A New Chapter

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Since I started working at the age of 15 I’ve always had a job. I’ve been very fortunate and have never been fired/ laid off – there has always been a job that bring in a steady paycheck.

Maybe some of these jobs were not the best (I’m looking at your major office supply store that shall remain nameless), while others were great opportunities to grow as a professional and learn new skills. Whether it was a great job or a terrible job, at the end of the week I was guaranteed a paycheck for the hours worked. Not too bad.

But today a new chapter begins. It’s a weird combination of excitement and fear all wrapped up into a tiny package.

Two weeks ago I turned in my resignation letter and today is my final day having a steady paycheck and working a 9-5 office job. I will officially be working for myself. This is all a mixture of exciting, terrifying, and totally freaking me out. Today shit gets real. Like crazy real.

I won’t have vacation and sick days, my paychecks won’t be steady, I will have to work harder than I’ve ever worked in my life – and it’s all sorts of scary to take a risk like this. But there is one thing that keeps me focused – the faith and trust that my husband, family, and friends have in me.

Without that support Jelly Design Studio wouldn’t have been what it is today. Any doubt or fear that creeps into my thoughts is punched in the face knowing that I have so much support around me (especially from my sweet and patient hubby).

So tomorrow will be my first day of being self-employed. I have my lists of goals, projects, and ideas ready to start tackling. I know this won’t be an easy road, and just like anything in life there will be tons of ups and downs, but I am excited to start this new chapter and see what lessons and adventures it shall bring.

Now an important question for all of my freelancer friends out there – how do you organize yourself to stay on task? Any tip will be greatly appreciated.


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  1. I might be excited if you couldn’t tell ;) It’s so important as creatives for us to give our dreams a chance and push forward past the obstacles we face. I’m happy for you and I can’t wait to see what comes out of this! :D

  2. Congrats! I’m so excited for you and for what your future brings! I know it’s a scary step but it’s also so rewarding to do what you love!

  3. Congratulations Melissa!! Wishing you the best of luck as you take this major step :)


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