Time for an evolution

There are times in life where whether you think you’re ready or not, life pushes you forward.  This is one of those times for me.

Not quite a year ago I made a pretty significant job change.  I switched out of an industry I love into completely unfamiliar territory.  What was the draw? I’d been offered a job working with an old flame of mine.  Foreign language. (German to be specific).  Although I was scared to make the jump, I knew I needed to do it.  I’d gone as far as I could where I was and knew I had to give myself a chance at something new.  I took the leap and landed in, well, muck.  I was now standing in an industry that was completely foreign to me, focusing on customers that speak a language I once knew much better than I do now, barely knowing which end was up.  It was exciting at first, but still my heart and feet felt heavy.  Not only did I need to learn the new industry, its players and its lingo, but I also needed to figure out how the heck to translate all of it in German!  It’s one thing to talk about where you’ve been, what you’ve seen and how to order a beer in a foreign language, but it’s an entirely different gig to speak business lingo regarding something you just learned in your native tongue the day before.  Amazingly enough I came to understand the new industry and the cobwebs started to come off and my German vocabulary was growing.  I was even communicating with my German customers entirely “auf Deutsch”. But life isn’t a fairy tale.  I didn’t love it.  I loved the German part, but I was in Sales and really missed the creative side of what I used to do (Marketing) in an industry I loved (Landscaping).  So, a couple of months ago, I made another change.  After straddling the fence for a little while between Marketing and Sales, I eventually made the shift into Marketing.  Ahhh, that felt better!  Although I was missing the German interaction, the creative juices started flowing again and my spirit started lifting.  You might think the story would end here but it doesn’t.  (This is where that push from life comes in.)  About a week ago circumstances changed again and my Marketing role has been scaled back to a part-time deal.  At first I wasn’t sure what I would do, then a little voice inside me said – “let go of the safety net and go for it”.

That brings me to today. Rather than pursuing a second part-time or a full-time gig for someone else, I decided that I’m going to trust in myself and start free-lancing again.  In addition to landscape and garden designs and consultations, my plan is to expand into marketing services such as web, blogging, photography, etc.  I’m not entirely sure at this point what it’s going to look like or where it’s going to take me, but honestly, I’m extremely excited about this new opportunity I’ve accepted and look forward to working with and for myself.

I have a lot work ahead of me but expect to see a new website (or two), far more frequent postings from Walnuts & Pears and who knows what else.

So there you have it.  The beginning of another evolution.

See ya tomorrow!


4 Comments to “Time for an evolution”

  1. Congratulations Katie — and good luck!


  2. way to take the leap and follow your heart! That’s a trait of people who live long and happy lives! Congratulations. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your new adventures….remember…evolution doesn’t happen overnight….be patient and enjoy the journey.


  3. Way to go Katie! Take life by the horns! 🙂


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