I haven't met you. I won't even know you're here until I check my site stats later this week. Knowing that, I have a feeling that you and I have a lot in common.
You had this dream of living out your passions as a kid or through college. Maybe you accepted your first job out of college to pay the bills but you knew it wasn't what you really wanted to do. You wanted to change the world. Make an impact. Travel. March to your own beat. Maybe you got married and bought a house and felt a little more comfortable. But you and your partner still had dreams of being your own bosses. But now, years have passed and you're in your thirties (or approaching). You have kids, house, cars, good paying job and a long list of debts. You also have a million reminders of why you should just be happy with this life. But something in you is growing. Festering. Like the lingering smell of the poopy diapers you deal with day in and out. Something in you knows that you have settled in the comfort of this new normal.
Like you, I felt this exact way. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't just be happy with my life. Everywhere I turned, I was met with more guilt from friends who didn't understand. I felt like I was tirelessly spinning away on a hamster wheel that I didn't realize I was on. I also realized how easy it was for me to abandon my dreams because I was afraid of what people would say. Let's be honest, of support group sometimes draw a line in the sand when they think you're too old to take certain risks.
That's why I started my business as a side hustle and encourage you to do the same. This is an opportunity for you to fail as often as you need to with less risk. It's a chance for you to find the confidence to pursue your passions. It's a chance to test your ideas. More importantly, it's an investment into yourself.
Starting your side hustle today is easier than you think. It's getting your first $100 or first client. It's setting up a basic social media presence and sharing the word. It's putting together an elevator pitch and defining your ideal customers. It's giving yourself a timeline to see results, in either yourself or your concept.
As moms, we tend to pour so much more into everyone else and save so little for ourselves. By starting a side hustle, you don't have to feel guilty about choosing yourself. But you are giving yourself permission to be that girl you only dreamed of.