Today I'm excited to bring you the second installment of Leap of Faith. I was so honored that Liz, the genius behind Sequins & Stripes and stylist at Elizabeth Schneider Styling, agreed to share her story. She is one of my daily reads, and always offers the most perfect styling tips and advice.
What was your major in college/what was your first job out of college?
I majored in Textiles and Clothing with a focus in consumer trends, buying and merchandising. After I graduated I took a job as a clothing buyer for a small Midwest boutique chain based in the suburbs of Chicago.
How long did it take to realize it wasn't for you? What were the initial signs of "help! get me out of here!"?
I have to say that I actually really enjoyed my job but I decided after a couple of years in the position that I wouldn’t be given ample opportunity to do what I love. So, I put in my two weeks, took a few classes in fashion design, started a blog, and took a job with a contractor in Chicago before eventually making the leap into styling!
What was the first thing you did after you left your job? scream? cry? take a trip?
I was so excited! I felt like I had a clean slate to create the life that I wanted to live. I left my desk job in September of 2011, went to Europe for a month, and officially launched styling services in January 2012.
What sort of "homework" did you do before turning your passion into a career? (masters program, networking, online research etc)?
My blog was a huge starting point for launching my business. Aside from creating a platform for my personal style through Sequins & Stripes, I spoke with local stylists and sort of just went with my gut!
How long have you been working for yourself?
Sequins & Stripes, LLC was created in September 2011.
What is the scariest thing about doing what you did?
I think the uncertainty of it all is the biggest stress. Running a company is so far from glamorous, and staying determined and confident in what you have to offer is the only way to see success.
Do you ever regret leaving your day job?
When I let myself get discouraged, then I can catch myself missing the comfort and stability of my day job, but I have never looked back! This leap has been completely liberating and rewarding.
What is your #1 piece of advice to people scared to follow their dreams in fear of failure?
Honestly it is tough. All you can do is believe in yourself, push forward, and trust that everyday will be better than the last. Be confident, you only have one life to make your dreams a reality!
Thank you for your inspiring story Liz! Be sure to check out her blog, if you don't already (which you should!) xo