by Katherine Corden as told by Sara Shelton
Part of our “My Blueprint Story” Series
I was working as a physical therapist when I met Shanna. I’ve always been artistic and creative, but when it came time to pick a career path, I chose an option that gave me more of a stable, predictable income and day-to-day structure.
And honestly, I loved that job. I still do!
So many entrepreneurs walk away from the soul-sucking corporate job to pursue their passion, but my story is different. I loved the work I was doing. And honestly, it gave me the freedom and flexibility to still pursue my art. There was room for both my job as a physical therapist and a passion for art for a long time, and I liked it that way. One full-time job and one solid side hustle? Yes please!
That’s how I saw it until I met Shanna. Up until that point, I had no idea that I could ever actually make art my full-time gig. I didn’t see the potential for art to actually become a real sustainable career. The Blueprint Model opened my eyes to the possibility and helped me take the steps I needed to in order to turn my side hustle into my full-time hustle.
And here are a few steps I took to make that happen:
I made a plan to leave my full-time job. I didn’t just jump all in immediately. That wasn’t going to work for me. Instead, I set a future date and started moving toward it. I started planning and prepping in order to be ready to step out when that date came.
With the date on the calendar, I worked on the plan I needed to actually get my art business in a place to be my full-time gig. I reviewed every single aspect of my business at the time. I focused on building my skillset up and put the tools in place to plan the future of my business. I defined what my “enough” was—the number I knew I needed to make—and I focused on what I needed to do to get there. I really took time to look at where my money was going, both in my personal and business finances. Refining every detail of my business helped me make a plan to confidently step into this new career path.
The Blueprint Model taught me so many new financial and time management skills. I added so much to my business skillset through The Blueprint Model. And those tools were huge for me in the process and planning of leaving my job.
Nobody can tell you what will work for you better than you. That’s why I had to tune out the voices of others and focus instead on what I knew was best for me. I couldn’t worry about fear or what others might think of this choice to transition. I made a choice to transition the way that worked best for me. I still actually work part-time in physical therapy. It’s a smaller part of my income plan, but it’s still there because it’s a job I love. Transitioning to a full-time art career this way felt like the best way for me.
Really knowing and understanding my “why” helped me make the best choices in this transition. I know why I’m saving, why I’m spending, why I’m pricing the way I do, why I’m spending the time I spend. Understanding the why in my finances in particular has been huge for helping me understand my business.
It’s been just over a year since I left my full-time job.
The best part?
I’ve seen my business grow leaps and bounds in the last twelve months. Freeing my time and energy up to pursue my passion full-time is one of the best choices I’ve ever made. And doing so with the right information and tools under my belt made this career dream possible.
*Headshot photo credit: Meredith Marie Johnson Photography
→ finally making money doing what you love!
→ understanding your core motivator in life and business
→ providing real income for your family without having to sacrifice all your time and energy to the non-stop hustle.
→ transforming your business (and life!) just like hundreds of other men and women who’ve implemented this proven business blueprint.
If that sounds like a dream year, then I want to invite you to join us inside The Blueprint Model!
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June 20, 2019
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