For Me, There is No Plan C

I recently read an article in the New York Times Entitled “Maybe It’s Time for Plan C”.  I actually couldn’t finish it because, like most news stories, it depressed me.  The article went on and on about professionals who lost or gave up on their 9-5 job for “Plan B” – starting their own business.  They discussed how hard it is, how you have no time to yourself and make no money. Great, that made me feel horrible today, thanks NY Times!

I dwelt on this for 4 days and self-assessed why I do Strawesome.  I thought to myself: yes, it’s difficult at times; yes, most of the time I feel like I have no life outside of work; and yes, it’s hard to raise two small children and run a business.  However, I wouldn’t trade it for any other job. I’ve had many past jobs and this is the only one that has brought me such joy and fulfillment.  Knowing that I’m doing what I love and it helps others makes the hard times all worthwhile.

So, then I decided to finish the NY Times article because, like the news, there’s always a cute puppy or kitten at the end to make you feel good about all the bad you just saw.  At the end of the article one of the women states something that I can totally relate to:

“Before, I never wanted to talk about work, other than to complain,” she added. “Now I like talking about my work so much that my husband has to actually ask me not to talk about it all the time.”

This is a sign of true love!

I love you Strawesome! Now it’s off to bed because I have a 4:30 AM alarm clock waiting for me so I can workout tomorrow!

~ Daedra

Comments (4)

  1. You go Daedra! Don’t give up on your dream. You have an awesome product to boot!

    I myself am one of those professionals who is just about to launch Plan B. I’m not giving up my day job yet but I have big dreams. I’m working my butt off too but am happy to do it. I feel more alive now than I have in years. In my professional life although I’m doing a-ok, I’ve always felt a little something was missing and I couldn’t put my finger on it. Now I know exactly what was missing and for the first time in my life a lot of stuff makes sense. I feel like I’m right where I need to be and doing exactly what I should be doing. Big talk. The proof will be in the cash register but I will work my heart and soul off willingly to make that happen.

    As Maya Angelou says ““You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

    Lanie
    Aug 21, 2011 Reply
  2. Thanks Lanie!

    Daedra Surowiec
    Aug 21, 2011 Reply
  3. I hear you on both the hard work and the joy. The life of a WAHM is a tiring but fulfilling one! Your products are amazing and we couldn’t live without them here 🙂

    Aug 21, 2011 Reply
  4. I have always believed in the power of doing what you love- it has the power to keep you alive. Alive not just in the sense of breathing and thinking and going about your day, but in really being alive and living. I applaud you for going for your dream and discovering what you are truly passionate about. It is a big move and not many people are brave enough to take that step. Hi5! =)

    Sep 4, 2011 Reply

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