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Rescued Furnishings

Mid Life Crisis- Part 2

Continued from Mid Life Crisis - Part 1
When I was talking to my Dad about this in early 2014 he said something that really sent me into a spiral (and he will learn this by reading it like all of you). We were in the car and I was telling him how I hate my job and that I will probably never be happy at any job and my very responsible father, who would never in a million years advise me to quit my job and didn’t know that was exactly what he was doing (he’s probably full of regret reading this now, haha) , said something along the lines of “you have always seen the bigger picture and can see opportunity and how to make things work” and while we were having this conversation IT clicked.

Yes, I was responsible and organized and smart but I have always been an entrepreneur. I was born with this skill of just seeing how to make things work. From coaching to swim lessons to everything I did. I liked organizing business. I liked the challenge of having to juggle so many things and people. I liked the challenge of wanting to be successful. Success to me was never “I have a good job and make good money.” Sure I can show up every day but I wanted more. I wanted to be responsible for my own success. Failure was always so scary and I wasn’t willing to try …so I went the responsible route in life.

Rescued Furnishings was giving me an outlet to run a business and do all the things I love from a business aspect and teaching DIY classes AND using my super crafty side (my mom is thinking….”you’re crafty??”).  I like being creative, I like the challenge every piece of furniture brings. I like the challenge of making a business successful. My FAVORITE part- helping clients determine what they want and taking their thoughts and ideas and bringing it to life.  I think you have to be a little creative to want to run a business. NONE of this was being fulfilled in my career.  PLUS- owning a furniture and WALL finishing company gives me every excuse to redecorate OUR home and my husband can’t complain. WOO HOO!

With a mountain of debt, I couldn’t quit on my career. I earned a decent living with full benefits…and that would be difficult for anyone to walk away from but even more so when you have a mortgage and student loans that add up to another mortgage payment every month.
 Meanwhile, I was following The Magic Brush on facebook and a few others and meeting people like Linda from Hello I Live Here who all encouraged me to just be happy. I knew what I needed to do but was too scared.

Jennifer from the Magic Brush gave me so much advice and encouragement but it tore me up inside. I knew I could do this but leaving my salary is about the most irresponsible thing I could think of doing and not in my nature but clearly conflicts with my take over the world personality. The two did not mesh well. I went to Jennifer’s facebook page on almost a daily basis for encouragement, trying to be brave and found things like this there....
Then there was Jim Carey’s speech. What a jerk! Doesn’t he know I’m having a mid life crisis over here??? I don’t need those kinds of speeches right now.

My husband knew I was soooooo miserable and always told me I could quit. He would always support me no matter what and he wants to see our business succeed too. Plus I might be able to do my laundry if I didn’t have 2 full time jobs and considering my closet is empty and every piece of clothing I own has been on our guest bedroom bed for 6 weeks…that is probably reason enough! I just felt like I couldn’t make that decision for us.

So...being more unlike me than ever before, we have thrown caution to the wind after MONTHS of discussion I just had my last day of work in the corporate world. I will be running Rescued Furnishings FULL TIME! SCARY!  This is the most scary and terrifying thing I have ever done and am forcing myself to make sure I work hard to pay those student loans off. Even scarier, our friends were renting our first home (the one we lost tons of money on) and we are now trying to sell so we have an extra mortgage payment! (if you want to buy or rent a house let me know!)
BUT I know this is what I was meant to do. I love it. I love the business, I love the painting, and I LOVE they DIY Classes. Please pray for me on this new journey! We have so many things coming soon. Share our facebook page, spread the word, help me feel like I'm not gonna throw up!  This is so so so crazy! Your support means the world, now more than ever!
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Jun 18, 2015

As scary as the long, dark tunnel appears, there is a light at the end. Really. Don’t live a life with regrets. Listen to your heart and take the leap. If it is meant to be, it will work out.

I used to be uptight & impatient but through life’s learning process, I’ve learned not to take life so seriously as I’ve gotten older; To pick my battles & not sweat the small stuff.

My three gorgeous kids are college educated, out on their own and thriving quite well with the choices they have made for their lives right now.

I on the other hand, dropped out of college, drove my parents nuts ‘finding’ myself, got married too young, divorced, had a fling, remarried, had babies & became a stay at home Mom (until my youngest was in 7th gr. — he’s now working on his doctorate). I’ve got three tiny Grandchildren who already know, I’m the fun, goofy one. I’ve always marched to a different drummer.

Who knew?! I sure as hell didn’t back in my twenties. But you know what? It worked out. I have re-invented myself oh, about a half-dozen times or so. Life is an adventure. Go for it. What will be, will be. Things have a way of working out.

p.s. I’m available to offer you a hand with the business if you have the need. I took early retirement from PR/Marketing position with LHS School District (another part of my re-inventing process). Keep your sense of humor and remember, ‘We are women. Hear us ROAR!’ LOL :)

Jun 18, 2015

Hello! Your blog was fantastic! I understand how you felt when you have a job that you hate. Money is not everything but your happiness is. Very excited for your new adventure that you love!! It will all work out in the end!! Having a husband who is very understanding and supportive is a plus! Congratulations and keep us posted. ???

Sep 03, 2014

Woo hoo! Believe me when I tell you, it will all work out. Been there, done that and I am happy to tell you-I survived…
keep us posted….

Sep 02, 2014

So much to look forward to…and so much to worry about BUT you will be fine! It will require plenty of hard work but you will be doing what you REALLY want to do. Congrats!

Trina @ Let's Just Build a House Blog
Sep 01, 2014

I enjoyed reading both your blogs. There is an old saying about “doing what you love” and the money will follow. This is your chance! The work environment is different now, you have to be in charge of your own destiny. I look forward to seeing the new place and taking a class. Spread your wings and fly – we won’t let you fall!

Kim Kittrell
Aug 31, 2014

I couldn’t be more proud of you and Brandt. It takes hard work, commitment, talent, and sheer guts to pursue a dream. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be called a dream:)
I can’t wait to see the two of you skyrocket to success! You’ll have my complete support and admiration along the way.
Best of luck with your new “full-time” adventure.
Go make it happen, kids! Much love to you both!

Aug 30, 2014

You’re turkey an inspiration. You’ve not only created your own path, but you’ve shared and created a path for others to learn by, and follow. Congrats!

Pam Parker
Aug 30, 2014

your gonna be fine !!! your work is exceptional, you are good people , and your going to soar !!!! my son wanted to be a teacher, then found out the salary, changed his mind , then later could not decide on what to do about a career , I told him what ever he does, he has to be happy in what he does. he is now a teacher with a masters degree, married and very happy. moral of short version, be happy in what you do and you will shine through ! ( as you have ).

Marcia DeSpain
Aug 30, 2014

Nicole and Brandt,
I love your business and I love what you do!! We are praying for you!! Keep the faith in the path you are being led down! Trust is hard, but the outcome is beautiful! Just like your work!!! I admire the buffet turned tv stand in our family room every day! You not only understood what I wanted, but made it even better than I imagined! Keep it up!! Love you guys!!

Aug 30, 2014

Congratulations in putting it out there! You can do this and if you are happy, your customers will be too!

Come find me whenever it seems impossible!


Sheila Burkett

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