It’s fitting that on Friday the 13th I should wake up to, as Mike called it this morning, the first day of the rest of my life. It was my very own Freaky Friday…
In “big work shifts that the internet will probably never even realize, but I’m totally freaking out about” news: I’m going down to working part-time on the Offbeat Empire.
That idea is insane and terrifying to me. This means I’ll be making a fourth of what I made this time last year. Thankfully, I only need (just about exactly) that to live. Now that I live with Mike, and I only have to pay for myself, and turns out, I live really really cheaply.
After panicking for a month, I’m finally calm enough to see this is a good thing, and get excited about what my future holds.
I had to think back and remember that in 2008 — when the economy tanked, and I lost my social media optimizing job, and there weren’t many prospects out there for an un-tested college grad, and all seemed lost — I never expected that the un-paid internship I applied for would one day become the World’s Greatest Job and help support myself, at times my partner, and help me build up some savings.
Backing up even more…
During a phone call with my dad about the fears and the future of my career, he gave me some advice that he used to give the lawyers at his firm. It was something to the effect of:
Each day, pick one thing that you can do, to market yourself, your business, or advance your career… Actually I’d say pick three things, but I figured if I said three they’d do one.
Then he went on to give some more helpful advice like, coming up with your idea(s) during the same time each day…
When you’re brushing your teeth, staring yourself at the mirror, showering, etc that’s a good time to think about the thing(s) you can do.
He said it’s a variation on what my grandfather told him, he calls it his dad’s Johnny Appleseed advice: If you plant one seed a day something will grow, and you’ll be amazed at how that posts dividends over time.
So I’ve been trying to put that into action. My week ahead looks especially busy because of that, but instead of feeling stressed (like I do when I have a full calendar) I’m feeling excited. Today I scheme with Ariel about our Vegas wedding expo marketing for Offbeat Bride. Tomorrow I meet with a friend about the possibility of a series of Offbeat Empire guest posts. And on Wednesday I’m REALLY excited to meet with yet another friend about possible future uber-geeky business matters.
It’s not that I’m unhappy where I am. I’m DELIRIOUSLY happy — I can’t believe that I’ve come this far business-wise. (Hell, a friend of mine whom I’ve always looked up to as a successful woman, told me that she looks at ME as a savvy business woman. What!? Awesome!) It’s that I don’t want to rest on my laurels, get stagnant, and then stop moving forward.
I’m going to start taking the advice of the (very successful) Tharpe men before me, and plant seeds and see what grows. And I welcome you to take said advice as well.