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