I had a lightbulb moment the other day. It was just an average day... I was browsing through Facebook as usual and an old friend popped up in my feed. A few minutes later I recalled a conversation we had back in college and I know there’s a reason this particular convo replayed itself in my mind.
My friend’s name is Dan (not my boyfriend Dan) and he was going to school to become a pharmacist. We were talking about grad school and how much more schooling he had ahead of him. He told me “I would rather work as hard as I possibly can for a few years right now and have no life or money and then have fun, income, and all that other good stuff later.”
You guys, this was not my attitude in college…at.all. I remember hearing him say that and thinking he’s crazy! My attitude was more along the lines of “work hard, but not so hard that I end up with high levels of stress and anxiety, and then slowly build up to a nice income after college.” I mean to each their own, either way of thinking is okay I guess. But here’s what I realized… I launched Woodbury Lanein February and I’ve done nothing short of work my ass off since day one of business ownership. To the point where no, I don’t really have a life right now I don’t see my friends that often and if I do I’m usually showing up at gatherings later than everyone else. I’m doing it because I want to work as hard as I possibly can right now and then get all that good stuff that comes with hard work later on. My mentality has completely shifted.
Why? I know without a doubt it’s because I’m doing what I love! I love being a shop owner and my friend loves being a Pharmasist! It may have been hard for me to comprehend that back then, but I get it now.
So are you doing what you love? I think a good way to analyze and answer that question is by asking yourself this question: "Will the sacrifices I'm making for my job right now be worth it in a few years down the road?" If the answer is yes, keep doin' what you're doin' girl ♥
P.S. I interviewed with Amanda Boleyn for the She Did It Her Way podcast which went live this week! If you’re interested in hearing about the process of launching Woodbury Lane and more on doing what you love head over to shediditherwaypodcast.com and have a listen.
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