Leaving The Corporate World: Life After Quitting My Job

8 months ago, I made the risky decision of quitting a stable job. I plunged into the unknown. But funny enough, that is when my life finally started. 

When I quit my job, I had this big dream of being a successful freelancer and blogger, all while working in the comfort of my home. It still my dream but I am now starting to realize that it might take me longer than expected. 

Being self-employed isn’t all rainbows.

I was preparing myself for the harsh reality of being self-employed but you really won’t know how it feels until you are in that position. In the first few months I quit my job, I was lost. I did not know where to begin. I was not even sure how to start. 

I am definitely still feeling pressure on some moments, I am not going to lie. I think about my friends who are happy with their jobs and getting promotions. I think about what others will think of me knowing that I am practically starting from scratch. 

But unlike before, those pressure does not get me down anymore. I am not discouraged to do what I do. Instead, I use it as a fuel to move forward and to achieve more things. 

I know I have so much to achieve.

But it is exciting.

Yes, I have this big end goal for my career but I still don’t know what the universe has in store for me. I just sit in front of my computer feeling anxious, unsure, and exhilarated

One of the reasons why I left my job is because my way of living became this predictable, boring routine. I hated that I felt like I became stagnant and had no more room to grow. Fast forward to when I left, and I am actually looking forward to each day. I am looking forward to new skills I will learn and new knowledge I will discover. I was excited to make myself grow while moving at my own pace.

I have learned so much more. 

Because I have more time, freedom, and flexibility in my hands, I began to enroll in various online classes. Some of which I have no idea about (who knew brewing coffee has such a rigorous process?!), and some which further harnesses my skills. 

Because I am getting to learn and discover a lot of new knowledge, I began to appreciate things so much more.

I realized that there is a whole plethora of learnings out there that I cannot wait to explore.  I realized that the skills I have now may not be at its best, but I proudly acknowledge that I have so much room in me to grow.  I began to appreciate even the littlest random fact I find online. I appreciate even more the successful people who have built their empire from the ground up and yet they are still striving for innovations. And I appreciate the people who are like me – who are just starting out, unsure, but driven.

I became more responsible.

Because I have no one but myself, I have learned to take responsibility for every action and decision I make. Everything I do onwards is all down to me. I do not have coworkers to catch my fall nor a boss to give me validation for my work. I have no one to blame nor praise but me. 

And with all that, doors for opportunities opened. 

Because I can finally do what I am passionate about, I am now more eager to start and end my work. My to-do list is packed but I make sure that everything is crossed off at the end of the day. I was producing content day and night all the while doing administrative duties, marketing strategies, and technical maintenance. 

And hard work does pay off. 

 

I now have people coming to me to ask for my writing services. Kronicles is gaining a larger community and readership as the days go by. I get messages on my inbox of people showing their appreciation for my craft. I am reaching a global audience which completely blows my mind—people from all over the world are reading my words! 

I am getting recognition for doing what I love and believe in. And that itself trumps every doubt and fear I have from moving forward. 

8 months ago, I stepped out of my comfort bubble to discover what the unknown has to offer me. And fast forward… I am so much better now.

Key Takeaways

  • Quitting your job with no solid plan in hand will leave you overwhelmed and sometimes lost. But be ready for surprises and discoveries because I assure you that there will be. Your life has just begun. 
  • Welcome new opportunities be it small or big. You need to start somewhere. 
  • Harness the skills you have now. Be the best at your craft. After that is done, learn something new. Never stop learning.
  • Give it a little time. Your hard work will pay off.  

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Krisy started Kronicles with the aim to inspire and empower. If she is not motivating people through her written words, she's either pretending she doesn't have social anxiety, petting random dogs, or watching the sunset.

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27 Comments
  • Emman Damian
    October 5, 2019

    It’s difficult to leave your job without a back up option. For me, the most important thing is discipline and also preparedness. I hope that it’s a lesson for everyone. Great tips!

    • Krisy
      October 6, 2019

      That is true! Thank you for reading, Emman!

  • Cherishingflo
    October 6, 2019

    I recently quit my job for similar reasons and it is sooo scary but in the best way possible. Love this! You’re well on your way to living the life girl! I’m going to subscribe and look forward to seeing you on your journey!

    • Krisy
      October 6, 2019

      Aaaaaahhh, thank you so much! <3 Good luck to us!

  • Bill Sweeney
    October 6, 2019

    A lot of the things you mentioned I know from friends who made the jump to self-employment felt the same way. As long as you keep pushing forward, things will go in your favor.

    • Krisy
      October 6, 2019

      It truly does. And I’m happy for your friends for making the jump!

  • Sarah Emery
    October 6, 2019

    Yes! I love this. Everything resonates with me. Being self employed is a whole new adventure and cheers to you for stepping out from the mundane and routine.

    • Krisy
      October 6, 2019

      Cheers to us, Sarah!

  • Emily zielinski
    October 6, 2019

    wow, that was incredibly brave of you to quit your job and follow your dreams. very inspirational, i hope it works out well for you 🙂

    • Krisy
      October 7, 2019

      It’s going well so far! Thank you so much for reading!

  • Kelly Martin
    October 7, 2019

    I really like your honesty. It definitely takes courage to quit your job and blog full time.

    • Krisy
      October 7, 2019

      Thank you so much!

  • Stephen
    October 7, 2019

    I’ve been self-employed for 7 years now so I relate to alot of this post. Yes, it is always all rainbows., But it is worth it.

    • Krisy
      October 7, 2019

      I would love to know about your experiences! Or any advice you can give! And yes, it is definitely worth it!

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael
    October 7, 2019

    Hhhaaaaaaa….your life is quite similar to mine only that I didn’t have a full-time job. All I had was my blog and passion! And yeah, here we are….with over 260 blog posts published, so many more written and 3 years of doing this.

    • Krisy
      October 7, 2019

      260 blog posts wow! I’m so happy that you have found what you’re passionate about. Keep on inspiring!

  • Paula Schuck
    October 7, 2019

    I’ve been self employed for so long that I have forgotten any other way right now. It is not without challenges but there are many upsides to it as well.

    • Krisy
      October 7, 2019

      Truly! 🙌🏼

  • joy
    October 7, 2019

    kristy so glad things worked out for you! i am disabled and trying to see how i can make money off my blog so i applaud you for your hard work paying off.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    • Krisy
      October 7, 2019

      You got this, girl!

  • Rosey
    October 8, 2019

    Congrats to you on having the courage to run your dream for your job. I tried to self-sustain by being self-employed but failed at it, and am back to 9 to 5 so I admire that you made it.

  • Melanie williams
    October 8, 2019

    I hear you on all of this! Good on you. so much better being independent and I am sure you will go far x

    • Krisy
      October 9, 2019

      Thank you so much!

  • Autumn Murray
    October 8, 2019

    Never stop learning is definitely the key to continued success! All great advice.

    • Krisy
      October 9, 2019

      Yes! Thank you for reading!

  • Daria
    October 27, 2019

    Firstly, well done for embracing the challenge and not giving up 🙂 Really like your post and the lessons you’ve shared. My blogging is a hobby at the moment, definitely not a job that pays but I can relate to everything you’ve written. I left my permanent job 7 years ago, and have been through so much it’s nuts (I’m an IT consultant). But as you say, you learn a lot, you are in control of what happens each day – this freedom is quite exhilarating 🙂 Couldn’t agree more on saying Yes to something even if it scares you or the opportunity doesn’t seem grand enough. And never ever stop learning 🙂

    • Krisy
      October 27, 2019

      Thank you so much for reading! And thanks for sharing your story as well. Here’s to us!

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