My friends pretty often tell me that I have too many ideas and that I’m bouncing all over the place.
This isn’t anything new to me.
About this time last year I went on terminal leave.
This is me at NEST CoWork. I spent a lot of time here after work trying to figure out WTF was next in life.
I attended a lot of networking events hoping to get a better idea of what I wanted; this is me changing into my Startup San Diego Shirt to go to a Bunker Labs event.
I initially started going to a co-working space because I had just gotten done with Core Strategy at Online Trading Academy and was really fired up to trade stocks and forex.
Then I made a classic Beata move and moved on to an entirely different thing which is how togoashore.com came to be.
I had the idea floating in my head for about three years. I was supposed to separate at my EAOS back in 2016 but so many things went wrong that it was actually easier to re-enlist than to get out.
I wanted to document my #militarytociviliantransition so I could help other people not make the same dumbass mistakes I’ve made.
Since this picture was taken I’ve ventured into a lot of different side projects; affiliate marketing, podcasting, print-on-demand apparel, graphic design, agriculture…
In the past year I’ve worked as a mechanic, a deli clerk, a security guard…
I really just wanted to be a college kid with a part-time job for a year or two; COVID said 🗣️”FUCK ALL THAT.”
I’ve learned a lot about myself (like the fact that I hate being a Lyft Driver)
My psychiatrist thinks I have ADHD. I think my brain is just trying to catch up with all of the stuff I wasn’t able to pursue in the last decade or so. (but also maybe I have ADHD)
When you start talking about separating from the military everyone is so hell-bent on asking you what The Plan™️ is.
I’m here to tell you that sometimes it’s okay to just wing it. Sometimes The Plan™️ doesn’t work out.
You may find that your “dream school” from when you were in 9th grade isn’t actually your dream anymore.
You may find that your cool new job at a cool new start-up actually triggers weird, stressful flashbacks of being in the Navy.
You may find that you’ve separated from the military and straight into a global pandemic and economic collapse. (Big OOF 💁🏽♀️)
Other times you may realize that you find your tribe in the most unlikely of places.
One of the best things I’ve done was hop on a plane to Austin to go to the Farmer Veteran Coalition Conference.
In that same week I accidentally helped co-found Saving Sailors .
These are all pieces of a plan I wouldn’t have even dreamed of a year ago.
So here’s to all of you guys sitting in TGPS right now scrambling to fill out that damn ITP.
Planning is important but it’s not everything. Nobody’s transition plan is bulletproof. It’s all written in the sand and that’s okay.
You finally have the freedom to go for what you want.
Give yourself permission. #ToGoAshore
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