Monday, May 2, 2011

My New Job

After 10 years of dreaming, wishing, planning, learning, growing, freaking-out & finally letting go, I decided to take the leap and leave my full-time job in order to work for myself. Today is my first day at my new job, and let me tell you - I'm LOVING it!

What will I be doing you ask? Well, for one, creating artwork that I love, to license on a multitude of wonderful products that are out there. I absolutely love pattern in all forms and on all surfaces and am excited to be able to be available to do just that! I've been working as a Textile Designer in the fashion industry for 10 years - and will definitely be keeping my hands in that industry because I just love it! I am excited to broaden my horizons and to be able to learn and grow in new ways.

This was a huge decision for me - and I'm sure it's a huge one for everyone who faces this urge and decides to follow their passion - whether it be working somewhere spectacular or working for yourself. It's been on my mind for 10 years, and on my heart for 3. Most recently it's been on my legs, pushing me to jump! I kept holding back in fear until the passion got so huge I just couldn't contain it anymore.
A good friend of mine quoted this to me when I was on the border of trying to make my decision, and I came to the point in my life just recently where this quote rang very true for me - the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to boom.
I'm one of those girls where I have to have my ducks-in-a-row. I'm super responsible and I have to have a plan and a couple of back-up plans too. If there's something I think I need to know to be successful I'll read a book on it, listen to a class, reach out to someone with wisdom. So, I've got a few plans & got savings built up to help me on my way. I'm sure it's not going to be easy - but it will be worth it. With all the planning, on the flip side, I'm focusing on keeping my mind open, being realistic and keeping my expectations loose.

Thanks so much to my husband Jake who has been asking me to leave my day job for quite a few months now, has been listening to my flip-flopping with this decision, and has been there for me over those 10 years of dreaming. Thanks so much to all of my wonderful friends who have been very encouraging and for believing in me. And thanks to all of you!

I am aspiring to blog much, much more now that my day job is working for myself! I'm also having a booth at Surtex May 15-17th in NYC to just get myself out there to meet people. {More on that later!}

So here I go! Leaping towards passion, towards the unknown, towards trying to discover more and more my purpose and to grow to become the best version of myself - to do the best that I can with the talents I have.


  1. Congratulations!! The quotes you wove into your post are so perfect. Wishing you all the best on the next chapter!

  2. Congratulations! So excited to see what awaits you. It's always inspiring to see others living their dreams. Mwa!

  3. I am so proud of you for your courage and strength. You have always been an inspiration to me and even more now! Josephine, you rock!

  4. As someone who is on the verge of making a very similar leap. you are now my inspiration. I love the quotes and wish you so much luck and big love from the UK. Let me know i would be happy to promote your fab work here. xxx Congratulations! x

  5. Oh my gosh, congratulations! That's huge! And now I wish I was going to Surtex even more. Here's another quote (from my dad): If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

  6. woohoo!!! i'm so happy for you, josephine!! you are so talented and i'm just so excited for you! congratulations on taking the leap!!!

  7. Congratulations! That's a huge step! Would love to meet you at Surtex!

  8. Thank you SO much everyone for your kind and encouraging words and well wishes!!

    MissGinger - Best of luck to you while you are on the verge of making a big leap in your life!!!

    Kmel - Those are some good words!

    Genevieve - I'd love to meet you at Surtex too!

    Diane & Laura - thanks for everything - all of your encouragement and pep-talks over the years : )

  9. Congratulations!! I adore you so much--I could not be happier for you right now!! Yay for you!! I look forward to keeping up with your new adventures!

  10. Congratulations! I can remember my similar post a few years back like it was just yesterday.. and at the same time eons ago. Good luck!

  11. "Jump and the net will appear." I'm not sure who the quote is from but it's a good one! Good luck on your new job!

  12. You are going to do GREAT! You are super talented, and I can't wait to see the success you will have!

    Good luck!

  13. wow, congratulations, well done and good luck! I did leave a "secure" job 15 years ago and jumped in webdesign... and now I'm thinking to leave this for my beads works... I find your post very inspirational :) best nicoletta (italy)
    ps: if you like to have little joint venture I will love to make some earrings inspired by your fabric pattern...(if you prefer you can write me at


Hi there - I'd love to hear from you! What say you?


Related Posts with Thumbnails