taking a leapI feel a bit like this woman. It’s been a week since I quit my part-time/sometimes-full-time job as a barista to focus all my attention on my design career. I’ve tried this before…kinda…I didn’t have my whole heart in it before. I was hurting from previous jobs and life events had me reeling, so, at best, I was half-heartedly invested. I wasn’t ready to hustle. Thankfully, I was afforded time to rest and heal and explore new adventures, like being a barista, and even half-heartedly, I still learned things about freelancing. It’s been a year and a half, and I’m ready to hustle. I’m ready to learn. I’m ready to fail (meh. is anyone ready to fail), and I’m ready to succeed. Here’s my journey, and we’ll see what I’ve learned and accomplished at the end of 60 days (April 12, 2015).

The Numbers

  • Savings: $25,000 (yes, I’m one of those people)
  • Recurring monthly costs: $3,000-3,500

If I don’t bring in any income, and spend $3,500/mo, I’ll be broke in about 7 months. I’d rather not get there.

Things I really wish I had

  • Clients
  • A mentor
  • A team to bounce ideas off of
  • A steady income
  • Health insurance
  • Vacation time
  • Retirement fund

Things I know I need to work on

  • Adding more to my portfolio (keep designing)
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • CSS3
  • HTML5
  • UX/UI
  • Networking
  • LESS/SASS

 Bonus list if I get done with ^^

  • Javascript
  • JQuery
  • PHP
  • Advanced WordPress programming

 Emotions Wrap-Up

  • Motivated!
  • Excited!
  • Gosh, I hope I can do this!

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photo by Len Matthews @Flickr