job. I had built up quite a big safety net of cash and was able to give myself what I call a “6 months quarter life retirement.”

I needed that time to heal, relax, work with a counselor, and really get to the bottom of where I want to go next with my life.

Without that time, I fear I would have jumped into a career again without much thought that could have potentially led me back to a life of stress, anxiety, and depression.

For six months I threw myself headfirst into the activities I loved.

I wrote music and scored films–something I will be happily talking about in future blogs.

I dove headfirst into rehearsals and performing with my comedic improv team, Six Cats in a Bed.

I made Youtube videos, played my piano, spent time with my husband and dogs, and surrounded myself with everything I loved.

Eventually, I started working part time as a nanny to have a little extra cash on hand.

And after I grew weary of wiping butts and resolving tantrums, I started working as a freelance writer and marketing strategist for a few local companies in town as well as a new startup on the West Coast.

I love every minute of it.

I have always loved writing. I’ve also had a passion for problem solving and creative thinking.

Being able to merge my love for both of those things and get paid for it was incredible.

Day after day I regained my confidence and like a hot air balloon, I began to soar.

I saw the world in a new way I’d never quite seen it before. I had a 1500 foot view and felt on top of the world. It was then I realized that I could do whatever I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be a creator, a writer, and a problem solver. And gosh darn it,

I wanted to be a creator, a writer, and a problem solver. And gosh darn it, I found the medium that allowed me to do all of those things. All it took was a little time. All I needed was a little freedom to explore, discover, and test out different

All it took was a little time. All I needed was a little freedom to explore, discover, and test out different waters.

It was fate…if you believe in that sort of thing.

Shortly after I started writing professionally, I ended up with a career opportunity in my email inbox to write part-time as a copywriter for a company right where I live. That opportunity went from part-time to full-time in a matter of one phone call.

I’m going to be writing a blog post about the really weird series of events that occurred that led me to accept that full-time job as a copywriter…so I hope you’ll check that out down the road.

But for now, I’m just going to say that my current job is everything I’ve ever dreamed of and more.

I work with a team who acknowledges my quirks, unique skill sets, passions, and talents. A team who builds me up every day, teaches me new things, and listens to my voice, thoughts, concerns, opinions, and ideas.

I never thought I’d love going into work on a Monday morning as much as I do. But here I am, a year later, still loving every minute of it.

It is possible for you to love what you do.

Of course, there’s always going to be days you want to band your head on the wall, throw your computer across the room, or take a one-way trip to Bora Bora and never come back.

But 99.9% of my days are now good ones. Days where I’m passionate about my work and feel excited about the projects I get to work on. And that’s how it should be.

I love where I am in life right now. That doesn’t mean my path isn’t destined to change in the future. Life is all about growing, learning, and sometimes moving on.

But for now, I’m happy right where I am.

Every day I feel like I’m elevated a little higher as if the wind in my sails or heat in my air balloon are pushing my toward my goals and dreams in a direction I am happy to be heading.

So, until that day changes, it’s up, up, and away for me as a Sumer team copywriter. I’m so in love.

-A