Starting a New Adventure

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The past 3 days have been quite tumultuous, but remarkably – I’ve approached each one with a smile on my face.

I was laid off on Friday.  In this economy one might be freaked out.  And yet, I’m not.

I’ve been contemplating for a while what it might be to work for myself and set up my own business.  Now seems like the time to give it a shot.  I’ve got about 3 weeks of pay left from my old job until I’m completely on my own, so there’s no time like now to start.

So, I sit here at almost 11 PM on Sunday night setting up my new computer and designing a business card for a Kinko’s run in the morning.  I’ve got calls to make tomorrow and even a proposal or two to put together.  I’m even speaking on a panel at a conference this week.

I’m oddly calm and feeling not-quite-freaked-out.

So tomorrow is the first day of business for van Hilst Communications.  Wish me luck. Send me client referrals. And keep an eye out for cool things to come.

3 responses

  1. KiKi L’Italien


    Congratulations on your new opportunity and how crazy that all of this is happening!

    You are awesome and get what this association community is all about. Maybe you could come talk about your new career move on Sweet Spot webcast?


  2. Kim

    Ray – Way to go in your positive thinking! You are the MAN, and I think you will be awesome in this new approach and how you master this. Let me know if you need any help setting up your accounting process : ) I’d be happy to help you out. XOXO

  3. deirdrereid

    I’m sort of stunned. Sometimes getting laid off is the best thing ever, or moving to a new city and not finding a job you want — I speak from experience. Striking out on your own is both scary and very rewarding. I can’t imagine life any other way now. Good luck to you my friend. And, cheers! (clink)

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