Hello, Gentle Readers,
I have some great news! I am starting on a new and incredibly exciting chapter in my life. Perhaps you follow me on Twitter and have been wondering what some of my cryptic tweets have been about. You see, I have been keeping a secret for nearly 6 months now. But now the secret can be let out!
I quit my corporate job and am now working FULL TIME on Vampy Varnish!!! Can you believe it? I know I can’t.
Why am I telling you this, you may ask? Because I couldn’t have done it if YOU didn’t read my site! Plus I like to think of this as a personal beauty blog, and I enjoy sharing with you guys.
Three and a half years ago I started this little “hobby” never really knowing if it would be anything I would stick with. But a year in, I kind of knew I was going to stick with it. A year and a half in I knew this was what I wanted to do for a living somehow. Ever since then I have been doing all I can to make this a reality, and after much discussion, debate and stress, Mr. VV and I decided to make it happen.
This could never, ever happen without Mr. VV’s amazing support and sacrifice. I mean, obviously he had to agree with me that this was the best thing, and also deal with the fact that he has to get up every day and commute to work, while I will just walk 20 seconds into my home office. Ok lets be honest, it only takes 3 seconds, my house isn’t very big. There will be sacrifices and some have already been enacted (bye bye HBO and Game of Thrones, SOB).
But all the sacrifices are SO worth it.
You can stop reading now if you don’t want my brief working history but I feel the need to unleash it. 😉
My entire working life (19 years now) has been spent in jobs I didn’t like. I can’t even tell you how many hours upon hours I have spent reading books, trying to figure out what to do with myself and taking tests to see what I really enjoyed (ironically I worked for the company that publishes What Color is Your Parachute? – a best selling self help book for trying to figure out your career).
I’ve been in customer service, human resources, the legal world and administrative world. I did love one of the publishing companies I worked at, and working there is why I changed my college major from Criminal Justice to English. However I didn’t like the actual job I was doing. I knew deep down that I craved something creative, not administrative. I am great at administrative work, but it bores me to my very core.
I could never figure out how to translate something creative into an actual job I could do. Going back to college was always an option, but not one I ever got around to doing. Then I kind of got trapped in the dot com era – making a lot of money and stock options, but doing work I found extremely under-stimulating.
After that, I wound up at a Biotech company because the start-up company I was at was going under. Then I bought a house. Then I was REALLY trapped. But I went along with it and the 2 1/2-3 hour commute every day for a DECADE. Let that sink in. How many hours is that commuting? Far, far too many.
Finally, once I started my blog and it turned out to be something I not only loved doing and was good at, but could also make some money from, a light-bulb went off. I knew this was the creative outlet I not only wanted but mentally needed so badly.
Then in September I went on my sabbatical and was off work for two months. During that time is when Mr. VV and I discussed REALLY making this work, and decided to make it happen.
And now it has.
It couldn’t have happened without you guys though. Each and every person who visits my blog means a lot to me, and I want to thank you guys so much. Some of you have even been around from the very beginning! But to all those readers, old and new, please know that I read all of your comments and appreciate everything you have ever done to make my blog as successful as it has become. I feel I have come so far, and know I couldn’t have done it alone. There have been many times I felt like just giving up, but the people who read this site always keep me coming back.
This may sound super cheesy but it really resonates with me. Steve Jobs once said “Stay hungry, stay foolish” and that is exactly what I plan on doing.