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Note of Encouragement to Keep Moving Forward...2 week notice put in today. Whoo Hooo!

Hi Gang,

Just a note of encouragement to keep plugging away as I know many of us are working our way to finding the work we love around family commitments, working our "daytime" jobs, etc.

Similar to many of you, I found Dan Miller through Dave Ramsey. At the time, my family was full of fear over me losing my totally secure job that I loved when the clinic I worked for closed after 30+ years of practice. We were in the process of getting out of debt and dealing with some medical issues with our son - losing my job was the last thing I ever expected and it was scary. Thanks to following the plan laid out in Dan's book 48 Days to the Work You Love, even though it was during a downturned economy, I had several job offers and landed a higher paying job with a prestigious corporation.

After entering the corporation world, while the people were nice, I quickly discovered it wasn't "my gig" even though I longed to be content and just accept the "normal" as everyone else around me seemingly was doing. While I tried to set aside the feelings of unrest, I came to embrace the reality that God was gently nudging me to move forward into another direction that I have never imagined was available or possible. Suddenly the “stuff” Dan talked about on his weekly show prompted me to join 48day.net as I wanted to know more about this “purpose and passion type of work.”

Oh my gosh, 48days.net was unlike any community I had ever been a part of. The people were amazing and I couldn't believe how passionate they were about not only finding their own success, but also helping others find their own success.

Even though we were scraping by and counting EVERY penny, just 2 months after joining 48days.net, we made it a priority to attend Dan's September 2011 Write to the Bank conference. It was there that I met the most incredible people in person including folks like Dan Miller, Joanne Miller, Ashley Logsdon, Nathan Logsdon, Pierce Marrs, Sutton Parks, Kent Julian, etc. (I sat in the front row and pretty much wore Dan out with ALL my endless questions).

Fast forward 34 months and I can’t tell you how many blessings our family has received as opportunities have sprung up all around us. The experience has allowed us to write 3 Amazon top 100 books (after being teased as a kid and an adult for my AWFUL grammar and spelling) as well as to booking 4 figure talks after stumbling over saying the word "hi" in front of a group of people not that long ago. This all being done while being a full-time working mom to four that had a 2 hour daily commute!

In addition, I am really, really excited to share that today I was able to put in my 2 week notice to my energy draining j.o.b. 

It is so freeing to be running to something I love versus running away from something I hated. While I am grateful for having gotten to experience the corporate life as it served a wonderful purpose in helping my family pay off over $212,000 worth of debt and medical expenses in four years (as well as helped me discover what I did NOT want), I can't tell you how beyond joyful I am to be making the transition into fulfilling my purpose (which is to encourage, inspire, and motivate people to overcome adversity in order to live out an incredible life) through my roles as a motivational storyteller, author, coach, and connector WHILE being able to help support our family.

48Days.net Gang: It is with a sincere heart that I say thank you to this wonderful community as you have been such an incredible blessing in all the support, help and encouragement you have graciously shared. I am grateful to so many of the friendships made here.

Kent Julian: Thank you for keeping your promise you made in September 2011 when I demanded you “look into my eyes and tell me I can do this.” It just goes to prove that if I can do this stuff, anyone can. Thank you for not only your friendship and incredible coaching, but also for our encouragement and belief in helping me “see” and experience that this stuff can really be done even while struggling with issues around confidence, belief, fear, etc.

Dan Miller and Family: Wow, words can’t express enough how absolutely grateful and blessed my family is for your encouragement, teachings, mentorship, and friendship. You have blessed my family more than I can ever express. The time and effort you have graciously shared is beyond measurable. You make us see what we can’t always see and I admire you for so much including your leadership, integrity, “smartness”, your kindness, sense of adventure, and willingness to coach/teach with excellence. Thank you in helping me discover how to find the value in me to be able to help others. Thank you doesn’t quite seem adequate, but please know I type this with sincere tears of gratitude. Thank you!

For those that are on the journey with me – whether you are ahead or behind, keep trudging forward even when you get caught up in fear, insecurity, or lack of confidence as it is possible to find not only your purpose and passion, but to find the work you love when you take baby steps forward. Don't Quet (Don't quit).



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Comment by Jacqui Washington on June 17, 2015 at 8:12pm

Thank you so much Jen! Your comments and blog post especially your story kept me motivated.

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on June 17, 2015 at 4:26pm

I have NO doubt you will find what you are seeking Jacqui - your drive and determination along with your obvious energy is awesome! Love that you have already reached out to a coach (and no doubt a great one) and are moving forward!!! Wishing you much success!!

Comment by Jacqui Washington on June 13, 2015 at 12:49am

Jen, this blog post resonates with me in so many ways. I too want to be debt free, my current job, well...lets just say I want to find my passion. I know it's helping people but the specifics, I need a coach for that. Oh, the other thing we have in common is 48 Days community and I agree with you this community is like no other. I feel like I'm going to find my passion and CEO of my company working with some talent awesome inspiring successful people. Thanks Jen! 

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on June 28, 2014 at 2:23pm

James, Kent, Kathryn, Darlene, Henry, Tim, Robby, Diane, and Erin C. - THANK YOU for your kind words!!!

James - thank you!!! Yes, indeed fully awake and having fun!

Kent, well jeepers creepers, thank you! I still am anxious for the day we share the stage together although I kind of dread it too as I will be thinking on no don't go and do something dumb like accidentally trip him on stage - you just know that would be a possibility. ha ha ha ha Seriously, THANK YOU!!! I am truly, truly grateful and can't wait to kick butt at this speaking stuff!

Kathryn, thank you! OH MY GOSH, the time freed up is going to be amazing. While I have appreciated being able to be so focused and intentional, it will be nice to be mentally freed up for a bit. Leaving at 6:45am and not getting back until 5:30pm each night for the last 12 years has made me go man, forget this! SO ANXIOUS to have more time during the day to hang out with the kiddos - selfishly, while I still will have focused blocks of time set aside to work this as a true business, I can't wait to be out romping around with the kiddos in the afternoons. To be able to pick my older ones up from school almost everyday is really a dream come true (I love picking them up as they are "stuck" in the car and it is a grew time to chit chat to find out what is going on in life - dinner table is nice to, but car is awesome).  Thank you!

Darlene, thank you!

Henry, THANK YOU my friend!!!!! It has been INCREDIBLE to have gotten to travel this road along side of you as well...thank you Henry. Continued blessings!!!

Tim...thank you!!!! YOU too keep trucking - love watching you travel to success as well!!!

Robby...thank you!!!

Diane - HA! YES, people like me definitely need incredibly awesome "good word and grammar gurus" (I know that had to make a few of my awesome editor friends cringe - ha ha ha) surrounding us!!! Diane, thank you my friend! Very humbled!!!

Erin...you are one of my "wrong" friends. I think oh my gosh, THE Erin Casey is friends with me? I MAKE UP words and here is the awesome Erin who is this incredibly successful and incredible writer - I think why would Erin want to be friend with ME?! Regardless, I am so grateful to call you friend and TRULY inspired by what you have done and what you and your family are doing. THANK YOU!!!!!

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on June 28, 2014 at 2:12pm

Eric, Julie, Colleen, Jeff, Justin, Debbie, Erin R, Greg, Ann, and Bob - thank you as well for your kind comments!

Eric - I totally agree. It has is such an incredible blessing to have those around us that are on similar paths!! VERY encouraging. 

Julie - well gosh thanks! It is fun to see some wins from everyone. It has been such an encouragement to me definitely and still is. thank you!

Chris...thank you!! HA! Well this group has certainly been a 48daysinspiration to me as well my friend! Thank you!

COLLEEEEEENNNNNN!!! So fun to read your kind note!!! God certainly has abundantly blessed us indeed. LOVE ya too my friend and so sending you good thoughts. 

Jeff - oh my gosh thank you for the kind note!!! I too admire your grit and determination!!!

Thans Justin!!!

Debbie, thank you for your encouraging note!!!

Erin R, thank you for your note. It is funny sometimes it is so easy to look around and think oh my gosh I am NEVER going to get there and then one day it arrives and you think well that wasn't so bad - you just want to say come on gang, just a little further, you are almost there. Blessings to you as well!!!

GREG! Thank you ! Yes, I agree we all need some encouragement along the way. This entrepreneurial stuff still amazes me as far as people's reactions - some are horrified at the thought of "giving up a good job" to do something that possibly can't support your family while others get it and celebrate with you. 

Ann - THANK YOU my friend. I can't even imagine what it would be like without your friendship - amazing how 48days.net have brought so many of us together. thank you!

Oh Bob, thank you!! I am embarrassed to say but I had tears too this week! In fact, when I went to leave Dan Miller just a quick voicemail of sincere thanks I started bawling! I couldn't even speak! The only thing he could probably understand was don't tell anyone "the Iron Jen" was bawling like a "girl" or it will ruin my reputation. ha ha ha. It is funny Bob, you hear of others "making it" and then you think someday that will be ME. Then the day comes and it is so unbelievable how freeing it is - a bit of fear if I were to be honest to think what if, what if, what if, but then I just say buck up little chicky and get your butt in gear and take steps each day to get to your goals and you will do it. Some folks may seem like no big deal, this is just what I am doing...for us it really is such a landmark time in our journey as it really represents so much. It feels like we have so intentional and moving through such impossible times and yet here we are. It is inspiring to see those around us too - this group has been so amazing in so many ways. HA!!! It is TRUE, I am thinking the Write it Forward group WILL vote me off the island with my "casual" spelling and grammar skills. Until that day comes, going to enjoy it over there. Thank you for your inspiration as well Bob and thank you for your continued encouragement to so many! Blessings to you as well!!!

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on June 28, 2014 at 1:56pm

Jill, Dean, Alan, Angela, Allan, Cam, James, Jenny, Eric and Julie - thank you for your kind comments!!!!

Jill - yes you are certainly sunshine yellow for the rest of us my friends - lots of great energy to around! Thank you!

Oh Dean, thank you for your kind words. Oh my gosh, it is fun to see folks on the similar journeys - it really is encouraging to see those around us and YES, baby steps are so incredibly powerful. Thank you!

Alan, whooot hoot..thank you!!!!

Angela, thank you! It seemed like it was going to take FOREVER to get to this day - the unknown is so hard to deal with sometimes, but  have that focus on knowing exactly where you want to be is golden. Thank you!!!

Allan....ahhhh, thank you! You as well are a beacon for many!!! It has been a hoot of a journey that is for sure. Thank you!

Cam...that is funny you say that because I see you so ahead! Thanks for leading the way!

James....thank you!

Jenny...thank you and blessings to you as well my friend!

Comment by Jill Davis on June 28, 2014 at 10:45am


I am so proud of you.  You are in an inspiration in so many ways.  I look forward to being able to write a similar post someday.  Until then I won't quet and I'll embrace my yellow, sunshine energy.  Always available for you!

Comment by Dean Oliver on June 27, 2014 at 12:43pm

I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you yet, Jen, but I wanted to congratulate you anyway.  I'm so happy for you and your family.  I also appreciate your words of encouragement to those of us who are a few steps behind you on the journey. Your story is a great reminder that thousands of seemingly insignificant steps will eventually bring us to the big curve in the road that leads to the place we've been dreaming about. Enjoy the turn!

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Comment by Alan Jackson on June 27, 2014 at 9:14am

Love it Jen. Absolutely love it.  

Comment by Angela Chatham on June 27, 2014 at 7:09am

Jen, congratulations on all of your accomplishments! I know it has to be a great feeling to finally do what you want full time. Wishing you continued success as you move forward in your journey. You are truly an inspiration to all of us.

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