I Almost Quit

 

I Almost -new

I’ll be honest with you.

I almost quit.  I got really tired.  I was drained.  I felt that I was pushing this movement along all by myself.  I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.  I was spending my time doing things that exhausted me.  I wasn’t seeing anything coming out of it.  I felt this was all hard work and nothing to show for it.

I was exhausted of thinking about it, stressing about it and just plain sick of …  IT.  I WANTED OUT.  The image above is a picture I snapped of myself earlier this week, sitting in front of my computer contemplating the idea of quitting and getting a normal, full-time job.  The idea of stepping away from all of this for 40 hours per week seemed like relief to me.

As an entrepreneur and leader of a movement, it’s hard to admit these things sometimes.  However these are real feelings, and real thoughts of doubt and fear. Now I feel compelled to share this with you because I know that you will have similar feelings as you go through your personal journey.

Several things kept me going:

  1. The outpouring of support and encouragement I’ve been receiving from all of you
  2. Realizing that the reason it’s been getting so difficult is because I’m SO close to the “finish line”
  3. Trusting that the Universe will provide—excuse me—Trusting that the Universe HAS been providing me with everything I need in every single moment, and will continue to do so.

However the most important thing that kept me going, is the realization that I AM WORTH IT.  I am worth the fight, I am worth the energy, I am worth another go.  Changing my mindset around my situation helps tremendously.  I have accomplished a lot, and I have much to show for it!

Not to mention, these feelings are absolutely normal!

In fact if you don’t ever feel like quitting, you’re not shooting high enough!

Have you ever felt like giving up?  What kept you going?  I’d love to hear your thoughts, please comment below!

 And P.S. DON’T BE THE GUY/GAL WHO STOPS RIGHT AT THE FINISH LINE!

I Almost Quit-chipping away

 

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  1. Conscious Consumer
    5 years ago

    Good for you hon! I just recently quit my 40 hours job, and trust me, you’d HATE it. 😉
    I’m sure I will have many days like this coming up. But we are trying to change the world and we can make it happen.


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      LOL! Aww sweetheart, I KNOW, right?? I’ve tried the 40-hour work schedule, and it didn’t suit me at all! I’m excited for you, can’t wait to hear more! Thanks always for your support Love!


  2. Maisha Guy
    5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing.


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Aww, thank you for commenting! Let’s keep it real, right? =)


  3. Tricia Harder
    5 years ago

    Every day I have to tell myself I WILL recover from cancer. When I’m in pain and physical therapy isn’t going well, I want to give up. I feel beat down. Then when I get home from a doctors appointment and see my sash and crown, a huge smile comes over my face, knowing there is a group of women out there who love me. They believe in my journey to the crown. They are there to support my sucess. And Kat, your Uprising helps to keep the Faith. Love you guys…..Tricia


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Ooooh Trisha, I have tears welling in my eyes. It’s women like YOU who keep me moving forward. I can’t imagine what your journey is like. BUT I want you to know that I AM HERE for you and that I truly, 1000000% believe—that not only WILL you recover–but that you ARE recovering. You are healing right now, as we speak. You are an angel my Love! Thank you so much for sharing!


  4. Kami Grigg Stock
    5 years ago

    It’s nice to know that others feel the same way I do. After over 10 years in my business and working for myself, I was getting to the point of burn-out and almost threw my hands up and quit. One thing that’s hard about working for yourself is you can’t walk into the bosses office, tell them off, quit and walk out. There are several things that I did to keep going. Your biggest asset is your peers. Talk it out. Other people can often shed a different perspective on your thoughts and feelings and help you see things differently. Another is to get OUT. Find networking events or schedule a lunch. It’s always helpful to surround yourself with like-minded people. Change your scenery. Don’t stare at the same desk, in the same spot with the same decor day in and day out. I was able to pull out of my funk by re-evaluating my business plan. I changed the way I was doing business and it was a very positive change for me. There is a solution to every problem you just have to find what works for you. My attitude is the biggest change and also what is driving me towards success now. If you can find a way to get excited about what you are doing all over again, it’s amazing how that will reflect in your work, your clients and your ultimate success. Thank you for sharing and thanks for letting me vent. Quite a coincidence that I am reading this at a time that I was at the lowest point in my career.


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Wow Kami, thank you so much for sharing this! You are SO right! As entrepreneurs we can’t walk into someone’s office and say “I’m done!” I was laughing as you said this, because that picture I took of myself is precisely at the moment that had there been an office to walk into, I would have done it. ROFL. BUT–all I had was my own office and the same computer that I stare at every day.

      I LOVE your advice on changing scenery. I do this often when I’m feeling low, but I think I will make this a weekly habit!


  5. bigskybabs
    5 years ago

    I have never felt like quitting, but do occasionally contemplate how a regular job would feel in my life. Right now, I am designing a website for a friend, whom a year ago WANTED TO QUIT. She has a line of terrific pet toys, but not so much in sales that she was shouting yahoo! Then her line got included in a pet toy of the month box, and THAT business took off, taking her right along with it! She just fulfilled a 17,000 piece order. A woman in Nepal, who makes her toys, thought they were great, too, and had kept her workers busy making them, even when my friend wasn’t placing orders. When my friend asked if she could fulfill the big order, the woman said, “no problem,” as she had been stockpiling them in anticipation of orders AND to keep her people employed. My friend now shudders at the thought of almost quitting and sticking this woman with unpurchased goods. You never know when you are going to make it, and lollycadoodle wool pet toys just did.


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Aww, I LOVE this story! Thank you so much for sharing! I had that big epiphany this week as I was going through this. I’m so close. Right there. I can feel it. I suddenly saw myself at the finish line, and now would be the WORST time to stop. =)

      I appreciate this story so much, thank you again!


  6. Star Staubach
    5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, Kim! It can be challenging, trailblazing, believing in yourself and pushing yourself toward your dreams. Imagine the early explorers, coming to a chasm like the Grand Canyon? This is a pivotal moment for you, calling you to the next level. Your vulnerability reminds me of the work of Brene Brown and I see it paying off for you in BIG ways! xoxo


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Oh sweet Star, thank you for your comment! You are such a beautiful writer with all your imagery! I LOVE the idea of “coming to a chasm like the Grand Canyon!” Also love that I conjure up people such as Brene Brown. I know who you are speaking of, and it’s an honor to have her name even typed in the same paragraph with my own. LOL!

      YOU are doing so wonderfully as well Star! Much love to you!


  7. Michelle Shaeffer
    5 years ago

    So glad you’re hanging in there, Kim. You have SUCH a big message to get out there in the world and we KNOW you can do it!!


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Oh my, I can’t believe I got a comment from THE Michelle Schaeffer! SO COOL! Definitely a “Blog Highlight” moment for me right now. Thank you, teacher. =) And HUGS!


  8. Kim Rooney
    5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this today Kat!! Perfect timing. I have been a ball of stress this week overwhelmed with marketing to launch my book and get my movement moving! This week I too reminded myself that it gets super nutty just before great things happen. To hear you say it and everything else you wrote about gave me some wind in my sail to keep pushing forward!!! Much gratitude for sticking with it and being vulnerable to share the real picture. Hugs, Kim


    • Kat
      5 years ago

      Wow I totally relate to your circumstances Kim. And it’s so true, things get really nutty before fabulous things happen! I appreciate your comment so much. And please keep me posted on it all!!!


  9. Amy Yamada
    5 years ago

    To my beautiful Kat Kim, thank you so much for sharing this TODAY of all days!! I’ve been feeling totally overwhelmed this past week, and I realize that ALL entrepreneurs– especially the most successful ones– have experienced EXACTLY what you’ve described. Those moments when you just ask yourself, “Why am I DOING all of this?!?!” And then something- or someone- reminds you why. What YOU are doing has such a huge impact, and I am excited for everything that is to come. I am thankful to know you and you inspire everyone around you. Thank you for your presence!! xoxo


    • Kat
      5 years ago

      You always put a smile on my face Amy Yamada! I’m so glad we are in this together girl. Trust me, I tooootaly understand that overwhelm! Thank you so much for you wonderful comments. I can literally FEEL your presence as I’m reading this… is that weird?? wooowooooo… LOL.

      Hey~I guess if we didn’t have BHAG’s we would never feel like giving up, right? THANK GOD for the BHAG’s. Love you!


  10. Carolyn Tu
    5 years ago

    I’ve always have adversity all throughout my childhood and until now. Giving up wasn’t part of my vocabulary at all. Although, I had many critics which could have seriously hurt me emotionally and to the core of me. I never let those negativity get to me even though they emotionally wanted to put me in a box. I never gave up on my dreams, goals, and my hopeful spirit knew that I could do more for myself and everyone who guided me to today. Besides, having a learning disability does have its drawbacks and its positives too. Any form of adversity show’s that you can conquer absolutely anything and be quite resilience from all the hard work to get to the destination, but it’s more of a life long journey. —Carolyn


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Carolyn, you are so strong and courageous!! You inspire me so much with your story. I am so proud of you for not giving up! I am one of your fans on the sideline Carolyn. I am excited to watch you grow and evolve!


      • Carolyn
        5 years ago

        Kat!! Thank you. All throughout my entire life until now, I would have never thought that my lifelong journey would be inspiring. However, this might be quite funny but I’ll tell you anyways, At the very beginning of going back to school and preparing my college application, and on my way to UW. A teacher at a community college mentioned to me that, “Carolyn, you’re inspiring, and it took all your hard work, and determination.” When I heard this I was a bit shocked from the comment because I was ultimately used to hearing all the negative feedback from all the terrible teachers who had a sick vendetta against me. I had to fight back because it was getting on my last nerve. I knew the consequence of me giving up wouldn’t solve anything and, that I would regret not standing up for myself, and the people who were also part of the situation where we couldn’t fight back. I wanted to change it and for the better. —Carolyn


  11. Melanie Lundheim
    5 years ago

    The fact alone that you almost quit, then started up again is inspiring — even if you do nothing else. Way to go, Kat. I’ll remember this next time I feel like quitting something worthwhile.


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Hello beautiful Melanie, thank you so much for your comment! The wonderful thing is that I feel completely rejuvenated and energized. The “hardship” just kind of melted away. =)


  12. Charlotte Shores
    5 years ago

    I feel like quitting things quite regularly! I sometimes think I set my goals/standards higher and bigger than I realize I might be able to handle! But I convinced myself a while ago that I am NO quitter, so I stick to the things I commit to, no matter how hard it might be to finish! What keeps me going is positive support from friends and family, visualizing what the end will look like, and of course, listening to motivating music! Music really does it for me when nothing else can! It’s such a powerful tool! Love you Kat Kim!


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Hello my beautiful Charlotte! I am so blessed to have you in my life honey, thank you so much for sharing this. You have soooo much greatness ahead of you!! I can’t wait to watch it all unfold.
      As for music—I think I’ll try this out next time I feel down too! I’m excited to explore what type of music will lift my spirits.


  13. Anya Ruoss
    5 years ago

    Just want to say that I love you, Kat! And I know you are going to get through this time because you are an amazing, strong, beautiful woman! You are where you are supposed to be and The Beauty Uprising is a wonderful movement! I know you put so much work and effort into it because you realize how much it is needed. I wish you some rest and renewed energy to continue with what I know is your dream! I want share a quote I came across the other day, maybe you know it?

    “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

    XOXO,
    Anya


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Oh Anya.. I loooove that quote, it’s so perfect and so beautiful! I haven’t heard it actually, so thank you for sharing that. It is officially one of my favorite quotes now!
      Anya, you inspire me more than anyone to keep moving. I love you so much! Words can’t even express.


  14. Annie Vander Pol
    5 years ago

    Love this, Kat! Your words are transparent, and encouraging. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing! I love your last thought on finish lines. Lately, I’ve found myself getting frustrated by how “far off” my finish line is, so I’ve decided to focus on “start” lines instead. And it’s not that I start over each day, but new start lines are like daily goals. They help me realign and focus.


    • Kat Kim
      5 years ago

      Hi Annie! Thanks so much for your response. I love the “Start Lines!” Reframing our mindset is SO powerful. I appreciate you sharing this with me. Ready, set…START!


  15. Persevere
    5 years ago

    Wow. I so needed to read this today. I was diagnosed with Multiple
    Sclerosis a few years ago it was the day I planned to push the button
    on my business. I shut down for a few months and then realized the
    world was still going and I need to get back on the merry go round. I’m
    also caregiver for a sibling who is disabled. I fight every day to
    keep things going in my business and some days I wonder how it will all
    happen when an 8 hour day is chopped into 4 hours because I’m not
    feeling well, or the home health aide doesn’t show up, but I never give
    up. I work depressed, crying and even with chronic fatigue but I never
    give up. I take naps and my head feels like it’s swirling and I can’t
    focus or concentrate. It can take me 2 weeks to finish something I could
    have done years ago in 2 days, but I never give up. Some days I can
    hardly function. I do it because what’s in my has to come out to the
    world. I do it because I can’t ever have my brother put in a nursing
    home. I do it because I couldn’t live with myself if I gave up. My word
    is Persevere – To continue in a course of action even in the face of
    difficulty or with little or no indication of success. It’s good to know
    I’m in great company. In the words of Winston Churchill, Never Never
    Never Give up. See you at the top and with you at the bottom 🙂


    • Kat
      5 years ago

      Dear Persevere, thank you for sharing your story. I am so incredibly inspired. I can’t imagine what it’s like and you are so brave! There is another young man on this blog who has multiple sclerosis, a woman who is struggling with cancer and yet another woman who is going through chemo. Your word “perseverance” is so perfect. I am humbled to share this moment with you, and believe that I am the one who is blessed with great company.

      “Never never never give up. See you at the top and with you at the bottom.” Beautiful. Perfect.

      So much love to you.
      Kat


  16. Christine
    5 years ago

    ” If you don’t ever feel like quitting, you’re not shooting high enough!” I love that! Yes, I think about quitting all the time. What gets me back on track is believing in myself and what I have set out to do… again. Thank you for sharing this. I am reminded that the bigger and better things are only found and accomplished by those who push past their limits.


    • Kat
      5 years ago

      Thanks so much for your comment Christine, I’m happy to hear this blog post helped! I totally agree that accomplishing wonderful things in life requires us to push past our own limits. Anything is possible!!


  17. Jason Kim
    5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this. I can’t imagine the thought of sharing your vulnerability, past or present is ever an easy decision to make. It’s evident that you’re making an impact and affecting many people by significant magnitudes.

    I’m so happy for you, in all that you have accomplished. What you’ve done thus far, is no easy feat. I’ve work closely with people like you and have seen first hand the highs, such as-the rush, adrenaline and excitement one feels of helping others and lows, as in the loneliness in a leader’s role, the un-confirmation of one’s hard work-especially when done for others, and frustration-when change doesn’t seem imminent. It obviously goes without saying that the latter of emotions are undeserving to those who work so hard.

    One person at a time, you’re changing lives. For that, they will never forget you and you should never forget that. Keep trailblazing!

    *BTW, love the pic. It drills your story, home.

    Talk soon and happy trails,

    Jason.

    • Hey Jason, wow thanks so much for this! You pretty much nailed it on the head. Now I’m curious as to what kind of work you do?

      It’s definitely a roller coaster of emotions and energy. Sometimes I feel I have the strength of the world behind me and anything is possible. Other times I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders, and feel like I’m crippling. And, I wouldn’t have it any other way. =)

      I’m blessed to have the support of so many, and I know that I’m not on this journey on my own.

      Thanks Jason for your wonderfully thoughtful comment!


  18. Deja Zu
    4 years ago

    Thank you for this words. Just what I needed.

    I’m currently not working anywhere, yes, I’m 24 year old still living at my mum’s, which I’m thankful for, this allows me to start working on projects I want to do. I’m writing blog, where I share beauty tips, makeup looks, recipes, health tips, motivation in general … All things I’m passionate and interested about. Also, I am writing a vegan gluten free cook book, which is one of my first very own project. Still don’t know where I’m going, but my vision is clear. Also, I started expanding my creativity, started sewing, painting, creating much more in general … For the longest I was thinking that I want to become a makeup artist and do makeup on others, since I’m very creative person and I was creative all my life, but a week ago it hit me. I want to help people. I’m going through meditation course atm – it’s actually a course about transforming old beliefs, family patterns, connecting with the Universe, Heaven, affirmations etc. … And I want to do something in this way + health, because I’m really passionate about healthy foods and exercise. I tell you, nothing felt so right in my life than this decision.

    I am aware that I won’t be able to live with my mum until death if I want to something big and remarkable. And sometimes I think to myself, that I should start and get a (boring) job – which I know will exhaust me and I won’t be able to do anything else, but I know that’s not my path. My soul has spoken and I know the way I chose is not the easiest, but at least I’ll be at peace when I go to sleep. And that’s what I want to do. Now I’m off to meditate, go to bed to rest and do something remarkable tomorrow 🙂
    Lots of love <3 you're my inspiration.


    • Kat is my first name
      4 years ago

      Hello my lovely Deja! My beautiful dear, thank you for sharing this with me. You are such a wise soul for your young age, and I am happy to be on this journey with you! Here are some key words that stick out to me and that I always want you to be aware of. If you ever feel “exhausted” just at the thought of something, know that your soul is speaking to you and saying “that is not for me.” If you feel “peace,” then follow it! I have followed my bliss every step of the way, and that is what has helped me to create The Beauty Uprising. I have had so many different interests, just as you. It started in fashion/style, then health/fitness, then mindset and transformational life coaching, then Law of Attraction and spirituality….now I am FASCINATED with the topic of energy healing and quantum physics!

      As you can see, all of these different components play a huge part in who I am and what I do with Beauty Uprising. So, follow each and every topic and dream that makes you happy. Though it may not make sense right now, it will all come together one day. In the meantime, enjoy the journey my dear one. Meditate, be present, express love every day. Do this, and you will know what true success is.

      With love,
      Kat

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