I have been evaluating what my next career step should be. Should I stay in my current role with my employer and enjoy their stability and continue executing on our growth strategies? Or alternatively, when will be the right time to enter the ranks of the self-employed to build a business using the character traits instilled in me as well as the experience and training poured into me by my past mentors, educators, and employers?
As you would expect this decision has become part of the daily life of my family. For the last nine months we have had daily discussions concerning the impact to our lifestyle my self-employment will have. We discuss examples such as less eating out, no major vacation, not paying the monthly subscription fees for Spotify for my 13 year old, and other family sacrifices while we work to successfully launch Harpel Coaching. I must note my 13 year old took the Spotify sacrifice extremely well and is enjoying the free version. As a family we have had many dialogs and prayerful consideration concerning the positives and sacrifices before us as the business plan began to unfold.
Last Monday I came home after submitting my resignation and making the choice to move forward with building Harpel Coaching. As expected it was an uneventful day. Until, I walked through the door at home. There my 7 year old daughter met me with her adventure bag and declared herself Adventure Girl. She was ready to start something new given the recent change I had made.
The first thing to change was the addition of nature hikes to our summer plans. She decided because we were embarking on a new adventure as family she might as well take advantage of the situation and get some time in on the trails. What was most impressive was the thought she put into packing her adventure pack. She had a flashlight, a rope, a notebook, a hat, a water, and her iPod (for taking pictures). When we got home from the trail she added adventure gloves to the pack so she could push ‘poison ivy’ out of our way on the trails and have a better grip when she decided to climb trees. She also added bug spray for obvious reasons. On our second trail trip she utilized her newest additions.
Last night we took another hike. On this hike we encountered a new obstacle humidity (which wreaks havoc on curly hair) and our first major spill due to an unseen root. Before we go on our next hike I suspect she will have added a pony tail holder and some Band-Aids to her adventure pack.
My seven year old daughter wanted to go on adventure, but her personality is different than her 9 year old brother who when we said we were going to the trails, slipped on his sandals and said “I’m going too.” To head out and enjoy her adventure she simply needed to prepare an adventure pack (which she carries the entire hike). She does not expect me to carry her adventure pack, because it was prepared specifically for her needs – not mine. She is having a blast and depending on what she wants to do she will stop and pull out various items from her pack to enjoy the trails her way. For her preparing for the adventure makes the adventure enjoyable. Her preparation does not make it less of an adventure, it simply makes it an enjoyable adventure for her.
Self-employment is an adventure and launching Harpel Coaching is a new experience for my family. I can only hope I’ve prepared my initial adventure pack (business plan) with the care my daughter prepared hers. The best part is if I have missed something or I’m ill prepared for a business situation I can adjust the tools I’ve put in my adventure pack.
Just like Adventure Girl.