Me.... I'm the transitioning jobless. I'm just writing this little pep talk for myself.
"What do you do once you've quit your job? How do you spend and manage your time? How am I going to make money?"
Since this is my personal situation right now, these are just some of the questions I've been asking myself. So I made this list of what my plans include and also figured it might help someone else on their journey, so here it goes:
go to school
work on a business idea
start a side gig
take all my money and leave the country
*takes a deep breath* *exhales*
I quit my job. Yep, it's done. I am now a free agent! Time to celebrate!
Naw, honestly it just feels weird getting up and not actually having a routine. Some mornings I wake up, lay in my bed and just stare out the window. Lol. I've always thought quitting a job would be a major cause to celebrate. Champagne bottles, confetti, disco lights, music, etc.... but no, none of that. Just a lot of chatter in my mind about how to plan and make sense of what to do next.
I thought about just laying around all day and doing nothing. But I'm not the type of person to just lay around and waste time. I feel like a bum if I'm not out of the bed by 9am, even if I don't have anything to do. Plus my bills don't pay themselves so there's that. So being a bum is definitely off the list, I can't afford it.
However, I did decide to enroll in school for some classes that'll assist my professional career in the future. So that's one thing I have going on that I'll invest some of my time in.
I'm also working on my personal business and brand AshawnaLane,LLC. Still getting things in order for it and I'm looking forward to being able to dedicate my time and attention to nurturing it. For a quick look at what I have going on so far, visit: AshawnaLane.com
Starting a business can be a lot of fun but it can also be a lot of stress! This is my 3rd business I'm about to start so I know what happens. I'm just waiting for it to get to the fun part. I've been consumed working on my websites, content, networking with others in my field, planning, preparing and researching. Before quitting my job I knew that I had to position myself in a way that I'd have enough money saved up to survive the winter, including a rainy day fund AND still be able to invest in my business. I wouldn't advise anyone to quit their job without having a backup plan. Either have another job lined up, a business or something going on that's going to take care of you.
It's been tough so far but I'm managing. I'm budgeting and being very precise with where my time and attention goes. I'm making sure to focus on moving forward. If it doesn't benefit me or help me to accomplish my goals, I can't let it distract me. I've been working some side gigs to help smooth out some of the bumps during my transition. Thank goodness for side gigs!
I will say that all in all, I'm still in good faith and hopeful that everything will work out in my favor. I'm motivated to succeed and willing to invest in myself in order to grow. Speaking of investing in myself, check this out:
Yes, that's a billboard of me in my new city, in my new state! I haven't even been here 6 months and already got my business making a statement. I'm serious! The key is to always believe in yourself and let the Universe work with your intentions. You'll never be a failure for trying. This billboard cost me a pretty penny, but the advertising and potential business prospects I receive from it will MAKE me a pretty penny. When it comes to business, you can't be afraid to invest in yourself. 1- it pays off and 2- other people are more inclined to invest in you too. Forward thinking.
However, I will say that if all else fails I might just plan on taking my money and leaving the country. *shrugs* Why not? It's not a crime, life goes on and you find a way to adapt to changes.
Well if you've made it this far down, congratulations. This is the part where I provide my closing statements and end this blog. Thanks for reading and following my journey. Like, share and subscribe to stay included in my journey. Will she make it? Will she fail? Will she really leave the country? Stay tuned for next weeks episode of "nobody knows what to expect with Ashawna Lane!"
Cheers and smooches!