Personal Update: Finding the Joy in Starting Over

It’s been a little while since I gave a personal update here on the blog.  Something kept telling me that I needed to take time to write down my thoughts.  I’ve struggled so much in the past few months to get to the point I’m at today.  For so many reasons, but mostly pride, is the reason I haven’t been open about how my life changed this year.  So, I will try to keep this brief, but also as real as possible. 

About 4 months ago I lost my full -time job as an administrator.  I never really mentioned a lot about my job on the blog.  This platform was more of an outlet for my creative side.  I worked for 9 years in healthcare, I started from the bottom working the front desk at my clinic and worked my way up to an administrator position.  When I made it as high as I wanted to go, I really was so proud of myself for having achieved that goal.  My hard work paid off and I really invested myself into a role, and an industry I knew nothing about.  However, with the arrival of a new supervisor in 2017 came a whole new set of challenges.  Ones that would prove to be very stressful.

Personal Update: Finding the joy in Starting Over

LOSS

Prior to this experience I had never let anyone take the joy out of my work, the way I let this person.  So many situations and circumstances made my job totally unbearable and the last year, before I lost my job, was probably the worst.  Mix that with going through a pregnancy, having a child, going on maternity leave, coming back to work, buying a new home, moving, and so much more… I was really stretched to the max. 

In April of this year I told my husband I wanted to start looking for a new job.  He quickly agreed that it was a good idea and shortly after that, I lost my job.  Obviously going from 2 incomes, to 1 after the long list of stresses I just mentioned was very difficult.  This loss hit me hard to say the least. It wasn’t just the money it was more of a hard hit because I felt I had failed.

Personal Update: Finding the joy in Starting Over

ACCEPTANCE

After my first month out of the workforce, I knew that something needed to change.  In June I had a tough conversation with my sister that made me realize things I hadn’t before.  She saw right through me and knew exactly what I needed to hear.  So I picked myself up, dusted myself off and started working on a plan. 

I continued looking for jobs and jumped at any opportunities I thought I might enjoy, but nothing was really calling to me.  I’ll never forget the text my husband sent me on a rough day.  He said “You deserve to do something that you love.  You have worked just to work for a long time”.  To this day a greater support system I haven’t found.  So, I knew it was time for something new. 

Personal Update: Finding the joy in Starting Over

BEGIN AGAIN

I have always wanted to start my own business, and I finally decided…its time.  This was my one chance to start something for myself, to really put in the time and effort for something new.  I knew I wanted to start something that would allow me to stay with my little one for a couple years. 

So…drum-roll please!…This month I officially launched a handmade apparel and accessories shop called Happy Girl.  Having my own little boutique has always been a dream of mine and doing it this way gives me the opportunity to have a more curated online boutique.  A shop where I can sell handmade goods that I can pour my heart into.  I love to create and I’m excited to start this new journey. 

Personal Update: Finding the joy in Starting Over

STRENGTH

With lots of prayer, support, and encouragement from my family and friends is how I have gotten through the past few months.  I know there are so many challenges ahead and this is not something easy I have taken on.  But I’m excited again, and I’m doing it with a spiritual, loving support system, and staying positive and faithful that the future holds lots of good things to come. 

If any of you have ever started something from scratch I would love to hear your stories, please feel free to share in the comments below, or just leave me some good vibes.  Thanks for reading!

Also…CLICK HERE to check out my shop! and for more inspiring posts CLICK HERE

XOXO, Happy Girl

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