I spent eight years busting my butt for my company, the company I strove to build a career with, and was committed to working for until my retirement! Shift happened! I decided it was time to be done with corporate constraints. I handed over “The Golden Handcuffs” as a co-worker liked to call it! I was a little afraid, but I was so ready to thrive in my life. It was time to let that piece of me go and to free up my time. I’ve always had a calling to work in a free-spirited capacity. My mom was also coming up on her 4th hip surgery, so I wanted to take the time to help my parents.
Be prepared, but don’t spend so much time getting prepared that you don’t ever take action on chasing your dreams while genuinely living! You can do both at the same time. I was ready. I had already worked with my husband sharing a health and wellness product we love as a side income for three years before my move out of the corporate life. I was eager to hit it head-on and detox from over 25 years in the corporate grind. Oh how I detoxed!
1. Be KIND to Yourself
Give yourself the time to let go. We often shape our identity as our career, and I most certainly had done exactly that. I was great at what I did, and letting go of that, as who I was, is still something I am working on.
I didn’t feel the immediate freedom that I thought I would. I had trouble sleeping at first, as my mind worried about the “things” I had handed over to my past employer. I had to remind myself that I didn’t need the company car or gas card. I didn’t understand why I struggled with not having my laptop, phone, and the endless supply of reporting to do, including emails to check every hour. It had been such a huge part of me! Fear of not having that income to rely on was also a huge factor, as was the tinge of angst about the impressive new hire they found to replace me. I know it sounds crazy. Of course they would replace me with someone great, and I wouldn’t want anything less. Yet, it still bothered me somehow. It was hard let-go!
I had to learn to be kind to myself, and I had to remind myself many times during the first month that I wanted this. It was my choice, and it was okay! It is so much better now, but I had to be gentle with myself during those first few months.
Let go! Meditate, pray, be grateful. I chose meditation and quiet time to journal at least twice a day. It was so helpful to sit with a journal in a calm place. I have a few spots on our property where I can do this and hear running water in the background. In the morning before everything starts, I write. Feeling gratitude and thanks, along with spending 10 minutes with my vision board were, and still are, pivotal in shifting my fear to a place of peace. At night I use meditation as a way to quiet my mind. Teaching myself a new way to be present has been such a reward in all of this. I had to permit myself to just BE, and train my mind to be present by using thought shifters to bring me back to the now, whenever I started to worry. It has been instrumental and life-changing.
3. Be grateful for what the job provided!
I began to shift my thinking and used my mind to replace the good things about the company with the bad things. I reminded myself of the reasons why I left, while also feeling grateful for the opportunities the job provided. I shifted my thinking and finally found peace with my decision. I chose to go, and I am so thankful for what I learned there, and for the relationships I developed from that period of my life.
4. Change your Uniform!
It was fun to box up the business clothes and trade them for Teva’s, flip-flops, athletic shoes and yoga pants. It felt rewarding and freeing. I love being able to wake up and do whatever I want with a clean face and wearing a pair of sweats! Not always having to be on-point and made-up has been fun and freeing!
5. Travel or get out in your community.
I immediately planned some fun trips. I went on a vacation to San Antonio with my grown girls, and a road trip with my youngest daughter through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas to pick up a friend, and then the three of us road tripped to Nebraska, through Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho and then back to Oregon. We hit National Parks, stayed in a haunted hotel, and saw so much beautiful countryside while meeting some amazing people. When I got home I started the camping trips, day trips to hike and to the lakes to kayak, bike riding, beach time, dessert time! We live in a fantastic country, and I finally had the opportunity to take advantage of seeing it!
My intent when leaving the whole corporate structure wasn’t to quit working it was to work as I decided to work, on the things that fuel my soul, not the time wasters! I already had things in place to work in a cloud based forum with Air B&B with our main home and the cloud based health and wellness line we have been sharing for over 3 years. I’m excited to also be a sub agent in the industry I worked in corporately and happy to now be ready to dive into that this fall and start seeing those accounts I love!
Life is such a blessing, make it a point not to spend so much time filling it with just work. Live and LOVE what you’re doing. You deserve it!