A stray cat walked into my house and threw up into my shoes… so I quit my job.

Heh, my husband was confused too but stick with me…

A couple weeks ago, we had a stray kitten wander into our yard and then eventually into our house. He was a sweet little thing and even though I swore no more cats, it was clear he was making himself at home. Unfortunately the food we so graciously bestowed upon our new guest didn’t agree with him; a few minutes after coming inside, he threw up in my work shoes.

black cat sleeping on couch

Yep, this one!

I’m a simple gal with cheap simple tastes so I only owned two pairs of “work shoes” – both sets were solid black flats. And of course the pair he threw up on were ones that couldn’t be cleaned.

So while thanking the Universe for the cat throwing up on my shoes and not the carpet (it’s the little things…) I realized I had three choices:

  1. Waste my time and try to clean the vomit off of my shoes without ruining them.
  2. Find money in the budget for new shoes.
  3. Quit my job.

Okay so maybe I was looking for a sign where there really wasn’t one but…

simon sinek quote working hard for something we don't care about it called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion

I Quit My Job to Become a Professional Blogger

I’ve been with my current company for nearly five and a half years and I’m not in love with it anymore. I’m grateful for what it’s taught me and for the people I’ve worked with, but I’ve tried to force myself down that road for too long now. For two and a half years (almost exactly!) I’ve been ignoring my gut and fighting against the resistance that was this pathway. I have not been fully living the life that the Universe wants me to live.

It’s time to let go of the stress of my office job so that I can focus on the passion found within this website.

I genuinely love building the community that is Thrifty Guardian, which in my opinion is beyond even the top lifestyle blogs. I have so many amazing readers (like you!) and I want more time to help all of you unveil and achieve your own ambitions.

Too much time is spent ignoring dreams, thinking we’re too old, too young, too poor, too inexperienced. No more of that!

Will it be easy? Heck no. I know I’m in for even more late nights and early mornings. We’re only able to do this because of how much debt we’ve paid down recently and because of the thorough budget I’ve already developed.

So can I tell you the most frightening part? The part that absolutely rattles me?

For my entire life, it’s all I’ve ever wanted…and now that it’s here…

I’m scared

What if I end up hating it? Or if I’m awful at it? What if my kids get bored with me? So many what ifs

I’m also really excited, though. So I’m focusing on those feelings and not giving any power to the “what ifs” (as loud as they may be right now).

I had no idea just how much emotional weight I’d been carrying around until it was finally lifted off of me. Parts of me that had fallen asleep are now reawakening (buzzy tingles and all!) It’s a brand new chapter and one that I’m oh-so-ready for.

become a professional blogger


I have since launched a services site a blog mentor, called AmberLozzi.com

After only ten days, this site saw:

  • An average of 1,200 PVs/day
  • 650+ opt-in to the e-mail list
  • Traffic from a $0.11 Facebook ad (CPC)
  • Nearly 350 join my Facebook group

Hmm, yeah, I’d say I made the right decision. Heh, what do you think?

And guess what the best part is? I did it all MYSELF while being a work-at-home mom with two little ones.

It hasn’t been easy, but I couldn’t be happier and I know thing will only continue to grow from here.

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