Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Well here it goes, my first blog post …eek!

This is a big deal for me, because I am officially stepping outside my comfort zone into an entirely new world and I’ve gone way past the point of no return. And now that I am officially on the other side, it feels great!

To provide a quick snapshot of my life – I’m 40 years old, mother to three exceptional kids and married to an incredibly supportive wonderful man. Life is good, but predictable.

I have always had a busy career, but often felt there was more to life that I wasn’t exploring. I have been very fortunate to work with amazing people and do amazing things throughout my career, but for the last few years I felt as though I lost my flame. The daily grind of our life was on repeat with nothing new and exciting on the horizon. I was going through the motions of life and felt very unfulfilled.

These feelings, combined with turning 40 caused me to do a lot of reflecting and soul searching. I said to myself, “holy shit, I’m 40, is this how I want to live the rest of my life?” Don’t get me wrong, life has been great thus far, but when you only get one shot at it, I wanted to do everything I could to take a chance and chase my dream. I wanted to be excited for the future.

Entrepreneurs are people I have always admired for their sense of adventure and willingness to take risks. The idea of designing, launching and running a new business from virtually nothing was a challenge that created a fire in me again. I found that it was all I could think about and realized thinking wasn’t enough. I needed to move to the next stage and give my idea some serious consideration. Once I got over the fear of failure and figured out how to make it work financially, I was ready! So, with the unconditional support of my family I decided to take a chance and step outside my comfort zone. I became determined to go for my dream of starting my own business and join the world of entrepreneurship! I quit my full time job almost a year ago and I haven’t looked back.

Building a business from the ground up isn’t easy, in fact it’s really hard, but it’s also very exciting and personally rewarding. I am doing my best to include my three children throughout this process. I felt this was important because I am always telling them that they can be anything and do anything they desire in life, but sometimes as parents we don’t always follow our own advice. I hope that by involving them it will teach them that it’s never too late to do what you love and make a change. I truly feel that this is the beginning of the rest of my life!

Still in the early stages, but getting closer every day. Follow me on this journey as I document the process from the beginning to opening day!

xo Natalie