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Making a Career Change Isn’t as Hard as You Think

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It was a normal day like any other. Go to work, cut hair all day, laugh with my coworkers, go home, fire up my comp and poof. There it was. The email that changed my whole world. I was in shock. I was excited. I was on cloud 9. I couldn’t believe this was finally happening to me. This is the day my whole world changed. What I didn’t know then was exactly how much my world was about to change. This was the first day on my path for my career change

Rewind to 2014. My first thoughts of making a career change

I was a hairstylist in a mall in a salon in Northern Ontario, Canada dreaming of warm winters in Central America and working for myself. I was so tired of my life and everything about it. I lived to work and I worked to survive. That was my existence. I had no life and the little boring life I did have was riddled with stress, anxiety, frustration, hopelessness and sadness.

I honestly hated my life.

I felt like I was in constant desperation mode and something had to change. Anything. Soon. And it did. I realized that if I wanted a different life, a happier life, it was up to me to change something. Everything in fact. I was scared. But I was ready. And I dove into the world of reading blogs and researching on how to become a freelancer. I figured if I could do that, I could finally leave this miserable place I had called home for 52 years and start a whole new life.

And so the journey began….

I read, I researched, I absorbed everything I could on how to become a freelance writer. Writing comes naturally for me so I thought for sure this was going to be easy. It was and it wasn’t. It was frustrating but I persisted. I wrote blogs, I submitted them to many many high authority sites and they all shut me down. I had stacks of pages in my “freelance” binder of sites I submitted to and all the big “no’s” right beside their names.

I wasn’t so sure this was for me at one point. Maybe I’m not that great of a writer. Maybe my destiny is to just be doomed here in Sudbury and retire poor from hairstyling. I cried many nights. Something had to give.

And something did…finally

Hell yes!!!

It was November of 2014 and winter had arrived. It was in full bloom in Sudbury and oh how I hated winter. I prayed to God to please make my dreams come true. Please help me to get out of this hell hole.

I fired up the computer and checked my emails and there it was. The “yes” email. Someone had finally accepted one of my blogs. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. Finally, something was starting to happen. I cried, I screamed in joy, I laughed, I jumped up and down like a 5 year old on Christmas morning.

It was Steven Aitchison from the Change Your Thoughts website.

This was the beginning of my new life. I had no idea how much my world would change on that day.

Go go go!!

I knew I couldn’t stop there. This site loved my blog and wanted more from me. Are you kidding me? Pinch me I must be dreaming! I’ll give them more! And I did. I tried to submit at least one a week. That didn’t always happen as work was busy and I was also still trying to break into other sites. Finally more yes’s started coming in.

I was on a roll. I was working 8-10 at the salon and 3-4 more at home every day. I was persistent, determined, focused. My life was changing.

The craziest thing about all of this was that I was doing it all for free. Yup. I was becoming an avid guest blogger 6 months after my first blog was accepted. I kept at it. I knew deep in my heart something good was going to come of all this.

And it did. Something really good. Mind-blowing kinda good. Never in my wildest dreams had I ever expected my life to turn as quickly as it did.

The pitbull in me knows no boundaries

It was time to get bold. It was time to test the waters. It was time to ask someone for a job and start paying me for my talent. I asked and I got shut down. That’s ok. I’ll give it some time and ask again in a little while. And I did. And got shut down again. That’s ok, I’ll ask again in a little while. And I did…..and finally

Another yes. Steven finally hired me to do some writing. Oh Yay!!! Pinch me again. I can’t believe this is my life. One thing and one blog lead to another and a year after starting working for this site I was packing two suitcases, buying a one way ticket to Guatemala and getting ready for my new life.

The unknown. Something that was always just only a cloud bubble over my head was finally coming to fruition. I was finally leaving Northern Ontario winter behind.

The message?

2 years after working for Steven I am finally retiring from that now and building my own business.

If you’ve been thinking of making a career change I hope this blogs holds inspiration for you to do that.

Don’t you  dare give up on your dreams. Don’t you dare stop believing in yourself and your talents. Don’t you dare take no for an answer or let no stop you or cut you down. Be a pitbull!!

*woof woof*

Peace and Love




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Iva Ursano is a retired hairstylist turned badass freelancer, who left behind 52 years of her life in Northern Ontario, Canada for a life of freedom, love and beauty in sunny Guatemala. She has two main purposes in life: feed hungry bellies and help inspire people to live a life of joy and love.