What's Your The Backup Plan?

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What's Your The Backup Plan?

Number Cruncher-turned-Fashionista
I used to be an accounting manager, but the dream I had since I was 5
years old was to be a fashion designer. Accounting was a great career
choice, but the more I worked for someone else the more I felt that I
wasn’t being honest with myself. It got to the point where there was
just too much to lose if I didn’t pursue my dream of fashion and
design. I couldn’t stand crunching numbers and doing something for a
company that wasn’t my own. Now I sew beautiful gowns for people who
really appreciate what I do and most of all I’m happy doing what I love
to do on a daily basis!

In addition to quitting working in the accounting field, I finally
found the time to lose 30 pounds of weight and really become healthy
before I turn 30 in September. It’s funny how we worry ourselves about
money when we work, but we don’t pay attention to what it is doing for
our souls and our bodies. It was the best decision I have ever made for
my life!
- Jennyvi Dizon

 

Downsized Deja Vu
I took my sideline business full-time as my Backup Plan when I was laid
off from the Corporate World for the second time in Fall of 2007. In
these difficult times where employers toss aside people without any
thought, and business owners are struggling and people are losing
confidence in themselves, I teach others that they have a simple Backup
Plan that is easily tapped into and always within their reach. So not
only am I living my Backup Plan, but I work to empower others to do so
as well so they are not so vulnerable in the workplace.
- Melanie Jordan

Fertile Mertyle
I was in Brand Management/Strategic Marketing for large consumer
packaged goods firms. I was quite successful, but also quite miserable
at the job. After my personal battle with infertility, I just couldn’t
go back to something that seemed so meaningless. And I couldn’t justify
all the hours away from my kids and the lack of flexibility solely for
a paycheck. So I started The Adoption Consultancy helping other
infertile singles and couples to build their families. I basically
serve as a ‘wedding planner’ for adoption helping my clients to
navigate the maze and avoid the pitfalls of adoption. We take a
proactive approach that enables our clients to adopt healthy newborns
within 6 months, on average. Now I do something that honors my personal
struggle, that truly makes a difference for others, and that allows me
the flexibility&lifestyle that I desire as a working mom.
- Nicole Witt

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