Today is my first day of freedom. As of this moment, my full-time job is to make this site the best it can be and to create new content for you all to enjoy.
Since graduating from college in 2009, I have been working in higher education, first in a fundraising capacity and then arranging housing for international faculty. While I have been fortunate to work with amazing people, I have never felt fulfilled. Deciding to leave my current position was easy, answering the question ‘what comes next?,’ was not. I found myself applying for jobs I wasn’t interested in or for similar types of positions where I knew I wouldn’t be happy.
But the answer to my question was right in front of my face. What makes me happy? This site. This creative outlet that started as a hobby has become my world. I look forward to writing new posts, styling photography shoots, and collaborating with brands and other bloggers. And in that realization, it became clear that I had found my passion and what I was meant to do.
Do I have all the answers of how I am going to get from point A to B? No. I have goals I hope to accomplish and a strong desire to succeed in doing something I love.
I’ve read countless stories of people following their dreams — abandoning their careers and putting it all on the line. I always sat back and thought, ‘I wish I could do that.’ Those stories inspired me, but fear told me I couldn’t dream.
After my thyroid cancer diagnosis, I made a promise to myself that I would stand in my truth, no matter what. My truth was that I woke up each morning dreading the day ahead of me — with a pit in my stomach and feet that felt as though they were encased firmly in cement preventing me from taking a step forward. I daydreamed about Friday at 5 pm starting on Sunday evening, and as every weekend ended, I was greeted by the “Sunday Scaries.” My truth was that I was wishing my life away.
I realize my path is not for everyone. To be honest, I’m not even sure it’s for me. It will be a huge adjustment not going into an office every day, seeing my co-workers, and taking a walk with them at lunch. But it is the path I have chosen, and the one that tempted and intrigued me the most until I could ignore it no longer.
To everyone who has offered advice, encouragement, and words of wisdom (and to those who think I’m crazy for leaving a full-time job for the unknown), thank you! And to my readers who put a smile on my face with every comment they write, I am most grateful for your support. I hope this new endeavor will be the much needed change in my life that I’m looking for and I’m excited to share this next chapter with all of you!
I’d love to hear if any of you have ever changed careers and pursued a new path, or if you work from home, how you manage your days.