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Dear Friends,

I don’t often make personal posts. Sometimes I check in to celebrate something or to share a life lesson, and something pretty significant has happened that I simply must share with you.

One week ago, I walked away from my corporate career to pursue my dream of being an entrepreneur.

carpe diem

I have this distinct memory from my childhood when I was in an airport.

I would worship what I would call the clicky heel women. You know, those women who would stride purposefully down the hallways of the terminal with their rolling carry-on bag, cell phone in hand, and high heeled shoes clicking rhythmically against the ground as they’d rush to catch their plane to Europe or Japan.

I so wanted to be those women. I wanted the perfectly fitted black suit, the company-issued cell phone that would ring with important calls, and to be able to fly around the world. Whatever those women embodied, I wanted it.

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Until recently, my life was one big checklist. I was on the right path and checking things off as I went.

Get good grades and participate in sports, music, journalism, and have a part-time job in high school? check.

Go to a good college on the east coast? check.

Study abroad? check.

Go to graduate school? check.

Get a job in a crappy economy? check.

Double my income in 3 years? check.

I’ve been following this prescribed list my whole life and, this year, I reached the end of the line. I crossed everything off the list. I had made it. But…something was still missing.

I was climbing the ladder and, when I reached the top, I realized it was leaning against the wrong wall.

Don’t get me wrong, I was good at my job. I loved the people I worked with and they loved me. But, there was something I loved even more, and that left this empty space of longing within me.

The truth is, my body was telling me my jobs weren’t a good fit the whole time. I was filling it with a lot of food, booze, and caffeine to suppress this knowing. I had trouble sleeping. Parts of my body started really hurting. I was anxious all the time. I would wake up in a panic and frantically check my cell phone for work emails that had come in throughout the night. I would get nauseous on the bus to and from the city. I would cancel social plans last minute because I was either super anxious or exhausted. And I would come home and dump all of this anxiety and negative energy on Tim.

comfort zone

So, while all this was going on, I had you.

The Dabblist started as a place to explore and keep my creative juices flowing while I hustled during the week so I could keep living for those glorious Sundays in my kitchen. Every Sunday was sacred. I would work in my kitchen all day long – crafting up little potions and treasures and tasty, healthy treats. And I was happy. Tim would notice me humming and come in the kitchen saying “you seem so much happier when you are in here creating.”

I felt more alive and full of joy getting my hands dirty in the kitchen then when I was making a perfectly rehearsed presentation to a CEO.

I was left with a choice. Either clean up all this destructive behavior in the environment I’d put myself in, or change my environment.

So this year, as I hit a six-figure salary and realized it didn’t make me any happier, I started to invest back in myself. I reached out to and connected with women all around the world, inspired by their stories of courage and freedom. I started reading books like The Firestarter SessionsThe Unthethered Soul, and The Law of Divine Compensation. And I realized the future is made up of the choices we make today. I was in this situation because I chose it, and I can choose something else.

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Life as my own boss – Day 1

The final push I needed came several weeks ago, when I attended the Live Free retreat, hosted by the incredible Sarah Jenks and Nisha Moodley.

During that time, 60 women made the commitment to put everything else in life aside for 2 days and focus on our desires. We were entrepreneurs, stay at home moms, girlfriends, daughters, and corporate mavens. But really, we were all just women who quickly became sisters. No jealousy, no comparison, no judgment. Just love and support . We talked about everything from self-care, body image, relationships, productivity tools, ambition, and ease. And it was so powerful, because I could give myself permission to ask what I really desired for my life and what I needed to do to make that happen.

So, after that incredible weekend, I stepped into my power. The day I got back to my office, I put in my 2 weeks notice. And I’d never felt more alive in my entire life.

To paraphrase an analogy presented to me by my lovely new sister Amber, I’m a baby eagle in its nest high on the mountainside, and I have no choice but to jump out of the nest. I either fly or die, but I’m already flapping. I’m ready to do this.

I love creating. 

I love helping you create. 

I love learning. 

I love teaching.

I love talking about the pursuit of health and happiness. 

I love tapping into the ancient feminine wisdom within all of us, that inner guide that heals and connects us to others.

It was time for me to stop waiting to live my life.

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Tim helping me map out my vision

So what does this mean for The Dabblist?

Such amazing things are coming your way. I finally can commit my time and energy to serving you, and I am bursting with ideas. Several projects are already in the works, including a special edition holiday package of homemade products and another website launching in January. The future is bright, my dear friends.

I also want to keep you updated with my entrepreneurship journey, as I have you to thank for this profound “aha moment”. I’m so grateful to you for being here, and I want you to be on this journey with me as we take it together. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to sign up for my free weekly newsletter. I find it’s a lot easier to be caught up with all things The Dabblist that way 🙂

 

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What I’ve realized now is what I saw in those clicky heeled women wasn’t a desire to work for someone else’s vision, it was to fulfill my own. I’m rewriting my own rules.

And I cannot thank you enough.

 

 

33 Comments

33 Responses to So I’ve got some news!

  1. Maggie says:

    Amazing and wonderful. Beautiful post and wonderful story. I am so proud of you and so honored to know you. I can’t wait to see the future you create!!

  2. becca says:

    Thank you Maggie! You are one of those incredible women that inspired me this year. I’m so grateful to have you in my life, and to be on this journey with you!

  3. Vanessa says:

    Congratulations, Becca! I am so happy for you! I look forward to seeing what you in store for us and even more excited to see you and The Dabblist become one 🙂

  4. Rosa Delgado says:

    You are such an amazing woman. Such an inspiration. Can’t wait to witness your new journey. xoxo

  5. Andrina says:

    Becca-

    Enjoy every moment. You have always been amazing and I know you will succeed in ANYTHING you choose to do.

    🙂

  6. Your post so inspired my day. I thought I did something crazy today. This morning I dropped $600 making my company an official LLC, but after reading your post I too feel I am on the right track. Now is the time for us to grasps our dreams and do something with them so when we are 65 we can say we did something amazing with our short lives! Use that amazing, creative brain of yours and make something wonderful for our world. Thanks Becca!

  7. michelle says:

    Becca – I’m so inspired by your journey and cannot wait to see what you create now that you’re ‘full time’ 🙂

  8. Kate says:

    Congrats Becca! I couldn’t imagine going to work and not loving what I do. Enjoy every minute of your new path I know it will be amazingly perfect and that you will take the world by storm!!

  9. Mary says:

    Congrats, Becca!!!! What an inspiration you are!

  10. Love it- congrats! You’re gonna be amazing!

  11. Cindy says:

    Awww… this is wonderful—and inspiring! Thanks for sharing. Want you to know that your life is meaningful to others as you share. I am grateful for what you share.

  12. Dear Beautiful Friend,
    I am so proud of you. The space that you have created and continue to create is wonderfully inspired. Congratulations on taking that diem and freakin’ carpe-ing the heck out of it. YOUR blueprint starts now. You got this. Big time. Love you.
    xoxox.
    G

  13. Jeanne says:

    I am so happy for you!!! How exciting!!! I am happy for MYSELF….more Daballist…..lol I love your posts and I even have a pinterest named Dabalist….can’t wait for more!!! Can I put in a special request…..Lemoncillo (Spelling?) Myer lemon time 🙂 since you have much more time 🙂 I read you gave that as a gift on one of your posts.

  14. So excited for you! What an inspiring post 🙂

  15. Mark G says:

    I’ve been looking a for a way around the checklist my whole life. When I grow old, I never want to be one who says should have, could have or would have. I want to say I did, I tried and I enjoyed! Sometimes you have to buy that one way ticket to nowhere and rely on your survival skills to take you somewhere. In the end, if you love what you do… then it will show… And if you love what you do… Then the value and reward will be greater than money.

    Congrats to you. Build you own legacy.

    Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken” was my influence.

  16. Victoria says:

    Congratulations to you! It might seem scary at first, but it all works out! I left my corporate job almost two years ago and it was one of my best decisions to date! Cheers to you! Life is too short to not follow your heart and be happy!

  17. Liss says:

    Very inspiring!! Can’t wait to the day I can tell my version of this story. This will be the beginning of nothing but great things for you

  18. Laura says:

    I’m so happy for you Becca! I can’t wait to see what you create!

  19. Carly says:

    go kill it!

  20. Jennifer says:

    Just amazing! I’m so happy for you Becca! I can’t wait to follow you on this journey!!
    Jennifer

  21. Auntie Ellen says:

    I am holding my breath, remembering times in my life when I “took the plunge” and GAVE UP the solid footing in someone else’s comfort zone. I wouldn’t trade in those “change-your-life”experiences that have brought me to this moment. Although I was quite a dummy with a weak understanding of what was driving me, even my TRAUMATIC experiences resonate with golden insights now. Embrace who you believe you are and life will peel your layers away until you get the beautiful surprise at the center. Do what you love, Becca, and you won’t need the other stuff (distraction/oblivious pleasures/props). From someone who stopped drinking alcohol in 2010 I so applaud. I know you!!

  22. WOW! Congratulations! That is so wonderful and inspiring. I am presently on maternity leave and working my butt off so I can do what I love “inspire others to love a healthy and more green life!” 🙂

  23. Keri says:

    Becca, you’re an inspiration. I’m awed by your courage, and I know you will grow this baby into something even more fantastic. I’m excited to watch it progress…Go girl!

  24. Nichole says:

    Congratulations! That’s really terrific!!

  25. Jenn says:

    Becca, I miss you so much but I’m so glad you ultimately did what was best for YOU. Looking forward to all that will be happening on the Dabblist!

  26. Kristy says:

    Awesome! You’ve already proven you can work hard… now you can work hard for yourself and do what makes you happy! Best of luck : )

    4 years ago I did something ‘crazy’ like that and it paid off in so many wonderful ways.

  27. Makena says:

    Becca, I am SO PROUD OF YOU! And wow – it was lovely to read your story! So many parallels. I can totally empathize with the checklist especially. Thank you for your vulnerability, and having the courage to step into your power fully. xoxo

    P.S. Love the first pic!

  28. Karen Wood says:

    Good story. I love it.

  29. Teresa says:

    Becca, Congratulations! This is so wonderful! I too would love to be able to do just what you did. My husband and I have been working towards a farm winery and the farm stand business took off this summer. After my 40+ hour work week, in between taking care of my toddler daughter and trying I take care of myself, I make hand made products including all natural lavender beauty products- soap, salves, from the lavender we grow on the farm. My husband toils all day long taking care of our daughter, the farm fruits and veggies and all the animals. I would love to do this full time with him- we aren’t quite at a time financially with the business that we can afford to give up my salary and benefits. I am so lucky that he can be home with our daughter and running the business, but I wish I could take the plunge too! I am new to following you and have been quite impressed- congratulations and I look forward to all the new things you will share with us. Good Luck!

  30. Micheline says:

    I resonate with this beautiful story so much. 2013 was my year like this. I quit the full-time job that I had worked for years to get. I traded it in for a part-time, easy, low-stress job. I ran for city council and won, something that I had wanted to do for years. I started my blog, something I’ve wanted to do for even longer. I’ve never been so happy in my entire life.

    In life you have to risk it! We all only get one! Congrats on being brave and going for it!

    Micheline

  31. becca says:

    Micheline – Brave one! Thank you sooo much for sharing your incredible year with me. I’m so inspired by it. Yes, we’ve got one shot at this life and we don’t want to regret taking the chance. xoxo to you!

  32. Johanna says:

    I just found your blog after searching for homemade shaving cream recipes, and am so happy I found it. I quit my job almost 2 years ago and have been loving EVERY minute! I forgot what it felt like to be so stress free, not attached to my phone and checking my emails all day long, now I love to cook, clean, create, and learn, when before it was all just another chore. I look forward to reading more about your journey, best of luck!

  33. Angela says:

    I am so happy for you! So excited to see what you do and come up with. I am definite staying tuned.

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