“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
Recently, I made a pretty big career change.
It was something that had been on my mind for a while, and at Christmas, I finally took the plunge. I quit my copywriting job in London to go freelance. A risky move you might say, but it’s definitely the right choice for me. It’s taken me a nearly a decade to realise it, but I’m just not cut out for the typical 9-5 grind.
In the end there were a whole bunch of reasons behind my decision, so I thought I’d share them with you.
I Want To Travel More
This was definitely the biggest factor in my decision. Travelling has completely changed my outlook on my career and jobs in general. After I came home from my 18 month trip to Asia and Australia, I went straight back to an office job in the city within 2 weeks. I barely had time to recover from the jet lag.
This was a MASSIVE shock to the system, but I thought I’d stick it out and try to settle back into my old life.
But, alas, after 6 months I quit. I felt burnt out. It felt wrong. This was just not me anymore. How did I do it for all those years? How could I sit confined in an office all day with only 4 weeks holiday a year? I quickly realised that I needed to get the f*ck out and change something. My whole mentality had changed and travelling was still on my mind.
Enter freelancing. You beautiful thing.
Granted, I may not be making as much money as before (yet) but at least I have the freedom to move around and work on the road. For me, it’s the best of both worlds.
The perfect balance.
In fact, I’ve already booked a month long trip to Bali and the Gili Islands in April, so I’ll be getting my first taste of being a ‘digital nomad’ very soon. I’ll also be volunteering at a cat clinic on my favourite island, Gili T.
Life. Officially. Made.
Routine Makes Me Restless
I have a confession. Commuting makes me miserable and I get bored at full-time jobs after about 3 months. There, I said it.
Hardly a contender for Employee of the Month, am I?
At first I thought there must be something wrong with me. Why can’t I stick to a job and just get on with it like everyone else? Do I have some form of ADD? Where’s the nearest clinic? I need to get that shit diagnosed. Except, no. Turns out, I’m just not made for that kind of routine, and that’s OK.
Everyone one is different. It’s fine for some people, but not for others. Personally, I prefer to live by my own schedule rather than someone else’s.
It’s The Perfect Time
I’ve no shame in admitting it, I’m 28 years old and I still live at home. Yes, I feel like Bridget Jones most days because, y’know, I’m single and talk to my cat a lot, but hey that’s life. Am I where I thought I’d be at this age? 100% not. I thought I’d be having mortgages and living with a boy and stuff by now like everybody else.
But I’m not, and that’s that. Which is definitely not a bad thing.
There are so many positives to my situation and I’m very lucky. For a start, I don’t really have any responsibilities. Mortgages and bills? Nope, I have no significant outgoings at all.
Just a savings account for future travels.
It Motivates Me
Like I said, I need variety and flexibility in my life to feel happier, so being a freelancer makes sense for me. And I prefer to have multiple sources of income. It actually gives me more job security than I had before and definitely keeps me on my toes.
If I need more motivation, I just plan my next trip and work towards that!
I think you get gist.
In the last 6 months I swiftly realised that there’s no point in continuing with something that makes you miserable or just isn’t you.
It’s never too late to create the life you want.