Monday, March 14, 2016

Leaving my work to pursuit a big dream

Life has interesting ways to tell us it's time to move on.


For me, all started some years ago when I was looking for a Masters program and ended up enrolled in a Design School, very weird choice considering that I'm a Computer Science engineer. 

Loosing sleep but happy as a hippo

Going back to the school when I was already leading large teams in my work was a big humility lesson because my classmates didn't care at all which role I had, the size of my team or even the name of the company I was working in,  they only cared about the fact that we had to do several projects together and that they expected me to do my part and to be on time, a good reality check.

That was one of the happiest and most challenging years in my life, I had to get up early, go to the office then run to the school, and by the time I was finally back home I needed to sit for hours to complete all the homework for the next day that I'd usually end near midnight, it was very hard but being able to do it and looking at my completed projects was very rewarding, it's interesting that those days work seemed to be less stressful than it used to.

The entrepreneur bug

Fast forward to 2015, years after I put last semesters of Design on hold, I was assigned overseas for a Corporate Service Corps program to work in a NGO that helped young entrepreneurs start their projects and I remember that as I was getting to know more and more about the profile of an entrepreneur and the activities they perform I started thinking that it sounded like something I'd enjoy doing.

And again, timing was curious, because I returned from that assignment to a new role reporting to a super important, incredibly smart and amazingly nice lady in what some people called "a once in a lifetime" work opportunity, I needed to put the entrepreneur dream aside to focus on this.

The entrepreneur bug wasn't quiet for too long, I simply needed to do something about it, I already knew the company I wanted to create (related to my design background) and I knew I'd be able to fund it if I put together my savings and investments, deep inside of me I knew that I couldn't defer this any longer so I needed to notify my boss that I would be leaving in some months.

I think that this was the hardest thing, because I would be leaving an incredible job, a marvelous team and the place I've called work for the last 11 years for something that sounded more like a dream, I remember that a friend told me that I was changing everything for nothing: all that I've gained for something that I didn't even know, right, that defines my exact situation, but I really needed to give it a try.

My boss was certainly not happy to see me go, but she was very understanding of what this meant to me, and from that day on she would use any time we had together to coach me in the most important aspects of a business, she really wanted me to be successful, that's how special she is.

Going away from people I love

I've spent the latest weeks executing the knowledge transfer and saying good bye to everyone, and to be honest I had never imagine the large number of friends I would be notifying of my depart, I just realized how lucky I was by having all that loving and caring people wishing me the best for my new endeavor.

It has certainly NOT been easy going away, and in the latest days I've received so much love in the form of flowers/plants,  cakes, surprise parties, cards, that I couldn't feel more thankful. The cherry on the cake was my farewell call earlier today where we were suppose to discuss some work items,  I was seated in my home office (in my pajamas) listening to all the people getting on the phone and suddenly someone in the call said that I needed to go and open the door... and there he was, one of my closest friends from the team with a big bunch of balloons and a big flower arrangement, the whole call was a surprise orchestrated by this cool Bostonian guy and I spent the following minutes listening to the kindest and sincerest appreciation words from this group that will definitely be missed, it can't get any better than this.

I wasn't lying about the pajamas situation

Elvis will be leaving the building

Tomorrow morning will be the last day I'll drive to what have been my work office for the last years, I'll be there only for some hours, will have a couple of meetings, will deliver my computer and badge and will officially become an ex-employee, but also the moment I leave the building I'll allow me to officially call myself an entrepreneur, hopefully not a starving entrepreneur, so we'll see how it goes from here.

I'll eventually also start my "Entrepreneur Series" in the blog because I'd love to share tips/experiences if it can help more people to follow their dreams knowing that those who don't jump will never learn to fly, so join me flying because the more we can be, the merrier it will get.

Lots and lots of Love, 


  1. Replies
    1. Muchas gracias!! Si estoy emocionadisima (te quiero más yo)

  2. En serio que me quedo muy sorprendida Tany por lo que estas apunto de iniciar, sera una gran aventura y lo mejor de todo es que sé que disfrutaras cada reto, cada proyecto que se te presente en este largo camino, con el corazon en la mano te deseo lo mejor, te ira de maravilla!!! estoy muy ansiosa de conocer tus diseños!!! siempre he creido que eres muy perfeccionista y pondras el corazon y el mejor de tus esfuerzos en cada entrega, he visto tan solo una pequeña parte de lo que eres capaz, sin duda nos sorprenderas :D

    1. Muchisisisimas gracias mi Tere, como dices, será una gran aventura pero tengo la suerte de tener un montón de gente bonita como tu que van a ir conmigo a cada paso.
      Espero sorprenderlos gratamente!
      Te quiero mucho

  3. Nenita, solo tengo una frase para ti: hoy es el primer día del resto de tu vida!! :D y como te conozco, se que ese proyecto será un éxito, que serás una gran empresaria y serás muy feliz dedicándote a una de las cosas que mas amas, la moda! digo, por algo eres mi sensei, XD tqmm ñoña y estoy orgullosa de ti y tu determinación :)

    1. Muchas gracias nenita!! Si se sintió así, como el primer día de algo emocionante que está comenzando.
      Te quiero más!, nos vemos pronto =)

  4. Omg Tania, mucho éxito, lo mejor para tí en esta importante decisión, tr espera toda una aventura que seguro te traerá grandes emociones a tu vida. Mis respetos por seguir ese sueño tan grande y la mejor de las vibras para tí. Un abrazote :)

    1. Muchas Gracias Ady, creo que lo difícil es decidirse, pero ya decidida pues a darle para adelante como gorda en tobogán y como dices, emocionadísima, lo mejor está por venir!
      Un abrazote!!

  5. Omg Tania, mucho éxito, lo mejor para tí en esta importante decisión, tr espera toda una aventura que seguro te traerá grandes emociones a tu vida. Mis respetos por seguir ese sueño tan grande y la mejor de las vibras para tí. Un abrazote :)

  6. Te deseo lo mejor del mundo mundial!! y por supuesto que será todo exito, contigo todo el exito esta garantizado, Animo! ;)

    1. Perlita muchas muchas gracias por tanta porra y tanto cariño :) así quién no se anima!!!
      Te quiero mucho (l)

  7. Te extraño!! pero se que no estas quieta y que estas disfrutando mucho esta nueva etapa, te mando mucha buena vibra porque éxito ya lo tienes! te quiero!

  8. jajja si me estoy quieta!!! Muchas gracias por las buenas vibras mi Yade, de verdad que si estoy disfrutando mucho esta etapa, nos vemos prontito en los tallercitos reloaded ;) Te quiero, un beso