When you do what you love…

August 26, 2015|Kristy Monahan

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had an ambitious career path mapped out. I planned to be a doctor-slash-lawyer-slash-actress-slash-singer-slash-CEO-slash-mom. I was going to do it all. I’m sure many of your career goals at the well-informed age of 6 were very similar to mine.

What are you doing now?

I am most certainly not a doctor/lawyer/actress/singer/CEO/mom. Well, I am a mom. And one could argue that as a mom I wear all of these other hats, too.

I had crazy ambition as a kid. But as I grew, a healthy dose of reality crept in. And then the fear followed.

“…I’d have to be in the right place at the right time to be a singer or an actor. I live in a little town and I don’t want to move to LA, New York City, or Nashville. I could be a doctor or lawyer, but I don’t want to go to school for 10 more years to make it happen. I could never own my own business….or could I? It’s too unstable, I need security…”

I spent a decade trying on different jobs. But it wasn’t until I found myself in an environment so toxic that I truly felt desperate and trapped. I had to get out immediately. For the first time in my life, I didn’t have a plan B, and I didn’t know how I was going to pay the bills. I had small children and a spouse who depended on me. Making the “smart” choices, being safe, having security….it all lead me to the lowest point in my life. It was time for a drastic change.

I took a leap, and decided to try something different, something I knew I would love: owning and operating my own business. Am I scared? Sure, at times…but this fear is my motivator to get out there and network, build up my clientele, make this dream a reality. Was it smart and secure? The ten-years-younger me would argue, no, it’s not. Leaving a job with a good salary and benefits isn’t looked upon as a wise decision. But you know what? Sometimes we have to make decisions that don’t appear “smart” to the onlookers, but are the best options for us. Sometimes a choice has to break a cycle that’s not working. Sometimes that choice has to feel radical. We have to leap sometimes.

I took a leap. Now I love what I do and I don’t regret it for one second. 6-year-old me is giddy and much-older me is wishing she would have listened to that little girl so long ago. And guess what? It doesn’t feel like work.

Just fun.