I did something kind of crazy.
I left my job. My awesome, amazing, fantastic, ridiculously cool job where I got to work on interesting things with even more interesting people.
Yeah. That’s been the common reaction. And honestly, I think the answer only makes sense to me, since it’s something I’ve been thinking about for quite a long time now, but here’s the gist:
1) I need a new / different challenge.
2) I want to try to create my own future – maybe it’ll still be doing Product Manager-y things, maybe I’ll be a freelance web something or other, maybe I’ll go work in a photo studio, or maybe I’ll go get my masters. I don’t know. That’s what’s awesome about it.
3) I don’t want to have lived this perfectly by-the-book life. I’ve gone to the good college, I’ve gotten the good jobs. It’s all been so prescribed so far. I don’t want to look back and regret not trying things that I’ve wanted to do.
Could I do all of that while keeping the awesome job? Possibly and probably. But I know how I work – if there’s any excuse NOT to do something I’ll probably use it. I’m too comfortable. I need to make myself uncomfortable, because I know that’s when I work best.
Leaving Etsy has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in my life so far. It’s been such an incredible experience. I’ve learned so much (can you believe I use git and almost prefer vim these days?!). My coworkers are really just some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet and the toughest part is going to be missing out on the chance to spend more time working with them. I hope I’ll be able to take the spirit of Etsy with me into whatever I do, because that place is pure magic.
My dream has always been to run my own company – a web startup, a photo studio, a soda shop, the industry has never really mattered, but the dream has always been there.
So that’s what I’m going to do. And I’m going to go all-in. I’ve been working on Accompl.sh for nearly 2 years now and it’s about time I gave it the full attention it deserves. New Years resolution season is coming and I plan to make the most of it.
Here we are. The leap of faith. It’s going to be an interesting adventure, that’s for sure. The future is, for once in my life, a complete mystery, and I’m beyond excited to see what’s in store.
If you’d like to help at all, please join Accompl.sh, start a list, and send me your feedback! Or, if you know of anyone who is willing to lend a hand, have them get in touch (jenn at accompl.sh) – designers, developers, general advice, marketing, I’ll take it all!