As of last week, I’m no longer bound to a 9-to-5 schedule, pretending to care about paperwork and administration.
As of last week, I’m a full-time artist.
Life is AMAZING!
I mean, part of me had hoped to leave corporate life by quitting on my own terms (throwing up a peace sign on my way out of my boss’s office, letting her know I would rather make $0 and create art rather than continue to revolve my life around pushing paper) but I have to say that getting laid off has its perks. For starters if I had quit, I would have zero financial buffer for this transition, but now I have a bit of severance to cushion the financial blow.
As much as I didn’t expect my corporate life to end quite so abruptly, I am ready to dive in to the next chapter of my life… whatever the heck that’s going to look like…
And that’s really the next question. What will this new chapter look like?
I imagine a life without an alarm clock and to me it looks like lollypop light posts and streets made out of chocolate bars. Add a dash of getting to see my mom and puppy during the week and getting to be 100% myself at all times, and I can’t imagine anything better!
It’s apparently obvious to others too. I asked my husband if he’s noticed any changes in me since my last day at work, and he gave me an emphatic “YES!” – he went on to say that if he had known how different and happy I would be when untethered to my corporate job, he would have told me to quit working a year ago. He said he finally realized at least part of how much work weighed me down after seeing the lightness in my steps on the other side.
Sure, we want to have kids and this next chapter will bring its own challenges (I’m consciously choosing to not jump directly into another similar job, which would be so easy and come with so much less risk…and two people on one salary is a bit daunting!) but I’m so thankful for the opportunity to move forward into life after the financial services industry.
My 5-year-goal to be my own boss happened in only 4.5 years. A HUGE answered prayer.
Cheers to a new adventure!