To Fulfill a Dream, Sometimes You Have to Quit Chasing Another

As I updated my Facebook status from kindergarten teacher to owner at Style Miss Molly my heart grew unbelievably sad reminiscing the past that brought me so much joy, yet I was filled with remarkable excitement and hope for a future I can create on my own. Yes, I’m announcing today that I left my dream job to fulfill another and I couldn’t be more thrilled and nervous about it at the same time. Not only am I leaving job stability, but I’m leaving a job I truly loved and something that became a part of who I am for the past ten years.
Quitting your dream job for another job you love

Quitting your dream job for another job you love
Ever since I was in fifth grade and saw little kindergarten students walking in a line behind their teacher like mother goose with her goslings, I knew I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. I pursued education with such a passion for student growth and helped them by setting the framework to overcome every emotional, social and academic hurdle they came across in life. I can only hope that I’ve instilled in these small five and six-year-olds the ability to dream big about all they could ever achieve. After all, that is the driving force behind me boldly making a complete life change by leaving the only job I’ve ever known.Quitting your dream job for another job you loveQuitting your dream job for another job you love
I never thought I would be where I am today; a blog that brings me so much joy and a community of women that support and push me to achieve my dreams. I have the opportunity to continually reach goals that excite and drive me to pursue a future I’ve always dreamed about. I never imagined that I would leave education or stop pursuing a lifelong future as a teacher. If you told me a year ago that I would quit my job to pursue entrepreneurial dreams and take risks that might not always be the most consistent life I never would’ve believed you. I didn’t have the courage. But here I am today taking on the full responsibility of pursuing Style Miss Molly as a business.
Quitting your dream job for another job you love
In some ways, I still continue to be a teacher because that part of me runs so deep that it will never leave my soul. Because children will always have a place in my heart, I have decided to substitute teach on occasion. I will always find ways to be around them and to continue to teach and inspire them in any way that I can. I do not consider that I am leaving teaching but more so I am fulfilling my dreams of achieving goals and opportunities that I never could’ve imagined possible. I’m so thankful for the people who have helped me get there today and for the women like you to continue to support me to make these dreams possible. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness because I would have never been able to make this decision if it weren’t for you and your open support. I am humbled by your kind words that keep me motivated each morning. It is because of you that I love what I do so much.
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My goal over the next few months is to make you my priority and take Style Miss Molly to the next level. I want to accomplish things on my checklist that I have wanted to do for months and pursue creative ideas I dream about but in the past as a teacher, haven’t had the time to do. You’ll see more posts, more fashion, more of my lifestyle, more encouraging words and more of my heart. I am setting a standard of working harder than ever before by providing you with content that encourages and excites you to not only be incredibly stylish but most importantly, inspire you to be the beautiful woman you are from the inside out.
Quitting your dream job for another job you love
Quitting your dream job for another job you love
I want to encourage you to live your dreams and pursue your goals without hesitation or fear. I want you to know that nothing can stop you if you put your whole heart into it. You can achieve anything. Above all, do everything with a smile on your face because that’s the most beautiful thing you can wear. I love you all and couldn’t be more excited to walk this journey with you. Thank you, my dear friends, for all of your love and support!
Quitting your dream job for another job you love
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Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. August 8, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    A huge congratulations Molly! I know that leaving one dream behind to pursue another is a little daunting and sad but your blog is a ray of sunshine and I couldn’t be happier that you are pursuing this dream. Cannot wait to see what’s next for Style Miss Molly and for you! You’re gonna rock this. 🙂

    Ellie Chan

    • August 8, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      Thanks Ellie! To hear that compliment coming from you is exactly one of the reasons why I am going to keep pursuing what I love. You are a kind soul and I’m so thankful to have had your support for so long!

  2. August 8, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Standing behind you 100 percent! You know you have a loyal friend and reader in me Ms Molly! Good luck and can’t wait to see where you take this blog next!
    Much love!

    • August 8, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you Victoria! Being a teacher yourself, I know you know it wasn’t an easy decision for me. Having a blogger friend become a reality and meeting you in person was one of the many exciting things along my journey! Thank you for supporting me all the time! Love you!

  3. August 8, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    Congrats, Molly! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see what great things you accomplish with your new adventure. 🙂

    • August 8, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you Shelbi! You’ve been so supportive from the very beginning and that has meant the world to me! Thank you for encouraging me to continue doing what I love!

  4. August 8, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Molly- you’re a huge inspiration! I have that dream too… and I’m determined to live up to it! You’ve just shown me that it’s possible – and that helps more than I can say!

    • August 8, 2016 / 5:54 pm

      Emily your response made me tear up! To hear you say that is one of the many reasons why I keep doing what I do and sharing my story with others. I have loved connecting with you and I know that you can do it! I’m exciting to see your journey unfold as well!

  5. Kait Elizabeth
    August 8, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    This makes me so incredibly happy love!!! Major congratulations on this huge leap forward. Hugs, Kait

    • August 8, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Thank you Kait! It is so scary taking this leap of faith into so many unknowns, but the possibilities are endless and that is so exciting to me! Thanks for the support!

  6. Robin Lee
    August 8, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    You did it!! I knew it from the moment we became insta friends!! Never did I doubt your talent and kindness and I am soooooo happy for you!! You are a prime example for teachers like us who are always trying to encourage others. I wish you the best on your new journey and super excited for whats to come. God bless you Molly!!
    – Robin

    • August 8, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      Thank you Robin! Being a teacher yourself, you know what a passion we have for teaching and how this was a really hard choice for me to make! But thank you for standing behind me 100% and being so encouraging right from the beginning! That means so much to me! keep smiling!

  7. Aiko Cunanan
    August 8, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    I’m am so happy and excited for you! It’s been so fun seeing you grow as a blogger and a person! I can’t wait to see what this new full time venture has in store for you! Wishing you nothing but success ❤️


    • August 8, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you Aiko! I have loved watching your blog take off as well and have loved connecting with you. Thank you for being so kind and supportive! That means everything to me!

  8. August 8, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    A big congrats to you, Molly! I always enjoy your blog and reading your words of inspiration! Good luck and I look forward to seeing you continuing to thrive!


    • August 8, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you Polly! It makes a choice so much easier knowing I have women like you around me to hold me up! You are so kind and I appreciate your loving words!

  9. Shani Ogden
    August 8, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Congrats on this new endeavor! I hope it’s everything you want and more. 🙂

    • August 8, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks Shani! It’s a scary and exciting new endeavor but your encouragement means so much to me!

  10. August 8, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Such a beautiful post! I shed a tear reading this because it spoke to my heart. I am in the same place right now. I substitute teach full time and teach guitar on the side. I hope to one day, in the near future, be able to have the courage to pursue this new dream of mine that has, in fact, been my dream all along. Huge congrats to you! <3


    • August 8, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Liz, I am so proud of you for doing all that you do currently! I know it’s a lot to manage, but it will all be worth it! Keep pursuing your dreams and doing what you love! Thank you for supporting me!

  11. Kiley
    August 8, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Congrats Molly! You are such a sweet person and I really enjoy reading your blogs. Your very inspirational and it’s encouraging to read nothing but positivity from you. I’m praying for your success and I know good things are coming your way. 🙂

  12. Olga E
    August 8, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    I am incredibly proud of you and wish you all the best on your new journey! I know you will do great! So happy to got to know you and hope to see you again soon.

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you Olga! Your support, especially from a local blogger, means a lot to me! I hope to see you again soon! It was so sweet to meat you!

  13. August 8, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    That is so awesome! I’m sure there will be opportunities similar to ones you had as a teacher with this new job! I love reading your blog and am super excited to see what’s next!!
    Much love,

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      Thank you Abby! I love that perspective you’re taking on it. Helps inspire me to keep pressing on with a smile!

  14. August 9, 2016 / 1:05 am

    Amazing news and I’m so happy for you miss Molly! You are going to do great things with this blog and I wish you nothing but the best! Congrats girl!


    • August 15, 2016 / 4:11 pm

      Thank you Tina! I can’t wait to speak with you soon in person! Hopefully soon. Your support means so much to me!

  15. August 9, 2016 / 2:00 am

    YAY, congratulation, Molly! I can hardly wait to see where this journey takes you. You’re taking a leap of faith and I really admire that…along with the fact that you’ve so faithfully served as a teacher. It’s an “all the feels” kind of transition, but I couldn’t be more excited for you! Love getting to know you and will continue to support you!!! XOXO

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:12 pm

      Jessica, Thank you for being so sweet and supportive. You’re right it is an “all the feels” transition, but beautiful women like you make this journey SO much easier! Love you!

  16. Elizabeth Johnson
    August 9, 2016 / 8:14 am

    Congratulations & Best Wishes on your new adventure! That is very exciting and very inspiring!

  17. August 9, 2016 / 8:36 am

    Congratulations Molly! I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished. You’re a true inspiration and I wish you all the best!

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:13 pm

      Asa, You are so sweet and wonderful! I love your kindness, your smile, and most of all your heart! Thank you for encouraging me along the way!

  18. Maria-Carla Atencio
    August 9, 2016 / 8:43 am

    So amazing Molly! I can’t wait to read all your new posts 🙂 Congrats and keep it up girl, you are a #boss!


    • August 15, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      Thanks Maca! Looking forward to sharing them each with you and put my whole heart into what I do!

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks girl! You’re right. I will never stop my love for teaching, but right now this is a dream I want to pursue. Your support means everything to me!

  19. August 9, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Congratulations! This is a huge step but your blog is so lovely and I just know that you will be successful!

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you Brittany! Your compliments on my blog bring a smile to my face! Glad I can continue writing for amazing people like you!

  20. August 9, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Good luck, and congratulations! I’ve pondered this for awhile. I also have another job I love (children’s librarian) and I just don’t know which direction to go in.

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much Becky! 🙂 We sound a lot a like. What helped me make my decision is when my blog became all I could think about. Even at work. I knew it was becoming a greater passion even though I will miss the kids sooo much! I can always fall back to teaching, but for this season I am following my heart and giving it my all!

  21. August 9, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Congratulations! That’s such a huge decision (and one I know you probably went back and forth on forever before deciding), but I know it’s going to be a great one! I love reading your blog, and I’m so excited to see the new changes that having more time for the blog will bring! 🙂

    Jess |

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks Jess! You’re SO right. I went back and forth for MONTHS, but I feel so content with the decision I made because I have women like you to lift me up!

  22. August 9, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    Congratulations Molly! I am beyond excited for you! You are such an inspiration to me in every way! Can’t wait to follow you along in this journey!


    • August 15, 2016 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you, Jo! I love sharing this journey with you! You’ve been my friend right from the start and having your continued friendship and support means SO much to me!

  23. Greta Hollar
    August 9, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    CONGRATS! I’m so excited for you love. It’s a terrifying leap at first but so fun and fulfilling! Can’t wait to see where you take SMM.

    Greta |

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Thanks Greta! I’m exciting to see where it takes me too. I love having your support because you know what it’s like! You’re amazing!

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you Julia! I am so thankful for your love and encouragement! Couldn’t do it without you! Much love!

  24. August 10, 2016 / 8:27 am

    Many congratulations to you, Molly! I’m so happy and excited for you and feel so lucky to follow along on your journey. You’re such a sweet and inspiring person and I know you will succeed!

    Kim Clifton

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you, Kim. You were following from the beginning and you continue to support me and that means more than you could ever know! Big hugs to you girl!

  25. snappedbygracie
    August 10, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    adore this, thank you so much for sharing!! xx, gracie

    • August 15, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      You’re so welcome Gracie! Hope my story inspires many to take charge of their own futures and follow their dreams!

  26. Kelly Alex
    August 11, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    That is so amazing congrats, we hope to do that some day! Cant wait to see how you grow from it

    • August 15, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Thank you! I will continue to support you guys and watch your growth too! We are in this together!

  27. snappedbygracie
    August 13, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    such an amazing post. Love this! Thank you so much for sharing!! xx, gracie

    • August 15, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you Portia! It helps knowing I have local Seattle bloggers like you to support me! Much love!

  28. August 15, 2016 / 10:47 am

    This is so great, Molly! Congratulations! 🙂

    • August 15, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you so much Jenn! It’s a nervous but exciting time for me. So appreciative for your support!

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