A fresh start.
I'm typing this as I sit, slightly nervous, yet incredibly excited, at a farmhouse kitchen in the middle of The Karoo. Finally ready to take on (and share) this new beginning.
If you've been following me for a while, you might know that I've been working as the social media and community manager for one of South-Africa's largest online stores and the largest online health shop, Faithful To Nature, for the past year and a half. The job came hand-in-hand with a move to Muizenberg, where I've been living on the beachfront with the offices just three minutes away.
From the outside looking in anyone would agree that this brand, job and seaside lifestyle was the perfect fit for me. And I genuinely loved it, don't get me wrong. I'm so grateful to have learned so much about the marketing industry, meet the most incredible people through the small, local businesses we worked with and for the new family gained in the Faithful To Nature team.
But I've decided to make some changes, which started with quitting my job at Faithful and putting my apartment up for rent.
Before I continue, let me just silence your inner-dialogue of "Ugh, just another millennial with no work ethic, ignorant about the world". Because it's not true. I'm not lazy or entitled or any other absurd idea that you might have of my generation. It's actually quite the opposite, I love the work that I do, and I'm damn good at it.
The biggest deciding factor for me was the fact that I stopped challenging myself and I lost the inner longing of wanting to improve every day. I settled in the comfortability that came with it all, which didn't need challenging because it was safe. When it finally came to the things that I actually wanted to be working on and towards, I hardly got the time and I've had to sacrifice many hours of sleep, seeing friends and ultimately taking care of myself to get to a point of being comfortable to take this leap. And yes, I'll admit that I just didn't enjoy using my creativity for other people and working on someone else’s schedule, towards someone else's dream.
Being my own boss isn't a new idea. But for the longest time I just wasn't sure how exactly I would make that happen. I had this belief that the only way to be successful was to have a set business plan, offer a single service, or sell a products and market that, and that alone. But oh how my perspective has changed.
So at 22 years old, I proclaimed to my, concerned (yet surprisingly calm and supportive) family members that I'd be taking this leap. And that I would do whatever it took to work on my own terms by offering whatever skills I had, to get to work with the brands, businesses, and individuals whose stories I wanted to be sharing.
Admittedly, way more calculated than simply saying "I quit", I also figured that if I didn't take my life and career into my own hands with such a powerful and risky decision at 22, when would I ever? I have nothing to lose. Nobody's depending on me, I have zero debt and if there was any time to take risks, it was now.
And that brings me back to today, sitting here with the chickens clucking outside and the old AGA keeping me warm, my final notice has been given and after this trip, I’ll be finishing up my last month at Faithful To Nature. Come August, I’ll be ready to take on clients as a photographer, content creator, writer, social media manager, social media consultant, and just about anything requiring a creative brain! I might even do a bit of modeling, host an event or two, and have already signed to become a partner of a NGO. Being bored definitely won't be on the cards for me anytime soon.
So if you own or manage a business and enjoy my content, be sure to click on the image below to see how I can do the same for your brand, as well as many other ways in which we can work together. And if you know anyone who might be in need of any of the services mentioned, put them in touch! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I know I said I'm nervous and I am, but gosh, am I excited for this next step. I can't wait to finally start putting all of my energy and focus into my own work and to tell the stories and build up some incredible brands alongside incredible individuals.
Leave me a comment below if you have any words of advice, encouragement or just general thoughts on pursuing what you feel called to do. I’d love to hear from you.