Starting my own business feels like taking on waves like this!
Since publishing my last post about dealing with stress and anxiety, letting go of my job and moving onto the next chapter of life in Cornwall, I’ve had an overwhelming response.
I’ve had so many messages from well wishers telling me how brave and honest the post was, from people who have been in similar situations, and from others supporting me and telling me I’ve made the right decision. It’s been my most popular blog post to date and I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to read it, comment and contact me. I’m hugely grateful.
I officially left my job a week last Friday. I made my final trip to the Bristol office the same week to say a face to face goodbye to colleagues who took me out for lunch at the amazing Three Brothers Burgers down by the river (highly recommended if you’re ever in the city and love burgers like I do!). I also had a beautiful bouquet of flowers and lovely card thanking me for all my hard work which I was pretty overwhelmed by.
My last official day was one for celebration and the official start of the next chapter. Thanks to Kevin for the recommendation of dinner at The Breaks at Tolcarne – fantastic food and a perfect setting for watching the sunset and marking the launch of my freelance content writing business.
Another beautiful Cornish sunset at Tolcarne beach on celebration night
I’ve also started working part-time at a local B&B. It’s enough to cover the bills and gives me the time I need to focus on building up my client work. My new boss is lovely, the view is incredible and I’m loving the daily interaction with the guests. I thrive on meeting people, and it was an aspect of my previous job that I desperately missed.
As for the freelance side of things, I now have a few clients on my books including a surf-related website project which I’m hugely excited to be working on. I had another meeting today about an equally exciting big project so things are very much looking up!
The surfers and surfing fans amongst you will understand the title of this blog post. For those who wonder what the hell I’m talking about, it’s the title of the ad campaign marking the partnership between Samsung and the World Surf League (or ASP as it was then) world tour. Set against a hauntingly beautiful cover of Bowie’s ‘Absolute Beginners’ it features footage of seasoned pros to beginner surfers and the challenges they face. The point is that with surfing, no two days are the same – there’s always a new challenge ahead.
I’m nervous but excited at the new challenges of building up my own business. This is all new to me and everyday is very much day one, but I’m taking each day as it comes, going with the flow and embracing the fact that this was meant to be.
Dreams do come true
The fact that 3 of my clients are in the surf industry is absolutely incredible. For a landlocked girl who fell in love with surfing 6 years ago and started a blog to track her progress to where I am now – a Cornwall dwelling freelancer who writes about surfing and gets paid for it is mind blowing and the stuff of dreams. It’s my equivalent of winning the lottery.
I will never ever forget the day that surfing came into my life 6 years – that first time I swam in the sea, the feeling of that first wave, the stoke, the smiles and the infectious enthusiasm of the guys at Kingsurf who taught me to surf and in the process, showed me a very different way of life. I’m eternally grateful.
And to everyone I’ve shared the journey with so far – the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made…those who have inspired and supported me – you know who you are…massive thank you’s.
Here’s to the next chapter of the journey – day one, new beginnings and the start of something truly amazing!