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Reflecting on Two Years of Entrepreneurship: A Rollercoaster of Emotions

May 2023 marked the two-year anniversary of my departure from my corporate job and the start of my journey as an independent consultant. The decision to leave the stability of my corporate career was not made lightly, and as I reflect on the past two years, it's clear that the transition has been a rollercoaster of emotions.

In my diverse career as a physical therapist, I have encountered a wide range of experiences, from treating patients with orthopedic conditions to managing clinicians and even creating my own corporate role with a growing team. Despite the accomplishments and successes, I knew in December 2020 that I was ready for my next challenge, and in April, after much thought and preparation, I gave my notice.

The excitement of embarking on this new chapter was palpable. The prospect of having more time, less traveling, being my own boss, and creating something of my own fueled my enthusiasm. Little did I know that along with the thrill of independence, I would also grapple with many unexpected emotions.

The aspect that caught me most off guard was mourning the loss of the team I had built. The camaraderie and shared goals were integral to my corporate experience, and letting go of that tight-knit team was more challenging than anticipated. I found myself reminiscing about the collaborative spirit and the friendships forged within the corporate walls.

Equally surprising was the realization of how much of my identity was wrapped up in my job title. Stripped away from the familiar structure of a corporate environment, I had to confront and redefine my sense of self. It became a journey of self-discovery, untangling personal identity from professional roles and accomplishments.

Another hurdle in my entrepreneurial journey was the significant amount of time it took to unpack my corporate experiences. Adapting to the flexibility and decision-making autonomy of entrepreneurship required a mental shift. The learning curve was steep, and navigating the intricacies of running my own practice demanded continuous adaptation and growth.

Financial concerns added another layer of complexity. While I was aware that I would not be a consistent financial contributor initially, the reality hit harder than expected. Balancing the books, managing cash flow, and ensuring financial stability demanded a level of financial acumen that created its own challenges. It was a period of financial uncertainty that tested my resilience and commitment to my newfound path. (Pictured is me taking a nervous selfie at our local bank opening by first business bank account.)

As I approached the two-year mark of entrepreneurship, I couldn't help but acknowledge the valuable lessons and personal growth that this journey has afforded me. The initial excitement and challenges were just the beginning of a transformative experience. Through the highs and lows, I have emerged with a deeper understanding of myself, a resilient spirit, and a renewed passion for my work. The rollercoaster ride of entrepreneurship may be unpredictable, but the lessons learned along the way are priceless.

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