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Becoming a Full Time Blogger

Two weeks ago, I made a scary decision.  A massive risk that energizes and frightens me all at the same time.  Because of YOU and your heartfelt readership, I felt comfortable with taking a big risk and betting on myself.  Two weeks ago, I decided to put in my two-weeks notice at my full time job.

While I started blogging five years ago, Semi-Sweet Tooth joined my life two and a half years ago on a quiet night on our couch in Chicago.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted out of the blog world, but I knew that I was missing this creative outlet in the short time between my two blogs.  But over those two years, I’ve found myself getting more and more entrenched in the blog world and becoming more passionate about wanting to make SST a site that YOU enjoy and find to be beneficial.

However, as my passion for the blog world has continued to grow, I’ve found myself feeling spread too thin.  My full time job has always been my priority, but alongside work, I’ve felt like I’ve only been able to be half in on everything else.  Understandably so with a full plate of things to do – and I’m certain I’m not the only one that’s felt this way!  Wedding planning, blogging, and my relationships with others have taken a back seat and I’ve found myself turning down freelance opportunities that I otherwise would have taken if I thought I had time.

IMG_0225072 If I could give you each a cupcake to say thanks, I would!

Thank You

Before I go into my future plans, I first want to say THANK YOU.  While I’m energized, scared, and excited all at the same time, i would never be at this point without you.  I’m humbled by your comments – and you silent readers make me proud, too!  I love the fact that so many of you keep coming back for more SST fun every day.  Each time I see a new subscriber, I’m incredibly proud that others are finding this a positive, safe space to visit each day.  Without you, none of this would be possible.  I truthfully never thought anyone would read SST, with it essentially being a diary of my day-to-day life.  But when you guys first started trickling in, I was almost instantly ready to make blogging my “thing.”  I now love building this supportive group of individuals around the globe and can’t wait to pop in every day.  I’m so excited to give my whole heart and time to you and you should know that I’m going to do everything I can to make this a space that continues to bring positivity to our lives.

I also want to give a special shout out to my friends and family, some fellow bloggers and some that only know the blog world from my personal experience, that have encouraged me to take this step.  I don’t get upset when people say blogging isn’t their thing or they decide not to follow, I totally get that it can be annoying seeing me post everyday.  But for those of you that do decide to support me as a friend, sister, cousin, niece, daughter, acquaintance, thank you for your support as I try to build something from nothing.  As a blog friend mentioned, “For those of you that see that I am pursuing something that I enjoy and am working to create a place where I don’t compromise my beliefs – thank you.”  When you double tap my photo on Instagram or put your email in the right hand side of this page – I promise, I see you.  Thank you.  A super special shout out to those bloggers that paved the way before me and were able to help me with this decision, thank you for being a friend to a relative newbie in this world – especially Brittany, Desire’, & Vanessa.  I’ve always believed that a rising tide lifts all ships.  Thank you for living that out.

IMG_5105 My natural element.

My Plan for the Future

When people ask how I’m feeling going into this, I keep saying excited and nervous all at the same time.  I am a planner by heart (thus Ray and I started talking about this decision months ago) and, while I’ve definitely seen success within the blog and freelance world (again, thank you), a lot of blogging and freelance writing brings an uncertain future.  But I’m pumped up and ready to take on that challenge!

I plan to continue waking up early each morning and writing at least one post a day – we may go back to two, but I’ll be staying at one for the time being.  I’ll go to the gym once a day, then settle in at my work space to actively write or proactively pursue opportunities.  Just like most jobs, blogging means meetings, appointments, and deadlines.  Though I’ll technically be reporting to myself, you guys will now be the ones telling me what is and is not working.  I promise to work hard and be ambitious to ultimately make Semi-Sweet Tooth the best brand and the best place possible to help us all continue creating a great life.  I’ve found where I’m supposed to be.


Please do get in touch with your thoughts and opinions on anything and everything life and blog related.  Feel free to add them to the comments section below or send me an email.  My contact information can be found on my contact me page.

Create a great life!

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  • Reply Maggie

    Congrats and good luck! I’m about to go on this journey myself, and I can definitely relate to feeling excited and nervous at the same time. You got this!

    April 12, 2016 at 8:56 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Wooo! Ditto to you, lady! Contact me when you decide to take the step and I’ll share what I learn. 🙂

      April 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Gina

    Best of luck!

    April 12, 2016 at 9:58 am
  • Reply thedancingrunner

    I would like a cupcake, please! 🙂 🙂 Best of luck to you in your blogging career, that is fantastic and I will be following along!

    April 12, 2016 at 10:25 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Fantastic! And consider a cupcake being sent your way. 🙂

      April 12, 2016 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Natasha

    So excited for you Jess! So Britt and Des helped you make that step!! Woohoo for fun life changes!! XO

    April 12, 2016 at 4:23 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Everyone did! But I did confirm with them that I could make it a reality prior to making the final decision, ha. 🙂 It definitely helped me to know others that took the step first.

      April 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Angharad

    What an inspirational post! Thank you so much for sharing this, it was so interesting to hear your story and exciting plans for the future. I’m very new to blogging, and I love reading about and sharing experiences and inspiration with others.

    Angharad x

    April 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Fantastic – welcome to the blogging community! Feel free to reach out at any time with questions or just to chat. 🙂

      April 12, 2016 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Vanessa Steil

    Congratulations on taking this step and becoming a full-time blogger! As you know, I left my job in August and have been writing and blogging ever since. I swear I work harder now — rise earlier and get to be later — than I ever have before. But I wouldn’t trade it for a second. I love getting to be creative, working with such an amazing community, and waking up and feeling inspired. It has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I know we will be seeing lots of great things from you! XO

    April 12, 2016 at 6:36 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks, Vanessa! You were one of the first full timers I spoke to about this and I’m so glad I got your honest thoughts and opinions. I’m sure I’ll be bugging you with more questions in the future, too. 😉

      April 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Asa

    Congratulations Jessica! What a big step and so inspiring. I would love to know what job / industry you worked in prior to giving notice. Best of luck! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you and your blog. ?

    April 12, 2016 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Absolutely – and thanks for popping by! I was most recently in the Finance world, and was involved in Marketing Research prior to that time. Both in very “scientific” roles, which is why I needed a creative outlet each day. 🙂

      April 12, 2016 at 9:31 pm
      • Reply Asa

        Beauty and brains, I’m impressed! That’s a big difference from your blog, but understandable. I work in healthcare as a project manager so I totally understand. I used to work in fashion prior to healthcare and missed the industry, thus the blog.

        April 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm
        • Reply semisweettooth

          So fun! I’m excited to keep following to see what happens for Lace & Pearls. 🙂

          April 13, 2016 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Brittany

    So proud of you, pretty girl. I know this is a great decision and will be an incredible journey for you!! Congratulations and best of luck!! xoxo Britt

    April 12, 2016 at 11:44 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Hooray – thanks, Britt. And you know I’ll be in touch with several questions over time, ha! 🙂

      April 13, 2016 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Trang Do

    Congrats and All the best dear! Love this post!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    April 13, 2016 at 12:04 am
  • Reply alalisainfo

    Congratulations! That’s exactly where I want to be… my blog is still new but I’m happy I stumbled upon yours. I feel like I could learn a lot (and plus, your photos are awesome and that’s totally my soft spot!)

    Lisa Favre

    April 13, 2016 at 5:36 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks! I’ve worked a lot on my photography over the years – glad you popped in, too. 🙂 Let me know if you have any specific questions that I should cover!

      April 13, 2016 at 7:24 am
  • Reply Angela

    Good Luck, so happy for you and I look forward to more awesome posts xo

    April 13, 2016 at 6:57 am
  • Reply thewaytomyhart

    Congrats! such an awesome brave new step in the right direction 🙂

    the way to my Hart

    April 13, 2016 at 7:20 am
  • Reply Emmaly Knecht

    Congrats what a huge leap!! I cant wait to read more about this new journey!!

    April 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks! As I said, scary and exciting, all at the same time. I can’t wait to see what’s next. 🙂

      April 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Karen Rees

    This is wonderful news Jessica!!!!!!!! I am soooo happy for you!! Follow you heart, follow your dreams… it’s much better to take a chance on aiming to be successful at something that you truly love than looking back and thinking ‘what if?!’ I wish you every success in the world huni *huge hugs* Karen XXXXX

    April 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks so much, Karen! It’s already an exciting journey and I can’t wait to see what’s to come. 🙂

      April 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm
      • Reply Karen Rees

        You’re sooo welcome! I LOVE reading about exciting new journeys like this Jessica, I think it’s fantastic that you’ve taken the step! Obviously, it’ll feel a tad nerve wrecking I’m sure but the buzz and excitement from doing what you love is food for the soul! Wishing you every success at this – Oh, and looking forward to showcasing your Behind The Blog in only a matter of hours hehe. Exciting times ahead for you lovely lady!! XXXX

        April 13, 2016 at 6:48 pm
        • Reply semisweettooth

          Indeed – thanks for the feature. I can’t wait to check it out. 🙂

          April 13, 2016 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply candies & crunches

    Congratulations and best of luck in this new endeavor! I’m sure you’ll do great!

    April 14, 2016 at 11:41 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks! I’m really excited about the possibilities. 🙂

      April 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply stateeats

    Kudos for you for taking the plunge! I can see that it’s a scary step but I have all faith that you will do great – Kat

    April 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Thanks, Kat! It’s an exciting step – but I’m incredibly pumped for what’s next. 🙂

      April 17, 2016 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Carrie @ Constructing Carrie

    I’m so excited for you! So many adventures!! I’ve been off the blog grid for awhile, but hoping to come back soon with fresh ideas and direction. I can’t wait to continue on your journey with you!

    April 20, 2016 at 12:11 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Wooo! Welcome back, lady! We’ve missed you. 🙂

      April 20, 2016 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Sarah @ Sweet Miles

    Go girl!! This is my dream. Now that I’m a new mom, I’m ready to do whatever it takes to be able to back off of my full time job, and spend more time at home. I would love to pick your brain!

    May 3, 2016 at 2:46 pm
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