Hello, sweet friends! I’m still here in the Big Easy enjoying my December sabbatical + I have had all sorts of a-ha! moments that I’ll get around to sharing with you guys in the near future. But today I have something close to my heart that I need to speak with you about.
Are you an entrepreneur? Do you set your own hours + love your location independent business? I’ve got both hands raised over here. So, we’re all feeling great, building our businesses, hustling our little tails off (from the comfort of the couch wearing yoga pants), but out of the blue our spouse, a friend, or a family member bursts our little entrepreneurial bubble with the statement, “Well, I actually have to go to work everyday.” This of course implies that you are not working everyday because you don’t put on a suit, make the morning commute, and sit at a desk under nightmarish fluorescent lights all day.
Who’s with me on this? In my experience, my heart immediately sinks to the floor. As an entrepreneur, I put in far more hours than the person working a 9 – 5 job, but somehow my hard work + dedication aren’t enough simply because I have flexibility in my job. I have the freedom to choose where I work (my desk, my couch, my bed, by the pool, the coffee shop, even the beach), when I work (i wanted a month long sabbatical this december so I took it), and what I wear to work (hello yoga pants + big cozy sweatshirts).
Here is what I want all of you to take away from this: YOU did something most people do not do. You took a risk. You stepped out into the unknown. You gambled. And it worked out in your favor. Yes, you have a dreamy little life that most people just dream about, but you know what? You worked your BUNS off to get it. You put in 60-80 hours week. You sacrificed sleep and eating and going out with friends. YOU built something from nothing. YOU are incredible. And YOU can run your business as you damn well please.
So, please sweet friends. Don’t let the jealous and ignorance of people around you make you feel guilty for living the life you IMAGINED, DESIGNED, + HUSTLED to bring to life. You don’t owe anyone an explanation why it is noon and you are cozied up with your laptop, cuppa tea, and still in your PJs. I’ve built my little empire in PJs and turns out it’s actually worked really well for me, thank you very much.
So own those yoga pants. Take that sabbatical. Build a business that is aligned with YOUR heart, not the expectations of nay-sayers.
I support you. I adore you. I’ve got your back.
P.S. Here are some color combo inspo photos I’ve been taking of houses here in the French Quarter during my sabbatical. Enjoy!