Hi! 👋 I'm Manejah (pronounced Man-e-zhay) and it's so great to meet you here. It was just over 24 months ago that I made the final, game changing decision to take a leap of faith and head out on my own.
No big deal, right? No, actually, it was a big deal and it has been a big deal every day since.
As you could imagine, with a big decision like this, there was a lot of back and forth on the "Can I actually do this?", "Should I do this?", "Will they like me?" Self-doubt and reoccurring doses of imposter syndrome played a huge role in my delay and uncharacteristic indecisiveness. In the end, I used the wise words of Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better”, to get me through the starting line.
And I did it.
I launched my business.
Something my pre-August 2018 self would never dream of being able to do.
And the biggest discovery (or A-HA) was how I was able to see myself in a way that was so different than before. I've been many things in my almost half a century life: a Journalism student, Newbury Street waitress, seller of annuities, coder of things that required coding, Project Manager of people WAY smarter than me, PR professional, agency Partner, and a global event manager, so I've seen myself wear quite a good many pairs of shoes. But no shoes felt more comfortable than the ones I'm wearing today as a female small business owner.
It had me thinking, where have I been all this time? The answer to this question, which I am now unraveling, I'm sure has nothing to do with my own ability to get the job done. That was always there, waiting for me to be brave enough to grab it.
If you're thinking about going out on your own but unsure, I can honestly tell you that if you're thinking about it then you likely already know what to do. I hope I can shed some light from experiences in my own story to help you with yours.
But for now, remember, your destiny belongs only to you.
So put your best shoes on and let's get going!