In 2018 I hit my breaking point at work and made the decision to leave my corporate dream job. I put in my notice, with no solid plan for the future and a yearning to travel the world. At the time, I had no idea how I was going to even pay my mortgage the following month. What I did know is I needed to get out of the unfulfilling environment I was drowning in.
Imagine you are a clear glass of water, pure and clean. For every life event add a drop of color to the water. Over the years, we experience multiple jobs, bosses, deaths, marriages, births, homes, moves, new places, friends, happiness, sadness, and the list goes on and on. Over time glass of water becomes so cloudy you can’t even see through it. Also called "burnt-out."
My toxic environment became my way of life.....it was like being addicted to a drug that turned into my safety blanket because it was all I knew. Somehow, I felt safe in all the chaos that surrounded me. Quitting my job was the first step into recovery. Once I put in my notice, it was like a small weight lifted off of my shoulders. It felt right.
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before. —Albert Einstein
I started reflecting on how I ended up here and discovered I wasn’t alone. It was overwhelming how many people repeat their lives year to year. Every day I hit the alarm in the morning knowing today will be a repeat of yesterday and Friday is almost here.
87% of Americans have no passion for their jobs.
In the US, stress from work is estimated to be the fifth-biggest cause of death.
A quarter of Americans say work is their number one source of stress.
Nearly 60% say their jobs are making them insomniacs.
The majority of Americans don't even use all of their vacation days; there were 768 million unused days off in 2019 nationwide.
I don’t want to be one of these statistics anymore.
Sadly, all the statements above, resonated with me. How do I live with passion and pay my bills? How do I make the ongoing checklist in my head stop? What does it mean to live my best life? What am I even capable of? Is it possible to have true work life balance? How do I create an enviroment that organically empowers self care?
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. —Oscar Wilde