Burning It All Down: My Leap Towards Happiness
If you’re in your mid-30s or early 40s and feeling like a hamster on a wheel, just going through the motions day after day, you’re not alone. I was there, too. Then I said, “Screw it!” and decided to start over from scratch. Sounds batshit crazy, right? But let me tell you, it was the best damn decision I ever made. Here’s my story.
The Decision to Start Over
After years of hustling in the online business world, I decided to burn it all down and start fresh. Why the hell would I end something that was thriving and making money? Something that I once loved more than free Wi-Fi? Well, buckle up because I’m about to spill the tea.
In April 2022, I officially quit everything. I walked away from my online business and started over from scratch. And guess what? I don’t regret it for a second.
The Reason Behind the Madness
I Wasn’t Fucking Happy Anymore
Everything felt like a rerun of a bad sitcom. I was mentally in the dumps, gained 15 lbs, dreaded motherhood, and hated my business. The irony? I taught mindfulness and self-love for years. But when money and business lost their charm, I had to find a new driving force. And that force was ME.
So, I Chose Myself
When you put yourself first, everything else falls into place. I’m no longer defined by the external world dictating my fulfillment. And let me tell you, I’ve never been so damn happy. My life is incredibly different now—it’s like I walked into a parallel universe. Every relationship I have improved because when you’re happy with yourself, you’re happier with those around you.
The Benefits of Starting Over
According to a study by Shopify, seasoned entrepreneurs know that failure comes with the territory. They are often the ones who try, fail, and all start over again. Entrepreneur mindset kicks in and transforms failure into opportunity. One study found that second-time entrepreneurs had higher success rates than entrepreneurship newbies.
Starting over allows you to be braver, smarter, and more efficient. It increases the stakes for us, making us more committed and driven. It also opens doors to a new way of thinking and being by changing (and hopefully lightening) your load and offering new perspectives.
My Business Has Now Evolved
My business has now evolved into Daring to be Human, a public charity that unleashes the power of selling goods and services to fund our mission. I aim to open a healing retreat center in Puerto Rico, offering alternative therapies and fostering local sustainability. This would help empower local farmers who cannot purchase land due to economic challenges while increasing food production in the area.
8 Things to consider if you are thinking about starting over in your business or career to know you are making the right decision based on logic and reason rather than a rash reaction.
- Assess your current situation: Roll up your sleeves and take a long, hard look at your current job or business. Understand why you want to make a change and what you want to achieve by doing so.
- Consider the pros and cons: Make a list of the pros and cons of staying in your current situation and making a change. Think about each option’s potential risks and rewards, and decide which is best for you.
- Set realistic goals: Before you embark on your new venture, set goals for yourself that are achievable and measurable. Then plan out the steps you need to take to reach those goals.
- Research your new path: Do your homework and research the industry, the job market, and the demands of the new path you are considering. Make sure that it is the right move for you.
- Ask for advice: Talk to experts in the field, family, and friends who have ventured down a similar path. Listen to their advice and heed it where necessary.
- Make a plan: Make a detailed plan that outlines the steps you need to take for your new venture. Be sure to set time frames for each step and have a plan for when things don’t go as expected.
- Take action: Put your plan into action, and don’t be afraid to make adjustments along the way. Be prepared to take risks and accept that there may be failures along the way.
- Evaluate your progress: Once you’ve taken the plunge, evaluate your progress and make adjustments as necessary. Celebrate your successes, and don’t be afraid to take a step back if needed.
If you’re unhappy with your current situation, don’t be scared to make a drastic change—you might find happiness again as I did. Life is too short to settle for anything less than happiness and contentment. Trust me; it’s possible to find your joy again—I’m living proof.
Now, it’s your turn. Are you feeling stuck in your current situation? Are you considering a bold move to start over? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop a comment below and let’s start a conversation.
Starting over isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s the best thing you can do for yourself. It takes courage, determination, and a whole lot of self-love. But trust me, the rewards are worth it. So, if you’re feeling stuck, why not consider a fresh start? You never know where it might lead you.
Disclaimer: I was in the financial place to do so. Not having a plan at the time this took place was a viable option for me as it wouldn’t burden my family drastically. So, don’t just jump without checking if you have a parachute.
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