I was supposed to have a different blog post for today. But, because of yesterday’s blog post, I felt compelled to write and post this one instead.
First, I want to say thank you. Thank you for being there. I was really overwhelmed by the emails from some of my blog’s readers and subscribers (you might be one of them) and also by the comments from friends on my Instagram account. Thank you.
I spent most of my time yesterday in prayer and thanksgiving because of your love. I really thank God and praise Him for guiding me, comforting me, encouraging me to leave everything behind, and loving me through you. While I was still praying about cutting my license into two, it was He who told me, “Don’t worry, I will be with you.”
Second, I also felt encouraged by people telling me that they too were thinking of taking the leap. Somehow, I felt affirmed that I’m on the right path and that I’m making at least a small difference in other people’s lives.
But, somehow, I also felt alarmed. Wait, don’t quit your job just yet.
Yes, I have become a writer and artist (finally). But, I didn’t take the leap. I didn’t leave my day job right away. When I started this blog in 2014, I was employed. I was blogging and writing during my spare time. I left my day job this year only when I felt I had enough experience to get freelance work related to writing.
Today, I’m happily part of a time team that writes for clients as my day job while I’m still working on the blog.
In short, instead of taking the leap, I built a bridge to get from point A (being an accountant) to point B (being a writer).
You don’t always have to take the leap, especially when you are the breadwinner of your family. (I really honor breadwinners. Thank you for your sacrifices.) But, you can build a bridge. It might take a little bit slower, but it’s safer and you can afford to learn things at your own pace.
A side story: The first time I started blogging in 2013, I took the leap. But, I wasn’t able to write purely because I was always under pressure to make money. I was focused on earning from my readers than serving them. I think my readers felt it and my blog didn’t take off. When all my savings went down the drain, I had to go back to work as a financial analyst in 2014, the same time I started this blog.
I experienced both taking the leap and building a bridge.
There are pros and cons to each. If you are like me who needs to take drastic actions in order to make changes in your life (or to force yourself to make changes), maybe you really need to take the leap like I did in 2013. But, if you feel you have the discipline to act during your spare time or you can’t afford to take the leap, you can build a bridge.
Regardless of which option you choose, don’t forget to pray. God is with you whether you’re up in the air or slowly building a bridge. Also, you have to believe in yourself and in your ability to make things work.
Finally, don’t worry. You’ll get there as long as you don’t give up.