Hungry for something different? Working for a corporate company is awesome, but are you giving life to other people's dreams? I am so anti-corporate it's unbelievable. I question myself a lot. Why do I hate corporations? Why do I love the ma n' pop shops? I think it's the whole numbers thing. You are marked not as a person, but as a number. I believe that is why large companies offer benefits, 401K's and paid vacations, without them, you would not last. The 40+ hour weeks are so soul sucking. I've tried the corporate life a few times. The longest I've lasted is 8 months, praying I make it to a whole year. It looks good on a resume, right? That's what we've been told our whole lives. "Build your resume, stay at a company longer than you want because it's what employer's want to see. It doesn't matter if you are happy, stay because it looks good."
Right out of college I worked for Clear Channel Communications as a TV Sales Assistant. It was the most miserable 8 months of my life. I worked with two men. One in his sixties, one in his thirties. No one tried to get to know me. It was the same thing day in and day out. At 5pm every day I rode the bus home thinking about how sad I was and how I couldn't do this for my whole life. Is this why I went to college? I remember a lot of Lean Cuisines and walks around the busy downtown area. Trips to Starbucks were the highlight of my day. I felt like such an impostor in those hideous corporate clothes. I imagined myself quitting almost daily, but tried to make it work because I was lucky to have a job. I think my salary started at $28,000. I quit, became a nanny, made more money and saved up $10,000 to teach English in Thailand. And that is where my adventure begins. The adventure when you follow your heart and stop listening to other people. I had a boyfriend, loved the kids I nannied, but this thing inside of me got louder and louder. When I returned home I knew I could build something better for myself.
I traded in my slacks and blouses for a lifetime in comfortable yoga/athletic gear. There was no looking back. Full steam ahead.
Do you have the same thought every day? You know the one, it speaks loudly. Something inside you saying enough is enough. It sounds like this, "Do it. Please. I am dying." I got to a point where I looked past money. Ya, it'd be awesome to make more money, but no amount of money is worth freedom.
Take the ride. Take the leap. If not now, when? What is stopping you? Forget the obligations. It will work out if you give 100% commitment to change. Connect with the right people. People close to you watch you struggle with the maybe's and when you choose your destiny, those people cheer you on and give you support!
Save your soul. Nurture your dreams. Grow. Change. Do your thang and don't apologize for it.