En route to pick up my coffee order, I recently overheard some people talking about job struggles and wanting to make a career change. They were discussing how they were at the point of being truly unhappy in their current job and wanting to take the ‘next step’ but also not feeling confident on what to do next.
As I walked out of the coffee shop, this complete sense of gratitude washed over me and thinking about their conversation made me really appreciate my life.
Here’s the thing, not so long ago 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 and mentally, draining. 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 7 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 work on your “side hustle” while doing 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, nights, weekends, etc.) until your vision becomes your reality. It will all be worth it in the end.