I always thought that I would follow a specific path– I would go to a good college, graduate, work in finance, and most likely live in New York City. I forced myself into this mold for so long that when the time came to figure out what I wanted to do, I panicked. It didn’t feel like myself. I decided to take a jump and move out to Denver, Colorado– a place that, previous to moving here, I had never been to.
After graduation, I still felt this sense of identity crisis in terms of my career. For so long, I imagined myself in a corporate company working my way to the top. All the while, I always knew I wanted to run my own business and fulfill my destiny of being a Chief Executive Office (per my initials… CEO, Claire Elizabeth Oswald). Seven months ago, I decided to quit my corporate job in pursuit of my passion: photography. While it was one of the scariest decisions I have ever made in my young adult life, it is one that totally ignites my soul. Each day is different with a set of new challenges that await to be conquered. I craved creative freedom, and I live it each day.
One of the bravest things I did after taking that leap was making compound investments in myself. Sometimes that meant saying no to people, cutting relationships, and making difficult choices.
But, it also meant that I was putting myself in a position of stepping into and embracing this new, best version of myself.
I am ecstatic to say that since I took the leap of becoming my own boss in this creative field, I have felt more like myself than ever before.