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I Quit My 9-5!

You guys. I did it. I quit my 9-5. Or whatever you want to call it. For the past 6.5 years, I’ve been working part-time at a job that was a blessing in many ways, but quickly became a curse in many more ways.

In the beginning, I was just a 20-year-old girl who moved into her first apartment. I now had bills and responsibilities and it was time for me to take the leap and become an adult. That meant saying goodbye to my summer seasonal jobs and learning to manage my time enough to work part-time while going to school.

At first, it felt good. It was exciting to go to work every day and have my own steady income. That lasted maybe a year or so. Once I figured out I wanted to run my own photography business, I found it difficult to juggle school, business, and a job. But I made it work for 4 years. Not necessarily because I had to, but because having a steady income became my safety net and it was too terrifying to break free.

And then just before graduating college, an amazing opportunity fell into my lap. An entrepreneur friend of mine asked me to join her small, but mighty, team of virtual assistants. A chance to get to work with women full of passion and badassery. Uhm, I thought about it for like 30 seconds and just knew I couldn’t pass this one up. I said yes and it’s been my third source of income ever since. Well, that is until today.

I’ve spent a lot of these past few years juggling and I’m sure my life will always be somewhat of a juggling act, but today it feels so good – SO freeing – to say that for now, all I have to juggle is successfully running my photography business and blog while sort of killing it at this whole virtual assistant thing.

Have you been finding yourself terrified to cut the cord and break away from that job that sucks the life out of you? I say fear no more and just DO IT. I promise, you won’t regret it. And I promise, you may think it’s keeping you afloat, but you’ll discover that ending that chapter can only help you move forward.

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