Yup I did it, I handed in my notice at work and will be leaving my steady income to something unsure, unstable and really rather scary.
This isn’t the first time I’ve done this, but last time I had a really exciting plan of travelling the world and never getting another ‘normal’ job again. Filled with dreams of travelling the globe and perhaps never coming home filled my mind, but alas things happened, dreams changed and I returned to the UK and was instantly offered a ‘too good to turn down’ job back in London… and life got pretty much back to normal.
This time ‘normal’ is not an option.
‘Knowing what you don’t want is as important as knowing what you want’
I’m really excited about what the future holds, but that spiteful, scary thing called FAILURE has been knocking its old head at my door fairly frequently.
What if I don’t make any money?
What if I start watching day time telly?
To help me on my way I am making the following pledges to myself and to you, my readers, which will hopefully move me closer towards success!
1. I won’t watch day time television
This one is really important. I’m not a big TV watcher but since getting my own apartment with my own television it is really hard to not have it on in the background… NO. I will be allowing morning and lunch time viewings of the news and anything else has to wait until I have done a full hard days work.
2. I will exercise regularly (at least twice a week)
Not something I have a very good success rate with, but to quote Elle from Legally Blonde (yes a favourite motivational movie of mine… don’t judge!)
‘Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands’.
So exercise it is, for smiles all round 🙂
3. I will leave the house every day, even if only for a short stroll
I have noticed the difference just from the odd days I have already been working from home, a breath of fresh air and change of scenery does wonders for your mood and general well being.
4. I won’t start searching for new full time jobs the moment I leave this one
I know this is going to be very tempting… to quickly move into another steady income job. I am sure it might be fun for a while, but then a few months down the line I will be in the same position I have been in many times before, stuck in the boring 9 – 5, not going in the direction I want… NO Jen. This is your time. If in 6 months I am penniless and in need of an income, I can re-evaluate. BUT..
5. I will look for new opportunities on every corner.
Whether this is networking events, consultancy work, freelance blogging I will always have my eye open for new adventures.
‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with’
6. I will work (at least) 8 hours a day 5 times a week
The days and times may change but I MUST keep up the work ethic and work at least normal working hours, though I am imagining these hours may hugely increase, but every minute will be spent on my work, doing what I love.
7. I won’t go off on another unlimited long term travel adventure
I could easily just skedaddle off for another long term jaunt around Asia, but no this is serious. This is about making a career for myself based in the UK, but one that allows the opportunity to move about when I want. BUT…
8. I will perhaps skedaddle off to Asia (or elsewhere) for some smaller jaunts.
Or Africa, or America or in fact anywhere. Travel is where my heart is and I won’t be letting that go, with or without the pennies I will find a way to see more places, experience new adventures and disappear to more foreign lands.
So here are just a few of the first rules I have for my new freelance life. I am determined to work really REALLY hard to make this work and will be sure to keep you posted on the no doubt highs and lows of my experiences.
For now this quote pretty much sums up what I want out of a career… Cheers Seth Godin.
‘Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.’
Are you planning any escapes or big life changes? I would love to hear about your dreams and fears for creating the life you have always wanted.
Love and positive thoughts