the journey to being your own boss
From the corporate entertainment world to blogging at home, in the pool with a glass of wine… here is my journey!
The path to becoming your own boss can be a tricky one – not for the faint of heart. Along the way, there will be extreme highs and extreme lows, all sewn together with an immense amount of stress and anxiety. This is why not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. I think the most important step along this journey is to decide if, in fact, you are cut out for it. If you can’t take the punches, I’d duck out now! With that being said, there is NOTHING like working for yourself, setting your goals high into the next galaxy, because that is the reality of entrepreneurship – you can grow as far as you want to grow. Only you can limit you, which can be part of the struggle – getting out of your own way.
When I made the move from Richmond, VA (well technically Blacksburg at the time – go Hokies!) to Los Angeles, CA over a decade ago, I didn’t have any clue what I wanted to do for a living. I dabbled around in modeling and acting to put food on the table, but I knew I really disliked both of those professions. Then, like a gift from Heaven, a position from behind the camera fell into my lap – an assisting casting director job at NBCUniversal. I really loved this job for the most part and, surprisingly, I was really good at it, despite my 0% experience.
As time went on, I soured a bit. My daughter was really young and I was missing out on all of the fun. I began to resent my husband since he was playing SAHD while I was out working. The traveling was great, the money was nice and the star-studded parties were, well very memorable, but I missed my family and hated the commute. When my second child appeared in my belly, everything ended. It was a high risk pregnancy, so I was bedridden for most of the entire duration. That was awful. I was essentially fired from my job and that was that.
It was during this time that I thought – what about this little mommy blog I have? Could I make money from it? There were way less opportunities back then, but I began to receive my first sponsored campaigns – thrilling! I could literally do these posts from my bed. My husband had just revisited his long-time dream of being a photographer, and so we grew our two businesses together. Blogging and photography go hand in hand, so we continue to push each other to be better an work side by side quite often.
We all have our own journeys to take – and no one can tell you what yours will be. Wente Vineyards is the oldest family-owned and operated vineyard in the country, so they know something about family journey. C.H. Wente made the voyage to America with the dream of creating a better life in the early 1800’s, much like many of our ancestors. Now the Wente family is super proud to be recognized as “California’s First Family of Chardonnay”. The Wente family is just another example of American entrepreneurship. Can you relate?
Wente Vineyards is located in Livermore, California, and 5 generations later, their wines are 100% grown on estate. If you’re looking for a little wine country visit, I suggest stopping through Wente for a tasting!