A few weeks ago, I replied to a post made in the SITSGirls Facebook group. The post was asking for anyone with amazing career stories, and with leaving my 15-year career in retail, I decided to email her to see if she was interested. Thankfully, she was… she was writing a blog series about it over at MakinThe Bacon.
When the call happened, I was a little nervous. The only people I’ve had Skype calls with are my parents, and two wonderful ladies in “the biz”. While both are amazing role models, one now teaches women to become virtual assistants, and the other is a virtual assistant I consider myself very lucky to be working with, as I’ve learned so much from her in such a short time.
She asked me how I learned about virtual assisting, why I decided to go with it and how I got started. We talked about Facebook groups and the sense of community that can exist in them if the right people are there. We discussed how impossible it would be to get the kind of help we can get today, before the Internet or Google came to be. We agreed that it would just be a matter of finding someone who’d been there and done it, but without the Internet, it would be more difficult to find those people; potential mentors.
We shared how when we discuss things with our spouses or family members, they’re present for the conversation but you notice their eyes glaze over a bit because, truth be told, they honestly just don’t know enough about it to partake in the conversation in a more lively manner. 🙂
I truly hope that my story can help someone out there, so many amazing people have helped me whenever I’ve had questions or wasn’t sure of my next step.
If my story can inspire someone to take that leap, after wishing they could just do it, then that makes me happy.
As someone I deeply admire once shared with me, how many Thursdays can you handle doing what you’re doing, knowing your dreams are going on, unlived.
Take the leap.
It’s terrifying and satisfying and rewarding and you will regret it if you don’t give it a shot!
Both the interview and the blog post have made me the opposite of empty. The interview left me happy and positive and feeling good about my decision, as tough as it can be. The blog post brought a smile to my face because I noticed other posts in the series, which pointed out that I’m not alone.