Ya'll ain't ready for this.
Words cannot express to you how good I feel right now. To say that quiting my job was the right thing for me.
I wish you could sit with me and have me explain so let me do the best I can.
I worked for two years at an amazing company. I mean honestly it couldn't have been more perfect for me. It was flexible, everyone was great, I loved my boss....plus it was in marketing/digital media so I wasn't so far outside of the realm of what I do outside of my work anyway. Truly, I couldn't have had a better experience.
But ya know what man.
Even if it's working, and you know in your heart that it's not what you want or that it's no longer aligned or serving you...then you gotta make a move.
All day. Most nights, some mornings, and I lived at a constant heightened level of stress. I would go to the bathroom at client meetings and post a sponsored post on Instagram. Or take interviews for Almost 30 during my lunch break.
I'd walk out to take calls with sponsors, or check my emails when I would walk to the bathroom at work. I always felt like there was more to do.
I also felt like okay I am doing this. I am getting away with it....(in the sense that I was still alive, HA)
I survived another week. Phew. Got it. Now I can work all weekend, get everything done that I wanted to all week...
But I had a few expanding moments. One of them was speaking at an event, where, I said no at first.
I had to work.
They came back and asked what the price was? How much would it take for me to do speak at their event as a panel moderator (aka my dream).
I gave them the same price as one of my corporate job paychecks. More actually.
To my surprise, they agreed.
I knew in that moment, that I could make money, more easily, more quickly, doing things I loved than doing things I didn't.
The ability we have to make money when we are doing things we love is infinite.
With Almost 30, for me, making money is FUN. I get to talk about my favorite brands, and to share them with people I love and want to experience the brand too. I also get to host events, hang with my best friend, grow and develop Chloe and our interns....
There's nothing better. I know I am not the norm. I know that people don't find what they love to do. I know I'm lucky, but the path hasn't been perfect.
But I also answered the calling.
When I asked for it, I followed the voice. When I prayed to find a job where I was impacting peoples lives in a positive way, utilizing my skills as a communicator, interviewer, and generally curious person...
I got the tap to start to record, to be authentic, and try something new with Lindsey.
I worked at it, I went for it, and then I worked for it again. But I never pushed aside the calling and messages that I was given.
That's the thing, is that so often people ask for their dream job or passion, or to find something they love that they can make money from. But once that hits given to you, the message for what that is, EVEN IF IT'S CRAZY, you need to go for it.
It doesn't need to be quitting your job, it doesn't need to be crazy or put you into debt, but if you want it, you need to follow it, to get scared, to take risks and to choose fear over faith.
I knew that I needed to walk in alignment with the messages I was spreading on the podcast.
How could I talk to these badass entrepreneurs, who have lost it all, gained it back, taken risks, grown businesses, helped others, been scared....and live my life scared and unaligned?
It just felt right.
So I did it. Didn't overthink. Just acted and did. Got my healthcare in order, got us set up with payroll, figured out finances and how things were going to work. Got BUSY with my schedule and Almost 30, but also allowed myself to nap.
Yes, nap. The week after I quit I let myself nap each day. There really is nothing better (especially as a projector) than a nap. It's the ultimate recharge, and feels like the epitome of self care to me.
How I prepared:
- Saved: Oh I saved. I have more money in my bank account than I have in my whole life, and that money may or may not be used, but it's about 6 months salary to sustain myself, allow myself to still travel for fun, move into a bigger apartment...etc. This number is different for everyone so find one that works for you.
- I stopped asking everyone else what they would do. Because it doesn't matter what they would do. It's my life and I needed to take ownership for it.
- I took my own advice, and actually thought about the messages I shared with others to live a life aligned, and made my own life more aligned.
- I got myself in a great position with Almost 30 Podcast where one job replaced the other. Lindsey and I grew Almost 30 Podcast so much that when I left it felt like I didn't skip a beat. We had so much to do, that I haven't slowed down working since, it's just changed.
It's so personal to you how, when and why, but in the Secret Almost 30 Podcast facebook group we talked about this all the time. There have been so many women that said they left their jobs that weren't filling them up for greener pastures.
It's not about jumping, or taking the leap, or reckless abandon. It's about being the person that you want to be and preparing for years to build a life you love.