Running a Business Full Time: A One-Year Reflection

A One-Year Reflection: Running a Business Full Time - The Anastasia Co

One year ago I was standing on the edge of a cliff. The only way to get to the other side was to take a BIG leap of faith. I had to jump. 

I reached a point where I couldn’t keep working two full-time jobs between my corporate job and my business. After four years, I was drained. I needed more time for life. My business was growing, but the amount of hours in a day stayed the same. It was time for a change. 

I loved my corporate marketing career. The people, the work, and the company was incredible. But I knew I had another calling I was meant to pursue. I prayed, hustled, prayed some more, and worked as hard as I could. 

And then I did it. I took the leap. (You may recall this announcement!) A day came last September where I no longer had a boss. I no longer commuted to work everyday. It was now all up to me. Woah. The best way to describe it? FREEING. I felt more alive than I ever have. The realization that I can do anything felt so real.

Over the past 12 months, I’ve been able to chase my dreams harder than ever before. Guess what? It’s no longer scary. I am nowhere near having it all figured out. There is still so much I have yet to learn, and I certainly don’t have all of the answers. I constantly think I’m not doing enough. There are so many things I struggle with. However, that’s the beauty of the journey. I’ve created a weird world where my business life and personal life are intertwined. Some days I work 16 hours, some days I work 2 hours. I wouldn’t have it any other way. When you’re in love with what you do, it really doesn’t feel like work. Even the low moments outweigh what I left behind.

A few milestones from the past 365 days include becoming an LLC, opening a new online store, growing our Instagram community, and starting an e-mail program. In the coming months, I would LOVE to explore new ways to give back to the community, partner up for more collaborations (Have an idea? Let’s chat!), and I have a big product launch up my sleeve – gotta keep this one a secret for now ;)

Looking back, the decision was clear.  It was fear I needed to work through. God is the one running the show here. I believe He gives each of us unique gifts and talents so we can glorify Him in our own way. He provides us with the people, opportunities, desires, and skills we need.

My hope for you is that you don’t live in fear of pursuing your passion. You, too, can do ANYTHING. The secret is: you just have to get started. Take action. Sometimes it takes time to figure out what your ‘thing’ is. But as long as you’re doing something, you’ll get there. It took four years for me to know this is what I wanted to do full-time, and my business looks completely different now than it did four years ago.

If you don’t love where you’re at right now; that’s okay. What you’re doing right now is important, and will be a stepping stone to help you find what sets your soul on fire. Promise. 

Cheers to one year of flying solo. (And happy almost five years to The Anastasia Co!) THANK YOU for supporting this wild ride. I wouldn’t have made it to this point without rock solid support from family and friends. Internet friends included ;) I appreciate you.

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