A New Beginning : Following My Dreams

Jul 30 2015
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I really don’t know how to begin this post! I  feel a whirlwind of emotions inside of me as I wrap up my full time job as a computer engineer to pursue a career in the creative industry as a web designer. Today’s post is more of a letter to you about my story so far, my reflections and my dreams!

I grew up in a city called Bangalore – the silicon valley of India. Pursuing a career in computer science came by naturally due to my interest in the subject. After completing my masters, I chose to work for a data analytics firm in my hometown. A couple of days into the job, I knew it wasn’t the place for me, I just did not like the corporate environment and the restrictions that came along. I decided to apply for a research internship and was super happy when I got the opportunity to pursue my research in the United states. I moved to Pennsylvania 2.5 years ago – I loved my work, the academic environment, the flexibility to call in my own work hours and the freedom to work on my own ideas. During this time, I started PinkPot as a place to share my thoughts about my hobbies and life in general.
Last year same time around, I got married to my highschool sweetheart and moved to Seattle. Wow, this city is breathtakingly beautiful. I love the buzz of the city, friendly people and the charm of the place. My research job was going pretty well. Meanwhile, I developed an interest in creative businesses online. I became more intentional with my blog and spent hours honing my photography skills. My blog started to grow and I got serious about starting my own online business.
The period between October to December last year was kinda difficult – my internship period was going to end July 2015 and I had 2 options. I could either extend my internship or look for a new software job. I didn’t want to extend my internship as I felt the need to move on. But at the same time, I was half-hearted about pursuing a job in the corporate world. I wanted to start something on my own and work for myself but there were so many questions and ambiguity – what about money? What if I don’t like what I do? What if I fail? What if I never find a job again? I struggled to make a decision. After a lot of thinking, frustration and tears – I decided to not apply for a job and figure out things on the way ‘cuz sometimes the best thing to do is to just follow your heart.
Web design was my major subject during university and I love designing and writing code for websites. Since starting my blog, I was toying around with the idea of starting my own design shop. I finally went for it and started a design shop on Etsy this February. The shop took off in a surprisingly positive way and has brought in a world of opportunities for me in the past 4 months. It has given me the confidence to go after my dreams of creating my own business.
The end of July has finally come! My job as a researcher is about to be over in a couple of days and starting August, I am going to be pursuing my web design business full time along with other fun and creative projects. The next one year of my life is reserved for doing the things I enjoy the most – whether it is designing, photography, water color painting, hiking, running a marathon – whatever may be, I am just going to do it without letting anything stop me! After 1 year – you ask? We can never have everything figured out, and that’s just the beauty of things – so I am just going to roll with it making sure I am putting my 100% into doing all those things I want to do. I know being your own boss comes with its own set of thrills and uncertainty, however I am super excited to start off a new journey from here.
Thank you for being a part of my journey, for being supportive and encouraging always – I love you!
Let the adventure begin! 
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  • Hey Julie 🙂 So good to see your comment! Thanks so much for your wishes, talk soon! xx

  • Hi Jennie! Thanks so much for your kind words and I love the lemon template too! <3

  • Thanks a lot Noor 🙂 I really hope this works out for me! xx

  • Aww Zeynab thanks a ton for the wonderful wishes!xx

  • Ah, I am so so glad this inspired you. I wish you all the success in achieving your dreams for the coming year bonita! xx

  • Thanks so much for the encouragement mayara 🙂 xx

  • Hey kercia, thanks so so much for being there for me 🙂 xo

  • Wow, I love decor. I wish you good luck in pursuing your dreams heather! <3

  • Awww kelly, that was such a sweet comment! Thanks for being so kind and encouraging! xx

  • Hi Cathy! Thanks so so much for the wishes! I love to hear that you find my site inspiring – hope to stay connected along the way! 🙂 x

  • Hey Melyssa 🙂 Thanks so so much – this comment made me super happy and motivated! I am totally looking forward to all the upcoming projects 🙂 xo

  • Thanks so much jordan! 🙂 xx

  • Hey jenn! Thanks so much – Ia m really excited too! And hey – we should catch up! xx

    • Definitely! Going to message you now 🙂

  • Congratulations and good luck with the year ahead!

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  • Congrats Chaitra… Right now I’m at that crossroads too. either get a new software job or be a full time blogger. my website crashed last week and I was really heat broken, I still am sad while it is getting fixed but I’m still in that 50-50 situation 😀

  • Grace Sharod

    Such a beautiful post Chaitra – may you be wonderfully happy in your new pursuits 🙂

  • Jyothi Sridhar

    Hey chaitra! This is some really cool stuff 🙂 Having recently ventured into web dev myself, look forward to your articles!!

  • Meli B.

    Great for you! This is very encouraging!

  • Noble Paul

    inspiring 🙂

  • Inspiring story Chiatra. I recently came accross your blog. Love it. Keep pushing

    xx Menellia

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