Did you know that I started my own business at the age of 37 and it wasn’t even my idea? I kind of just fell into it but then I fell in love with being a business owner. I always say it’s the best life change that has happened to me. I can’t even imagine having a 9 to 5 anymore. I was taught growing up that a good 9-5 would bring you happiness, LIES! Happiness comes from doing what you love, period!
I started this bilingual monthly publication part-time about eleven years ago, but I completely took the leap of faith and jumped to being fully self-employed about 9 years ago. I walked away from a stable job and never looked back. Today I can’t imagine waking up at the same time every day and going to the very same place every day, yet I did it for about 21 years. My life felt like that movie “Ground Hog Day”. But just like that, one day I woke up and realized that I was miserable in a job that I couldn’t be creative or be a leader or role model. Today I enjoy what I do, and I love that I can do my own schedule at my convenience.
When I started working at home, I was happy never realizing it would even become better as now I can literally work remotely from anywhere including the beach. Yes, today I can literally be working while anywhere. Ninety-five % of my entire company is run digitally, and I don’t need a brick-and-mortar building. Most of my clients email me and I can meet them at their place of business or online. I no longer feel stuck but rather full of options.
However now at the age of 48, I feel I have to make up for the time that I lost. So, if you see me running 100 miles an hour like a nut, don’t be afraid, I have lots to do and accomplish. When I feel that I’m getting burnt out a bit I know what to do. I meditate, and I breathe like I mean it, and if that doesn’t work, I just take a mini vacation. But I will tell you the most important thing I learned is to allow myself to be mentally free. I learned to say no to many, many things, and people. When I’m mentally overwhelmed, I just say no because I consider it as investing in myself.
It’s never too late to invest in you, I did it and don’t regret it, I’m not saying there are days that you want to throw in the towel but then I remember how FREE I truly am, and I just keep it moving. Never have I been so financially and mentally fit, now I just have to work on this physically fit part, that seems to be a LIFETIME struggle but I’m not afraid to tackle it as well and I’m surely not going to give up as health is wealth. It’s never too late, don’t stop planning for your future and your dreams.
Rosa Julia Parra
CEO & Founder of Palo Magazine