Friday, February 25, 2011

give me wings to fly



after months (years?!) of scheming and figuring and praying and cutting back i made the decision this week to give notice at my corporate job. my feelings waiver between uncontrollable, giggling euphoria and mind-stopping, heart-thumping fear. omg, what have i done? i told my co-workers i just can't do this anymore but the truth is i CHOOSE not to do it anymore. this is a drastic lifestyle choice and change. i'm trading in dress clothes and a loooong commute for jeans, sandals and a diet of peanut butter sandwiches. i'm blessed that i love peanut butter! i'm blessed that i'm surrounded by my family who think i'm nutso but are here to spur me on and prop me up.

how does one come to this kind of decision? for me, i've envisioned for a looong time the kind of life i'd like to lead. it's about simplifying and having less. it's about setting your ego aside and not equating your self worth with the amount of money you make. it's about making a list of all your skills and talents and developing concrete plans for making money doing those things. it's about believing in yourself.

give me wings to fly . . . please.

15 comments:

cindy said...

YOU GO GIRL! YOU WILL SOAR!

http://twitpic.com/3dii1j

ArtistUnplugged said...

Congratulations!!!! You go girl!!!! I know you will enjoy your new life. Your sewing helper was adorable! I've been awol, hope all is well with you, must look over your posts and catch up.

Mary said...

hears to your new adventure...may you be given wings to fly!!!

sounds exciting...add a banana to the peanut butter every now and then...and maybe a little chocolate.

love, love, the painting!!

Margo said...

Hello Julie! First I must tell you that I LOVE your art, and your blog is going on my blogroll! I came upon you by surfing for images of shadowboxes, and one you did 2 years ago of a cat popped up, so I checked out your blog and it's fabumuso!!! Seconds...kudos to you for taking a plunge to get out of corporate ick and do what you love!! I was laid off 3 times in the last 4 years and after the 3rd time I decided to go into the field the Lord was leading me, which is caregiving for seniors. Such! a difference. Eventually I would like to make $ from all the crafty things I do but until then, I am very happy to have left the icky world of corporate bigshots and do something with a purpose!! Whew! Sorry so long! I'll be stopping in a LOT to check on your art...and share a PB&J with ya!

Huggs from Arizona,
Margo

Christine said...

oh good luck Julie, this is a major life change....must've taken a lot of courage. Good for you, be happy.

Kelly Warren said...

Julie, I think this is absolutely wonderful! Congratulations on making this decision. Start soaring!

PrairiePeasant said...

Hugs to you for doing something so brave that rest of us are still dreaming about! Enjoy each moment. You will find direction for where you should be next.

Tess said...

Believe it or not, right now I would love to be you. Fly Girl Fly!! I'll be watching you soar form my computer screen!!

John said...

Hi Julie, I'm in my first year of "thinking about it," planning my escape. Congratulations on yours. I say go with the uncontrollable giggling. John

Diane said...

You're following your bliss, and it will change your life.
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Kristy Worden said...

It's fun to watch someone doing what I would be doing if things were different. I hope it all turns out great!! I know I could live just fine on peant butter, but you probably won't have to... looking forward to seeing what develops...

Donna said...

Julie, I haven't been around to visit you in a while. Wow, Congratulations! Good for you, that takes a lot of courage. It's all about believing in yourself ~ I know you will do well. Fly high!

Hugs,
Donna

Porch Days said...

WOW! That takes courage. I hope you can make it financially.It is filling the oil tank for the furnace that takes all the money! Best Wishes!
Nancy

Susan said...

Soar On Girlfriend !!

xoxoxoxo Susan & les Gang

Kerri Jean said...

How brave and wonderful!! I wish you all the best in this new adventure. I am not that brave...yet but I dream of doing what you're doing!!!! Leap!!!