The day after St. Patrick’s Day, most employees are quite hungover. TRUTH!
However, Fridays in general, going to the office is quite a bittersweet experience, at least from what I remember. On one hand, you know you are about to taste the sweet nectar of liberty despite the fact that you’ve woken up with a headache that even Advil can’t cure. Then there are those moments before the small hand hits five, where it becomes the most dreadful of minutes. Suddenly though, it’s time to go home, you slap on your smile, you shut down and make your exit.
Two and a half days later, the suffering repeats.
Fridays were usually the days where I felt quite empowered to quit. Feeling like king of the world, I wanted to take matters into my own hands and give myself the well-deserved long break from the routine and craze called work. But, then I realized that the bills had to get paid and fear usually set in.
Looking at all this in retrospect, work should not have to be dreadful. But, it’s very difficult for me to hear my Monday morning LYFT passengers spewing with negativity in the back seat of my car. I try to smile and tell them that in no time the week will be over. And…it does! Why not find joy in the work you do, even in the one you are currently not happy with and want to quit?
When I quit my job six months ago, I wasn’t fully aware of all the sacrifices I had to make. For example, I let go of a secure monthly income, health benefits, a retirement plan and all that good stuff that comes with being an adult. Once I went through my vacation payout, that was it! Then you ask yourself, “now what?” 6 months later, somehow it’s been working out, but not easily so.
I constantly get messages from friends and followers on social media asking me how am I able to afford this lifestyle of traveling, yoga, etc. . . Well, right about now, I’m not. My days might seem to be free of stress and worry, but that is because I have trained my mind to NOT worry. Anxiety of the unknown does not serve me. The fact that I no longer have an adult job at a reputable organization is NOT harming my ego. We grow up with the idea that we have to have a certain role in a certain type of profession to appear to be successful as a certain type of boss.
Instead, I am investing my time and energy on a project (or what started as a side hustle for lack of better term) that I truly have vision in. Quite frankly, success is relative.
As I go from one side of town to another for private yoga sessions, school substitution gigs and settle down at a cafe to do some writing, I truly believe that this IS what I’m meant to be doing now.
Do I have more time than I used to in my jobs? Yes!
Am I working 40 hours a week? I’m probably working about 50 some weeks (including Saturdays and Sundays), but 20 other weeks.
I’m constantly thinking and being creative on how to manage multiple projects at the same time, but taking the time whenever I need to, to not exhaust myself and give up on what I truly believe in. Any freelancer would tell you that there are definitely days and weeks where you’ll feel unmotivated and long the days of the stability of the 9-5. But then, we have that leisure time that we do not need to ask permission to take. I take those times to regroup, reenergize and get back on my feet.
Currently, I have side-side hustles to make sure the bills are paid and I’m still able to have my $5 cup of coffee to nourish my worldly cravings. For example, I’ve been renting out my place on AirBnb, giving up my comfort and grounding, which I appreciate a lot. Nonetheless, it’s still a whole bunch of cleaning and mopping and giving up my space.
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I’m also going all over town during free times taking people out to their dinner reservations and bar hops, meanwhile yearning to be out and about checking out the newest trendy spot and gin & tonic mix.
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So, why shouldn’t you quit your job on a Friday to make your dreams come true. Well, you SHOULD as long as you have considered a few things:
Are you willing to give up a few luxuries and material goods? I haven’t bought a single piece of clothing since last summer. Yup, I said it. Thankfully, my mom buys me a shirt or two, cause she doesn’t want to see me in my shabby last-season outfit.
On days where you feel like you’re failing, what tools do you have to get you back on track? I use meditation and yoga to recenter.
Do you have a support system? It is of course nice to have a financial support system, but most important an emotional support and a network of good friends who got your back. I am grateful to have family and friends like family, who always tell me that this will work out.
Do you have faith in yourself and what you are doing?
Are you willing to sacrifice a lot and lose almost all expectation of outcome? What I’ve done is really give it my all day-by-day and not really expect any end-product. Of course there is a goal, but it is not the motivating factor. What motivates me that I am living my true purpose and I’m doing something that makes me super happy.
Follow your dreams and money will follow. . .
But, remember it’s not always fun and games