Ditching My Corporate 9-5 Job

Alright friends. Time for some real talk up on the blog today!

At the end of September I got laid off from my 9-5 job as a Corporate Event Planner & Communications Officer for a college in Northern Alberta. This might sound like bad news, but it was something I celebrated. To be honest, I already had my letter of resignation drafted and ready to hand in the following week. I held this job for the last two years and I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve learned and how many new things I got to experience by taking a temporary leave from good old Manitoba. With this job I got the chance to:

·  Add a ton of events to my already long list of event planning experience

·  Make new friendships that will likely last a lifetime

·  Visit British Columbia for the first time for Social Media Camp

·  Travel to Phoenix for an event planning conference

·  Explore many places in Alberta including Lac La Biche - my small town home for 2 years,       Edmonton - my go-to shopping destination. I mean, West Edmonton Mall, hello!, Cold Lake, St.   Paul, Calgary, Red Deer, Banff, and Jasper - my absolute fave!

And trust me. The list goes on!

Although this job was a step in the right direction, for the last few months prior to my departure, I was feeling that it was time to move on. I launched Strategic Charm Boutique this passed February, but this business is something I’ve been dreaming about for years! Ever since I was a tot I knew the only way I would be truly satisfied with any career was if it was something I built from the ground up. Yes I’m a team player, but this woman was born to be a boss. I mean, weren’t you?!

With all work days slowly passing by, the over time required to get things done, and the brain power to come up with pretty sweet events and marketing strategies, that particular 9-5 job wasn’t leaving me much energy to work on the boutique. That meant less time to help you fierce female entrepreneurs slay your Instagram game, and I just wasn’t having it! Hell to the no!

Anyway, back to the being laid off thing that left me in celebration mode. Trust me when I say that being laid off was a way better outcome than me quitting. This way I was able to leave with a little extra seed money to tie me over until I figured out exactly what I wanted to do next.

At first I was frantically applying for a new (less demanding) day job, terrified I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills and do as much travelling as I do (I’m actually hoping to do even more travelling in the New Year.) But as I continuously drafted up cover letters and resumes and sent them all over the place, I realized there was no business I’d rather give all my time and energy to than Strategic Charm Boutique. SHOCKER!!!

So long story short, I’m pleased to announce I’m officially a full-fledged entrepreneur, and I couldn’t be more excited. But don’t think this is only good news for me, this is good news for you too, ladies. Running the boutique full time means I’ll be able to take on more clients, I’ll have time to create more freebies for you like the Weekly Instagram Calendar, and I’ll be more available to answer all of your hard-hitting questions. Let’s do this, shall we?