In order to grow, one must stray away from their comfort zone.
I'm not sure if that's a famous quote, but it should be. It sounds cliche, but it's so true what they say-- you have to go through it to grow through it.
After graduating with my marketing degree and already having a corporate based job, I thought I had it all in the bag. I was wrong. Due to extenuating circumstances, I was let go of an extremely toxic work environment (which was probably best for me anyways). While that's a long story in itself, I ended up getting another job, and soon getting laid off from that position as well. Frustrated but determined, I sought out for other employment. As you know, the job searching process is probably one of the most mentally and emotionally draining processes. But with the help of a friend, I was able to finally secure a marketing operations position at an unnamed company.
Then covid hit. I thought my job was secure, but after a few weeks, I was laid off. By this point, I was thinking "wow the universe just really doesn't want me to have a stable job." And thus commenced the soul search that I endured for the better part of this year. Endless job searching to no avail. At least I wasn't in on it alone this time, right? Everyone seemed to be struggling, but this wasn't much comfort for me since it seemed like I had been kicked down one too many times.
But I'm not a quitter. I knew I wanted to start a business, but starting one is a whole beast in itself. So I began doing my research, and talking to my brother about it. He was interested in helping me, and that was where our journey ultimately began two months ago.
The process took a while, and I spent countless hours putting it all together, but this time I was not emotionally drained. For the first time in what felt like forever, I felt hopeful. I knew I was taking a step in the right direction, and the universe guided me towards that.
So it all starts out small, and it oftentimes starts out as a struggle. But don't ever let that struggle overtake you, because with every struggle comes a lesson, and with every lesson, comes a victory. Work hard, but don't stress what you can't control.
I hope this gives a glimmer of hope and encouragement for anyone who reads this. We all start somewhere, and remember-- your life today won't be the same life you live in the future. Things have to evolve somehow, so why not do what you love?
Thanks for your support.