Why I decided to Quit My Day Job
When I first found out I was pregnant, I immediately started planning. I was so excited to become a parent, but I also wanted to make sure I could balance my day job, being a mom, and keep my jewelry business.
See I never imagined myself as a solo entrepreneur. My parents raised me to be a worker bee and taught me to always save for the future. I had a job since I was 15 and loved the security of a steady paycheck and benefits! Hello, paid health care! My job was security blanket because I was too scared to invest in myself and become a full-time business owner. For some reason, it was always easier for me to work hard for someone else.
However, everything changed once I became a mom. My work retaliated against me right after I gave birth. I don’t want to bore you all with the awful details, but it was devastating. I couldn’t believe what was unfolding. I even talked to the president of the company thinking this all had to be a complete misunderstanding, but talking with him only confirmed this nightmare was my reality. I never had a boss treat me like that before. I was absolutely crushed. I always heard how awful some companies are towards new moms, but I never thought it would happen to me. Yet, here I was. The stereotypical new mom who was trying to balance life, career (and a business) and being pushed down in the process.
I am a firm believer to there always being a silver lining in things, and there definitely was in this situation. I of course couldn’t keep working for a company that treated me like a second class human being. I also didn’t want to look for another day job in fear I would be treated the same (or even worse). So, my only option was to FINALLY invest in my own business. And the best part is, I can do this all while being home with sweet little Elouise.
Every day has it’s challenges, and I am far from becoming a millionaire anytime soon, but I truly believe this is the path God set for me. I am way more blessed now than when I had a full-time job because I get to spend my days with my little girl, and I now have the privilege to teach her how to stand up for herself and chase after her dreams!
I wanted to share my story for any new moms out there that are going through the same thing. It happens more often than not, and that is something we need to change in our society.
To anyone going through this, please remember that you deserve better, and you can find something better. Stand up for yourself, be brave, and trust in your self-worth. There is always a silver lining!
Till next time!