Today marks a huge milestone in my life. It's my birthday 🎂  woohoo!  But more importantly, today is my last day at a job I've held for a decade as a museum publicist, working alongside and learning from one of the smartest people in the field. I haven't talked about it often here, but I've been juggling my "side biz" for the last 10 months, trying hard to do both as best as I can, but I realized that something has to give. I feel lucky and blessed and all those things, but it's also scary as hell to know what happens from here on out is all on me. I feel excited and motivated and also a little like puking as the butterflies dance inside my core.

But one thing is for sure:

From today forward, I am ONE HUNDRED PERCENT NIROMA STUDIO. It's time to take all that I've learned and all that I have become in the last 30-something *cough cough* years and use that knowledge, finally, for myself.

I always used to think I was only meant to work for someone else. In my 20s, I used to tell people my purpose was to help other people succeed and be their best. I had no confidence in my own abilities and I had no goals of my own, but I also didn't know who I was. When I found macrame and weaving just last year, it ignited something inside me and I found myself. I found my voice. I found my need to create.

I am eternally grateful for all the support I've received and positive comments and friends I've met on Instagram and through Etsy -- thank you!! People ask me what I will do when, or if, macrame goes out of trend, and I honestly don't know. But I do know that this is all part of the journey. And if I were to measure all that I've learned in the last 10 months of running my own business vs. 10 years of working for someone else, there is no competition. Being an entrepreneur is the greatest learning experience of all.

So to all the#bossbabes out there, let's go out and kill it.  Awesome video and calligraphy by the super talented @jenmanship