Sunday, February 26, 2006

Chasing a dream...

Wow. So, everything is changing. With the amazing support of my husband I have made the huge leap. I've put in my resignation at my full-time job. I've made the decision to work for myself be a freelance graphic designer (rather than work for a company). I am just ready for freedom and flexibility in my life. I'm ready to take my job into my own hands. I'm really excited and nervous all at once. I've always done things that are sure and planned. This is probably the first thing I've ever done where I don't have every detail figured out. I'm just sort of letting things lead where they may. My goal is to have a happier work life. It's scary leaving a corporate job where your pay is a sure thing, but if I never chase my dream I'll never be totally happy. I don't want to wake up one day and wonder "what if". I see so many other people taking creative risks in their lives and they are so happy and fulfilled. I have always sat on the sidelines watching others make their wishes come true...all while knowing that I could do it too.
I spent all last weekend working on my portfolio. No rest for me! Every night has been spent toiling away. And I've just finished designing my portfolio site...a simple one, but I like it and I think it does the job. It's www.megancreates.com.
My goal is to help small businesses and individuals by providing my design services and expertise all at attainable prices (rather than going to expensive design firms and agencies). I don't know what will come of it, but I'm so excited and hopeful.

Putting my notice in to my boss on Friday was scary. I love the people where I work and don't want to hurt anyone. He was very understanding and supportive of my goals, so I felt really good about the whole experience. I'll have to tell my co-workers tomorrow...I hope everyone understands what I'm trying to do. Sometimes, a bevy of good things comes your way when you take a leap of faith. No matter what, I'm proud of this decision and it marks a new era in my career and in my life. Special thanks to my husband, Chris, for being so encouraging and supportive. He's been so understanding of all the extra time this takes, and he just wants to see me happy. He's my biggest cheerleader. Without him, I might not have found that extra bit of courage I've needed to make this decision.

I haven't been posting here much because of all the work I've been doing to get me where I am. Now I can be more regular with my writing. I'll keep y'all in the loop as we go forward! Wish me luck!

4 comments:

AnastasiaC said...

Wow that sure is huge leap - but it sounds like you are ready for it!! all the very best!!

murphy said...

Woah big move! I think about that sometimes, but haven't worked up the you-know-what to actually make the move. Keep us updated on how it goes. Lots of luck :)

Colorsonmymind said...

I also have to resign within the next week and am finding it so scary.

I am happy with my decision until I think about going in and telling them and then I feel this panic feeling and don't want to quit.

I admire you~ maybe your courage will make it a little easier for me...

Megan said...

Yay! This stuff is never easy. BUT the relief and sense of freedom afterwards makes it all worth it. I feel so hopeful and excited for what is ahead. To now feel some control that I can make my destiny....
It makes it all worth it. And if it doesn't work how I'd hoped, I can always try to get a full-time permanent gig later. Nothing is forever.
Thanks for checking in! I think we can help each other through this!