Friday, October 11, 2013

Leaping Off the Edge, To Follow My Dreams


 Today is my last day working full-time for a business that's not my own. 
And no, I certainly won't be doing this even though I gotta admit that was a heck of a way to say deuces to a corporate gig.
Mine will be a much more demure exit, stage left if you will.
The truth is, juggling a full-time job, and a full load of design projects, while trying to spend quality time with the hubs and Xavier, has simply gotten to be too much for this little Jamaican mama to handle.
I've also been playing around in the kiddie pool of the design business for 10 years and I think it's finally time to finally take the leap of faith, dive in, figure out how to freaking tread water and take my business to the next level. It's about damn time.
To be clear, it's never an easy decision to say goodbye to a steady paycheck with some pretty good benefits (I also did this once before and ran right smack into a pesky thing called the recession).
I learned a lot from that first leap. Older and much wiser this time around, I've learned to fully understand the business of being a business. It ain't just all about the pretty fabrics and paint colors. There is a whole machinery at play behind the scenes, and I'm much better at driving that machine.
So, brace yourselves because I'll be busy cranking out a backlog of projects and blogging a whole lot more than my sad once a week appearance.I'll be also be putting that journalism degree of mine to good use and writing more design features over at Houzz and other publications.
And since I didn't do the kiss-my-booty-I-quit video, I'll also remain on the freelance payroll at the day job while they search for my replacement.
Thanks to all of you for reading and cheering me along as I shared the behind the scenes details of all these projects. Thanks too to my amazing clients for their tremendous support, and for really looking me in the eye this year and challenging me to live my dream. 
So here we are today. Me, just a girl following her dreams.       


  1. I am glad for you! I am sure it is not just a leap of faith and that you ve considered things through, cause that s just good mamas do:) I am sure you'll be a success in your own business too, cause you're oozing talent!! So, YOU GO, GIRL!!
    Best of luck!!

  2. Wow! How exciting. Take the leap and don't look back.

  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! Good for you Nicole! That is a dream of mine as well and I couldn't be happier for you!

  4. good luck!! i'd love to be my own boss too someday - so excited for you!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  5. It is truly a leap dear and of course, I'll be rooting for you as you go along. Good luck and will continue to watch you FLY!

  6. Congratulations! You are going to rock it. Keep us up on everything!

  7. This is the beginning of so many wonderful opportunities for you. I am happy for you. Congratulations and enjoy the new ride.

  8. Wow, that's amazing! Congrats & best of luck to you!
    Tash - @dreamhouseproj

  9. Foolow your heart - it usually leads you to your dream. Alöl the best for future projects. Am quite certain this Jamaican Mama will find her unique spot fairly soon. Nuff respect;-)

  10. Good Luck! It's always scary to follow your heart but it will be so worth it in the end!

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  12. Congrats Congrats! Looking forward to the growth of NWD.

  13. Had no clue u worked a day job in conjunction with your design business. You know you have my bestest wishes and good luck but..........something tells me you won't need it ;-)

  14. Good Luck Nicole. Sign up for this service it's only 39.95 a month, but it will help you when starting your business. I plan to bpost about it again soon as so many people are now taking the leap.
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