Do You Ever Truly Miss An Opportunity?
I have this school of thought that there are no missed opportunities. As in, where you are now, is where you’ve been led and there’s something to gain, something to learn, something to process with the current and the next step, will also hold that for you.
Unless I am 90 with few years left in my mortal body, it’s probably never too late, right?
At the end of my last job, as I was considering my next step I wanted to start my own business and LLC.
As I like to say, I was a scaredy-pants. Nonetheless, I talked to entrepreneur friends, researched next steps and with my already existing client base (I work full-time, have some clients on the side) I thought I could expand it.
With two successful blogs that have solid communities, awards, press and readers I wanted to extend that to brands. I understand community engagement, social media, marketing strategy and branding. In some form, I have been doing it since 2005.
Diving deeper, my reach to the local food community had grown. My food blog kept me tapped into all food launches, restaurants, events and food news. I am in love with food, through and through.
Grace(full) Plate allows me to walk the talk, something that has always gotten me jobs.
However, that business never happened.
Ironically, I chatted with a local entrepreneur about their budding startup that was analogous to my experience. This was over beers on a Wednesday. On Thursday I had an offer letter, that I accepted. On Friday I gave my two weeks and after that, I started immediately as the Director of Marketing and Sales building this department, users and buzz as a one-woman show and helping create the building blocks.
I do believe, this is exactly where I am supposed to be. I pivoted. I entertained an idea, I probably could have rocked it. Instead, during my “feeling it out” phase, something stronger came along that felt right.
But, I did have to think before accepting the new job, “What if?” What would I miss? What should I do? Then it clicked, in the moment, I was going in one direction and found something to be a puzzle piece fit right here, right now.
I muse the food idea, but I can still do that someday and I believe I will be led there if it’s right. Not to mention, Grace(full) Plate is a small side business in itself keeping me very busy.
Change is always available and if you ask me now, I am blossoming and loving my new job (did I mention I still have those side clients)!
I am challenged, pushed, excited, growing, making change and part of something new that’s already, groundbreaking.
There is after all, opportunities sitting on your finger tips at all times. Don’t sit on your hands. If you feel you need to make a change, then do it. No point looking backwards, simply forward.
Have you ever felt this way?