going full-time

You Can't Wait Until You're Ready

You Can't Wait Until You're Ready | Lemon and the Sea: If you're waiting for the "right" time, you'll never find it. It's time to stop thinking and researching and start doing. Get out there, take the leap, and see what happens. If you keep waiting, you'll never accomplish the things you dream about.

It's so tempting to put off starting something until you're confident that you're prepared.

But you can't wait until you're ready because you will never be ready. I'll be honest, I put off starting my blog and then my business for a long time because I wanted to be sure that I was prepared for whatever would happen. I let the fear of the unknown make me too scared to do anything.

I get it. You have these big dreams that you wish you could pursue, but you're limited by time, money, and expectations. The people around you think that you should stick with what you're already doing because it's working. You look at all of the people who are doing what you wish you could and it makes you want to give up because you think you'll never get there.

It's hard to overcome the fear of failure, but you need to know this: everyone started at the bottom. Those successful people you admire? They were once in your position, scared to get started, but longing to make a change in their life.

Eventually, you have to stop preparing and just decide to make the leap.

At this point, you've probably had this idea in your mind for quite some time. You may have done research, looked into others who are where you aim to be, and thought about what life would be like if you were fulfilling your dreams.

You're already as prepared as you're ever going to be. Chasing your dreams is amazing - and yes, it's full of hard times - but if you put in the effort and are willing to put yourself out there, it will pay off.

I left my full time job to move to Virginia months after my husband got a job here. I stayed at my old job for so long because I didn't think I could make it on my own. I had a dream of starting a blog and online business, but I convinced myself that it would be too hard and I wouldn't succeed. Finally, after months of waiting, I walked in to my supervisor's office and gave my notice. It was one of the scariest and most freeing moments of my life. I had just told the world that I was going to step out in faith and make a go of it.

I'm not an overnight success. Sometimes I still long for the stability of that old job, but I've never regretted making the decision to work from home and start my own business.

Even if you don't succeed, it was worth it.

As I've been working for myself and building my business, I've come to know that this is true. Even if this business doesn't work out in the long run, this will never be a time that I regret. I love what I'm doing right now and I'm learning more than I ever would have if I had stayed in a traditional workplace.

Taking the risk is always worth it. You will learn and grow - even if your business doesn't. Here are a few reasons why taking the leap is worth it, whether or not you succeed:

  • You get to really know who you are and what you value.
  • You learn to let go of what other people think you should be doing and instead focus on what you want from life.
  • You build awesome relationships with people who are on the journey with you.
  • You can take charge of your own schedule and find your golden hours.
  • You will learn to set your intentions and follow them daily.
  • You come to understand that setting goals and working hard to meet them is more important than the actual accomplishment.
  • You get the flexibility to walk away from the computer when you need a break and you learn how to push through the roadblocks that come up.

You'll never be ready. You just have to make a jump and start the journey.

I've learned a lot from my experience leaving my full time job to start my own business. I want to share that information with you and help you find the job that you love. Check out my FREE email course and let me know where you are on your journey and where your dreams are going to take you.

Enjoy the Job that Drives you Crazy

Enjoy the Job that Drives You Crazy | Lemon and the Sea: You have a job that makes you crazy. Some days you just want to walk away and never look back. You can turn it around! Find what you do enjoy about your job and focus on that.

Unless you're the luckiest person in the world, you've had a job that makes you at least a little crazy.

If you are that lucky person, stop reading now. This post isn't for you. Just go back to work and appreciate the awesome job you have - and know that the rest of us are jealous.

For everyone else out there, there is hope.

I've had a lot jobs since I started working at 15. I was a lifeguard for many years at public pools, apartment complexes, and fitness clubs. (Oh, the stories I could tell - I always said I should write a book - people let a little too much go at the pool. ) I also worked in the kitchen at a church bingo, cleaned up after diners at a campus restaurant, and checked people in at a physical therapy office. I worked briefly at a bagel shop making breakfast for students on the go. My full-time job before moving started as a part time Accounts Payable position (I'm not good with complex math, but I am really good at solving problems and following directions, so I let the computer do the math.) Once I started working there, my supervisor discovered my background in architecture and graphic design. They gave me a full time position, adding graphic and web design to the accounts payable work. That expanded to include IT work, managing payments for a side business, and creating and sending marketing material. Basically, I've done it all.

None of my jobs was particularly awful, but they all made me a little nuts after a while. Each offered unique problems and it's own particular brand of craziness - just ask anyone who has been a lifeguard.

Is it possible to find something you enjoy?

Your job may make you crazy too, but I promise that you can find something to enjoy. For me, my co-workers were usually the best part of my job. Even if I wasn't friends with them outside of work, I was able to talk through my frustrations and remember that we were all experiencing the same issues.

Maybe you like the work you're doing, but the atmosphere doesn't cultivate creativity.  Perhaps you like your co-workers, but can't stand the customers you have to deal with.

No matter what you're doing, you can find something to enjoy. 

Why is it important that you find enjoyment in your job?

So, you have a job that drives you crazy, and you know that you can find some enjoyment in it, but why bother? 

It's tempting to keep working like normal and just accept that it's not your dream job, but doing that won't make you happy. You can certainly pursue your dream job, but if you don't enjoy your current work, it will make you miserable. I could have gone to work everyday, growing more and more impatient with the routine, and coming to despise those around me, but I didn't. I chose instead to make the most of the work I was doing. I worked hard, learning as much as I could in my field while making connections with my co-workers and supervisors. There were days when I really didn't want to go into the office, but I could always depend on the other people in the office to understand my struggles.