GTT: Why I Quit My Job To Become A Blogger

GTT: Why I Quit My Job To Become A Blogger

GTT: Why I Quit My Job To Become A Blogger

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

Why I Quit My Job Angela Lanter Hello GorgeousWhy I Quit My Job Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous Why I Quit My Job Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Why I Quit My Job Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous Why I Quit My Job Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous Why I Quit My Job Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

It’s crazy to think Hello Gorgeous launched over five years ago. We’re getting ready to celebrate my YouTube Channel’s five-year anniversary as well. As I look back over the past five years, I remember so many things. I see the long hours spent shooting, filming, planning, researching and writing. I remember meetings, conference calls, hours spent on set working on various projects. There are visions of so much makeup, clothes and shoes. But mostly I recall how much I’ve grown by stepping outside of my comfort zone.

Picture it (in my best Sophia Petrillo voice): Akron, OH, 1980’s. A 4 or 5-year-old little girl sitting at a vanity, playing with makeup. That little girl? It’s me. That vanity table? It’s my aunt’s. You see, my love for makeup and hair began before I even started preschool. That love turned into a passion, which only grew right along with me. I was the crazy girl in high school cutting my girlfriend’s hair, when there was no reason why I should ever even think I would be qualified to do so. As a young teenager, I worked at a Glamour Shots-esque business on the weekends doing hair and makeup. I would makeover anyone who would let me get my hands on them. I was completely self-taught and would try anything from applying false lashes to threading to coloring hair. There wasn’t anything beauty related that I wouldn’t try.

I always had a passion for beauty. I knew it was the field I wanted to be in, but I didn’t know how to make that a reality. It took encouragement from some friends and a move across the country before I could find the courage to really give blogging a go. If you’d like an in-depth look into my blogging story, then check out this blog post.

So, how did I find the courage to make the leap from Corporate America into the blogging world? I decided to throw all caution to the wind, step out of my comfort zone, and chase my dreams. Making the decision to do what I love was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Because my first love has always been beauty, I found a way to turn that love into a career. It didn’t happen overnight. Actually, it didn’t even happen that first year. But after a ton of hard work, long hours and stresses I don’t even remember now, it all turned around for me and I knew that I was doing exactly what I was created to do: to help other women feel their most gorgeous, both inside and out.

Being a business owner has been the most rewarding career I’ve had yet. I work more hours than ever (and I worked three jobs in college!) but I enjoy every minute. Because I became a blogger, I’m able to work from home and travel with Matt when he books different roles. I’m my own boss, so I get to make my own schedule… But what I actually mean is MacKenlee gets to make my schedule, lol! Being a mom, flexibility is so important and Hello Gorgeous allows me to put my family first. Matt has been my support and teammate since day one. Without him, I never would’ve taken this giant leap of faith into the blogging world.

It’s often said that when you turn your passion into your career, you’ll never work a day again in your life. It’s so true. I wake up each morning, excited to open my email. I love creating new content that other women enjoy watching, reading and listening to. I’m so blessed to have this amazing community to share my life with.

I’ve teamed up with Olay on their Fearless to Face Anything campaign to share my story with you. As always, if I encourage even one of my Gorgeous Girls, then I count my work as successful. Please share with me below about a time that you stepped outside of your comfort zone. Maybe you’re in a situation now that you’re afraid to make the first steps towards a new beginning? Girl, I’ve been there. Or perhaps you’re at a crossroads in your life? You’re not alone. Please feel free to share below!

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  1. Brittany Blackburn
    July 24, 2018 / 10:29 AM

    I think fully surrendering & trusting God to take care of me completely is the biggest way I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone. One example I can give is trusting Him completely with my writing. I used to be so frantic with it: am I posting enough, promoting enough, is it good enough? Fully surrendering & giving God the reins has allowed all those questions to be calmed. My writing was found by Voyage Dallas Magazine, published, & I was interviewed & a guest post I submitted to Girl Defined was published yesterday! If what you’re doing lines up with God’s will for your life, He will provide in His time. That’s a wonderful lesson learned.

    • July 24, 2018 / 12:51 PM

      I love that, Brittany! Giving anything over to God almost always turns into a learning experience of some sort. God is so good!

      • Brittany Blackburn
        July 24, 2018 / 5:20 PM

        Yes! If you get a chance to read it, I’d love that! You’re one of my writing inspirations! The link is in my Instagram bio! ☺️

  2. Sadie
    July 24, 2018 / 11:32 AM

    I am the the crossroads to end my 7 year relationship since it is not going anywhere. I’ve been promised to get engaged for years. Then it was a promise that it will def happen by the end of 2017, then it moved to feb 2018, and it still hasn’t happened. But thats not what bothers me the most- it’s the disrespect and loneliness in a relationship thats constant. I am utterly unhappy and stuck. Can’t provide to myself enough to live alone even though I work a lot (salary just sucks) and I like my work. He is not providing but he helps to pay the bills in half. I don’t know what to do 🙁 no social life, just work, home, taking care of my dogs and repeat. I’ve found myself drinking way too much wine lately and I don’t like the life Im at.

    • July 24, 2018 / 12:52 PM

      I hate hearing that, Sadie. Have you ever read the book, “Love Must Be Tough” by Dr. James Dobson? I think it could be a great resource for where your relationship is at right now…

      • Ashley
        July 24, 2018 / 5:34 PM

        Thank you for the reccomendation. I think I may read it as well. I’m also dealing with some struggles right now and maybe this could help.

  3. Christina R
    July 25, 2018 / 6:56 AM

    I loved reading this! Since I was young, I wanted to be a teacher and travel. After pursuing and doing both of those throughout high school, college, and my 20’s, I met and fell in love with a great guy. However, after trying and failing to get pregnant, we prayed about it, and felt that I needed to quit my job and try to de stress. A year later we got pregnant, and I decided to be a stay at home mom. Now a mom of three beautiful kiddos, I love what I do but feel like I’m almost at a cross roads of what to do next. Your article is encouraging!! YOU are encouraging and inspirational! That you for sharing your stories! I know many woman, including myself, who share many of these experiences you wrote about. May God continue to bless your endeavors and your beautiful family! You truly are gorgeous inside and out!

  4. July 25, 2018 / 12:02 PM

    I just launched my Fashion & Beauty blog on Sunday😁 I couldn’t be more happier with my decision. I’ve always wanted to start a blog and i finally did! Can’t wait to start my blogging career and be my own Boss.

  5. Erin
    July 25, 2018 / 12:23 PM

    I didn’t really have much of a choice. I didn’t really step out of my comfort zone. I was shoved. My mom passed away rather unexpectedly about three years ago, and after two weeks of wallowing (and binging Tern Wolf) I suddenly realized that I couldn’t let my grandparents shoulder all the responsibility and that I needed to get up and start figuring out how to do some things whether I wanted to or not. So I did, and while it’s certainly not all roses I am extremely proud of myself. I’ve even been able to use my own experiences with grieving to hopefully help a new friend who recently lost her own mother. I’ve grown so much in the last three years, and it just feels GOOD!

  6. Jessica
    July 25, 2018 / 3:38 PM

    I really enjoy your blog and I follow quite a few others as well and absolutely love it! I think to myself that I would really enjoy doing that but I don’t know where to begin or how to get started or what to even blog about there are so many out there and I just don’t feel confident enough in myself that I could go somewhere with it especially at this point if not even knowing what I would blog about! Do you have any advice? I know I definitely need to pray about it and give it to God to guide me but I just hope I am listening and can tell what he wants me to do.

  7. Jessica
    July 25, 2018 / 4:38 PM

    I am taking the leap soon, like you I have loved beauty and fashion scents I was a little girl. I want to bring something more that we all have our own beauty that God gave each and everyone of us we were meant to be original. Thanks for the inspection you have answered a couple of my blogging questions on Instagram

  8. July 27, 2018 / 7:47 PM

    I love this, Angela!! I took the leap a few years ago to pursue wedding photography full-time and it’s the best decision I ever made! I love connecting with my clients and capturing their love stories, as well as having a flexible schedule and being able to spend more time with my husband and son!

  9. Hailey
    July 29, 2018 / 3:44 PM

    I think you’re awesome. Thank you for always sharing what’s in your heart. ❤️ Look at all these people you’re inspiring. 👆🏻

    • August 2, 2018 / 8:45 AM

      Oh man, thank you so much, Hailey! You’re making my day!

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