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Onward and Upward

I decided to follow my dream of taking Airship full-time and leave my day job.

Deciding to leave my job was extremely difficult. It was the last piece of my life that remained consistent from before my breakup. It felt strange. It felt scary. But it felt right.

Onward and upward.

This has been my mantra for the past three months. I couldn’t tell you where this phrase came from. It was never something I said before. It’s just a simple little phrase I started telling myself to remind me that things will get better. To press on. To rise above.

Flashback to three months ago, in early July, me and my girlfriend of almost six years decided to break up. I moved back home with my parents and we spent the next month clearing out our apartment and finding someone to take our lease. Then we went our separate ways.

It was the worst I’ve ever felt. And that feeling lingered.

Things I used to love didn’t interest me anymore. I wasn’t drawing. I wasn’t designing. I wasn’t writing. I felt like the world was spinning under me as I just stood still. Things happened to me. I saw friends and family. I went out. But I didn’t feel in control. I felt like a failure.

I absolutely hated feeling this way. So I decided to make a change, and it was a big one.

Starting my own business has been a dream of mine for years and years. Amongst all the uncertainty swirling around in my life, this is a way to reach out and take the reigns of my path in life. There may not be a better time for me to take this chance. I’d be a fool not to try.

Since putting in my notice I’ve felt myself start to snap out of this terrible funk. I’ve removed the option to be uncaring or lazy. My livelihood is literally on the line each and every day if I decide to not work as hard as I know I can.

I’ve also decided to double-down on this forced motivation. I will be sharing a blog post every day from now until my first Monday as my own boss. (October 26) I’ll be sharing my experiences setting up this new business, my business values, and more about my design process. To keep up with my blogging, be sure to follow Airship on twitter or subscribe to my newsletter at the end of this article.

This transition will be hard, no question about it. But I look forward to sharing this journey with you. There will be a lot of ups, a lot of downs, and a lot of what-have-yous. I’ll do my best to share them all, so you can learn from me, good, bad, or otherwise.

Onward and Upward.


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