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Three years ago, February 13, 2014, was my last day at my last job.

I'd gone into that job 13 months earlier thinking, "Wow, everything I've done in my career has led me to this place. This will be my last job."

Hah, little did I know just how true those words would turn out to be, though in a completely different way than I'd intended.

Seriously, I am not exaggerating when I say it was The Worst Job Ever. I could go on and on about why, but what seems way more important to me now when I look back, is that I actually needed to have the worst job ever working for the worst boss ever, for me to wake up and see that wait a sec, I AM DONE WITH THIS BULLSHIT. For good. In a way, I am actually grateful to The Worst Boss Ever, since that intolerable terribleness is what finally gave me the push I evidently needed.

Exhausted and demoralized, I gave notice, without a plan, without another job lined up, just knowing that I had to get out of there, for my own well-being & for the sake of my continued professional growth. All's I knew was that I had to get out. So I did. With, like I said, NO PLAN.

Was I scared? Of course I was. [Did it anyway.]

And because, as you may know, I love Valentine's Day, I decided there was no way I was going to spend that holiday, which fell on a Friday that year, in that office with those people, so I made the day before, February 13th, my final day. When I walked out of there for the last time, I smiled all the way to the car. I was jubilant.

The next day, Valentine's, I woke up and knew I was free. Best Valentine ever.

I was free! I had freed myself from a situation which was physically and mentally and yes, even spiritually, intolerable to me. I got the hell out. I jumped. I jumped knowing that even though I didn't have a plan, I had MAD SKILLS + BIG PASSION and that I'd figure it out.

Sure enough, two weeks later, after a bit of time to detox, sleep and replenish, the idea for Do Your Thing floated into my head, fully formed, as I was driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, heading towards the rainbow tunnel that leads to home. 

I tell you this story today, Monday, February 13th, 2017, because I am so happy now, so happy to have taken control of my life, to have taken the plunge & started my own business, to really, for the first-time ever, feel like I am 100% Living My Own Life, on my own terms, and having a total blast.

I want that for you, too. So much. So I'm just sending this out to you and encouraging you, if you're downhearted about your job or work, about how your life's going, if you wish for something different, something better, to remember that YOU HAVE THE POWER to make it what you want. You really do.

I'm over here jumping around with joy & pouring you a glass of champagne, toasting my freedom AND YOURS.