Real Talk: Overcoming Career Unhappiness
So recently, I decided to leave my full time job in New York to "figure it out". Those were my exact words, I couldn't even come up with an elaborate excuse to justify the ultimate no-no of quitting a job with out another one. I just became incredibly unhappy with where my career was going and it was effecting everything around me. I dreaded getting up every morning, commuting two hours to and from my office, and getting home extremely late only to do it all over again the next day. I had no time for my fiancé, friends, and family. Zero work-life balance. I finally came to terms with the fact I couldn't continue down the career path I was going, it no longer suited me anymore.
It's interesting going through this because since I was a little girl all I've ever wanted to do was work in the Fashion Industry and live in New York City. Seriously, that's always been the goal and there was no alternative. Sign, sealed, delivered (cue Stevie Wonder) this industry was where I needed to be. I started a fashion club in high school and took pre-college courses at both FIT and Parsons. Looking back, I was such a nerd, but I couldn't have been more determined to experience life in the big city!
I went on to study Fashion Merchandising at LIM College (great school!) and experienced almost every facet of the industry I could while interning. I've had the opportunity to see the glamorous side of the industry annnd of course the not so glamorous side. I was still hungry to learn more, so I forged full steam ahead into my professional career. Post graduation, a few years and a few merchandising jobs later, I realize there was a massive disconnect. I really loved fashion (and still do!) but I just wasn't excited or fulfilled with the jobs I had. Whether it was a bad boss or a role that wasn't exactly the right fit for me, I started to become increasingly unhappy.
"You can always turn time into money, but not the other way around"
I knew I had to make a drastic change in order to find fulfillment, so here I am honestly and wholeheartedly "figuring it out". Taking a step back from the hustle and bustle and working on passion projects has been so great. I recently read an article from Darling Magazine where they said "You can always turn time into money, but not the other way around". That truly struck a cord with me because it's so true, we can't ever buy back time. It's important to utilize the time you have as wisely as possible, and I'd rather take the time out now to than regret not doing it later.
This decision wasn't easy at all and I still freak out every now and again, but I know I made the right choice for myself. We only have one life to live and I believe you should be excited to jump out of bed every morning for a job! I'm allowing myself for the first time in a long time to just enjoy time. A few weeks ago I couldn't get anything accomplished in my personal life or with this blog. It's a blessing to get a great nights sleep, walk my pup, read a book, take a yoga class, blog, and spend time with family during this phase in my life. Blogging has been my saving grace, and I'm so happy I started this up a few years ago. Who knows maybe I can really make it a full time gig!
I'm not recommending that you up and quit your job if you're feeling how I was feeling. It's so important to have a back up plan or at least a solid savings account during a career transition. However, I DO recommend you taking the time to figure out what makes you happy in your life and career because it's so very important. Write down your passions and take small steps toward fulfilling them every day! I hope that by me sharing what I'm going through that it'll help you. The future possibilities are endless, and I'm hopeful that this experience will propel me towards the career I was always meant to have.