The year was 2010. I was 31, living in an exciting neighborhood in New York City, and a founding teacher at a highly acclaimed and rapidly growing charter school, working with at-risk youth.
On the outside, life seemed great. However, on the inside, I was dying.
I found myself depressed, anxiety-ridden, and my self-esteem was at an all-time low. A very loud and aggressive voice in my head told me I was a loser, I wasn’t smart enough, I couldn’t handle anything, and I needed to get a grip or else I’d be fired from my job.
I was also waking up at 5:15 every morning, walking to the subway in the dark, taking two trains, and then doing the reverse, not getting home until 7:00 at night. I rarely had a moment to breathe, I couldn’t get to all of my students who had various needs, and the school had me attending meeting after meeting after meeting.
I was completely overwhelmed.
YET . . .
While my mind was spiraling out of control, a gentle, loving, and kind voice began nudging me to find a way to teach on my own, on my own terms. Teaching came naturally to me; I cared very deeply for my students and knew I wanted to create an impact in their lives, yet I was struggling.
How could I teach on my own? If I didn’t work for a school, how could I continue to pursue my mission of serving and supporting students? Where would I go?
Although the answer was far from clear, I began to take steps to figure it out.
On a Monday morning, I walked into the school, sat down with the principal, and gave my two weeks’ notice. The pain of staying at my job far exceeded the fear of leaving and pushing myself into the unknown.
AND . . .
Within three months I started my first business, Teacher on the GO! followed by The Non-Nine-to-Five™ two and a half years later.
Here is what I want you to know . . .
The desire you have from deep within to create successful self-employment, to impact others with your uniqueness, and to generate an income doing heart and soul-connected work, is REAL.
If you find yourself constantly thinking about what it would be like to have your own business, what it would be like to serve and support amazing clients who need you, and what it would be like to have autonomy and full creative license, there’s a reason for this.
You are MEANT to be successfully self-employed.
The Universe, God, The Divine, your intuition (whatever you want to call it) KNOWS that pursuing your Non-Nine-to-Five purpose is the path for you. Make no mistake about that.
The question you want to ask yourself is: Am I willing?
Am I willing to move through my fears?
Am I willing to do what it takes?
Am I willing to write an entirely new story?
If you are, in fact willing, FANTASTIC. You have ALREADY taken the initial energetic step forward.
I invite you to read on about how The Non-Nine-to-Five™ works so you can begin to get a sense if the comprehensive work we do is a match for you.