Why Having a Plan B, C, or D is Always a Good Idea! Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedin If something changed in your life, do you have a back-up plan? Life doesn’t always go according to plan; I’ve learned that the hard way. But sometimes, that can be a good thing! As many of you know I have been an entrepreneur for a little over 5 years now. However, it may come as a surprise that becoming a small business owner was in fact very scary and totally outside my wheelhouse! I have an interesting professional background, considering where I am and what I do today. My first job out of college was working in New York City as David Yurman’s personal assistant (YES, the David Yurman) and it was exactly what you’d imagine; Cubicles, 8 hour workday, the rat race. It served its’ purpose and was fine for what it was, but, I didn’t love it. I just did it. Following that, I obtained a position with a jewelry company. I was happy there; I was making a good salary and everything was great in my world. I thought I had security and predictability. I pictured myself being at this job for the rest of my life. I thought I would get married, have a baby and just simply hire a nanny to care for him/her, and that I would continue to go to work. Sound familiar? Ah, if only it were that easy! After five years, I walked in one morning only to be told that I was laid off because of the economy. Needless to say, I was absolutely distraught. “What am I going to do with my life?!”, I thought. This brings me to Plan B. It was the first time I’d ever had to come up with a backup plan for my life. After some careful consideration, Jordan and I decided that I would go back to graduate school to pursue a career that had always been of great interest to me – Counseling Psychology. At 30 years old, through two pregnancies, I did, in fact, obtain my Master’s Degree. And yet, somewhere in the midst of Plan B, I began looking for a Plan C without really even knowing it. At the time, I didn’t have any income coming in. I’d worked and supported myself my entire life, and suddenly, I wasn’t bringing in anything. I soon began to search for ways to earn a living alongside my coursework. This is where Plan C entered! My good friend Melissa Halpern taught me this: When you ask for something and put it out into the Universe, you WILL get it back. I firmly believe in this now. I was really looking for something that I enjoyed and that I could do from home, and there it was, right in front of me. I was presented with a business opportunity that was able to: give me the income I was seeking and provide me with the flexibility that I needed. Often times, we go through life thinking that something bad is never going to happen to us. Or that things aren’t going to ever change. And as nice as that sounds, it just isn’t realistic. That’s why it’s so important to have that backup plan in place. I went through A, B, and then C to get to the point that I’m at today. It wasn’t an easy journey, but happened exactly as it should have. If you’re thinking about starting something new, I want to leave you with a few tips: Follow your heart; it knows the way! Understand that success doesn’t happen overnight. Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Do the thing that you’re most scared of! Get comfortable with the uncomfortable (me every time I do a FB live 😂😂😂) Believe in yourself, and your decision 150%! And if you have any questions or want to learn more, please contact me here. I sincerely hope that, whatever it is that you choose to do, it inspires you, enlightens you, and empowers you. Enjoy the journey, and every stop along the way! Rachael Braunshweiger The voice behind Guts & Gloss, Rachael is on a mission to share everything she’s learned about having guts, taking risks, turning obstacles into opportunity — and living with style (of course)!