This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear. All opinions are 100% mine.
I knew from a young age that I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I had many failed attempts over the years, but the desire to own my own business was always there. I knew that one day it would happen, even if I wasn’t quite sure how. Then an unexpected event put me on the path to entrepreneurship.
Five years ago I lost my job. My salary was a large portion of our total household income and it was now gone. At first despair set in. We had no emergency fund, no savings, and absolutely no back-up plan. Although we managed to cut our expenses and downsize our home, we were barely making ends meet. Eventually I became a stay-at-home mom and we managed to live on one income. I’m grateful for this period in our lives because it taught us to appreciate the things money can’t buy. But I was never complacent with our situation. I knew that I could step forward and make my entrepreneurship dreams a reality. Instead of dwelling on what little we had, I used our situation to fuel my vision.
Although I managed to juggle a couple of side hustles to bring in extra income, I was tired of living paycheck to paycheck. Three years ago I decided to launch this blog with the intention of making a steady part-time income. I never imagined that this small space on the web would provide us with much more. Within a short amount of time this blog was reaching over 100,000 monthly readers. I knew that this was it — the moment I had prayed and hoped for over the years.
My decision to step forward into entrepreneurship has enabled me to work remotely, travel more, and even discover things about myself that I didn’t know. Last year, for example, I was asked to join a panel at a large event that hosts digital content creators, marketing executives, film and business professionals. The thought of speaking at such a big event made me extremely nervous and I almost backed out. But once I was there, I fed off my nervous energy and rocked my session. And last week our family enjoyed a mid-week trip to the mountains and I witnessed my 3-year-old fall in love with snowboarding. I know that none of these things would be possible without my business.
It hasn’t always been easy. Many tears, sleepless nights, and hard work has made this dream possible. But all of the sacrifice helps me appreciate what I have now. Today, I continue to plan and pursue new ventures. I set a crazy big goal for myself this year and I look forward to the challenge. When life tries to knock you down, you can either stay down or rise up. I chose to dust myself off and step forward.
Did I mention I hate being in front of the camera? Yup, but I will no longer allow my insecurities to stop me from capturing the best years of my life. A cute outfit and Steve Madden Women’s Wickker Bootie from Famous Footwear also help. 😉