I only went and did it!
This time last year, I quit my office job to pursue a writing career.
It seemed crazy at the time given I was excelling in the property industry and had a grand total of three blog posts #doingitmyway
Yes, it was a bold move but it was also one that tantalised me for countless weeks, months, or perhaps even years.
I spent excessive time considering the reality of such a decision and the impacts – both positive and detrimental – it would have on my life.
Now a qualified journalist, I am writing this piece while in my new position as a national reporter almost a year on.
Below is an extract I’d like to share with you from my September post last year which I think really captures how I felt after making the decision and the moments that followed. I realised it was one of the best I’d ever made.
I have had my first week of intensive journalism training and it felt bloody fantastic!
Studying full time again has rekindled my inner wild child and exploring journalism has put me back en route to where I want to be headed.
I almost forgot what it feels like to do what you feel passionate about and to feel as though you are moving closer towards your dreams.
In my case, I always knew what I wanted to do but experienced a classic fear of failure.
I had the ambition and I had the potential yet I pursued an alternative career I knew I would succeed in with ease. Later on, I found myself feeling uninspired and unchallenged – I was losing my mojo. Relate to this?
Don’t suffer in silenceDon’t suffer.
Yes, it was scary handing in my notice and confirming my decision to the big guys in the big glass conference room.
Yes, there were second guesses and moments of self-doubt when the reality of not having a steady income for who knows for how long sunk in.
And yes, I’ll miss that free coffee machine and the occasional box of Hotel Chocolate when I’ve done a good job or it’s somebody’s birthday.
Nonetheless, now that it’s done and the plaster has been fully ripped off, I am 100 per cent certain it was the right decision.
With the right planning and preparation, you can give yourself the same success.
First, you must ensure you have the means to support yourself before binning the job that pays the bills.
I worked for three years in an industry I liked but did not love.
But through smart saving and tenacity to stick it out, I managed to save a fair amount of cash which enabled me to go on incredible adventures, fund my journalism diploma and still have money left over for emergencies and future whimsical travel.
It is also a good idea to have a backup plan. This could simply be mum and/or dad or even you returning to the very job you chucked not too long ago –shudder – so always leave on good terms where possible.
Adhere to your notice period and write a warm yet professional resignation letter, of which there are plenty of templates online.
A backup plan is never ideal, hence it being the backup. The good thing about having one is that it will give you peace of mind when you go galloping into the sunset on your unicorn in the hope you never have to use it!
And finally, try not to procrastinate! We all do it – a great idea presents itself, we think about it in depth, we read about it, we even imagine ourselves doing it. So why not skip all that and just do it. The quicker we get to enjoy!
You are the solution
As a millennial true to her millennial heart, time is money my friends and the most valuable currency there is.
So if you find yourself smiling and nodding along to everything I have said throughout this post, trust your instincts and go for what feels right.
We all know deep down what will make us happy and what will not. If we are ever confused about this, I have found from my experience this is usually because we are scared to listen to the quiet voice with the biggest dreams.
Success can be a question of who dives in to ride the wave and who prefers to take a cruise?
So here you have it. Wise words from a younger me as a budding journalist and it’s all the more heart-warming to read now, knowing my decision has paid off.
I have started wandering along a new path in journalism as I continue on with all life’s other adventures.