I Quit

Happy Monday! We're in San Antonio staying on the River Walk and I’m looking forward to exploring with the fam- I’ve never been here before.

On a more personal note…you may have noticed the title of this post and last Thursday was my last day at my full-time job!

I know I mentioned how much I loved working at the office in my Career Talk post, but I was definitely being stretched thin as my blog continued to grow and more opportunities became available. I struggled for a while with the decision because I worked at a really great firm (voted one of the Best Places to Work in LA), there were opportunities for growth and it was definitely a place I could picture myself being long-term. Naturally, I felt like I was leaving my second family but I was also consistently running on 3-4 hours of sleep per night to make sure I fit everything in and even though I knew I could do it- I realized something had to give. I also had so many more ideas/areas for my blog that I couldn't do until I had more time to really do them well.

I started my blog a year and a half ago and I've been able to monetize it strategically. To be honest, if I wasn’t able to monetize it, it would just be an expensive hobby and something I wouldn’t have pursued as consistently. Seeing positive growth in this area, I knew it was time to go for it and make it full-time in order to work at my full potential (and get a few more hours of sleep). My hubs played a huge part in my decision- he gave me the idea to start the blog, shoots the photos, helps out with back-end web support and challenged me to make it my full-time job. Without his huge support I wouldn’t be where I am today and I’m so thankful for him!

Being there more for Jadyn was also a huge factor in my decision to quit because she’s at an age (8) where she truly appreciates me being around. I always used to think I would want to work from home when she was little then go to a full-time position when she started school and didn't seem to need me as much, but I don’t think like that anymore. She actually needs me more and wants me more involved in her activities than when she was tiny and really didn't know any better. She knows what it’s like for me to work full-time and she’s expressed how happy she was on the last day of school that it was also my last day of work…it really hit me how much she gets it. She also gave me a list of ideas to do together this summer :) I only have 10 more summers with her before she's 18… and I want to make the most of them!

I recently heard a great quote on one of my favorite podcasts, “The greatest enemy to great is good.” I realized I could make two jobs work, I could up the caffeine intake and just keep up my momentum- I'm not afraid of hard work, I've never been. However, I realized trying to do everything wasn’t allowing me to have the time really excel in the areas I’m most passionate about. I knew that I needed to take the leap and get out of my comfort zone.

I’ve never worked for myself before my blog. I love working and I always pictured working a flexible job even when I had kids. What I love about blogging as a career is that it's beyond flexible and completely up to me how much effort I want to put into it. It makes it possible for anyone to really be their own boss. Blogging is also an industry that's not going away as our dependence on the internet and online communities continues to grow within our society. With this in mind, I became more confident blogging full-time would be the best decision for my family and myself.

What does this mean for my readers? With now more free time, my goal is to be more of a resource for you guys. I’ve started my newsletter (make sure to sign up below) you can expect more frequent blog posts and I’m going to be creating digital resources for those of you who are looking to start (or grow) your own blog as well- all announcements/updates in this area will be first available to my newsletter subscribers:


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Starting out my blog I didn’t know the potential of what it could become or all the hard work it entailed, but there’s nothing like the freedom of working for yourself and I hope to inspire you guys to do the same (whatever your industry). If you’re passionate about something, don’t be afraid to go against the grain or against what others think you should be doing. Don’t listen to naysayers, surround yourself with others who think outside the box (read entrepreneurial books, listen to podcasts, etc.) If I can do it, literally anyone can and I’m excited for this next chapter and to help my readers also follow their dreams if blogging is one of them!

xx Brittany

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  1. Jiawa June 1, 2015 at 6:36 am

    I was about to say CONGRATULATIONS – because I absolutely hate every part of my job and would be over the moon to quit! But when you love your job and it’s actually giving up something you enjoy, I can see that it would be really hard. However in my (somewhat biased) view, you made the right decision! Your story gives me confidence that maybe it’s possible for me to make blogging a full time job one day too.

    Thanks so much for sharing and generally being an inspiration!!

    Reply
    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Thanks girl! Just keep with it!

      Reply
    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Thank you!

      Reply
  2. Marah June 1, 2015 at 6:47 am

    This is truly inspiring. I started my blog about a year ago but haven’t been able to do all that I want to do with it because I have to work full time. Thank you for giving me hope that it can be reality to blog full time and I really look forward to your advice and suggestions for the blogger newbies who want to monetize and grow! I love Thrifts and Threads and am excited to see all that it can become!! Xo

    Marah – MarahCAR.com

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    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Marah! Time management is huge for you right now- just keep being consistent with your blog!

      Reply
  3. Brittany June 1, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I love that quote “the greatest enemy to good is great”!!! So true! Good for you Britt! Miss you!

    Reply
    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Right? So true! Miss you more! xx

      Reply
  4. Kelly Chakerian June 1, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Congrats momma! Excited for you and this new journey in your career. It has been fun watching the Lord turn this into something so amazing and successful for you!

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    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Aw thanks Kelly! :)

      Reply
  5. Rany June 1, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Congratulations! It does take a step of faith of quit a job, especially one that you really like, to go into another completely different direction, but how rewarding it can be! And I hope it continues to be for you. Congrats and best of luck!
    http://www.nottheaveragegirl.com

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    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Thank you! Yes definitely gets me out of my comfort zone!

      Reply
  6. Yolie Gutierrez-Betta June 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

    You are truly an inspiration to me. I have been pondering with the idea of starting my own blog. Reading your “I QUIT” letter to your followers, readers, fans, and of course supporters, has motivated me to just take the leap. Do what makes me happy! LIFE IS TOO SHORT! Sorry for the cliche, however so true. Here’s a quote that I would like to share with you.
    “If you do what you’ve always done, you get what you always got.”
    Kudos to you for taking the leap! Much success.
    From someone who will be looking forward to your new and improved blogging. :-)

    Reply
    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Aw thank you! Stay tuned for sure… I’m working on some things I’m really excited to share!

      Reply
  7. Erin June 1, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Congratulations on taking that leap!!!! You are inspiring and amazing and lucky to have such an amazing husband that supports you in this venture!! Can’t wait to see what’s next :)

    Reply
    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Erin! He’s a huge support and my rock! :)

      Reply
  8. jane June 1, 2015 at 11:50 am

    yay! i live in San Antonio!

    Reply
    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Such a cool town!

      Reply
  9. Auneetuh June 1, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations! I started my blog almost a year ago, and I’m currently experiencing some growth, I can’t wait to get to that level where I can do this full time! So happy for you <3

    Reply
    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Aw thank you! Just keep going w/ it.

      Reply
  10. Lau June 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Brittany, so excited for you! Congratulations once again, I wish you the best as a full time blogger!!! :)

    Reply
    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Lau!

      Reply
  11. Ashlee June 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Hell yes to this lady! Im always reading entrepreneur books, and working on making this goal for myself as real as you did! Congrats, can’t wait for my day to come when I am fully self-employed! What are some tips that really helped your blog take off!!?

    http://www.tusksandtails.com
    @favro

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    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Ashlee! Some of my favorite podcasts are Entrepreneur on Fire and Smart Passive Income, you may want to check those out! I’ll be sharing all my tips soon in the different materials I’m creating… in the meantime check out my FAQs that offer advice!

      Reply
  12. Raquel June 1, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    This post really hot home. I love what I do for a living (I work as an online faculty instructor) but wish I could focus more on my blog and all the areas I wish to explore. I’m really testing out the waters to see how it goes because right now I feel so lost and don’t even know where to start to capitalize on my blog. I’m glad you’ll be sharing more on this topic and thank you for giving me hope!

    Reply
    1. Brittany June 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Raquel! I’m excited to share what I learned to help my readers like you! :)

      Reply
  13. Nicole June 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    My closest friend and I each started our own blogs lately and we find ourselves having a hard time balancing our creativity, work and blogging – it’s like there’s not enough time in the day. I can’t wait to read along with all your tips for newbie bloggers (like myself). I love fashion bloggers that look to empower the beginners, rather than discourage them. So, thank you for that! x Nicole [www.changeanddress.com]

    Reply
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  18. Ellen Wright June 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Congratulations! A year and a half, wow. I just started my blog a month ago after wanting more work samples for job applications and have already fallen in love with being able to creatively share my interests. Props to you for being a #girlboss and just signed up for the newsletter.

    I look forward to following your progress :)

    Reply
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  20. lydia webb July 22, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for this post! Its very inspiring. I am also juggling full-time work, full-time blog and mom life all the time! It’s hard but so much fun.
    I love following your style adventures on instagram as well. :)

    xo, Lydia
    Instagram: @lydia.webb
    http://www.JettingJewels.com

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  21. Brianne July 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Just started blogging and this is so inspiring! Thanks :)

    Reply
  22. Aki Adachi August 17, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Congratulations!! This is such an inspiring post.
    I also started blogging last year but not being able to put much effort to it because I also have a full-time job.
    You made me feel that I want to put more effort on my blog too! I’m excited for you and more blogging tips and fashion posts!

    Aki by the style button
    http://www.thestylebutton.com

    Reply
  23. Taylor August 18, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Congrats!!! I can’t wait to be able to say that!!!!! :) So happy for you!

    xoxo,
    B

    Reply
  24. Esther August 25, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Wow. This is so inspirational. Thank you so much! <3

    Reply
  25. Jessica Roberts September 13, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    So inspiring! I hope one day I can do the same. ❤

    Reply
  26. Heather Peiro September 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    So excited for you! What an amazing adventure you are on. So glad I got to work with you when I did. I always new you were something special. Congrats on your award.

    Reply
  27. ray September 22, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Congrats girl. Happy to see that blogging is not oversaturated and that new commers can still make something out of it|!

    Reply
  28. Ivonne September 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Will you be sharing monetization and traffic generating tips? I’m very interested in learning about your journey growing your blog to a place where it’s a viable job for you in such a short time! :)

    http://www.misadventuro.us

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  31. Danielle Torres June 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Amazing! Congratulations, Brittany!! This is something I’m definitely running with and keeping it in mind whenever I have a dull moment about my blog.
    Thanks for sharing your story! So inspiring! <3

    http://www.loudetails.com

    All the best,
    Danielle Torres

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  32. mikayla June 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Hey Brittany.

    I found your blog about a year ago because you used to work with a friend of mine at an accounting firm before you quit to blog full time. Fashion and lifestyle blogging has been a dream of mine for a while but I’ve been so overwhelmed/filled with self doubt. Its held me back a lot. But, she casually mentioned your blog and so I checked it out and it has seriously inspired me and Im happy to say that I just signed up with blue host and have started my WordPress site. And I’ve had so much help because of this blog! Its just funny how small the world is…anyways. Im so happy for you and am glad to see that you are living your best life right now, doing what you love. Cheers!

    Reply
  33. Ann Krembs September 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Very inspirational Brittany. Thank you for sharing. Truly. I rely on your wisdom, so thank you for that!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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  35. Olivia June 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I’m just reading this now because it was linked in a recent article – and it’s very inspiring. But still scary. I am just beginning to learn about blogging and as a teacher – which many think is an easy part time job – I don’t have much time to do anything for myself. Right now my blog is a creative outlet for when I am totally burned out and losing my mind. Now, a lot of teaching isn’t teaching – it’s lots of other work that kind of drains me and takes away some of what makes me me. I wish someday I could make my blog better and monetize it because talking about fashion is something I truly love and it would be so exciting to not only do what I love – like teach – but do it on my own time and terms. I hope I can get to where you are someday! Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    1. Anthony Xavier June 17, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Hi Olivia, thank you for your comment! Have you ever looked into developing online courses? I’m not sure which subject you teach, but that could be an option to be able to work on your own terms along with developing your blog :)

      Reply

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