On quitting my day job and feathering up my dreams for flying practice.

I quit my job, went to Target and bought a box of Swiss Miss hot chocolate and a new planner.

They both seemed like legitimate “new chapter” purchases. I walked out of the department store feeling pretty good about the investment and the road ahead.

Now, yes, NOW is my chance to place into practice all that I’ve learned of what it takes to feather up your dreams and make them fly. 

I’m following my dreams, people. Twenty-four years old, two years out of college and suddenly barreled over with Opportunities & Prospects that may have never snuck into existence without a few risk & gutsy thinking (thanks to all who coaxed me into that mindset). A few “You Cannot Pass Me Up” moments that made think it was time to go, time to leave, time to be a quitter.

This is me saying adieu to the 9 to 5 salaried life to figure it out.

To follow leads. To try new things. To be a little reckless. To learn the art of living, really living, when letting a dream lead you in the waltz.

I’ve handed over the reins to Life and all the beauty of her & I am ready to see where the next steps will take me. Where this adventure that began Ten Little Months ago with 400 love letters will bring me next.

Turns out, the market might be booming for a gal who adores cowboy boots, prose & has the savvy to wedge “love lettering” into a legitimate business plan.

So I am a freelancer now. Free to take meetings at midnight. Free to turn a diner into my office space. Free to be that girl in the café who sits on her Mac Book Pro and people watches while sipping a cappuccino and musing about InDesign. Though I am almost quite certain my life won’t look a thing like that.

Certain that the next few months will be packed with moving & shaking & meeting & collaborating all for the sake of writing + loving this world a little better. That I’ll be working my face off because that is what you are willing to do when a dream seems so real that you can taste it & see it & call out its name to make it turn around. Don’t you know it true?

So this is a fresh start.

A new chapter.

The point where I say that the last year of my life has been completely & utterly crazy. That dreams sometimes stay afloat with the help of 5 hour energies, Christmas lights, moral support from Twitter and the craziness to believe that Yes, you could in fact do a few impossible things before breakfast.

But this is also a time for me to be honest with y’all and admit that there is reassembling & reassessing to do. That I want to do it a lot of here, on these pages, through writing & editing myself into a life that lends itself to a Greater Story.

That these next few steps ain’t the time to be defined by love letter writing.

It is time to figure out what this whole life looks like when all the parts of it turn paragraph to a love letter that is my skin, my heart, my interactions with others, my writings on this blog page, my matrimony to the world.

It is time to learn what a greater Seamstress of Syllables will do with me as I step out in faith, quit my safe & secure day job, and follow a calling that keeps me up at night & stirs a feeling deep inside of me that feels a bit like Christmas stacked upon the first day of school, mixed with a pinch of butterflies in the stomach and a first snowfall beside a first love.

It’s bound to be wild. Unpredictable. Hard & treacherous at times. But completely & utterly worth it already. More precious than anything if I make it exactly where I’m intending to be.

Have you ever stepped out in faith with all the angst & excitement of a prepubescent boy at his first middle school dance? Any tips & tricks for after the “first step”? 

Side noter: This Facebook page for the blog now exists… Woof… I just gave birth to it. I resisted it for as long as possible but I have retired “As Simple as That” and now need a place to update all of you on bliss & blog posts. I wish we could all be Facebook friends but I guess this will be our next best thing right?

29 thoughts on “On quitting my day job and feathering up my dreams for flying practice.

  1. Hannah! Congratulations — for so many reasons. On the success of Love Letters, on being brave, and most of all — for taking the leap and following your dream to do what you really want to do. I’ve been following your blog, your success and perseverance — and have continuously been awed at what you do! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Megan! It feels a bit like a dream but it is certainly sink or swim time… It is the kind of journey you don’t want to take alone + so I was looking for routes to share it with others… turns out I forgot that i can use this blog to do just that!

  2. congratulations! this time in your life is going to be EXTRAORDINARY! and you will do great things. ive been following you for a while now and every single post you create is wrapped up with a sprinkle of perfect, a splash of wonder, and a dash (or two) of life changing. i cant wait to see where this new adventure will take you but i cant wait to read all about it on the way. you definitely have quite a talent my dear. now spread those wings and fly ❤

    1. Thank you SOOO much Kate. That comment really meant the world to me. Hey, you’ve got my language down pretty well… come on board & blog for me?! All the encouragement has been so overwhelming but seriously, what I am ready for more than anything is blogging more. I have missed this space in such a severe way that it is time to rekindle with all of you.

  3. Hannah,
    I’m practically dancing after reading this post. How. Stinkin’. Exciting. I did the same thing six months ago, so I’m not too far along the same path you’re walking right now. The thing is it’s always a little scary to chase a dream. There are always doubts and uncertainties and little things that threaten to steal the wonder of it all. But One Thing remains certain and it is our job not to lose sight of Him in the midst of all the chaos that ensues around us. Trust, Hannah, trust. Never forget that this is your dream and always remember that the One Who Breathes Dreams also makes them come true. Sometimes that’s the only thing that keeps me going.

    1. You are so right darling. So right. There was actually a strong prophetic word for me a few months back that really led to stepping out in faith & most of it revolved around trusting Him. How great He is, never forgetting His children & their greatest desires.

      Can I take pointers from you??

  4. Congratulations love. So so so proud of you. I know it’s going to be crazy and wild and I can’t wait to see all the incredible things that come with this brand new chapter. If it’s anything like the last chapter I know it’ll be a page-turner. 🙂

  5. Hannah – I’m incredibly excited and proud of you! AND I’m excited to be a part of this crazy awesome dream turned reality of yours. Thank you for your courage and your inspiration. It gives me the faith to take a leap. So much love!

  6. Hannah…this is so wonderful to read as I am embarking on a similar journey. I have a dream, a vision, a passion. It’s scary to step into the unknown but even scarier, I think to ignore this calling. One of my favorite quotes is “Leap, and the net will appear.” When you feel that tug on your heart, you just have to trust. ❤ Here's to leaping & flying! “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” — Neil Gaiman

    1. Jeepers, I so needed to read each and every one of those messages from you… Amazing how we have collided once again on each other’s journeys. We have been with one another from the start!

  7. “Seamstress of Syllables” ?! ughh you always seem to have a unique line that just kills it! Congrats on the leap and joining the unpredictable Hannah. That in itself is more than most are able to do.

    1. Good to know I absolutely killed that blog post… just my aim. Thanks Josh, I so appreciate your support in my creative endeavors… I figure that if this all leads me into severe poverty I will at least be able to write really creative copy for my cardboard signs that I hold up for food. Already, I’m winning.

  8. Hannah, so glad our time working overlapped and I got the chance to meet you. You were definitely someone I looked up to on the job, and that only continues through learning more about you and this decision through your blog. Anyways, here is a little affirmation that I am pretty inspired by you. Can’t wait to see all the great things you continue to accomplish through your drive and brilliance.

    1. Alison- you are a gem. gem. gem. Thank you for this beautiful message. I so enjoyed our time together at STC and hope you are off conquering the world right now! You always have my support with your every endeavor!

  9. Hannah,

    You my friend are so awesome and you inspire me! From our days in Des I’ve watched just how passionate you are and so ready to chase your dreams! I’m so glad you’re chasing this one, you have such a bright future ahead of you and I honestly can’t wait to see where this leap of faith takes you in the next few months! Keep trusting Him, He’s got great plans for you girl!!!

    1. Joyce- It has been forever and a day!! I hope all is well. Thank you for the kind encouragement. it so means the world to me. take care… And you are so very right, He is a far greater planner than i.

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