When I left my “real” full time job, I knew the biggest thing I was sacrificing besides my paycheck was the great medical, dental and vision insurance they provided. Admittedly that was the hardest thing to let go of. To be honest, I’ve had well over $4000 in medical, dental and vision expenses since I left. Thanks in part to a breast cancer scare.
While I could dwell on that or question my decision, – I don’t. I knew with 100% certainty that I was supposed to quit my “real” full time job. I know I’m following God’s direction and He won’t let me fail. As I always say “He’s got this!”. Plus, I have been continually surrounded by unbelievable blessings ever since.
This past summer both of my daughters had babies – 16 days apart from each other! Unbelievably, one of them was named Noah (I blogged about that here)! I’ve had time to declutter and organize my own stuff – including aspects of my business that I had just been winging since I started it. Boy has that ever felt great! With this additional time I’ve been able to get more clarity about a lot of things in my life and in my business. I’ve been able to hang out with my children and new grandchildren more. And I’ve actually started having a social life again – something I haven’t had AT ALL since I started my business 7 years ago!
I’ve gone away with girlfriends for the weekend, seen Elton John in concert (I’m a self-professed groupie at heart), lost 30 pounds, redecorated several areas of my home and so many other things that I hadn’t done in years. I have also been able to live a more authentic life now and that is very important to me. My happiness level has increased ten-fold! So much so that I had to laugh when I caught myself humming the other day because I was so happy. A big part of my motto and underlying motivator is that you only live once and I want to live the best life I can NOW.