10.25.2013

Learning As I Go | One.

This is a feature of Always Rooney to highlight the good and the bad of "learning as I go" as I document and share about my journey of working for myself, doing what I love & taking time off from school. I want to remember these moments, and maybe...just maybe..other people will be able to relate along the way. I'd love to hear your thoughts and your own journeys (even if they look different) as well please feel free to share. 

I felt pressured to continue with school after receiving my associates degree. It was pressure only from myself, I really think education is important and I really enjoyed my first two years of school. I chose a college I was not excited to attend and a major that I was not fully passionate about. A week before school started, I woke up with an overwhelming feeling that I did not want to go back to school. So I didn't. My plan was to take a semester off and get a full-time job. I had never had a "real job" before so job-hunting odds were not in my favor. I had gone a few weeks and decided on a whim to open my Etsy shop to sell my DIY's I originally shared on Always Rooney. The original thought was to just have it on the side of my 9-5 job that I would get and maybe a year from now it may turn into something more.

Then I started getting orders. I kept job searching because the thought of working for myself right away seemed like a dream that was too far out of reach. After talking to my parents one night, it hit me that I was making enough from my Etsy that I could no longer job-hunt and focus all my time on what I actually love to do: create things.

I'm almost two months in and I know that doesn't seem long at all...but I wake up every morning just so thankful that I can stay at home and enjoy my work. I've been blown away by the feedback from my shop and the support from everyone. I have so much to learn and I know my shop will shift and evolve, but being here right now, doing what I love is the best feeling.
Through this time, my faith has been built stronger and stronger. I have really seen my faith grow by being inspired by other small business owners and people who start and keep going. Before you start something you are hit with so many emotions: intimidation, feeling defeated, inadequacy, eagerness etc. When you actually start it can be the easiest moments: they are fun, exciting, and fresh. Once you keep going things are tougher and can grow slow & stale. My faith has been built to trust God and know that I am here in this moment and particular season of life for a reason.

A highlight is getting to make my own schedule and make time to travel, but I also try to stay disciplined and I stay up to date on all orders. A really hard part is trusting that orders will come. That can sound so silly to write out...but I'm learning that with failing comes strength and I have to constantly evolve and learn from the little moments of this growing season I'm in.

Right now, I'm still in the "honeymoon" stage of my job...it rules, honestly. I can't complain and I hope I never will! The mistakes make me grow, as well as doing something new...I'm growing daily and being stretched beyond my comfort zone. Now for the journey: it is only beginning. I'm excited to make goals and see how everything works out. I'm taking things day by day now and believing God that the best is yet to come.

I'm excited as well as nervous to write about what I'm learning because I want to share the good, the bad and the not so attractive side of the journey. Also, this will be fun for me to be able to look back on in the future and see how I've changed and evolved. As always...thanks for reading along the way!







16 comments:

  1. I am so excited for this feature from you! It sounds like you made the right decision and its always scary at first to leap into it. I would love to be able to stay home and be creative and do what I love but the city I live in is so damn expensive that I am afraid as long as I live here I will never make enough money on my own to even just pay rent! Which is why I need to move! Somewhere more relaxed and cheaper. Somewhere that isn't focused on $$$$ day in and day out. It is quite sad what too much money does to a place. Essentially if you're not willing to give up your life, friends, family, and first born to the company you work for there are 100 people who will and you are easily replaced. Anyways! got a little off topic there! haha Can't wait to get some tips from you on your etsy business :)

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    1. That's a tough place to be and unfortunately a very popular choice for everyone because it costs a lot of money to live these days. I'm sure you are living a fine life wherever you are right now. Money or not...just make the most of where you are:)

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  2. amazing. you have such a healthy view of this, knowing that failure will come, but being ready to find strength in that & be a better person. this is such a huge encouragement to me! my husband just had his last day at his 9-5 job yesterday & now we are starting out on a new adventure of trusting God & doing freelance work as well. thank you for being honest & I'm excited to see where your faith takes you through all this!! best of luck girl! xo ali

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    1. Thank you so much Ali!
      It's so awesome you and your husband are starting out on this new adventure...I'd love to hear how it is going-be sure to keep me updated! That is so exciting:)

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  3. Thank you so much for writing about this. I recently opened up my own Etsy shop as well, and while I'm so excited, I'm also very overwhelmed by worrying about doing everything "right." Your words are really encouraging. It's easy to forget in the moment and in the stress that God is faithful and looking out for us, and sometimes I think we just need to be gently reminded. Thank you for your words.

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    1. I'm so glad to know my words can bring you encouragement. I've gotten down on myself a few times for everything not being just how I want it so I have to constantly remind myself that I will grow as I go and I don't have to worry about it being just how I like it right off the bat!

      I'm excited to see where your Etsy shop takes you!

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  4. I am always fascinated by the paths that people take and how they document it. We are all so unique and haves something quite special to share. I am on a similar journey to self-employment, as I have just begun to gather all my tools and get everything set up to be a surface designer. I look forward to this series! As always, you are an inspiration!

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    1. One reason I started this feature is because of the fact I love seeing how people grow and start out. It is fun to see other people's "behind the scenes" isn't it?

      Thanks for the kind words, Hannah..I'm excited to see where everything goes as well:)

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  5. Thank you for sharing this! You always inspire and always radiate God's creativity and joy. I am so happy and excited for you as you boldly trust God as you follow the dreams and passions he placed in your heart. I have so much respect for you and I hope to hear more about these adventures! You go Courtney!

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    1. Oh Abby, you are so sweet. Thank you.

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  6. This post was such a breath of fresh air for me today! I decided to take this semester off from school to recharge and focus on my personal goals. It's so encouraging to know that you've made a similar decision and that great things have come from it! If you ever need a hand completing orders, I would gladly buy you a coffee, make up a mix tape, and help out for the day :)

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    1. Chloe, that is SO sweet...I will definitely have to hit you up around the Christmas season, I have a feeling things may get busy:)

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  7. Reading this a bit late~

    I really admire your faith, and just the leap you took when you realized what was/wasn't working for you! I recently graduated and as I'm applying for grad schools, I'm having a really hard time trying to figure out if it's just for practicality's sake. As I've been getting into clothes making, it brings out a lot more... passion, I guess? I'm still trying to see if I can do both somehow.

    But anyways, thank you for sharing. God bless :)

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  9. Is it too late to say thank you for inspiring me?

    About a year ago, I got an actual 9-5 job (actually it's 7.30-5 where I live) and 5 months in, I was ready to leave because it was so boring to sit in a cubicle and draw maps. I toyed with the idea to start blogging or opening up my own business but have no clue where to start.

    I recently started blogging and am so blown away by the amount of girls who started out like me and are slowly succeeding. And to see how you just literally wake up one morning and decide to go ahead with what you want instead of doing the "right" thing and take the conventional route really have me admiring you!

    I wish you all the success that is yet to come Courtney! :)

    xx, Faizah

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