In the 6 months since I began writing the self-styled life, I’ve talked a lot about taking control of my own life. I’ve been working on getting over hang-ups and bad habits like procrastination. I’ve wondered what it is to have a career vs a job, wondered if I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, marvelled about the ability to dream and accompanying inability to act on those dreams.
I swear I’m not all talk. In fact, I figured Labor Day was an appropriate day to share our plans for a new livelihood. After almost two very difficult years in our life and having gone through an especially useless job search during that time, we’re going to make our own job, literally, by opening our own jewelry shop!
Having pondered the benefits of city and country living, we will leave our quiet country town and head to Toronto. My beloved little house is for sale–a gut-wrenching decision that will likely hit me again with fresh tears. But despite the difficulty and the worry about how it will turn out, it feels really right.
It’s an out-of-the-box decision (so declared my mom) for two people educated as policy analysts, but it seems that now’s the time to think outside the box. I’d already pretty much given up on The Box anyhow, so it was just about finding the courage to take a chance.
I’m looking forward to a change: new opportunities, new routines, new challenges, a new place. I feel empowered by the thought that we’re no longer waiting for an opportunity–we’re going to create our own.
While we’re making our move, I’ll be gleaning inspiration from the stories I hear of others who have taken a leap. I hope that with time, I will be able to provide inspiration and advice to anyone else looking to make a big change. And I’ll obviously be keeping you up to date on our progress!
Are you in the midst of change, or reflecting this Labor Day on your career or work? Hope you had a lovely day off!