Toast Talk

October 28, 2013

As promised, I’m going to share another life change that has been happening. I’m about to do something I always said that I wouldn’t: leaving my job and saying goodbye to work in the corporate world. For those of you who have been reading for a while, you know that I’ve had an interesting career path…my degree is Interior Design, I worked as a Marketing Coordinator at the Dallas office of a global Interior + Architecture firm for a while, then left to venture into the retail world and was a Merchandise Coordinator in a buying office for a luxury…

As promised, I’m going to share another life change that has been happening. I’m about to do something I always said that I wouldn’t: leaving my job and saying goodbye to work in the corporate world. For those of you who have been reading for a while, you know that I’ve had an interesting career path…my degree is Interior Design, I worked as a Marketing Coordinator at the Dallas office of a global Interior + Architecture firm for a while, then left to venture into the retail world and was a Merchandise Coordinator in a buying office for a luxury retailer, and my current job for the past almost year has been as the Social Media Editor for a global retail brand. Three corporate jobs in 3.5 years since graduating college. People my parent’s age might be thinking, “Are you insane? Your resume looks like you’re some kind of job hopper.” While I can’t deny what things look like on paper, I know that every job I’ve had thus far and all the skills I’ve acquired have prepared me for the next opportunity.

This is my last week with my current job and this time I won’t just be saying goodbye to the friends I have made and a gorgeous office—I’ll also be saying goodbye to routine paychecks, vacation time, employer-paid health insurance, and a commute. Deep breath: I’m leaving it behind because I want to give more attention to the blog while working freelance for some smaller brands that I love (more on them in the coming weeks). I’m beyond excited but also a little anxious…not because I’m worried about the finances or that working from home will be a disaster, but because I’ve always been a 9-5 working girl and have had a certain amount of pride that I was able to have a “normal” job while also having a blog. I’m like you guys! I’m normal! I like that I can relate on the topic of working for an employer and being part of a corporate culture and now that I’m making the swing to working from home I don’t want to feel like I’ve lost touch with an audience that now can’t relate. I’ve been fighting this change for a while but timing is everything and I’m in a huge period of transition and know that now is the best time.

Someone told me not that long ago, “Molly, you’re an entrepreneur—start acting like it.” Funny enough this did not come from either of my parents (both entrepreneurs) but from someone who knew how tricky it was for me to balance working full time while pouring the same amount of energy into blogging and other projects outside of work. Blogs are made to look easy, pretty pictures and text, but the behind the scenes is a little mad and what was once a side hobby soon became a second full-time job. I won’t try to pretend that working on the blog full-time would fill up my weekdays and that’s where freelance projects come it. I’m really, really excited to that I can now say “Yes” to these types of opportunities…I think part of my future calling is working with smaller-sized companies looking to increase their brand awareness.

So how did I know that the time was right to take such a risk and turn the corner? I’m like Olivia Pope, and I always trust my gut. My intuition hasn’t led me astray yet and like I said, each and every position I’ve held and career change I’ve made has prepared me for the next phase. I made choices that felt right and even though I ended up leaving the jobs I felt so sure about in the beginning, they each taught me so many things and gave me experience I couldn’t have learned by staying in one spot. By the end of the week I will be working from a desk at home and having what I know will be a more balanced lifestyle. I’m still like the working women, but now I’m just working for myself. And I think it will make me hustle 100x harder! xx

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  1. Molly, I am so proud of you and of your courage for leaving your job and following what you feel will be best for you! People think that being in corporate is the best thing and that leaving it will be a death sentence, but I tend to think that exact opposite! I am a senior in college and am trying despicably to find companies that are not considered corporate for the reason that I think it is overrated. Again I am so proud of you and excited to see what comes your way!
    Keep it sweet and stylish as you always do!
    Kaitie

  2. Molly!

    No worries. You still have us, even though you’re not a corporate girl anymore.

    I was so excited to read this post, because it was just a couple weeks ago I read your bio saying you would never leave the corporate world. I thought it was such a shame, given that this blog is obviously going to take you guys so many places! Also, it gives me hope I can do that one day too (I have a long way to go, but fingers crossed!) Can’t wait to follow along for more to come on APOT.

    Good luck!!

    Jess

  3. i am so very happy for you while i fight back my tears b/c i’ll miss you so very much. you are going to be amazing no matter what path you choose to skip down! xoxo-j

  4. Congrats! Such an exciting time! It’s crazy scary but knowing this is right for you will help along the way. I recently left my 9-5 to pursue photography and it’s been a big transition but something I know I’m meant to do. Make sure to be a great “boss” to yourself! It’s needed in this type of work 🙂

  5. CONGRATS MOLLY! What an exciting time! I know it can be scary, but working for yourself is the hardest and most rewarding work. I’m sure you will rock it in true Molly fashion. 🙂 Cheers!

  6. Amen! I am so happy for you and know exactly what you are talking about. Someone told me not too long ago that I will be doing my blog full time one day soon and I just looked at my friend like she was crazy. It is a lot to juggle working full time and blogging. I have a list of things I would love to do on my blog, but there isn’t enough time in the day when you work full time to create as much content as your heart desires. So, I am going to say a special prayer for your that all of your dreams come true! I’m sure many of them have already! Hugs and Kisses! Love,Desi

  7. I’m dreaming of this happening for me someday!! Congrats!! There’s something exciting and liberating about being your own boss. Can’t wait to hear about the new adventure and freelance projects. Have you ever thought about starting a business 101 series on the blog? Tips and tricks for people starting their own blog, how to handle collaborations, ads, paid posts, etc.

    hammerandheels.blogspot.com

  8. Wonderful news, Molly! Coming from someone who took the leap six months ago, I am sure to be one of your biggest encouragers. I can also say that you won’t look back! Stepping out on your own is a wonderfully exciting and rewarding change. So happy for you.

  9. molly, so many congrats to you. i’m hoping you’ll be able to do some sort of follow-up to the post where you talked about your semi-recent breakup. it would be so wonderful to hear about how you’re coping (and whether there are strategies you can share with those of us who aren’t as far along as you have come). your recent posts about your relationship ending were actually saving my sanity in part, so thank you so, so much.

  10. Congratulations and way to take the next step for you in your own career path!! I’m sure there are absolutely fantastic things that await!!

  11. Molly,

    Congratulations on the big change! This is also my last week at my current job. Any change is scary, but it gets us where we need to go!

    Good luck with the blog, I know it will do wonderfully!

  12. Molly,
    Congratulations on the WONDERFUL news! Cannot wait for all of the exciting and fabulous things ahead from APOT and beyond! xoxo

  13. Aw, Molly I am so, so happy for you! I know that it is going to be a big shift but you are so ready for it. I can’t wait to watch this next step for you and see what happens next! Onwards and upwards! xo

  14. omg I’m obsessed with Scandal and Olivia Pope! This is a really exciting change, but I can understand why you’d be nervous. As the great Dr. Seuss once said, “You’ve got brains in your head, you’ve got feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

  15. Oh my gosh! Congrats!! Any chance the company you were with is hiring for the position you left behind? I would love to become a Social Media Editor.

  16. Congratulations lady! I just recently made the jump to work for myself and it is scary and exciting and overwhelming and freeing all at the same time! If this blog is any indication of your talent and potential, there is no doubt that you’ll be a success in this next chapter! Congrats and good luck!

  17. I am SO excited for you!! Can’t wait to see/hear about all the great things you do 🙂 hopefully see you in NYC soon! Also, love the Scandal reference-except you can be a gladiator in your PJ’s if you want to now.

  18. Good luck for this new full-time blogger life! To change and go forward is something scary but exciting at the same time. I did a big change in my life a few months ago, new city, new country, new life, new home … I still have many things to fix but I definitely have no regret!!!

  19. hooray! so excited for you as you take on this new adventure! the transition from the routine of corporate life to creating my own freelance/working from home routine was far more challenging than i expected but the work is so fulfilling that it made it easier to manage. give yourself a few days off in between – you deserve it!

  20. Thank you so much for posting this. I recently did the same thing and feel it’s hard to talk with people about it because they have no concept of what it’s like to leave. It’s great to hear another successful young entrepreneurs point of view and inner struggles as well.

  21. SO SO SO exciting. I’m currently an intern preparing to be an actual employee with a steady paycheck, however, after planning my wedding (already with a Masters degree in Psychology) I realized “dayum, I love this”. Then I helped many friends and decorating my house and I thought, “oh no, I love this too much”, but alas I was way too deep into school and here I am working on my post-masters degree, blogging my days away wishing I knew how much I loved being creative and working with pretty before being buried in student loans. In other words GOOD FOR YOU and I hope someday I get to do the same 🙂

    Surrounded by Pretty

  22. Congrats Molly! Working for yourself is the most rewarding and fantastic opportunity, but it’s definitely a challenge. It’s harder to leave work “at work”, when it’d be easy to work at all hours of the day or while you’re watching tv at night. A balance I’m still working on. Can’t wait to see where it takes you! xx

  23. That’s awesome, Molly! Good for you. I’m only running a small blog, and even I can relate to what you said about it being a full-time job. The writing, the photography, the photo editing, etc…it honestly takes up such a huge chunk of time, it does feel like a second (albeit, fun) job. So if you’re able to stop working in the corporate world and do this + freelance, then I don’t blame you for going for it! It sounds like you have some interesting projects in the works, and congratulations on growing the blog enough that you can have it as a job. You’re an inspiration and I can’t wait to see how it works out for you.

  24. Congrats on this new chapter! Your “job hopping” path sounds very similar to what I’ve done the past 4 years since graduating. I am actually pretty envious you will get to work from home! It will be so nice to set your own schedule and goals. (No Dallas commute: bonus!)I’m looking forward to reading more about your journey and maybe get some ideas for my own career path! 🙂

  25. Good luck with everything, I’m sure you will do great – things always work out, when people take a leap of faith and go for what they love 🙂

    I’m currently and intern FIGHTING to get A job – so a 9-5 sounds perfect for me at the moment! Let’s hope we both end up very, very happy – even more so, than now 🙂

    Renate from thecuriousklutz.blogspot.dk

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