It’s been over a year since I threw in the towel at my job of eight years and started out on this faith journey. I’ll wait a few more months to give you the entire spill because the story is still unfolding, but for now I’ll tell you this – leaving my secure job is one of the most gangster things I’ve ever done!!
Before this experience, I never really exercised faith to the fullest. Now I have a deeper understanding of what it means to have nothing but faith in your corner; and because of this new understanding, I have matured tremendously.
Below is a quick summation of the things I’ve learned after quitting my job to pursue my own endeavors.
1. Your journey will not look like everyone else’s – Before I decided to leave my job, I researched blog articles on what to expect after doing it and talked to others who had done it. While they all gave out great advice, most of it didn’t apply to my situation. My journey was not theirs, and I learned quickly that I had to set my own parameters and do what was best for me.
2. You question your choice – The week or so after I quit my job, I was pumped and dancing all over the house….a few months later I asked myself, “what in the hell did I just do?”
3. It gets scary – Depending on your business, brand, or savings, it can get a little frightening at some point because you’re going from a steady paycheck to depending solely on yourself to make money moves and sometimes not knowing when you’ll get paid or where the next check will come from.
4. You’ll see the light – If you hang in there and keep striving for what you set out to do, you’ll eventually see the light. When your mindset is in the right place, when you consistently put in the work, and when you have faith that it will all work out – it will. It may not look how you thought it would look, but it will work out.
5. You’ll be proud – Despite the tribulations you experience after leaving your job to pursue another career or your personal endeavors, in the end you will always be proud of yourself for making that bold move. Leaving my job to pursue a career in writing (and other things) was one of the best decisions I've ever made. No matter how hard it gets while on this journey, the mere thought of me going back to a place that doesn't allow me to do what I love and what I've been formally educated to do makes me shiver in anguish. And that thought alone keeps me on the path I am on.
Stay tuned for a more detailed story later….believe me when I say it’s a rollercoaster ride that I haven't gotten off of yet!