piper’s dream report: week sixteen

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(Sorry, guys! I forgot to add the first paragraph of the post this morning (below). – Jess!)

First of all, I want to say thanks for all your support each and every week – I seriously can’t tell you how much it helps reading your comments!!  I’m glad you’ve been following me through this.  A lot has happened this week – picked my logo & colors (yay!) – but today’s post is more personal.  I’ve had the question “to quit or not to quit my day job” on my mind for awhile now.  But to be able to really answer that question, as well as share this journey, I think I need to talk about one of my biggest supporters – my mom.  She’s been my biggest cheerleader always – no matter what crazy ideas I’ve had – she’s always been behind me 100%.  I’m an only child so it really was just my mom and me growing up.  She’s my role model, my cheerleader and my best friend.  And I lost her 3 years ago to pancreatic cancer when she was only 62.

My mom was an amazing person…..and of course I say this with no bias!  But honestly she was the warmest & most loving person – someone who just liked you for who you are.  And honestly, it’s hard to write about because I just can’t put in words how much she means to me and how lucky I was to have her for a mom.  She’s the strongest person I’ve ever known.  It still amazes me to this day that she was a single parent my whole life, had no college degree & somehow through her perseverance was able to raise a child by herself, buy a house and become such a respected employee of the American Heart Association.  (I would always say to her that it amazed me she could buy a house by herself while having a small child…..when I couldn’t seem to do it married with no children!!  I mean, how did she do it?!)

She’s such a huge part of who I am, what’s brought me here to this point – that it’s something I needed to share.  Especially since most days, I wish she could be here cheering me on.  Or just being that “mom” safety net for me – the one where if I fail, I can run back home.  It’s hard being an only child having lost my parent…especially one who was a huge part of my life (can’t tell you how much I wish I could just run over her house like I used to and just talk about books or life – or to just see her face light up the way it would when she would see me – it was like the warmest hug!)

And I know, 100% with all my heart, that she would be so happy that I’m taking this leap and pursuing my dream of owning my own store.  Since I was little, she heard me go on and on (and on and on!) about wanting to start my own business.  And being the typical mom, nothing made her happier than seeing me happy.  She encouraged me year after year to pursue my dreams.  She was the kind of mom that even if I told her, right now, that I decided I wanted to be President (with no political background whatsoever, mind you), she’d be saying “ok, what do you need me to do”!

Once I lost her, I realized that life is so short – I would hate to look back and regret having never given my all to my dream. And she wouldn’t want me to be toiling away in misery at a job I hate.  She’d want me to jump, feet first, into this adventure – she wouldn’t even bat an eye at this.  I’m lucky that I found my own personal cheerleader – my hubby -who’s answer to all my “what if’s” is such a simple and powerful statement:  “it’s just money, we have plenty of time to make that”.   So that’s where I’m coming from when I think of the answer to “quit or not quit my day job”.  Even though I’m freaking out and scared down to my little toes – I’m taking the leap – I just gave my notice at work!  And I like to think that my mom is smiling right now.

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  1. What a heartfelt post Piper. I’m so excited for you and I know that you’ll do great! And can I just say that I love your husband’s mentality on this. Such a great perspective! Hmm…now how can I get my hubby to think that way? 😉


  2. Wow – I was not expecting that announcement at the end! Congratulations!

    So sorry for the loss of your mother, as she sounds like an incredible woman. She is definitely watching over you know and doing a cheer for the amazing progress you’ve made toward your dream! Life is too short to not go for it once in a while.

  3. Allie

    Life is too short and I think taking that leap is what it is all about!!! GO FOR IT AND JUST DO IT!

  4. Emma Jo

    Your mom sounds like a really warm person and I am glad you have such nice memories of her.
    I didn’t expect the announcement at the end either ! 😀 How does it feel?

  5. this is so touching–it’s so amazing to hear of a piece of your life store–it’s an intriguing thing knowing where others have come from & how they got where they are today (or how they are planning to go forward & enjoying the “now”). I believe you can do this! It’ll be like a roller coaster ride-scary at first, but the ride after the jump will be so worth it!

  6. Karin

    Good for you ! Wishing you all the best with your own business.

  7. Maddy

    Wow Piper!!!! Congratulations on giving your notice! I am floored, I am shocked, but mostly…I am so HAPPY for you!! I know this is something you’ve wanted to do for quite a while, so I’m so glad that you’re taking the leap into this new world of entrepreunership! I am cheering you on, as well as all your other loved ones! I think your mother would be extremely proud, but not just because you’re giving 100% to opening up you store, but because of the beautiful person you are! Wishing you ALL the best!! Can’t wait for October ;o)

  8. Anna

    Congrats Piper on pursuing your dream. Your mom sounded like an incredible and talented lady. Thanks for sharing her art. Her paintings are beautiful!

  9. That is so exciting! Congrats, Piper. Sounds like your mother was an amazing woman. She would be so proud.

  10. You are totally making the right decision! Life is too darn short to stay somewhere you aren’t happy. You’ll figure the money portion out- no worries. You gotta be happy!!

  11. Cathy

    Piper! I’m so excited for you! I think all of us and your Mom are very proud of you right now.

  12. Sara

    Piper, I’ve been following your posts for the last 16 weeks and absolutely love the journey you’re on! Like you, I recently left a job that I didn’t care for and have felt SO liberated ever since! I cannot wait to jump full-throttle into my project. But, enough about me! GREAT for you for taking the leap and what an amazing mother!!! You know she’s proud of you – you’re doing what makes you happy! All the best my dear!

  13. Jonna

    WOW! Piper, congratulations!!! 🙂 So inspiring.

  14. Jenny

    Congratulations! Yay!

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I grew up with a single mom as an only child too so I understand the bond, it’s a very special one that people just don’t get sometimes, you are truly a team. And I know your mom is cheering you on for sure!!

  15. Eileen

    Piper! Congratulations! WOW! 🙂 I’m always excited for you every week, every day, I couldn’t be happier for you! and I’m so very sorry for the loss of your mother. The way you describe her, I can feel her ray of sunshine! ohhh, I’m sending you a big hug, Piper! 🙂

  16. Carol Polinski

    Hey Piper, I’m very proud of you! Mom always said you are ” Special” and is right I feel her with us always, and she is “SMILING” .
    Love to you and Marcus, CP

  17. Amy

    What a wonderful mother–so strong and talented. And what a wonderful gift–your greatest fan! And while it may seem as though she’s missing it all, I have a sneaking suspicion she’s not … she’s probably looking down and smiling … and looking ahead with pride.

    Congrats Piper!!!

  18. Brandi

    Piper, you’re amazing. And I’m sure your mom is still cheering you on. Good for you for taking that leap!

  19. Gina

    Hi Piper-
    I just found Jess’s MML blog and have spent a lot of time reading your posts and hers. I love everything about it.

    I started my business last November and in 6 weeks I am quitting my soul sucking day job. I am scared about the money and scared about failing, but I cannot sit in a cube, doing a job I hate simply for a paycheck for the rest of my life. So, the pending change makes me excited, but a little scared (which is normal).

    I loved this post about not having regrets and I love what your husband says “it’s only money…” So true. Best of luck to you and I am looking forward to following your journey!

  20. Eva

    oh Piper-just managed to read this post. i am sooo totally with you! ~i will be out in 2 weeks. and yes I am quite sure your mom is smiling from above and is happy with your decision. it’s all about money yes, but it is all about courage, and fulfilling dreams and live the life you want to live, and come out to the world and say this is who I am.
    you see we only live once, we better make it worth it!!!
    congrats !!!

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