2016 has come with a lot of changes. After three years of living in NYC I packed up to make a move to DC to start a new and exciting career and move in with my boyfriend. I worked really hard to secure the perfect job ahead of my move, and once I started, I realized it wasn’t the right fit. After a few months I felt, maybe I hadn’t made the right choice and was unsure of where I went wrong. Leading up to the new role I had worked with a career coach to help me pinpoint the perfect role and career path while researching day and night to find the company that sat at the top of everyone’s lists for opportunities. Once I got there, I didn’t feel that spark I yearned for, and I was scared about what my next steps should be.
I spent my evenings wondering: what is it that will make me happy? I’ve worked across a wide spectrum, from startups to corporate settings, and nothing kept the fire inside me glowing for very long. The thought of sending out applications and interviewing endlessly seemed bleak. Then, one day, I had an epiphany. We constantly try to fit into a mold that has proven to work for others and ignore the unique mold that fits us, and at this point I was tired of trying to make a job work, just because it worked for someone else.
I have always felt I liked doing things my way, and had a pretty unique way of doing them. I internalize all of my experiences and strategically figure out how they could fit into my ever-expanding toolbox. It’s only natural to feel like all of these little things that I have spent my life grooming into business skills didn’t feel utilized when I tried to apply them to a job role that was meant for only half of resume, leaving the rest of my toolbox untouched. On top of this, I grew up in airports, traveling the world, and I was becoming tired of not being able to find a role that would allow for the opportunity to create new experiences or connections. After this became clear to me, I was determined to set myself up for a career that would last a lifetime.
Looking back, my reading list was full of successful women who have climbed the corporate ladder and shattered through glass ceilings. I have always admired them for their strength and intelligence, but never saw myself as one of them. However, whenever I picked up an article or met a woman who decided to create her own path, I always thought “that could be me.” This should have been my first clue, but it was too big of an idea, far from something I took into serious consideration…probably because I was scared.
My brother has always been the outlandish risk taker. He started his own business right out of college. I have always admired him for forging his own way and sticking to his guns as an entrepreneur. Needless to say, there were times I may have disagreed with him for staying independent because I saw how hard it was and I didn’t want to see him struggle. But over time I realized how rewarding it was for him to truly follow his passion and turn it into something about which he could say “I built this.” That’s the point, isn’t it? Nothing comes easy. So why have I been so scared to choose a career path where I am 90% confident I can excel? Probably because the 10% is frightening. But I decided it was time to get over that fear and focus on my strengths.
I found it only appropriate to give myself a birthday present this year, and that’s a career that I truly love and is my own. Last month I moved on from my job and left with excitement, shared by my former co-workers, about the prospect of my new venture, and an understanding that it was the right choice for me. I was lucky enough to acquire my first client in my transition with a contract that will keep my busy through the end of 2016. In 2017 I plan to fully launch my new company – Kompass Concepts, a new age consulting service specializing in brand development and growth for companies who want to dominate their domestic market or expand globally. I’m looking forward to exploring all the ups and downs of being a small business owner and would like to thank everyone who pushed me to take the leap!