My name is Isobel. Like many of you, I've been working hard since I graduated towards my career goals. In my 20's it seemed so important, but as I got closer and closer to my goal, I felt less and less like me. On Friday, I gave it up in the hopes of connecting back to my path. I spent the last 3 years living in New York, working at a huge teen clothing retailer as a design director. My job was well-paid, I had amazing benefits and an awesome team. So, in a sense, what I'm doing right now isn't really rational or grown-up (I should be buying a condo and having babies right now). But the corporate life felt inauthentic.
I know I am so privileged to be able to make this leap. That our country is in the middle of a recession, that people are struggling to make ends meet, and indeed even being born in the first world is an incredible blessing. I don't take it lightly. That's part of the reason that I want to share this experience with people... to show the fear, the trepidation, the excitement, the exploration, and to hopefully show that it is possible and that it does make a sort of illogical logic.
I'm not going to be talking about money on this blog. For me, this was the biggest road block to quitting, and I gave myself so many 'grown-up' excused for why it was stupid to walk away from a well-paying job. My situation is unique to me, as yours will be to you. I am more interested in exploring the great white canvas that is life when you take away your barriers and work out what it is you want to make, do, and be.
I hope you'll come with me on this journey.