April 01, 2015
I quit my day job! (YES- I realize I am posting this on April 1st, but NO- it is not a joke). But I actually am now a full time day dreamer, and I couldn’t be happier!
I have been working typical jobs since I was 16. I’ve worked in restaurants, I’ve worked in retail stores, and I’ve worked in offices. Every time I would get a new job I would be so excited, and think that this was going to be the job I loved. But there is something about following the same routine and following someone else’s schedule that doesn’t work for me.
I remember hearing the quote “If you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” and that has always stuck in the back of my brain. So after I graduated college I began looking for this dream job, but soon realized that a typical job wouldn’t make me happy. I literally had no idea what to do, so I started working for my dad because he needed help with marketing and the hours were flexible.
Then about 2 and a half years ago, I got the brilliant idea to start making my own YouTube videos. I had been watching beauty gurus all throughout college and had become obsessed with watching what was inside these girls purses and what they used to wash their face at night. I saw other girls making careers for themselves by putting themselves on the internet and thought, why can’t I do that?
So after a few months of what I thought at the time were really great quality videos (LOL) I was kind of like.. okay, where’s my paycheck? I honestly had NO idea how much time, effort and dedication this new “career venture” was going to take. I feel like most people would have given up at that point. It takes so much work, for nothing in return.
But I fell in love. I fell in love with making videos, I fell in love with my subscribers! Seriously, the amazing support I get from my viewers is worth more than gold to me. Once I had people who were looking forward to my videos, there was no way I could stop.
So after 2 years, and almost 300 videos posted, there was absolutely no way I could keep going to work everyday and give Style by Dani the attention it needed to grow. But I’m hoping by giving it this attention, it will. I’m also allowing myself to reach for another dream of mine which is this, blogging! It kind of goes hand in hand with YouTubing, but I never really had time for it before.
So now when people ask me “what I do” I say… I make YouTube videos! The response is interesting… I’m pretty sure my family thinks I’m playing hooky all day because most people have no idea how much work all this stuff really takes, just like I had no idea when I was starting off. But I’m doing what I love, I’m following my heart and at the end of the day, that’s more important to me than other people’s approval. Most people don’t think I can make this into a job, but luckily proving people wrong is something I’m actually good at.
Am I scared? HELL YEAH. I seriously have no idea what is going to happen. Quitting my job to try and make this a full time career may have just been the worst decision I have ever made. But it might also be the best, and that makes me wildly excited. I’m so happy to take you guys along on my journey. Let’s hope it works!
PS: I will always be eternally grateful to my dad for giving me a job while I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life; my friend Jackie who I made my first few videos with; and my husband, Austin who is my number one supporter and believes more than I do that this can work.