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I quit My Job

On quitting your full time job to pursue your dreams, be an entrepreneur, and blog full time!
I quit my job.

I quit my full time, 9-5, steady, consistent, and (yes also) life-giving job this week.

I quit to be here full time. To invest in blogging. To be an entrepreneur. To spend more time connecting with you and cranking out quality content. I quit my job to follow my dreams.

It is a mixture of emotions as you may expect. I am THRILLED out of my mind and super excited to see what the Lord has in store for Oak + Oats as I walk into this next season yet I also feel CRAZY for jumping head first into the world of entrepreneurship and am trying hard to pray through the lies that I don’t have what it takes to make it.

This season has been one of growth & change. It has forced me to rely on the Lord in new ways. Pushing into Him deeper as Bruce and I talk about our future, our plans, and our finances. We’ve looked at budgets, we set goals, we made sacrifices and it has all led up to this.

I’ve been busy.

Too busy and that is when I knew something needed to change. I looked at everything that filled my schedule and prayed about what needed to go. While my full time job has brought dear, dear friendships into my life and has been a great place to work these last four years, overwhelmingly I knew that it was what needed to go. I still will be working there until June 4th as I have some commitments and I want to finish well. I’m a lucky gal because all those coworkers are cheering me on as I make this transition (although they’ll miss me) but I know it isn’t always so easy to walk away from a job with good feelings.

Things will change around here, just not yet.

I’m planning on finishing well, taking a break, and dreaming BIG things. Thanks for sticking around through it all. Some of you have been here since 2010 when I started my blog on a whim and have been through all the growth & transition! There is more to come & I promise it’s going to be good because I’ll have more time to invest in YOU!!! Are you ready for the journey?

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xoxo, elizabeth

Photo by: Ashlee Kay Photography 

  • Congrats. You are living a dream of mine. So very happy for you and for the journey you share.

    http://www.backwardsnhighheels.com

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so so so much Ashli!

  • How exciting! I am sure you will make it a huge succes. I wish you all the best and especially lots of joy in this new adventure. xx

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much for the encouragement! I’m pretty excited!! Ah!

  • YAY!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks Robyn!

  • Laura

    Congratulations Beth! I know this has come with a lot of hard work so I hope you enjoy the accomplishment! Can’t wait to see your success continue!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so much Laura! You are such an encouragement! It is such a nerve wrecking step! HAHA

  • Congrats! So exciting 🙂 I quit my job a little over a year ago to go full time with my business so I know the thrilled/crazy feeling well!

    • Oak & Oats

      Oh man! I am so glad you can relate!

  • good for you! Now you will be probably working more hours for yourself but with so much more satisfaction! Just don’t forget when to “switch off!” xx Julie

    • Oak & Oats

      Haha! Yes! That is the plan. Right now I am working 40 hours a week and then nights and weekends are my blog/ business! I am excited to switch those to my 9-5 40hr a week time frame to get my weekends and nights back! Wahoo!

  • So so so excited for you Beth! What a HUGE accomplishment! Hashtag GOALS ????. You have an amazing gift of blogging and taking pictures and just making everything look and sound really great. I will certainly continue to read your posts (I’m obsessed with the new design- still!) and I’ll be saying a prayer for you today! This is scary because it’s a big deal…but not bigger than God- so there’s that ????.

  • Bri

    Congratulations, Lady!! That’s awesome

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much!

  • So excited for you Beth!!!

  • So proud of you Elizabeth! Congratulations on having the courage to leave “comfortable” to pursue happiness!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Shayla! There are so many fears with it, but it just feels right!

  • Congrats! How exciting!

  • Congratulations!! This is my dream!! Here’s to sticking to it – maybe I’ll be joining you some day!

  • I got goose bumps as I read this for two reasons…one I’m SO HAPPY for you! Oh my goodness, that is just so exciting!! And two, my husband and I had a conversation revolving around this exact topic just this week. Because you’re right – it’s exciting on one hand, but it’s a big step of faith. We concluded it’s all about listening to God and knowing His timing, and I think it’s no coincidence that you posted this today. I am so encouraged and I can’t WAIT to see where all your blog goes!!!

    • Oak & Oats

      I love this! Yes! Those conversations are crazy and fun and overwhelming! I am so glad you guys are on the journey too! YAY! Oh thanks so much!

  • Yay! That’s such an exciting thing. Congratulations on your new adventures!

  • AMAAAZZZING!!! seriously could NOT be more excited happy + grateful FOR you. you are a treasure of a friend + i’m cheering you on!! xoxoxo

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you dear friend! You’re amazing!

  • Cat

    Yay! Congratulations!! That’s a huge step. My boyfriend and I are looking at our budget and future right now as well. Unfortunately it looks like I’m going to have to get a job, but hopefully it’s only for a little while so I can focus on blogging full time!

    • Oak & Oats

      Yes! Don’t worry – I’ve been blogging since 2010 and been working at my job for the last four years! You can totally grow your blog while working and it is okay if it takes some time! XOXO

  • Rock on, friend! I’m so excited for you!!!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Gretchen!

  • This is SO exciting to read Elizabeth!! I made this step last year, before I thought I was ready, but it was God’s timing and amazing things are happening now because of it, I just had to be patient 😉 Your blog is gorgeous, one I always come back to, and I think you will go great places when you have more time to devote to it!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate you! It is so encouraging to have so many of you respond since it is so nerve wrecking to jump all the way in!

  • Beth! I’m so excited for you! You are a rockstar! So proud of you!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Sam! I really couldn’t do this without you!

  • OMG! I am so excited for you! Couldn’t be for a more deserving person! I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for you! You have such amazing talent!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you Tilley! You are so very sweet! I’m so thankful for you!

  • Congrats!!! I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you/this blog 🙂 xo

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Jordan! Maybe we’ll be able to make our way out to Europe now!! haha! PS: I need to respond to your email! Thanks so much!

  • That’s amazing!! Congrats!
    ~Sara

  • Congratulations! I know it must have been a hard decision, but what a brave one! So excited for you and what’s to come!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Michelle!

  • Congrats! What an exciting adventure you’re embarking on!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so much Rachel!

  • Once again, congrats girl! You got this!!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Julie!!!

  • Ahhh, this is crazy! Congratulations 😀 Best of luck! Looking forward to following your new adventure.

    (It is not-so-secretly my dream to do this one day too!)

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so much! I know. It is kind of crazy that I even made it to this point! I am so excited to see what is next!

  • Exciting times!! Congratulations and the best of luck!! 🙂 🙂

  • This is amazing. CONGRATS on this HUGE step. I’m super pumped for you, and looking forward for what’s to come with Oak and Oats!

    – Dara // http://www.peoniesandhoneybees.com

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you so much Dara! I really couldn’t do this without you and the Oak + Oats community!!

  • I have been so, so excited for you ever since I got your newsletter about it! Congratulations on making this change! Welcome to the wonderful (and sometimes terrifying) world of full-time entrepreneurship! I’ll be praying for you as your work to transition well. 🙂

  • i’m so excited for you friend!
    big things are definitely in store and i can’t wait to see what all oak + oats has in store!

    • Oak & Oats

      THANKS THANKS THANKS!