I come across a lot of women who aren't happy with what they are doing for work and this alone can cause so many problems in other areas of your life. Trust me, I know, I have been there myself.
We spend so much of our lives working that I believe you need to be happy and really enjoy what you do otherwise life can get pretty miserable. I work with women who have changed their jobs after our wellness coaching sessions and they are kicking goals today and loving life again. It is truly amazing the difference once you become happy in your job can make to your entire life.
Saying all this, as awesome and liberating as it is taking a leap of faith, you need to be sensible with your decision. For instance you wouldn't quit your job with nothing else lined up if you lived on your own and had no savings behind you; that would just be more detrimental to your situation.
So here are my top tips for when you can seriously start thinking about taking the leap and following your dreams...
:: Have some savings in your bank account for 'just in case'. You don't want to be stuck with no money and not be able to afford to pay your bills or buy food. I know with me, I gave two months notice and with the support of my husband I was able to save most of that money to cover me over summer until I found another job.
:: Think about what it is that you are going to do? What type of job is your dream? Write them down and research them. What do you need to do to get there? I started studying to be a personal trainer while I was still working, I was able to do this online which made it so much easier to fit around work hours.
:: Talk to the people you live with, so this could be your partner or parents. Discuss the worst case scenario's and have a plan if they come up.
:: Give yourself a deadline, for instance if you are starting your own business give yourself six months to get it off the ground. If it doesn't work within that time frame make a promise that you will find another job until it starts to make you money.
:: Start looking for a new job NOW! The perfect situation is jumping from one job to your dream job with no lag time in between, unless of course this is something that you would like to do. I saved up enough money to get me through so I could take summer off. As I worked in event management I hadn't had the Christmas/New Year period off in goodness knows how long so I was able to take that time and start back working in late January.
:: Talk to people about what it is that you want to do; you never know who they may know and so on. Some times it is who you know, not what you know.
:: But most importantly, remember that you MUST put yourself first and do whatever it is you need to do. With my old job I was miserable and my friends and family around me could see it and told my husband "you need to get Kylie out of there". It was effecting my mental health and that is a no no. I would have even worked in retail again if it meant I was happy again.
Follow your heart. Follow the universe and you will know the right answer to your questions. It will come to you in funny ways, so start to pay attention and listen and look at what is around you. Start expanding your tunnel vision so you can begin to make progress to living your dreams.
It is worth the effort and pain to end up loving what you do for a job. Things will fall into place for you if that is what you are meant to be doing.
"Follow your bliss my darling!
Share with me below your story on following your dreams or your struggle with your current job. I would love to hear from you!
Be happy & healthy,