When Brian and I first started dating, he worked for an up and coming chain restaurant where he had been steadily moving his way up the ladder. The company was keen on promoting internally, he was so fantastic at his job, and he quickly promoted to the top position within the restaurants, Restauranteur. He put in long hours, and with me in school during the day and him working the close shift most nights, much of our early relationship we spent like ships in the night.
In the time leading up to our wedding, Brian had been sent on a few business trips to visit other states where the company needed help expanding their market share. Colorado was a well oiled machine, they didn’t need more Restauranteurs competing in the area. The writing was on the wall, it was Phoenix or Kansas City, or….you know.
When Brian and I decided NOT to move, it quickly became apparent he would be pushed out of the company. His restaurant was one of the best in the state in terms of operations, but by December he was so exhausted by the unnecessary scrutiny and being run ragged at all hours of the day, he put in his resignation. And that decision changed everything for the future of our sweet little family.
He took a chance. We walked away from a cushy salary with benefits, a company car, shares in the company that had just gone public. And we walked into the world of entrepreneurialism.
I wish I could tell you that every endeavor has been a smashing success, but it hasn’t. I wish I could tell you it’s been the easiest thing we’ve ever done, but I’d be lying. There have been years of major uncertainty, and our marriage has been tested in that journey in a big bad way. BUT what I will tell you is that every ounce of struggle has been worth it!
We’ve become stronger, both as individuals, and as a couple. We’ve experienced flexibility in our schedules that most young couples dream of. We acquired rental properties while most people our age moved into nicer houses, bought nicer thing, spent summers doing things we envied at times. And in the process (while Brian already knew it) came to realize money had no hold on us. It’s become a tool. A means by which we have an opportunity to do great things within our community and our family. We’d never be where we are today had we settled for cushy back in our early days of marriage.
So I hope if you’re reading this, you take the chance! No matter how big or scary or without direction it all feels. My best advice I heard on a podcast recently: Be less attached to the outcome! Because you’re likely to make a lot of wrong turns before you find the right one. But don’t stop turning! Because you were born for greatness. You have a purpose and a destiny that only YOU can fulfill.
Cheers to the journey, my friends! And if you ever need someone in your corner to root for you as you take a big chance to pursue your passion and dreams, I’m your huckleberry!