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How I found my passion, escaped from my soul-sucking day job and went on to help others gain their freedom too.

I believe there is a switch inside all of our brains, I call it the “entrepreneurial switch”, and when it is flicked there is no going back to being able to settle for a day job. You’ll know if this switch has been flicked in your brain if:

  • you have a voice inside you saying “you’re meant for so much more than this”
  • you can’t stop yourself from thinking about how your job is a waste of your time and you could be doing so many more exciting and productive things
  • if you sit at your desk and try to calculate how mcuh money you would need to earn from a business idea you have so you could leave your job

Feeling like this can be scary – after all most of us are taught as children to pass our exams, go to uni or get a job and wait for retirement.

Choosing a different path to this can feel scary. But however much you try to hide from these the feeling that you’re meant for more it won’t go away! You are going to have to go on this adventure at some point…

My adventure started in 2012 when I started my first business. I had a steady job, it paid me good money, I got lots of holiday days and flexitime. I could have just stayed there and tried to make my life outside of work as exciting as I could. But there was something inside me telling me I was meant for more. Something about me had changed and I couldn’t ignore it. I had to see what was possible for me, so I set up a my first business. This became my “side hustle” and I ran it alongside my day job.

A bit about me…

Hi, I’m Laura, lover of:

1. Books – I love escaping to different worlds and reading was the thing that started my entrepreneurial journey – so I have a lot to thank books for! 

2. Travel – I’m always planning my next trip and me and my husband love travel so much we got married in NYC (we live in the U.K.).

3. Last but definitely not least, my little dog Maisy – she keeps me living in the moment, gets me outside everyday for fresh air and exercise and she’s also my therapist and my ‘pick me up’ during tough times.

 

For most of my adult life so far I was employed in the UK Public Sector (think Civil Service and NHS). In a variety of roles, but heavily focused on complaints (you ask why I would subject myself to that? I still have no idea!)

I started my own business in 2012, as a side hustle while working full time, and had great success making button and brooch bouquets for lots of lovely brides-to-be!

I then went on to launch My Journey to Fearless in 2017 as I wanted to help others to start their side hustle and transition out of their day jobs.

I didn’t have the luxury of a big savings account – so I couldn’t quit my job and focus 100% on my business. I had to start and grow my business while working full time. I had to contend with a toxic work environment, negative colleagues and some pretty bad managers. I had to find the motivation and resilience to get home and work on my business even when I was completely drained and exhausted.

So I get you! I’m here to share my experiences, be your cheerleader and help you reach that success that is waiting for you too!

My first business

My first business was making wedding bouquets from buttons and brooches. This business started by accident when I made my own bouquet (cue soppy wedding photo of me over there —>) and friends and colleagues asked me to make their bouquets too.

I started this business while working full time in a job that bored me and that I wasn’t passionate about, and when I started it I didn’t have a clue about running a business. I’d never studied business or taken any courses about how to run a business. Important note: You don’t have to!

I went from not knowing how to make a button bouquet or anything about running a business to making bouquets for so many lovely brides and making their weddings even more special. You can check out my work here.

If you’ve been holding yourself back because you’re not an “expert” or you don’t have any business qualifications then stop! You truly can figure out everything you need to know along the way. If I can do this then you can too. There is nothing stopping you – only yourself.

I spent hours figuring everything out by reading loads of books, listening to podcasts and taking expensive online courses and now I’m putting all of my knowledge and experience into one place to help you. You can find out more here.

Photo credit: B Freed NYC Wedding Photography

…and then my manager rolled her eyes at me…

 So we all know those moments don’t we – when something happens that’s a deal-breaker and makes us re-assess everything?

This happened to me in 2016 when I almost had a panic attack at work. When I took my manager aside and told her what was happening she rolled her eyes at me like she didn’t believe me, or like I was being a drama queen.

I’d been coping ok with working for a company where constant (and chaotic) change was a reality, however one day it got too much for me. 

I’d worked hard for this company for 10 years. I was one of those people who worked hard, took on extra work and mentored my colleagues, I would go above and beyond what was required of me. However when I needed support from them there was none. As a result my mental health declined and I ended up signed off work.

Hitting Rock Bottom

I hit my lowest point. I was struggling with stress and anxiety so I went to see a therapist. One of the things she asked me to do was to think of something I loved to do as a child. After some thought I remembered I loved reading. I would wake up extra early in the morning to read before school and I would stay up late at night to finish a chapter or a book.

So I looked for books that might help me figure out how to change my situation. This is when my personal development journey began.

I realised that my heart was no longer in my first business and this scared me. I’d put so much time and energy into it and I felt like I would be failing if I stopped doing it. However people had been asking me how I started the business, how I managed it alongside my day job and I knew I wanted to explore this further. 

and that’s when I found my true passion

I jumped head-first into the world of personal development and self care and gradually my mindset started to shift. My eyes were opened to all the possibilities that were out there for me and all I had to do was figure out what it was that I wanted to do. I realised that a switch (I like to call it the entrepreneurial switch) had been flicked on in my brain when I started my first business and there was no going back. I knew what kind of life I could create for myself if I started the right business for me and from this point on I knew I could no longer be happy in a day job.

I decided to look back over my life as a whole and see what I could learn:

I started by looking at the skills I have from my career experience:

I was always offering advice to my colleagues and helping them solve their problems (could I be a counsellor? No, I didn’t want to do that).

I was great at making relationships with people and speaking to people (should I go into sales – no!).

I loved organising things. I was one of those people who had everything in my Outlook calendar and loved juggling everything to make it fit (should I be a PA, no, I didn’t want to do that).

My managers always complimented me on my writing skills (should I write a book? Yes! This is on my list of things to do in 2020!)

 I also looked back on my childhood and what people would say about me:

I was told I should be a teacher on more than one occasion (I knew I didn’t want to be a teacher).

I was also called bossy! But I could later see that this was because I was always organising everyone and I was a natural leader.

I then also looked at the other things I’d done in my life:

I had dropped out of uni but then went back to study via distance learning and had completed my degree whilst working full time (I knew I loved learning! Yes – one thing I knew I loved!).

I had started my first business alongside my admin job and really enjoyed the idea of working for myself (yes – something else I knew I loved!).

This led me to my a’ha moment!

That a’ha moment!

When I started to put all of these things together things began to fall into place and I began to think…

“…I could teach people somehow, about what I did to escape my soul-destroying job, to help them work through the problems they were experiencing, by running my own business, which would require me to learn (a lot!!), be a leader and be super organised, and also to write blog posts (and a book one day!)…wow!!”

There had been little clues all through my life that had been pointing me to what I needed to do. Suddenly it all made sense and the next part of my journey could begin. I felt a huge sense of relief wash over me that I had finally found the answers I had been looking for for so long.

That a’ha moment!

When I started to put all of these things together things began to fall into place and I began to think…

“…I could teach people somehow, about what I did to escape my soul-destroying job, to help them work through the problems they were experiencing, by running my own business, which would require me to learn (a lot!!), be a leader and be super organised, and also to write blog posts…wow!!”

There had been little clues all through my life that had been pointing me to what I needed to do. Suddenly it all made sense and the next part of my journey could begin. I felt a huge sense of relief wash over me that I had finally found the answers I had been looking for for so long.

 

That a’ha moment!

When I started to put all of these things together things began to fall into place and I began to think…

“…I could teach people somehow, about what I did to escape my soul-destroying job, to help them work through the problems they were experiencing, by running my own business, which would require me to learn (a lot!!), be a leader and be super organised, and also to write blog posts…wow!!”

There had been little clues all through my life that had been pointing me to what I needed to do. Suddenly it all made sense and the next part of my journey could begin. I felt a huge sense of relief wash over me that I had finally found the answers I had been looking for for so long.

“Each one of us has something special, a superpower, but not many of us get to discover it, and even fewer of us get to share it with the world and help others.

I want to change that”

Do you ever feel like…

 

*You keep holding yourself back and feel angry with yourself for doing so?

*You have plenty of ideas for what you could do as a business but you’re scared to put yourself out there?

*Or you have no ideas and need some help to discover your passion and purpose?

*You’re at a point where you just tolerate your day job because you have bills to pay, but that’s it?

*All of this has been weighing a lot on your mind lately and you just need a push to get going?

 

Here’s the thing…

It’s not easy deciding to make a change in your. life. You’ll have lots of doubts, worries and fears to overcome. 

At the start you won’t know what to do first…

…you might not know what your passion is…

…you might not know what kind of business you want to start…

…you might not know the first step to take…

That’s ok. It’s completely normal. Everyone starts somewhere.

That’s where My Journey to Fearless comes in. I’m here to help you set off on your adventure into entrepreneurship, side hustles and leaving your day job!

 

1. Start Here: A good place to start is at the beginning! Which is why I’ve created a page of free resources for you to help you at any point on your journey. Whether you’re looking for your passion, need help to “survive” your day job or need to get your business started. Check them out here.

 

2. The Blog: Check out the blog for answers to your biggest questions and tips and advice to help you with your day job, finding your passion and starting your business. You can read the blog here.

3. The My Journey to Fearless Podcast: Coming in early July! I’ll be sharing the stories of women who have found their passion, started a business and left their day job to inspire you and show you just what’s possible for you too. Make sure you’re on the list to hear about it first!

My core business Values

With everything I do in my business I keep the following in mind. It helps me remember my why and keeps me focused on my number one priority which is helping women realise there is so much more out there for them than their day job.

1. Community is key. my community of women all have one thing in common (apart from wanting to leave their day job!). they believe that we can all be successful, there is room for all of us, and that women should lift each other up and not tear each other down.

2. i believe in first chances. i will be the one who gives people their first chance – when growing my team I will always look for the opportunity hire women looking for their first client to get their business started.

3. personal development is essential. I will work on and develop myself everyday. I am not perfect. I do not have all of the answers, however i will get better every single day.

4. I want to leave a mark. I want to switch on that entrepreneurial switch in their brain which shows them just what is possible for them. I want to be remembered for helping women achieve great success.

5.  I KEEP THINGS SIMPLE. I BELIEVE THINGS SHOULD BE DONE IN THE EASIEST AND MOST SIMPLE WAY. WE TEND TO OVERCOMPLICATE THINGS AND OVERWHELM OURSELVES. THERE’S NONE OF THAT HERE. I FIND THE SIMPLEST WAY TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL AND SHOW YOU HOW TO DO THE SAME.

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