Deciding to quit your day job is no easy task. It turns out that having a steady paycheck, health insurance and a car allowance is quite comforting. It’s really easy to just snuggle up in that comfort blanket and find yourself still wrapped in it seven years later. I knew what I had to do, but let’s face it… I was just scared.
Mr. BEY and I would talk about it over and over, analyzing the pros and cons, running the numbers to see just how big of a risk we would be taking. Let me tell you, watching your budget get cut in half is no pretty picture. One second we’d be fully behind the idea and then later on we would be second guessing ourselves. We went through this teeter totter of emotions for a couple of days. One night while in bed, tossing and turning, praying and stressing, I decided that I would just go to sleep and see if I had reached a decision by the morning.
When I woke up the next morning, my stomach immediately twisted in knots. Oh gosh, today’s the day, today I’m either going to decide to quit or stay. As I brushed my teeth I just stared at myself in the mirror. I put the toothbrush down with foamy bubbles still on my lips and said to myself, “People don’t make things happen by being afraid.” It was almost like a command, a call to action. I immediately thought of Christopher Columbus (I know, don’t laugh, total random moment here). Do you think he was scared before he set sail in search of America? He thought he might sail off the edge of the Earth for crying out loud. Do you think he just sat there waiting for all the stars to align and all the obstacles to be moved from his path? – No. So I thought, if he could do that, I think I’ll survive quitting my day job. It kind of made my problems seem kind of small in the grand scheme of things.
So that’s what I did and here I am now, only 9 short working days left before I walk away from the corporate world. Is it scary? – Yes. Are there things that I’ll miss? – Certainly. But I have to stay focused on all there is to gain, how many wonderful things I’m looking forward to.
I found this quote after I gave my notice…
Thought it was just a tad freaky to see it was a quote by Christopher Columbus. I may just have to recreate this print for my new home office. It’s so inspiring and a great reminder of how his journey gave me the courage for my own.