“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ André Gide
I can’t quite recall the first time I read or heard this quote; it’s been quite some time. But I love it and I’ve leaned into it for years. It’s been written on every white board, or posted on each bulletin board, in all of the cubicles, offices and spaces I’ve occupied. Sometimes it’s been jotted in the margin of my notebook, as a reminder to myself. And many times, it’s been shared with a friend, a co-worker, or a loved one in need of some encouragement.
As you can see, it’s become very personal to me. I even feel like Mr. Gide wrote this quote specifically for me. But, of course, I’m always willing to share! So, why am I going into such detail about one quote? Well, you see Friends, it’s how I came to be here and it’s where my story begins.I’ve always had the desire to own my own business running through my veins. However, I took the expected path to a successful career by getting my business degree and pursuing a corporate position after graduation. I spent the first 2 years of my career in management and the last 8 years in human resources.
The quote above has guided me through many scary and challenging times throughout my career. I’ve used it to push myself to do more and be more. But when I was honest with myself, I was never truly happy or fulfilled in my career. I longed for more than working my life away and clawing my way up the corporate ladder. I knew I had to take charge of my own life and make a change. But that decision was scary and took me a long time to make. Why? Because I felt like I’d be “wasting my degree.” Because it seemed crazy and didn’t make sense. Because I’d worked so hard to get to where I was. Because, because, because – the excuses fell from my lips like leaves from tree branches in fall. However, the idea was always there, lurking in the back of my mind, and was something I talked about frequently with my husband, Mike.
In 2015, the tide of change was coming into shore. Mike, and I found out we were being relocated by his company to a new state. It was an exciting time for us, and as soon as we found out about the move, the idea of starting my own business surfaced again and the questions began to swirl:
- Could this be the opportunity I’ve been waiting for to start my own business?
- Should I really leave my corporate position behind, along with all of the blood, sweat, and oh-so-many tears that I poured into it for the past 8 years?
- What in the world will people think?
- How will we make this work (it’s not like we won the lottery or anything!)?
- Is this all just an impossible dream?
Sleepless nights came, along with hours of conversations with family and close friends. And in late July 2015, the decision was finally made. I would leave my corporate life in order to pursue my dream. I stayed on with my company for several more weeks after turning in my notice, as Mike and I transitioned to our new home, not leaving until mid-September. But once I left, I began running full force into the unfamiliar territory of entrepreneurship, armed with nothing more than a big dream and the support of my loving family and dearest friends.
And this one small, unassuming quote has been guiding me this whole time. So I hope it encourages you today, Friends! Thank you for joining me on this journey. I can’t wait to discover what’s out there past the shoreline.
And if you’re interested in the images from this post, I captured them on vacation in September 2014 when Mike and I visited San Francisco. They were taken from the ocean side of the Golden Gate Bridge. The views were absolutely stunning! 🙂