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Being Full Time: 3 Month Update

“How do you like being full time?!” is the question I get asked more than anything else now. Which makes sense, it’s been 5+ years of me working towards this and a solid 3 years sharing that work and desire with my followers through social media.
 
So this is how it’s going: great, amazing, hard, confusing, frustrating, soul searching, everything I ever wanted, exciting, thrilling, and terrifying all at the same time.
 
Here’s the thing: I put crazy expectations on myself. I expected myself to go into this, and after 1 month have it all together. I was mentally giving myself 1 month to catch up on everything I was behind on, figure out what routine works best for me, and then have the rest of the year already knowing ALL THE THINGS so I can always be ahead of the game and know exactly what’s coming around the next corner.
 
I know this is going to be a shocker to all of you but: I WAS SO WRONG.
 
Being full time truly is amazing. I’m getting to put my full focus into this business that I love so much and fully explore my creative outlet. I am finally pursuing my dreams. And I get to do it with my dog and cat around me pretty much always, and from bed if I want to. I don’t have to ask anyone when I want to go on a trip or on vacation and my boss pretty much is always fine with it if I have to take a sick day. #perks.
 
The other side of that is that I’m now fully accountable to myself (and I am my own worst critic), but also to my followers and clients. And I put a lot of pressure on myself to exceed expectations when it comes to my clients, even when I like to preach about remembering we are only human.
 
For example: I have implemented office hours. 10am-6pm EST is when I’m available for meetings, to talk to clients, text or answer messages, etc. And I’m very passionate about sticking to that and encourage that for all business owners because I think it is CRITICAL to have a personal life that is not attached to your business. Except…I freaking love my business. And I am happy to sit up all night working and working and working on projects I have until morning. But then what was the point of setting up office hours if I am still working myself all hours of the day?
 
The thing I keep having to remind myself is this: I am learning. And that is okay.
 
I am learning what my routines are and what they are not. I am learning what my mind needs to feel healthy, what my body needs to feel powerful, and what my business needs to keep running and running well. I’m even learning how to have a personal life again and what I enjoy doing with it. And one of the biggest things I’m learning? How to be okay with learning, and okay with not having all the answers.
 
I think a large part of that is due to the pressure so many of us feel to look a certain way on social media. We are constantly drawn in by the appearance of the “insta-famous”, whose lives look so polished and glam, and we forget that no-ones life is really like that. I want to make sure I’m showing up for you guys in a way that is REAL. There are enough people on the internet trying to convince everyone their life is perfect, and I want to be one of the few who remind you that real life is beautifully imperfect.
“…it’s okay you don’t have it all together. It’s okay to remember that you are HUMAN.”
So this goes out to each of you reading this, especially to my fellow entrepreneurs, that it’s okay you don’t have it all together. It’s okay to remember that you are HUMAN. It’s okay to let your clients in on that, because they are human too. Today I want to challenge you to give yourself some grace, and dish it out in bucketfuls to your friends and family. Because we can all use a bit more grace, love, and compassion in our lives.

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