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Career Change and Small Business Journal

Collection by Grace + hudson jewelry | dainty jewelry | Charleston, SC • Last updated 10 days ago

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I quit my job as a lawyer in 2017 to start grace + hudson and I've written a series of blogs on how I became a small business owner. I call them my weekly journal entries. I hope they inspire you to follow your own dreams, whether that's changing careers, becoming an entrepreneur, or both!

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In this journal entry I talk about the unconscious need for approval. Are you more attached to receiving approval than pursuing happiness? In particular, I find this is a big blind spot for people in high-level positions. Becoming aware of this issue is one of the keys to unlocking happiness and creating a career and a life you love.

How The Need For Approval Can Hold You Back From Living A Life You Love

In this journal entry I talk about the unconscious need for approval. Are you more attached to receiving approval than pursuing happiness? In particular, I find this is a big blind spot for people in high-level positions. Becoming aware of this issue is one of the keys to unlocking happiness and creating a career and a life you love.

Money is going to be a factor in the career decisions you make, but let it be just that: one single factor in the overall decision-making process. Let me encourage you to be driven less by money and more by what is going to grow you and evolve you into the next highest version of yourself... Money Doesnt Buy Happiness, How To Make Money, How To Become, I Quit My Job, Changing Jobs, Career Change, Starting Your Own Business, Journal Entries, Decision Making

Career Change: Be Motivated Not By Money, But By Growth and Evolvement

Money is going to be a factor in the career decisions you make, but let it be just that: one single factor in the overall decision-making process. Let me encourage you to be driven less by money and more by what is going to grow you and evolve you into the next highest version of yourself...

In this journal entry I'm writing about how things can happen so quickly when you're on the right path. I think a lot of people who want to start their own business or change careers like I did get so caught up in the fears of what can go wrong. Naturally! We humans usually don't love the idea of change. But we get so consumed with those thoughts that we forget or overlook just how quickly things can fall into place when they're right and when they're meant to be... Trust Your Gut, Trust Yourself, Pay Attention To Me, I Quit My Job, Famous Books, Quick Reads, Career Change, Dont Love, Moving Out

Things Happen Quickly When You're On The Right Path

In this journal entry I'm writing about how things can happen so quickly when you're on the right path. I think a lot of people who want to start their own business or change careers like I did get so caught up in the fears of what can go wrong. Naturally! We humans usually don't love the idea of change. But we get so consumed with those thoughts that we forget or overlook just how quickly things can fall into place when they're right and when they're meant to be...

In this journal entry, I'm writing about failure. I heard this line the other day, “There is freedom in failure” and it resonated with me so much. We think of failure so negatively, but it doesn't have to be that way. I happen to have some first hand experience with this... I Quit My Job, Take Risks, Career Change, Journal Entries, Life Skills, That Way, Dreaming Of You, How To Become, Freedom

There Is Freedom In Failure

In this journal entry, I'm writing about failure. I heard this line the other day, “There is freedom in failure” and it resonated with me so much. We think of failure so negatively, but it doesn't have to be that way. I happen to have some first hand experience with this...

If you don't treat your business as an investment and invest money where it is reasonably needed, how can you expect people to invest in you and your business idea by purchasing your products or services? You can't! In this journal entry I'm exploring this idea a bit further... I Quit My Job, Career Change, Investing Money, Journal Entries, Start Up Business, Let Them Talk, Best Photographers, Professional Photographer, Home Buying

Your Start-Up Business Is An Investment - Treat It As Such!

If you don't treat your business as an investment and invest money where it is reasonably needed, how can you expect people to invest in you and your business idea by purchasing your products or services? You can't! In this journal entry I'm exploring this idea a bit further...

In this journal entry, I'm talking about money because it's the #1 block to pursuing your passions! If you have big goals and they either (a) require money or (b) involve making money, working on your mindset around money will be time well spent (pun intended!) Motivate Yourself, Improve Yourself, How To Make Money, How To Become, I Quit My Job, Frame Of Mind, To Strive, Grateful Heart, Career Change

Seven Ways To Improve Your Money Mindset

In this journal entry, I'm talking about money because it's the #1 block to pursuing your passions! If you have big goals and they either (a) require money or (b) involve making money, working on your mindset around money will be time well spent (pun intended!)

In this journal entry, I want to talk a little about the small business world. If you want to start a business someday or already have, there is something to be careful about in the early stages. I wish someone had warned me about this before I started my business... Guard Up, Misery Loves Company, I Quit My Job, Online Group, Pop Up Shops, New Start, Career Change, Still Working, Journal Entries

Something To Be Careful About In The Small Business World

In this journal entry, I want to talk a little about the small business world. If you want to start a business someday or already have, there is something to be careful about in the early stages. I wish someone had warned me about this before I started my business...

What do you think of when you hear the word abundance? Most people think about money, right? Wrong! Abundance is about realizing that everything you need is available to you, whether that be money, happiness, love, food, health, etc. The problem is, most of us don't truly believe this. Why should we? Society teaches us differently... Depend On You, I Quit My Job, Courage To Change, Get What You Want, Career Change, Thinking Of You, Dreaming Of You, How To Become

Abundance Doesn't Depend On Your Circumstances

What do you think of when you hear the word abundance? Most people think about money, right? Wrong! Abundance is about realizing that everything you need is available to you, whether that be money, happiness, love, food, health, etc. The problem is, most of us don't truly believe this. Why should we? Society teaches us differently...

Many people lack a good set of awareness muscles so they end up doing things they don't want to. And then they feel drained, unfulfilled, or frustrated without knowing why. The key to feeling more freedom right now is acknowledging (i.e. having awareness) that you may have chosen something for reasons that no longer resonate with you or never did in the first place. I Quit My Job, Feeling Empty, Corporate America, Interesting Information, Career Change, Good Grades, Journal Entries, Decision Making, The Only Way

The Skill of Awareness & Why It's So Important to Creating A Life and Career You Love

Many people lack a good set of awareness muscles so they end up doing things they don't want to. And then they feel drained, unfulfilled, or frustrated without knowing why. The key to feeling more freedom right now is acknowledging (i.e. having awareness) that you may have chosen something for reasons that no longer resonate with you or never did in the first place.

As a small business owner, I have so many tips, tricks, and information to share with aspiring entrepreneurs, but if I had to boil it down to one thing, it would be this. Difference Of Opinion, I Quit My Job, Career Change, Starting Your Own Business, The One, Dreaming Of You, Entrepreneur, Things I Want, How To Become

If There's One Thing I Want Aspiring Entrepreneurs To Know, It's This

As a small business owner, I have so many tips, tricks, and information to share with aspiring entrepreneurs, but if I had to boil it down to one thing, it would be this.

When you start your own business, the temptation is so great to follow the crowd. However, if you plan to achieve a high level of success as an entrepreneur, you quickly learn that you need to differentiate yourself and your business. I Quit My Job, Go Your Own Way, Career Change, Starting Your Own Business, Fleetwood Mac, Differentiation, Feeling Special, Business School, Life Purpose

Go Your Own Way: The Importance Of Differentiating Your Business From The Rest

When you start your own business, the temptation is so great to follow the crowd. However, if you plan to achieve a high level of success as an entrepreneur, you quickly learn that you need to differentiate yourself and your business.

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The Criticism & Judgment You'll Face When Starting Your Own Business

Welcome to another edition of my Weekly Journal! I use this space to share about my journey from lawyer to jewelry business owner. In this week's journal entry I want to talk a little about criticism and judgment. This conversation will be geared towards those who want to quit an unfulfilling job to start their own bus

Starting a business is tough work and you'll definitely hit some bumps in the road. I'm sharing in this post why it's so important to have a strong sense of faith and trust that you're on the right path. Losing A Parent, Losing Me, Career Change, New Career, Change Is Hard, I Quit My Job, The Way You Are, Starting Your Own Business, Everyone Knows

Why A Sense Of Faith & Trust Is So Crucial When Starting Your Own Business

Starting a business is tough work and you'll definitely hit some bumps in the road. I'm sharing in this post why it's so important to have a strong sense of faith and trust that you're on the right path.

In this podcast, I talk with career change coach Vilma Usaite. We go deep! Vilma previously worked in finance and I'm a former lawyer, so we had a lot to say about switching careers. If a career change is in your future, you'll definitely want to listen and maybe even reach out to Vilma for some advice and guidance! She looks at career change from a holistic perspective, so she's different from all the coaches out there. My Career, Career Change, Switching Careers, I Quit My Job, Meaningful Conversations, Coaches, Lawyer, Perspective, Finance

A Meaningful Interview On Career Change (Podcast Link Included)

In this podcast, I talk with career change coach Vilma Usaite. We go deep! Vilma previously worked in finance and I'm a former lawyer, so we had a lot to say about switching careers. If a career change is in your future, you'll definitely want to listen and maybe even reach out to Vilma for some advice and guidance! She looks at career change from a holistic perspective, so she's different from all the coaches out there.

There's one question I get asked a lot and it's this: "HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED TO SAVE UP TO QUIT MY JOB AND START MY OWN BUSINESS?" I'm sharing my thoughts on the topic in this journal entry. Own Your Own Business, Starting Your Own Business, I Quit My Job, How To Be Graceful, Business Offer, Quitting Your Job, Make Up Your Mind, Career Change, Journal Entries

How much money do I need to quit my job and start my own business?

There's one question I get asked a lot and it's this: "HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED TO SAVE UP TO QUIT MY JOB AND START MY OWN BUSINESS?" I'm sharing my thoughts on the topic in this journal entry.

It can be overwhelming to start your own business because there are so many things on the checklist. What should you prioritize? Here are 3 things you may not have thought about before Effective Ads, I Quit My Job, Facebook Business, Just Start, Career Change, Starting Your Own Business, Prioritize, 3 Things, Dreaming Of You

3 Things To Prioritize When You Start Your Own Business

It can be overwhelming to start your own business because there are so many things on the checklist. What should you prioritize? Here are 3 things you may not have thought about before