When I sold my ad agency over 17 months ago, we moved to the country. I am the 4th (at least) generation to live on my family farm. My nearest neighbor is now a mile away. There is no such thing as a quick trip to the grocery store or drinks with the girls after work. The population of the entire county is less than 7,000 people. For someone who has spent her life running a business, it’s a culture shock to say the very least.
Moving here presented a package of challenges. How can I feel professionally fulfilled when I’m not collaborating with other creative people, problem-solving, and achieving?
The answer? It’s a bitch. I’m a real Type-A, with a strong desire to feel accomplished and successful. I’ve always loved a challenge, but I’ll tell you … reinventing yourself is a lot of work.
It took almost a year to begin to understand what I needed to do. I sought professional advice, stopped regretting my decision to sell my business and started to envision my new future.
Since I have to earn a living, we built a sound booth in our house where I can expand the voiceover portion of my career. Talk about a humbling endeavor. It’s a highly competitive field and I’m starting on the ground floor.
Reinventing yourself requires taking a hard look around and finding opportunities. Truck farming? Sure, why not? I live in the country, I’m a Master Gardener and have a fair bit of land. (I won't get rich, but it’ll be fun.)
During my current reinvention, I’ve learned two things. One is to set realistic expectations for yourself. It’s OK to not be perfect at everything. The other is that motivation comes from deep inside yourself. No one is around to encourage me and tell me what to do next. “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”
I’ve had to let go of people and places that remind me of my former life so I can concentrate on my new one. Reinvention requires patience with yourself. But, when you think you can, then you will.
And even if you don’t, it’s OK.