LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE AND PURPOSE
I am a lifestyle influencer, digital content creator & owner of itsjessicalindsay.com
my platforms to inspire women to live a life of confidence & purpose
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but if I'm honest, the thought of losing structure and stepping out on my own would have probably prevented that for a really long time.
for years, I was balancing life responsibilities, a full-time job, being in school part-time, and my business fit in wherever it fit in. my passion for building a brand continued to grow deep, but it was limited in growing wide because I was stretched too thin.
i always dreamt of
when the pandemic hit in march 2020, I had been working from home for my full-time corporate job. as much as people hated being locked up at home, I was actually grateful to let go of my daily commute into new york city.
after the first few weeks of working in my pj's & rolling out of bed just in time, I started to create a little more structure for my days at home. I gained hours back in commute time, & I needed to start making good use of my time...other than sleep.
months into working from home, I got serious about what I wanted from entrepreneurship and began building my personal brand. I launched my blog, dove deep into learning the influencer industry, and told myself that I would push myself to be in a position to one day be a full-time entrepreneur. on my days off from my corporate job, I would structure my day to mimic a workday as a full-time entrepreneur. who knew that practice would come in handy so soon
the plan was to leave my job eventually...i just never knew when
I remember it like it was yesterday. my supervisor texted me and asked if we could hop on a quick zoom call. we were in the midst of a busy season, and I figured we'd be meeting for a strategy session or something related to that. we got on the call, and he immediately said, "I don't know how to say this, but effective november 4th, your position is being eliminated".
graduated with a b.a. in fine arts photography
entered the corporate world (not doing photography)
created my instagram page & started building my brand part-time
launched influencer coaching
launched content creation services
started working in higher ed...thought i'd be here forever
unexpectedly let go from my job
itsjessicalindsay goes full-time
everything that came after that was a blur. he talked with me as best he could for a while and then asked me if I had any questions. I had a million questions, but my brain was still trying to process his initial words...so I just sat there.
it was the day after my 6th work anniversary, and I was told that my last day of employment would be the day before my 33rd birthday. "God, what is happening. this cannot be real", is all I could think.
after the shock, I started looking for jobs and thinking about what my next move would be. every job I stumbled on, something in my spirit said, "NO." I didn't have a concrete plan in place, but I was becoming confident that the practice that I'd done in the past would be enough to step out where I believed God was leading me. and at that point, I decided to take itsjessicalindsay full-time.
there has been a lot of trial & error, developing workflow systems, creating budgets & strategies, reaching out to brands for partnerships, & creating tons of content!
there are maybe a hundred things that I would have done before deciding to leave the corporate world for full-time entrepreneurship. and because God knows me so well, I have to wonder if I ever would've thought I was "ready" without the push.
I don't have all the answers but I'm glad you're with me for the journey! as always, thank you for your support.