There are three things in life I’ve never enjoyed being:
tired, uncomfortable in my clothes, and unable to afford the things I want.
Let me give you some background
My family didn't have a lot of money when I was growing up. We never questioned where our next meal was coming from and we got to travel to beautiful places (on a tight budget of course), but we knew the reality of our finances at a very young age. And while I know my mother meant well, this threw me into a scarcity and hustle mindset with money.
Because I became so fearful of debt and student loans, I joined the Army at 17, which for 6 years, made me both tired and uncomfortable in my clothes (those boots were not the business). But at this point, I experienced having money, and I knew I liked that. But the rest had to go.
I met my husband before I left the military, and we had our son. I worked for a few small businesses, spent some time as a SAHM, which I loathed (don’t judge, it ain’t for everyone), and finished up a few degrees. This left me both tired and unable to afford the things I wanted (which was just a nice vacation without a screaming baby for two nights). So again, I knew something had to change.
Fast forward to when we got the opportunity to change duty stations. I was finishing up my MBA, and I was finally able to land a position in corporate America, which I thought I had always wanted (Alexa: play “living the American dream). I tried my best to make the most of it and to be grateful for the opportunity, but my commute was horrible, my pantsuits were tight (I was pregnant with our third child), my heels hurt, and most of my meetings could have been emails.
Then the pandemic hit, and I got to work from home. As horrible as it was, I finally thought to myself, “this is how I do it. I get to work from home in my pajamas, make money, spend more time with my kids, and take naps.” But I was wrong again.
When my husband changed duty stations again, I was placed on a high-profile program with my company that demanded mandatory overtime. I knew then that corporate life was never going to give me the time and freedom I needed and that starting my business was the only way I could build the life I wanted, which included leggings and vacations.
The Filing Cabinet was born out of my realization that I had been coaching people since my teenage years. My friends and colleagues have always seen me as the go-to expert for pretty much any issues they have ever had. I pride myself on that, and I want to use over 15 years of that experience to coach you through getting the time back that you lost to overworking.
There is no blanket version of success, and I suspect you are here because you are tired of the version we have been sold. We don’t dream of labor, and hustle culture is toxic in our eyes. But we have the drive to build something big so that we can take advantage of the fruits of our labor far sooner rather than later.