You only get one life...
it's time to live it to the fullest...
And after working 10 years in the corporate and freelance design and branding worlds and starting two online businesses, I now get to fuse my expertise in design and branding with my LOVE for business strategy.
There was a time not too long ago that I struggled each and every day. I hated my day job. I had a cluttered house that I was letting myself feel so guilty about. I felt like I wasn't being used to my full potential. I felt like there was SO MUCH MORE for me but I was constantly falling short.
I always knew my life had significant purpose. See, my mom and dad had a really hard time having children. I came into this world between a stilborn sibling and many miscarriages.
“Why me?”, was a thought that would float into my head for as long as I can remember. And because of that, I've never doubted that God had a plan for my life. I’ve always had a drive to live this one life to the fullest. And that starts with me stepping out and sharing with you…
You were made for more. Especially more than mundane.
I had always wondered what it would be like to be an entrepreneur... I even spent a little time dreaming about it, but to be honest with you, being a practical thinker and a realist makes dreaming about things like "freedom living" and "making money on your own terms" seem both impossible - and even a bit selfish. I mean, here I was living this GREAT life... I had a really great corporate job, a wonderful husband, a baby on the way, and we made enough money to pay the bills and live comfortably. What more could I want?
But the truth is, at the end of the day, I did want more.
But those things were just that... dreams. I had run a part-time graphic design and photography "side-hustle" for years and it was a great way to bring in a little extra money, but I never actually believed it could really replace my full-time salary. That kind of thing seemed like one-in-a-million odds, right? I mean, when more than 50% of business owners never even hit a 25k year and only 6% achieve 6-figure businesses... the numbers weren't really in my favor.
So what did I do? I did what was easy... I kept my head down and kept living life one day at a time. The weeks rushed by and each one felt the same as the last. I found myself living for Friday.
It wasn't until after our son was born that I began to really think about making a change. I didn't even care what that meant our lives would look like... I'd pick up every penny-pinching-trick in the books... I just HAD to do something different. I ended up going part-time at my corporate job, and where I was once a director, I became the part-time assistant to the new director. That was a tough change... but all things considered, it wasn't a bad situation. After all, they let me keep my job and only work 2 days a week... but I still felt like my life could be used to make so much more impact in the world and for the kingdom.
So, I began to dream about ways to build my hobby-status business to the point of making just enough money to replace my hourly, 2-day-a-week job. After all, it wouldn't take much to bring in just enough to get by.
It was then that met someone new... They were living their own freedom lifestyle and running a business that allowed them to work less than 20 hours per week and love their family really well with the rest of their time. They were actually doing every single thing I had dreamed about above. And the thing that captivated me the most... they had been EXACTLY where I was only one year before. They began to tell me of the things they had gone through to get to where they are now... the negative thoughts they had previously had about entrepreneurship... the way they had also thought it wasn't possible... And I began to believe that - just maybe - it could be possible for me too.
So I did it. I took the plunge and quit my corporate job so I would have more time to build my business... and I began to actually dream about what I was REALLY capable of. I started my second business as a brand strategist and designer because that is what my corporate degree was in... that's where I was comfortable. It was safe. But after about 6 months of doing just brand strategy and design, I began to realize that I was really good at helping ladies grow their businesses as well - not just their brand - and I REALLY enjoyed it.
Stepping out of your comfort zone is not easy... Actually it can be pretty terrifying. So terrifying that most people never actually do it. But if there is one thing I've learned throughout this journey, it is that EVERYONE feels fear. Everyone faces doubts and insecurities. Everyone worries about whether or not they will succeed. Those crazy successful entrepreneurs? Yep, they face fear.
So yes, I've pushed through my fair share of fear... and now, I can honestly tell you that I'm living my dreams.
I've built a business that really does make money on my own terms... and within one year, I've been able to realize EVERY SINGLE one of those dreams I listed above.
Do you want that for your life? I'd love to help you get there.
through her free Facebook group, through a strategy call we had completed months earlier, and through a few Facebook messages we had sent back and forth… she had been there supporting me from the side-lines the whole time. And once I realized I needed that one-on-one guidance and support, I signed up with Sandra immediately. Now it’s like a HUGE weight has been lifted off my shoulders!
I now feel like I have such a clear plan and I know what I need to get done each day to move myself forward. I don’t feel quite as overwhelmed as I used to and I feel so much more confident to step into my business truly owning my power… I can show up as the world-changing woman I’ve been created to be instead of playing it small.
- Rae-Anna Johnson,
Certified Health Professional