I am writing this post at 10:54pm on May 9, 2017. I hope I remember this day forever, because it is the day that I put in my notice at my full-time job to pursue my nutrition private practice!
I wasn’t quite sure what direction I wanted to go when I started my business. I knew I wanted to help people with their nutrition. I knew I wanted to use my 8 years of education to generate a little bit of extra income rather than constantly giving away resources for free. I knew I wanted to be able to use my creativity and plan things in my own time on my own terms. So I rang in 2017 by launching G & G Nutrition Co.
I started out with part-time hours- evenings, weekends and virtual/telephone appointments- while I continued to work 40 hours per week in the hospital seeing sick patients. I commute 2-2.5 hours per day to and from work. I had big dreams of fulfilling counseling sessions, great blog posts, new recipes and fun projects. But what I experienced instead was not enough time in the day, the continued stress of my full-time job sandwiched between two lengthy commutes in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and difficulty being able to accommodate my new and growing business. It has left me pretty exhausted, and a little defeated.
As I entered my thirties in 2015, I started thinking a lot about my values, my goals and dreams, and really how to live a life that honors what is important to me. What is important to me? Helping people find balance and peace with food. Spending quality time with my friends and family. Taking care of myself physically and mentally. And of course, being happy.
They say when you start your own business that you will know when it’s time to leave your full-time job, and I have definitely been experiencing that over the past few months. I haven’t been honoring what is important to me in my life. I can feel that, and so can the people who are closest to me. I’ve also had to decline private practice opportunities on regular basis because they interfere with my full-time job. I knew I needed to think about jumping head first into my nutrition private practice when I actually started avoiding calling potential clients back because I had no idea when I would have the time or energy to see them.
As the feelings of leaving my job started becoming stronger and stronger, there have been a ton of thoughts swirling through my mind. Will I be okay financially? What about my benefits? I have a higher salary and better benefits as an inpatient clinical dietitian than I’d ever imagined, so I think it’s only natural that I struggled at the thought of losing them. But I have recently realized that there will probably not be a time when I feel 100% comfortable giving up that security. Sooooo with a chunk of savings in the bank and a few part-time opportunities lined up to cover basic expenses, I think now is as good of time as ever to “just jump”. I gave my notice today around lunch time, and I spent the whole rest of the day in complete disbelief that I was actually quitting my job.
I’m excited. I’m scared shitless. But we only have 1 life to live and I’m happy to say that I’m following my dreams <3 Wish me luck!!
I am SO, so, SO excited for you!!!! I’m so glad that things have been going well enough for you to get to this point, and I hope things just keep getting better! I’m sure with the extra time you’ll be able to more fully develop the opportunities coming your way now, which is so exciting! Good luck with everything, and I can’t wait to see more from you!!
Doreen, thank you so much!
Kristina Running says
Good luck Sam! I know you are off to bigger and better things than you were at your job. Even if you do return to a normal 9 to 5 someday you will be grateful for this experience. Back in 2011 I did the same thing – I quit my job to pursue freelancing full time. I ended up not enjoying it because I didn’t yet have the knowledge on how to run a business. When I was freelancing I was running myself into the ground working more hours than ever — sometimes until 2 or 3 in the morning. I wish I knew then what I know now about business. That being said, even though I went back into a traditional job I don’t regret going out on my own one bit. It taught me lessons that can only be learned by jumping into something head first.
I don’t think you will end up like me though. You have been so smart about researching how to run a business and how to make it work. I was a silly young 20-something who assumed I knew it all just because I could do one thing pretty well.
Congrats on taking this leap and I am looking forward to seeing where this journey takes you!
Thanks so much, Kristina! I appreciate your perspective from the other side. I have been feeling a little discouraged and thinking maybe I spent too much time on the business part and not enough time actually working with clients and generating business, but I guess it may help me in the long run. I also wonder if I will go back to a 9-5… we’ll see in this crazy thing called life!
Congrats, that’s so exciting! I’m sure this will be an amazing experience. :)
Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy says
So thrilled for you! What an exciting journey you have ahead :)
Thanks, Sarah! :)
I am late to the party, but I am so dang excited for you. Private practice is my long term goal, so it’s inspiring to me to see you make this move!
I definitely think it is important to consider how our time spent matches up with what we value- something I am constantly reassessing!
Thank you so much! And CONGRATS on passing the RD exam. I wish you were still in Charlotte so that we could celebrate!
Southern & Style says
Oh my gosh, Sam I’m so excited for you! This is an awesome step, I wish you the best!
Southern And Style