Most Proud Moment
The first thing that comes to my mind would be starting my own business and making it a successful one. I left the corporate world not knowing what my next move was, just that I had to get out of a job that had sucked up every waking hour of my life and taken away my hobbies, my side gigs as a chocolatier and a coach, and overall peace of mind. I was good at what I did but knew there had to be a better way to be successful, make the money I deserved, and still have a life of my own.
In my last week on the job, I was introduced to a startup who needed recruiting help. Taking the advice of a colleague, I set up my business right then and there, put together a services agreement, and a week later I was out of the regular job and kicking off my first contract. It ended up being five recruitments filled in four weeks, and a second client kicking off as the first one ended.
That was 3 1/2 years ago, and since then I’ve worked with over 20 companies and filled over 50 positions! In addition, I grew my coaching business and have provided guidance to over 130 men and women around the country (and even a client in Central America!). My business has given me the flexibility to serve my clients the way I’ve always wanted to, while opening up my world to a whole life I never could have imagined. From professional writing to speaking to interviews, it’s opened up. From the financial success that’s allowed me to pay off my student and home equity loans, it’s opened up. From the personal time I’ve been able to manage that enabled me to work from all over the world and get to spend real time with my now-husband in Australia when we were still developing our relationship, it’s opened up. And to the fears I’ve faced, the bag lady syndrome I’ve beat back, and the insecurities around who I am and where I’m going? I tell you this, I am proud.
“I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m going to bet on, it’s myself.”