For those who are members of the CandidBelle tribe, I recently shared with you that I quit my job. Without question this is one of the scariest things I have ever done (these nerves in my stomach are doing cartwheels). But there isn’t a single doubt in my mind that NOW is the time for me to do it. This I know for sure.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make, and I’d be lying if I told you that I don’t have to silence a voice in my head daily that keeps saying girl, are you crazy? Maybe I am. But in all my craziness, I keep moving forward with my plan and I am so inspired by this Steve Jobs quote:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cant do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

I am tired of just being a square peg in a square hole. Can I be a round peg instead? Seriously, I want more out of life. Playing it safe no longer serves me. It won’t bring me any closer to being who I was meant to be.

My last day of work is in December. Why so much notice? Mainly because I appreciate and respect my boss. She’s a good person and in my field (higher education) it can be tough to replace a staff member when they leave mid-semester. She’s always been supportive, so I wanted to leave my position in a way that felt like I was truly supporting her and giving her ample time to prepare for life without me. 🙂 I know I made the right decision by choosing to leave this way.

So aside from kicking doubt out of my head every day, what else is going on? I am working. Actually, I am working really hard to take my business to the next level. I’ve been scared about a lot of things for a long time, but this just feels like the absolute right time in my life to kick fear to the curb and do what I know God put me here to do.

I have a few experiences lined up this fall that will really allow me to step out of my comfort zone, meet phenomenal people, and share my gifts with the world. One experience I am really excited about is attending the Play Time is Over conference on November 6th and 7th in Arlington, Virginia.

I wanted to attend this conference, hosted by Cheryl Wood, last year, but I was unable to go. I was determined to make it there in 2015 and I am so glad it’s happening. I’ve admired Cheryl from a distance for a while and last year I had the pleasure of talking to her in person at Blogalicious 6. Her energy was just what I’d hoped for. Sometimes you see the work someone is doing from a distance and then meeting them can be so disappointing. I am so glad that Cheryl Wood does not disappoint. Dynamic, friendly, intelligent, determined and down-to-earth, she is a force to be reckoned with.

What’s even more amazing is the fact that I will be attending the Play Time is Over Conference with my good friend and fellow blogger and life coach, Jamie Maddox-Swain. Jamie and I are working on a major project that we plan to launch soon, so being able to attend a conference with a dynamic lineup of speakers who will bring out the best in us could not be more timely.

Play Time is Over Conference 2015

So what makes the Play Time is Over conference worth attending? Well, check out the lineup. With speakers like Ronnie & Lamar Tyler from Black and Married with Kids, to Mikki Taylor, to Janell Hazelwood–the energy there will be phenomenal. In order to grow into your greatness, you have to surround yourself with greatness.

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So many of us struggle with shifting out mindsets and looking at things from a fresh perspective. If you fail to do that–if you insist on resisting change–you will continue to get what you have always received in life. Nothing will change.

But when you feel that fire within and you decide that this is your time and you are done playing games, that’s when you start to make real moves. That’s when you start to live up to your greatness.

So I say, “so long” to playing small. Farewell to staying in a job that may seem secure but really isn’t. Goodbye to dim lights. I am ready to shine and share my gifts with the world in a way that will allow me to share a mouthful when I go to heaven and God asks, What did you do with what I gave you? 

If you are a woman in business and you are ready to rise, this conference is for you. If you believe that it’s time to step into your greatness and you want to spend two whole days with like-minded women, you do not want to miss this opportunity.

We invest in looking good, we invest in eating well, and we even invest a ton in other people–but when it’s time to invest in pursuing our dreams, so many of us hesitate. We have to stop doing that. We have to stop hesitating when it’s time to invest in our potential.

Don’t hesitate when it’s time to bet on yourself. You deserve better than that.

I can’t tell you with certainly what this “I quit my job” journey will bring. What I can say for sure is that I will never regret this decision. Even on the days when I fall to my knees from discouragement (because those days happen to us all), I will get back up with confidence and courage knowing that this is the path I need to be on. God never promised me the journey would be easy, He only promised that He would be there every step of the way. Frankly, that’s the only promise I need.

Of course I will keep you posted on my journey. Let me know if you decide to attend the Play Time is Over conference this November. I would love to see you there!

Play Time is Over Conference 2015

 Love this pic from last year’s conference with founder, Cheryl Wood.

Disclosure: This post is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed about the PTIO conference are my own.