On this day, exactly one year ago, I took the biggest leap of faith I have ever taken before. I quit my job. It was the most frightening, liberating, insanely nerve wrecking thing I have ever done, but it ultimately turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I was consumed by the security, and fast money that having a job offered as well as not burning bridges with bosses who loved me. I knew if I hated freelancing, things would never be the same, I couldn’t get my old job back. I pushed through my nervousness and after 2 years of contemplating moving on, I put in my 2 week’s notice.
I will say, it was the most terrifying experience, being as though I was once a people pleaser and I actually enjoyed my 9-5 and loved my coworkers. None of that compared to being a dream chaser. I knew I could never get anywhere holding on to “what if’s.” It’s true, I quit my job on March 20, 2013 to follow my dreams. Without knowing how I would pay bills, survive, and still maintain an okay lifestyle, I quit. I quit with merely a few hundred put back, and it was the best decision of my life.
One thing’s for sure, it wasn’t easy. Anything worth having doesn’t come easy. I spent several weeks wondering if I made the right decision. Some days were good; I felt like I was accomplishing things I could never accomplish with a regular 9-5, but the bad days, were awful! In all honesty I don’t know how I did it but I will say this:
In all of my days of working and providing for myself, I felt empty, dissatisfied, like I never had enough. It wasn’t until I had nothing that I knew what having everything was. I would find happiness in little things that money could never buy, like quiet thinking moments, a good conversation, God, enjoying simple things… it sounds really cliche, but I finally saw God, because I took time to stop ‘hustling’ and found the space where everything was still. For some odd reason, when I quit my job, I never went without. Not once did I miss a meal, get behind on bills or stress over money… I was always taken care of. I never had to ask for anything, God always provided. I always had some random opportunity come my way, which allowed great connections, investments and more. It was almost equivalent to me working, except I actually had time to pursue my dreams.
I’ve learned that dream chasing is only built for the tough. It can be difficult and require a lot of endurance; It can even be extremely expensive and time consuming. You have to be ready for the all of the no’s you may hear and even the doors slamming in your face, but don’t let it stop you. If anyone tells you no, they are wrong. There’s never a NO moment, maybe a different route to get there, but NO is never an option. I’ve learned that anytime a situation gets terribly tough, don’t give up because it’s usually the final test right before you gain an amazing opportunity or reward. If you give up too soon, you’ll never know what you could have had. Don’t be afraid of your dreams, they are given to you with purpose, you just have to actually be one of the few to ignore the noise and what society thinks of you and go for it.
I’m amazed by the power in pursuing your dreams. Though it takes a lot of hard work, in just one year of quitting my job, I’ve become a business owner, a full-time blogger, a contributing writer for 2 magazines, and I’ve freelanced working for 3 major corporations in NYC all while connecting with key figures throughout the media industry. I’m not saying any of this to brag, but I am saying it to positively influence you. To simply let you know, It is possible. I’ve learned that all you have to do is open yourself up enough to be used for greatness and the universe will allow just that to happen. So many people say they are ready to pursue their dreams, but they aren’t positioning themselves to be a dream chaser. Pursuing your dreams takes sacrifice. It’s impossible to tell the universe you are ready to be used but you’re still balancing 15 other things that you aren’t passionate about. If I can offer any advice… Let go of the things that have you held hostage and pursue passion. Find whatever it is that you are extremely passionate about and go for it –it will lead you to endless possibilities and you will find so much joy in it. Remember its not always about the money, pursue happiness.
1 year down –many many more to go.
Xo, Triena, A Dream Chaser