I have been self-employed for 4 weeks now. Check out my last blog post to get the whole story, but to fill you in quickly, 4 weeks ago I totaled my car, got fired from my job, launched my own business, and let’s just go ahead and tack on, “broke up with my boyfriend”. Okay, now you’re caught up.
Since the soft launch of Lichen Livin’ (May-18-2017) I have been in what I will describe as, “learning in limbo”. Learning, because to be honest, I don’t know that I was quite ready to become fully self-employed, but I also don’t know that I would have ever been able to convince myself that I was fully “ready”. I’m grateful I was forced to take the leap. That is not to say that I was completely ill prepared, I had already taken a step back from my salaried, full-time management position to only working 3 days a week at an hourly rate. I spent my “extra days off” refreshing myself on the basics of the business degree I earned at Northwood University. I set up mentor meetings, watched a lot of YouTube videos and TED talks to inspire the focused thoughts needed to communicate the vision I have and why it makes sense. I have written and evolved 4 business plans, I have libraried all over the place, forced inspiring professionals to let me hang out with them, enrolled in the SBA counseling program, have spent a very frustrating amount of time just sitting and thinking and brainstorming, and researching, writing and reading. Currently I find myself in Palm Springs, California because I already need a vacation from my own life. HA Just kidding! I am here in hotter than hell Palm Springs gaining a hands-on, one-on-one education of the hemp plant in it’s growth along with industry standings on local, national, and global levels. Why the hemp detour?
My life is now committed to assisting others live vibrant, pain free lifestyles and hemp is a magical healing plant that I need to know everything about. I can speak for my personal breakthroughs and the relief I have found in both CBD & THC products all day long, but I need to know everything about the subject. I need to know so I can then relay the no bullshit, to the point, scientific truths about Cannabidiol and why you should be making it a part of your lifestyle. Just to refresh everyone; Cannabidiol or CBD is a chemical compound found in the hemp plant. Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol),CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects.
So here is the limbo: As hard as I have been working toward getting my business organized and prepared to confidently begin perusing clients, I have been holding back on investing too much of my energy marketing to my local Golden, CO demographic. I have been holding back due to the possibility of a move to Palm Springs, CA or Fort Collins, CO. An interest in both locations lies in the opportunities for personal and business growth along with partnership potential in already established platforms of relevance to assist in fully launching Lichen Livin’ with some real momentum behind it.
Limboing and waiting around for other people to make moves so you can make the right moves is awful. Sometimes unavoidable, and sometimes worthwhile but in general, we must not make our decisions based on others, but rather what we feel and know to be right, true, and fulfilling within ourselves. Collecting the information needed to understand the scope of our decisions is important but ultimately siding with your instincts and what rings true to your value system is what will conclusively get you to where you desire to be.
Let patience be the lesson in waiting, and fulfillment be the fruit of its labor. A big decision for myself and the future of Lichen Livin’ is just around the corner and I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to get this lifestyle wellness and healing show on the road! I sincerely look forward to blowing you all away.
Stay tuned for “The Big Decision” through the Lichen Livin’ facebook page and website! Quickly, but very sincerely THANK YOU for all of the support and encouragement I have received from so many of you while I take on this exciting chapter of life.