I always read about young women like myself who quit their jobs to travel the world or start their own business. The thought of it always seemed daunting and unachievable for me as I’m a type A who thrives on certainty – a laughable concept for entrepreneurs. Luckily for me, I had previously worked for a successful female entrepreneur and witnessed firsthand the success that comes with hard work and determination. I’ve always been hard working and I’m über driven, so all I needed was motive to make the jump.
Luckily for me (the irony), I had been pretty miserable at my old job for quite some time. I loved the work I did and the clients I worked with, but not so much the person I worked for. For the last 6 months of 2016, I was feeling very used at work – having to carry on the weight of the business and feeling like my boss didn’t care much for it as he worked on other ventures. I was angry a lot, always asking myself why I’m running someone else’s business and not my own. Many will read this and think it was about the money, but not at all. I was more so just craving the happiness and excitement I once had when getting up for work in the morning. I had lost my work-life balance because having to do the job of 3 people meant leaving the office and going home to continue working so I wouldn’t fall behind. I even stopped blogging entirely as I no longer had extra energy nor time to work on it “after work”. A lot of people will laugh at me for saying that, but I stopped feeling like The Fancy Nancy. Fancy Nancy is really who I am and everything I showcase on the blog or my social channels are just me. And not being able to live a life full of colourful moments because I was always drained was taking a toll on me.
In November, I made the decision that I would leave my job in 2017 and work for myself. For every ounce of fear I felt, there was more determination. I prayed about it and God came through by re-introducing me to someone who is basically heaven sent. By December I had already started putting my plans in motion. I read every article I could find about going freelance, financial advice for contractors, and everything else under the sun. I continued to pray about it and God kept showing me new things every day.
Come end of December, I finalized my plans. I wanted to ensure that I wouldn’t have to run to my parents or find another job after going freelance so I PLANNED a lot (more blog posts to come about my planning process). January finally came and I was getting increasingly nervous about my resignation. I ended up just praying about it and mustered up the courage to cut the cord. Once I did it, I felt instantly liberated. I’m very proud of myself for taking a plunge many will deem crazy and irresponsible. With God on my side, I gained an amazing client who flew me to Thailand to work on a cookbook and Marketing/PR strategies. I’ve been here since January 25 and it’s truly a dream. Though I miss my amazing co-workers and clients, I can’t help but smile at my progress and be excited for the future.
I’m excited to get back to blogging and developing this platform to inspire many women to follow their bliss. I made this plunge not only for me, but for my little sisters who look up to me. I wanted to show them that women can be tough as nails and become successful entrepreneurs while having a great work-life balance. So cheers to me, and to all my loved ones who have been nothing but supportive during this transition, I’m truly blessed to have them in my life. I also want to thank my readers who kept in touch via social media, I’m extremely grateful.