How Did You Know You Were Ready to Run?
Inspired by our new collection, “Ready to Run,” we share the times in our own lives when we felt ready to take a big leap or make a big change.
“In 2008, I was working for an MP (Member of Parliament) in the Ugandan Parliament.
There was a bill coming up on the floor that would have established religious family courts that ran the risk of disenfranchising women and children. I knew that the bill should not pass. When I brought this up to my MP, she made arrangements for me to present my findings to the largest women’s lobby group in the country. When I stood up to speak, my hands shook, and I felt beads of sweat trickle down my back. But I stood, walked to the podium, took a big breath in and spoke. The bill did not pass.”
-Nisreen Hasib, Woman of the Week and COO of Unbound
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“I recently made the move from a small town in Michigan to New York without a job lined up.
I decided to move to New York because I fell in love with the city, and as a young professional, I was drawn to the energy. I thought about moving for over a year and finally decided to trust my gut, break it down into actionable steps, and continuously tell myself and others why I was doing it. I told my former company I wanted to move for personal reasons, and they were very understanding. Because I had built strong relationships with my team, manager, and leadership at the company, they allowed me to work remotely from New York for a couple of months while I found a new job.
Once I packed up my life and moved to New York, I felt reinvigorated. Coming from a small town in the Midwest, I definitely had to adjust to the change in cost, subway commute, crowds, and everything that comes with living in a city, but it was worth it for me. I’m proud of myself for truly owning my path, and I encourage others to do the same. It was a bit of a risk moving to an expensive city without a new job lined up, but I made it work and trusted the process. Now I work for a company I’m proud to be a part of, in a city I love.”
-Julia James, Associate Product Manager at M.M.LaFleur