Monday, 23 January 2017

No More Job. To New Beginnings


I've been keeping a big secret for the last couple of months: I've been laid off from my job. Friday was the last day that I would be walking into the financial district in Toronto, to my desk, to my guaranteed source of income. While I've been grappling with many emotions since learning the news that I soon wouldn't have a job to go to, the one emotion that seems to be at the forefront has been hope. I'm hopeful that this is only the start of something amazing. Maybe this isn't simply losing a job; I'm hopeful that this will be my new beginning.


Truth be told, I've been toying with the idea of becoming a full-time blogger for some time now. Even though my day-job was only part-time, I was still struggling to juggle work with blogging commitments. My diet suffered, my anxiety had really gotten the best of me and I was constantly feeling as though I was giving a B+ version of myself - both to my job and to the blog. Though I was just barely keeping my head above water, I still couldn't pull the trigger on dropping my day-job and moving to blogging full-time. It literally took someone else making a decision for me for anything to happen, but I'm choosing to see it as a sign from the universe. From here on out I will be pursuing blogging as a full-time engagement.



I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Take these beautiful rings from Bluboho for example. When I visited the Bluboho location on Queen Street in Toronto, I was greeted warmly by Cheryl and her amazing staff and started looking around at all of the dainty jewels. Immediately I was drawn to the moonstone ring - I just loved the beautiful white stone cased in delicate gold. Once I learned that moonstone symbolized new beginnings, I was sold - it was so fitting!  Cheryl even let me pick out my own moonstone and they customized a ring for me!  I chose a stone with some cloudiness to remind myself that my new journey won't always be easy, but it will all add to the beauty of it in the end. 


It feels good to get this big secret off my chest. I no longer have guaranteed employment. I will finally be pursuing my dreams and chasing my true passion.  I've shared my intentions with the world and will be held accountable whatever the outcome. 

I might fail; but I also might fly. 

Thank you so much for reading this, and for your continued support - it truly means the world to me.  I'll be sharing my experience as a full-time blogger, the ups and downs that come along with it, and any tips that I pick up along the way. Stay tuned.

xo Joëlle

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  1. YAY Joëlle! So excited for you. You are going to do amazing things because you are incredibly talented. Can't wait to follow along on your journey.

    Xx Gabriella
    pastelsandpastries.com

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    1. Thank you so much Gabriella! It's amazing how far we both have come since meeting at Fashion Week years ago! Can't wait to see what's in store for us this year!

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  2. You're going to thrive! Funny how the world has a way of making decisions for us sometimes, isn't it?

    xo, Ana
    shelearnsthings.com

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    1. Its so true Ana! Thank you so much for your support from the beginning, I truly appreciate it!

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  3. Everything happens for a reason so remember when one door closes another door opens. Keep thinking positively and stay optimistic!

    XOXO

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    1. Thank you so much Alexandra! I'm definitely trying to keep a positive vibe, it's helping a lot!

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  4. I knew it was career related! I always believe that everything happens for a reason and I'm glad that you are owning this experience and looking at it on a positive outlook! I wish you all the best this year and I'm sure the path ahead of you is going to be amazing!!

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    1. Thank you so much Jem! Funny how we both had big career moves in the last week! Looking forward to seeing where they take us! xo

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  5. I absolutely believe that this was your sign from the universe!! This may be just the push you needed to finally pursue your dreams. I wish you nothing but the best! I have never been happier than I am now that I blog full time! :)

    Xo,

    Megan at Lush to Blush

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    1. Thank you so much Megan! I'm so happy to hear that you love being a full-time blogger, it totally shows in your work! xo

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  6. Very exciting! I truly think things happen for a reason. Wishing you the best of luck!
    Ps. LOVE that ring!

    Carling x
    throughherstyle.com

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    1. Thank you so much Carling, I really appreciate you kind words! YES I'm absolutely loving this ring too!

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  7. Everything is a huge learning experience and in such a crazy economy, putting more focus into your own project is just what you need, what we all need. Much love and many blessings - Focus on your future :)

    xxo.
    @ShantelRousseau

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    1. It's so true Shantel, this economy has taught me that we need to invest in ourselves to navigate the future. I appreciate your positivity and support! xo

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  8. Wishing you the best with this! I'd love to take blogging on full time but I just launched my blog in late September so I've got a little bit of growth to get before I can take the plunge.

    @boywhoblogs
    boywhoblogs.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your support! You will totally get there! If someone had told me that I would be blogging full time when I first started, I would have laughed. The time flies when you're having fun! xo

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  9. Beautiful post. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel and this is definitely a sign to pursue the blog full time. Congrats to you, I'm hoping I can do the same. It's not fun juggling and being pulled in so many ways between a full-time job and blogging.

    http://vidafashionista.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree, being pulled in different directions takes a toll on you. I'm definitely sending out the positive vibes that you can go full-time soon! xo

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  10. You GO girl!! I can imagine this must have been tough news to adjust to but like you said everything happens for a reason and when one door closes, another one opens. You will continue to shine and I can't wait to see what's to come for your brand! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Courtney! It was definitely an adjustment when I first found out, but I've definitely made peace with it now. I'm so excited for the future of the blog too! Thank you so much for your support! xo

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  11. This is amazing Joelle!! I can't wait to learn all about blogging from you at the beginning of this new adventure. To many more posts ���� all the best x

    Megan J.

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  12. Tough times sister! I will be loosing mine in May too, life is struggle and we all just have to embrace and rise up to the challenge:) might have to say goodbye to Toronto myself and hello winnipeg! But these temporary set backs will set us up for something bigger and greater :)

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    1. Awe man, I'm sorry to hear that Samantha! I agree, it's really tough times out there. I truly believe that this will make us stronger, and I LOVE your positive attitude!

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  13. WOWWWWWWW. Thanks for sharing, Joelle, you're so brave and I enjoyed reading this post too. You're positive and optimistic and I actually thought you were already a full time blogger, so GO GET 'EM GIRL!!! <3 xo

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    1. Awe thank you so much Amanda! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this post, and for your kind words! It's embarrassing to admit that you've failed, but I'm totally optimistic for the future!

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  14. Oh I'm really excited for you!! I think you'll do amazingly :)

    Charlotte
    www.deconstrut.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you so much Charlotte, I really appreciate it! xo

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  15. You're not so much losing a job as you are gaining the time you need to focus on the job you SHOULD be doing full-time! This is an opportunity and a beginning, and not an ending. :)

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    1. That is SUCH a great way to look at things Lesley! I am totally using you as a muse for pursuing my dreams! xo

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  16. Of course you will do amazing (as usual!) and yes it's totally a sign from the universe! As daunting as it may seem, trust it, go with it, and good luck! XO

    Amanda
    adoseofchic.com

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    1. Awe thank you so much Amanda! That means a lot! xo

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  17. Wow, this is a great read! So inspiring that you took something "negative" and turned it positive, you're so brave and I can't wait to see all of the amazing things you'll accomplish!

    Krystin
    www.girlinbetsey.com

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