It’s been 8 months since I quit my job! If you are just getting in on the story, no I did not have a job lined up before leaving! To date, it was the best decision I have ever made! But let me be a little more frank, this shit is not for the weak! It’s a life changing experience that requires disciple, focus, faith, planning and consistency! I won’t say it was the smartest choice, but I chose my mental health over everything my last job had to offer.
To quit my job, I had to prepare for the months ahead. I had to take a deeper look at my monthly expenses, do a self check, and get my life right because shit was about to get real. My main priority at the time was my mental health and making sure that I could handle the next phase of my life.
I will tell you this — you have to make sacrifices, you have to take chances, and you must keep the faith! Don’t get it twisted, emergencies happen! Life does give you lemons. Things don’t always go as planned. People will not always agree with you. Your faith is tested, but regardless of everything mentioned above – YOU MUST HAVE A PLAN and you will push through!
Things I Did to Prepare:
Stick To The Plan
Realistically, I did not have job lined up, but while I was working, I saved my money! I needed to prepare for the next 3 to 6 months. Now, you can project a time frame based on your needs. For a smoother transition, I stuck to a strict budget and did something for my heart, mind and soul.
Call Me Budget Baby
We never like to talk about it, but it’s the one thing that is hanging over 40% of our heads! The number one thing you want to eliminate or decrease is your DEBT! Yeah, the credit cards and loans have to go; start paying them off. In order to tackle my debt, I had to pick up a side hustle and double up on my payments each month.
I made a list of all my expenses with estimates for rent, utilities, savings, and groceries. I also reviewed bills and expenses from the previous months to compare and contrast to make sure I had enough cushion for influx. Once I had my total estimates, I multiplied that total by 3 months, 6 months, and more to see what I needed to survive in case I didn’t find a job.
That total estimate scared me half to death and seemed impossible, but I didn’t let that deter me. Next, I checked my accounts to see if it was a possibility in such a short notice or if I needed to keep grinding until I had it. Based off my breakdown of expenses, savings, and other incomes, I was ready!
For The Heart, Mind & Soul
One of the many reasons I quit my 9 to 5 is because I didn’t love what I was doing day in and day out! I put so much time and energy into a job I strongly disliked. This time around, I wanted to make great use of my time. It was important for me to implement change and not make the same mistake, twice. Doing something for the heart and from the heart keeps life fun, refreshing, and makes you feel good on the inside. I found a love for being creative through writing, blogging and traveling.
While being out of the office, I needed to keep my mind sharp and on point! My preferred industry was constantly changing, and required me to do outside research on the latest trends, topics, and skills. But I needed an opportunity that would foster my transition from one career to another, keep me abreast of industry changes, help me fine-tune my skills and teach me new techniques to advance. I begin to work on special projects in public relations, sought internships, and took on paid gigs that challenged me.
I consider this last one a true gem! At the time, I needed healing, self-love, and peace of mind. I had to find something that would be good for my soul and me overall. To find an activity or to get an idea, I asked some of my closest friends when they are most peaceful, ways to increase self-love and self care practices. I needed to connect with God and put myself first. In the mist of my storms, I found beauty in living a life of purpose by being faith-filled and fear-free. I started meditating to release daily stresses and also praying for discipline, a vision, and purpose in life!
One Call That’s All
Making the initial call to my family and friends about quitting my job had my stomach in knots. So many thoughts went through my head and my heart was heavy, but I had to make the call. I knew they would have a million and one questions, but I wasn’t sure how they would react. It was time to let everyone know that I was closed for spiritual maintenance, quitting my job to pursue my passion and last, but not least requesting that they do not include my funds for big trips or plans until further notice. I had to hold myself accountable and be sure that nothing interfered with my budget.
My goal was to transition from corporate dropout to CEO! Yeah, I know that sounds outrageous, but that is what I want for me! It was time to take my side hustles more seriously and take things up a notch! I wanted to establish a brand that was reliable, resourceful, approachable, and cooperative. I needed to give myself a challenge, prove myself wrong and go for what I truly wanted. Before I knew it, I was reaching out to established entrepreneurs and picking their brains about what it takes to be your own boss, how they transitioned from a 9 to 5, and how to position myself in my preferred market. Here are a few things I did to assist in my rebranding process:
- Cleaned up my social media accounts.
- Brainstorming session.
- Created a blog.
- Established a mission statement.
- Made and purchased business cards.
- RSVP’d for events to improve speaking skills, expand my network and gain potential clients.
- Contacted PR Agencies to get opportunities to work red carpet events and premiers.
- Applied to internships.
As we all know, you can have a plan, but sometimes shit happens! Regardless, you won’t always see it coming, but you can prepare as much as possible. With anything you start or finish, have a plan in place so you can get through.
Let’s talk! When planning to make life changing decisions, how do you prepare?
I cannot wait to share with you everything I experienced in my next blog post. It’s authentic, intentional and really an eye opener. I’ll be back, soon! In the meantime, share, like, comment, and subscribe to join #FEARLESS4! A community for woman who want a faith-filled and fear-free life.