Well, just when I thought I was really going to be able to blog every day, I managed to miss day nine.
But before you judge too harshly, there’s a pretty significant reason why I didn’t hop online to discuss the day with you yesterday.
Remember how I said I wanted to go freelance, full-time?
I guess you could I say I got what I wished for! I won’t go into it here (this is going to be a place for positivity, right?), but as of yesterday, I’m no longer employed outside of the home.
Don’t worry, friends and family – it’s all good. This was the plan all along, right? So why not start now!
In the 24 hours that have passed since my last minutes at my day job, I’ve actually managed to compile a short list of things I’d like to share with anyone who’s working a job they no longer enjoy:
1. If all you can think about is quitting, quit. For months now, I’ve been relatively unhappy at my job. I stuck around for the people, the paycheck and most significantly, the fear of the unknown. I thought about leaving on a daily basis, but never got up the courage. Instead, I let the stress and unhappiness drag me down to a level of complete and total negativity. I could feel it when I’d walk in the door; I knew I wasn’t being the happy, positive person my friends and family know me to be. When the overwhelming feeling yesterday was relief, I was sure this change – while unexpected – was for the best.
2. Come up with a plan. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t have to be permanent. I’d toyed around with the idea for leaving long enough that I’d already figured out what our budget would be if I had no income. Knowing that we’d be OK (although things will be tight as I try to grow my business), put a tremendous amount of calm over the day’s unsettling news.
3. Identify what’s most important in your next step. Likely, if you’re thinking about changing things up, it’s because there’s something you know you don’t want in your next phase. Identifying what’s the most important thing to you in terms of what you get out of your next endeavor is critical. Do you need more money, more time at home or more freedom over what you do? Are you looking for an entirely new career, a way to follow a passion or simply a shorter commute? Knowing what you do (and don’t) want out and sticking to it will help you make sure your next adventure is a more successful one.
Maybe this wasn’t how I saw everything happening, but I’m lucky enough to have a husband who supports me in anything I do and a family that’s always there for me. I’ve known for a while what my goals are, I just didn’t know the best way to go about it.
So maybe this is just the kick in the butt I’ve been needing to get headed in the right direction.