This post, while super appropriate, is not timed for the holiday this week. I was recently among a group of people who all expressed their desire to make a career change. They were either unhappy in their current job, itching to take the next step in their entrepreneurial endeavors, or simply unsure what to do next. It was enlightening, to be totally honest. Sometimes we take comfort in others’ problems, as it can either shed light on your current situation, give you some perspective, or in my case, make me really really appreciate my life.
Here’s the thing, once upon a time I was that girl. I was working a job that didn’t fulfill me creatively, didn’t pay me enough to live the lifestyle I wanted, and generally just didn’t make me happy. And for the record, I’ve also done the whole money-over-happiness job and trust me when I say that won’t last long. When you’re unhappy in your job it trickles into every aspect of your life and no amount of money will change that. The second I had the opportunity to take a new path I did, but it was not easy. Financially, it was scary. Emotionally + mentally, I was fucked up. I lacked confidence because I didn’t quite know what to do, what would make me money, and ultimately, what would make me happy.
In the end, after pursuing various creative avenues I finally landed on the one that made the most sense for me: blogging. It didn’t happen overnight, it has been a work-in-progress for 5 solid years, but not once have I considered giving it up. That is how I know with confidence that what I’m doing is it.
Feeling confident and happy in your career is the most important part, period. I know money plays a big role as well, but my advice would be to have your “side hustle” while working your “day job” that pays the bills, and when the time is right, GO FOR IT! It’s not always realistic to abandon your job for fear of lack of income, failure, etc., and those are all understandable, but work your ass off (on your days off, at night, weekends, etc.) until your dream becomes your reality. It will all be worth it in the end. I know I’m getting super philosophical here so I’m going to wrap it up, but basically I had a moment of realization and it really instilled a sense of gratitude in me that I wanted to share. Kinda funny how that happened the week of Thanksgiving…