Take the Leap
I am about to make a big transition in my life. In so many ways, I'm unprepared. So often we're told to be fully prepared before making major decisions -plan for your future, save your money, wait for the right time. The last few weeks have been pretty exciting and unexpected and have lead me to this: I quit my day job. If you remember, this was one of my 2013 wishes, but to be perfectly honest, I didn't think it would happen this soon, if at all. In my mind, I'd make the leap into freelancing once I had a stack of money saved up, and perhaps a few more steady clients under my belt for added security. But as recent circumstances unraveled, it became apparent to me that I had to make a choice, fast. I am a chronic overdoer, and it's really hard for me to take a step back from anything. I'm passionate about so many things, enamored with so many ideas, and I want to do them all, and often I'm delusional enough to think I can. However, I was really starting to push my limits and my mental capacity was suffering: simple things like cutting an apple felt too complicated, and that's when I knew it was time to make some changes.
The thing is, there's never a perfect time to start anything, and that couldn't be truer than now. This economy makes the world a scary place, but I also think it's liberating. It's natural to cling to this idea of stability during these times, and hold onto what we think is safest. But experience tells me that no job is safe or stable, no matter how successful the company is. That is why there is no better time to dig your heels into the ground and create your dream job or pursue whatever it is you love most. Certainly there is the possibility for failure, but there is also opportunity for incredible growth, and the life you want.
If there is a hunger inside of you, feed it with what you love.
So, with that, my dreams of being a full time freelancer have come true, and I still have not fully processed that fact yet. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't absolutely terrified, but I sure as hell am ready. Here goes!