Anyway! So far so good. I'm staying with random friends on random couches until I get my own place in a few months. I start work at my old/new job tomorrow. I'll be working with HONO for a few months while I get my feet on the ground here. Then my ideal plan would be to work part-time, while trying to start up my own communications business.
There - I said it on the internet. I want to work for myself.
The first thing you need to get used to when you decide something like that is all the scoffing. In fact, I will say that with any bold decision - people are quick to share their skepticism and are sure to let you know of all the ways you will fail. I take this as a sign of their own fear of making radical decisions in their own lives. I have been called proud, and don't worry - everyone has been sure to let me know how I will get screwed on taxes, and how it's more than just having a talent for something - it's business and networking, and marketing plans.
Fear, fear, fear.
And because I am a cautious and rational person, who never wants to make a mistake that someone else took the time to warn me about - I listen to their fear. I consider it. It shakes my morale, and it makes me want to choose the same safe life that everyone else chooses - because nobody will have anything skeptical to say about choosing to work 8-5, buy a house and car, generate a societally acceptable amount of credit card debt and start popping out those 2.5 kids. This is the life that America has decided involves the least risk and resistance in proportion to happiness.
Unfortunately, I am one of those people that finds happiness in conflict, and purpose in struggle.
Long-story short... I have decided to stop listening to everyone's fear, skepticism and negativity. I know myself. I know what I am capable of and I know what makes me happy. And yes - what makes me happy - is not what makes you happy. Let's just start the conversation with that as a baseline.
Here are some photos! Yay photos!