My current to do list is mental! In fact my head is so swimming with things I need to do, ideas and people to contact I haven’t even made my list yet. BUT… I am not stressed and best of all… I am really really happy!

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Almost three months ago now I left my job to try it out in the big wide world on my own and so far I haven’t looked back. I had thought about it so many times, in past jobs and once even taken the plunge to travel around Asia for 9 months, but somehow I always ended up back in an office, working away on really exciting projects but still so far from my dream and what I have always wanted to do… work for myself.

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NOW… I have more work to do than ever but every bit of it is just really exciting, I smile at the thought of the things I need to do, rather than wondering which bits I can get over and done with quickly. I wonder how I can find the time to savour every last bit of enjoyment from my job. OK maybe I am slightly exaggerating, there are things that have to be done that aren’t always the most fun, you worry about money when you don’t have that regular monthly pay check slotting nicely into your bank account and the future is scary and daunting, but I wouldn’t change it for anything right now.

So how did I get to this point… I made a decision and I stuck to it. We think we are making decisions all the time, but are we REALLY making decisions, decisions true to ourselves and only us, decisions to lead a life that is unique to us, our loves, our dreams and not just following the crowds, the norm, the status quo!

I was planning to quit my job, I kept waiting for the right time, when I had saved a bit, when it seemed a good point to move on, when I had more readers for my blog, more freelance work offers… but you could be waiting a lifetime.

Just make a decision and DO IT!

Now every day is different, my office changes depending where the nearest wifi is and flowing cups of tea (or champagne) and the work changes depending what is on offer, what I feel like and where my head is at.

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Yes I have things I HAVE to do, but only because I have chosen to make them that way. Right now I HAVE to prepare for a conference at the weekend and I HAVE to write some blogs about a recent trip aboard a luxury cruise… but I am soo excited about both. I can barely contain my fingers on the keyboard to tap away and share my recent adventures, and the conference in the Isle of Skye this weekend is one step closer towards my ideas for a small business. I can’t wait!

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So go on, stop wishing, thinking, wondering and just do it! Make that decision that could change your life for the better…

‘Rather than worrying about making the right decision, make a decision and make it the right one’

I dare you… and I bet everything will work out just fine. 🙂 x

I would love to hear your stories about what decisions you made and how it changed your life for the better.

This post was inspired by a book I am currently reading by Escape the City (READ IT!) and my moments of happiness when driving, typing, walking… when I just feel the need to stop and do this…

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16 Comments

  1. Yay! Great to hear you’re so happy and not regretting leaving your job! It sounds like things have been coming together for you lately. I bet you have a lot of people saying things like ‘Oh, you’re so lucky’, but I know it’s because you MADE it happen and you’ve worked hard to be where you are now. So, well done!! 🙂

    • jlowthrop Reply

      aaw thank love. It has been a whirlwind couple of months, but I know I have to keep at it or things will just stop going so well. No definite pay check coming my way unless I am working my butt off … I’m sure you know it well. Thanks for the lovely comment. x

    • jlowthrop Reply

      Thanks JK. Hoping the highs keep coming and lows people tell me about as a freelancer stay away 🙂 Glad to inspire.

  2. Making a break for it is a wonderful feeling – scary but exhilarating. And you did it! The freelance writer life is super tough but at times so beautifully liberating! Im one year in with no regrets! Other business ideas grow from just having one so the future is exciting! Go forward happy lady!! 🙂

    • jlowthrop Reply

      Thank you Becki. You are my inspiration… one year on and still happy and enjoying your freelance life. I know there will be tough times ahead, but we have to stick to what we believe in. YAY! x

  3. Ladies you all MASSIVELY inspire me! Y’all make me think I could actually do it too…so thanks and that was a very uplifting post to read indeed Jen. Congrats and I’m so glad it’s all going well for you. You make me wanna quit my job yeahhh…only 5 months to go til I definitely do. Fear/excitement/fear.

    • jlowthrop Reply

      Yay! Go Emma. You will definitely do it and be amazing. Now I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner… human survival instinct, we find a way to cope whatever 🙂 Can’t wait to read about your adventures when you take the plunge. Fear EXCITEMENT Fear 🙂

    • jlowthrop Reply

      haha Hot Dog Legs! Yes I have been reading some of your freelance blogs, I will fill in very soon. Hope all is going well at Future Gov. x

  4. Such a lovely lovely post! But the pictures do make me extremely jealous 😉 they all look beautiful! x

    • jlowthrop Reply

      Thanks Paige. No need to be jealous, just do it! You can visit all these beautiful places too 🙂 Let me know if you do. x

  5. So cool!
    I’ve started freelancing very recently and how to build up work to quit my full time job after a while as well.
    I was wondering how you did it? Did you prepare your career switch in any way?

  6. Congratulations on taking the leap! It sounds like it was a great decision 🙂

    Out of interest, what conference are you attending in Skye? I’m one island over (on the Isle of Lewis – definitely worth a visit!). Skye is lovely, hopefully you’ll get good weather so you can see it in all it’s glory!

    • Jen Lowthrop Reply

      It was a woodland conference I attended last summer (old post). Such a beautiful part of the country.

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