Perhaps this isn’t a surprise to some of you that follow along on Instagram Stories as a few of you have DMed me asking about the recent changes in my daily postings (no more metro shots heading into Virginia!).
But for the rest of you, SURPRISE! I finally took the plunge and quit my cushy corporate job to run my own businesses. To give you a bit of background on my career path up to this point, it started when I decided to attend law school almost ten years ago (yep, I’m that old). After attending law school, I did what any good law student does, I accepted a job at a dream firm, a national law firm with offices in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia. I worked in the Birmingham, Alabama office for 3.5 years before deciding that law firm life wasn’t for me. The long hours are draining. And when I came to the realization that I never wanted to make partner, I knew it was time to move on.
At the same time that I decided I wanted to get out of practicing law, I also decided (along with Michael) that I wanted to make a move to a bigger city. I started looking for non-law firm jobs in D.C. After a lengthy search, I landed another dream job at Bloomberg, a household name and a place that I was thrilled to be a part of. My job required a legal degree as the role was a legal editor position. I wrote and edited legal articles for publication in and on different print and web products. Shortly after I moved to DC, I started this blog. If you want a good laugh, check out my first “outfit post” here!
When I started this blog (three years ago in July!), I had no idea it would turn into what it is today, and I certainly had no idea that it would be the stepping stone on a path to eventually being able to work for myself. I’ve dreamed of being self-employed for as long as I can remember, but I just never knew how to make it happen. It’s a funny thing, once we get set on a certain path (law school for me), it’s hard to break out of a path that you’re expected to take.
This blog has lead to opportunities that I could have never imagined. From partnering with some of my favorite brands to being able to pursue my love of travel by partnering with hotels and tourism boards, I am forever grateful for every door this blog has opened.
Along with the blog itself came a whole new community that I’ve been fortunate to get to know not only in the DC area but quite literally around the world. Social media is a crazy thing. I’ve been able to make some real, REAL friends through blogging, another thing for which I’m so grateful.
By becoming more involved in the blogging (and creative) community and through my own blog work, I quickly noticed a missing piece to the creative community. There was a need for legal assistance. Contracts are part of almost every blogger/brand deal, including the deal itself, contracts between bloggers and photographers for images, and contracts for bloggers hiring outside assistance for website design, social media management, content creation, you name it! That’s where my Contracts for Creatives business was born.
Contracts for Creatives would have never happened if it wasn’t for this blog first being in existence. I get to use my law degree to help a community of people that I love supporting.
Its a combination of work from Cobalt Chronicles and Contracts for Creatives that has allowed me to finally leave my day job and solely focus on building two businesses that I started from the ground up.
It has been a dream of mine to be able to leave the cushy corporate world to focus on my businesses for some time now. Time became the limiting factor on growing both businesses. I devoted every hour outside of my 9-5 job to both. Waking up early, spending every lunch break working at Starbucks, and many an hour spent after work plugging away. I’m so grateful for the stability that my day job gave me and I’ll certainly miss my wonderful colleagues that I spent so much time with day in and day out. And sure, I’ll miss the benefits and steady paychecks too, but I wouldn’t trade either for the feeling I have each night going to bed knowing that I get to wake up and do what I love the next day and every day thereafter!
If you made it this far, thanks for hanging with me. I want to end this post by saying thank you. Thank you to you, whether you visit this site every day, once a week, once a month, or if this is your first time visiting. Whether you follow along on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter. I appreciate every single one of you from the bottom of my heart! Not a single “like,” DM, Facebook share, Facebook “like,” retweet, email, or comment here on the blog goes unnoticed. It’s because of you and your support that I get to do what I love, and for that, I am forever grateful!
Here’s to week 3 of many to come of working on my own two businesses that I LOVE.
Photos by Mary Elizabeth Creative