Last week I spent my days at the Life InStyle trade show in Melbourne. Last week also happens to mark 7 months since quitting my corporate job to focus full time on One Happy Leaf. This brought me to reflect a little on my journey.
Over the last seven months I have worked harder and longer than in any other job I have held. My business is all consuming and has been mentally exhausting as I put my heart and soul into it everyday.
But the last 7 months also happen to be my happiest.
Since parting ways with a traditional corporate career I've been fortunate enough to travel more than ever, choosing how, when and what to invest my time in. The independence and freedom that I have experienced is exhilarating and second to none.
Thank you to all of you who subscribe to my Happy Mail newsletter, or have ever liked or commented on my Facebook and Instagram pages. This action may appear small, but it has had an enormous impact on me, inspiring and motivating me to be the best I can be.
Thank you to all of my friends and family who have cheered me on with my business endeavours and didn't laugh when I told you my dreams, or attempt to convince me to have different aspirations. Your endless support means that I get to live the life I could only have dreamt of 2 years ago.
Along the way I've met some truly inspiring and wonderful small business owners (both local and abroad) that have mentored me and encouraged me to navigate my own space in this world.
My journey as a small business owner has only just begun, and I am excited for what the future holds. As my ethos in One Happy Leaf is to be your authentic self I can report back that making your own pathway is far more rewarding than taking the path already travelled.
In the words of one of the great thought leaders, Simon Sinek "Dream big. Start small. But most importantly, start."