A little over a year ago I wrote a blog about ‘The Career Sweet Spot‘ and how it was OK not to feel the pressures of being a #GirlBoss or #BossBitch or whatever other terms marketers have brainstormed to sell mugs, notepads, books and posters (don’t get me wrong I believe in the message but working in PR has made me cynical about everything haha). I think this constant pressure to be busy and dominate your field is a great message for young women, however, this isn’t everything and if that’s not where your ambitions lie then there is nothing wrong with that. Success is different for everyone – some people what to start a family, travel and others want to be a #GirlBoss. So, within my old post I said I was happy being one of those people who didn’t feel the need to be a #GirlBoss, I felt successful in my career, I was happy at my company, I was travelling and in a relationship – my life wasn’t always perfect but it had a nice balance and I was happy.
Then I quit my job and went freelance – completely logical right? Becoming a freelancer wasn’t an easy decision and one I had thought about in passing but never something I would actually do. At the beginning of 2018 I felt unsettled about a number of things in my life (probably what they call a quarter-life crisis) and I knew I wanted to make some changes – not having a mortgage (this is one of the mythical things you see a couple of your lucky loved up friends from University get but a rare find due to the hostile market – thanks politics). So no mortgage, no children, no concrete life-altering things which stop me from making a big change, so I did it – I jumped in with both feet, handed in my notice and decided to embrace the freelance life.
I’ve been a freelancer for a year now and I won’t bore you with all of the details but its been great – it has its ups and downs, sometimes too much work and other times it can be slower, late invoices, being able to take a much holiday as you like, working on fun projects etc the list goes on and on. This blog isn’t about what freelance life is like (but I’m happy to write about that if anyone is interested), it was more about how plans and ambitions can change – I never planned to be my own boss and go out on my own, I don’t know whether that is because I wasn’t interested in at the time or because I was too scared to even think about it. Life is about timing and sometimes jumping into the unknown even if your unsure of the outcome is the best decision you can make, you’ll learn something either way I suppose.
I’m not sure there was a purpose to this blog, no clear conclusion but I just thought it was interesting and since I’ve not updated my blog is over a year it’s probably time.