A reason for starting and running their business. Maybe it’s family needs, maybe you have a nagging feeling that you are meant for more than your 9-5 or maybe it’s something else for you entirely.
See, I got sick in November 2010, and I physically couldn't go to work any more. Even though I couldn't handle using a computer for more than a few minutes a day, it was important that I didn't just give up and lie in bed either.
I had started a project of posting “a picture a day” online to keep my spirits up while I was out, managing my new reality. My employer saw my photos as an insult, insinuating that “if I was well enough to take two minutes to post a picture, I was well enough to work 8 hours a day.”
I remember feeling like I was doing something wrong, like I was some sort of fraud, even though I had the doctors note to prove that I wasn’t. It was my first real taste of thinking differently about “work”.
Seven very long months later, I started to recover and was able to get back to work. I learned to live with the chronic pain associated with my illness - which now only flares up if I don't take care of myself. But I had lost my job, and the next one only lasted a short time.
Rather than feeling sorry for myself and giving up, I decided to forge forward and build a business that would create space for life, all of it - the good and the bad. That would allow me to rest if I was getting sick, and to experience connection and joy when I was well. Without shame, or fear. And so, I got to work.