Adjusting to not having a corporate job

It has been a whirlwind the past two weeks since leaving the corporate world.  Not only has adjusting been interesting, but so has my life.

From an interview with (feature coming soon) to a video interview by Adorama TV and hosted by Mark Wallace that went up on their insanely popular YouTube Channel yesterday, having a booth at the Arizona Bridal Show, to recently being signed on to shoot for an incredible magazine (you know I’m just teasing you so I can announce it later this Friday), I am rubbing my eyes.  Rubbing my eyes in disbelief, and rubbing them because well, I’m sort of tired.  But don’t get me wrong, I am insanely, ridiculously happy.  Happiness equal to that I had during my four years of college! Now THAT, is happy.

There was a quote that a friend posted as her status on Facebook that moved me.  “Everything you could possibly want in life is right outside your comfort zone.” Well, I am out of my comfort zone.  I was scared, unsure, wanting so badly to leave my marketing/senior designer position I had been at for five years to do what I love.  I tried leaving before.  This was before the economy tanked around the summer of 2006, and before I even took up photography. I had wanted to pursue my web and graphic design boutique full time.  After I saw the economy take a nose dive and sadly see several of my clients close shop, I decided to stay put.  It was just safer and smarter.

The economy still isn’t fantastic at the moment.  But, I still wasn’t happy doing the corporate thing.  Thankfully, God just answered my relentless prayers and eased my hesitation.  He just took care of it all and continues to do so.  Clearly.  Deciding to leave corporate isn’t the easiest thing.  Deciding to work for yourself is scary.  You become so many things – marketing director, accounts receivable, billing specialist, customer service, and whatever talent you are attempting to sell.

I would always get so envious of those that I heard left corporate to do whatever passion they had (most of them photographers), full time.  Jealous.  Envious.  Totally green – and not the environmental kind.

I’m not going to be one of those photographers that pretends I’ve been doing this full-time for a super long time.  Honestly, most photographers are doing it part-time (please don’t all hate me for telling the real world so).  It’s just one of those things you do, just like anything, until you realize you have what it takes to go full time – the client base, the volume of inquiries, the branding, the marketing strategy, and most of all, the guts and support from family and friends.  Actually, the most important thing is that you have a no fail attitude – that you know you will not allow yourself to do anything other than what you love.  Worst comes to worse, there’s always the corporate world to go back to.  That, isn’t going anywhere.

For those of you who followed me over from my other blog, I had written this February 5, 2010:  If you say you’re going to do something that you really want to do, such as a dream, then go and do it.  What do you have to lose?  Don’t be scared of failure.  If you’re convinced of your own character that you’ll be able to turn any bad situation around again (or at least know that trying certainly won’t kill you) then you have nothing to lose.  Only time passes and that opportunity never arises again and you have lost time and a stale dream.

Yes it’s been only fourteen days.  However, in the past fourteen days, I can tell you that the “out of comfort zone” place, is very much, very comfortable.

I sent an email to my Financial Advisor telling him I was rolling over another 401K plan into my IRA.  He wrote me back, and clearly, my dad had recently spoken to him, “Your Dad seems pretty excited for your prospects – go get’em.”

I’m going.

Diana Elizabeth is attempting to strategize her time because her friend Dallin warned her that working for herself would take up more time.  It does.  She is thinking of dedicating specific days to just running errands, doing laundry, and meetings.  However, she is fearful this would make her incredibly anal.  So…

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

1 Comment

  • Leeann Dearing

    I love this! So proud of you and excited for you.

    You truly have the whole package – the branding, the brains, the talent, the drive and (the trump card) the Lord.

    And as a woman who also works for herself, I can tell you it’s a wonderful, wonderful thing. When we started the studio four years ago, we were terrified and held on to part time jobs. Then we let go, and the business changed. Almost overnight. Because it had to.

    Stay fearless! Cheering for you, D.E.P!


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