The pandemic has been an interesting time for everyone…(I feel like that might be a bit of an understatement). From mandated shutdowns to a presidential election, a lot has happened in 2020.
In March of 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, I was placed on furlough and started receiving unemployment at the age of 27 (something I never thought would happen). Fast forward four months and I was asked to return to the company I was working for pre-pandemic. However, this meant I would have to accept a demotion from my previous position (which I was not happy about).
I had been doing a little job-hunting during lockdown (I had to do something with all that free time, right?) and thought I might test the waters and find something new. I was fortunate enough to find a job relatively quickly and by July of 2020 I had already accepted an offer. About 2 weeks in, I realized this new job was just not for me. It didn’t align with anything I believed in and I literally had to drag myself out of bed every day. By September of 2020 I had already given my notice and would be done working for that company at the end of the month.
After giving my notice I felt a rush of emotions. I was happy, terrified, excited, and sad all at the same time (I kept saying “holy $h*t, I just quit my job” over and over.) I had no idea what I was going to do next – and most of the country was still on lockdown. After a lot of thought, tears, and phone calls I decided I wasn’t going to let 2020 get the best of me. I had always wanted to start my own private practice and figured now was the time to do it.
In October of 2020, I started Thoughtfully Fueled and never looked back. Now don’t get me wrong, starting a business during a global pandemic was not easy (especially because I had no idea where to start), but it was totally worth it. I have learned so much about myself during this process and would encourage anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship to give it a try. I also understand that starting a business is not in the cards for everyone, but I hope this inspires you to take the next step towards something you’ve always wanted (regardless of how big or little that step might be).