Leaving my 9–5 in exchange for a more fulfilled life
The journey of life is one with many rollercoasters.
Over the past year, I have often times been very reflective on the person that I am, was, and who I am becoming. In just that one sentence alone, there is a lot to be said. Your past is what lays the foundation of your life. Your present molds and prepares you for your future. Your future awaits both the foundation and the mold, as long as you don’t keep repeating it.
As I reflected on my past, I looked back on all that I have learned both personally and professionaly. My schooling and career paths have taught me much about the business world, and the five people I hang around the most have helped to build me into the person that I am today. While proud of both aspects of how far I have come, I’ve always thought there was something missing in my life.
In life, it is important to understand that you have to do what is best for you, not what is best for other people. We have one life to live, and if we aren’t doing it correctly, we are suffering. One can only handle so much internal suffering before you feel like you’re in that elevator at the end of the Willy Wonka movie and you shatter through the glass ceiling.
My glass ceiling shattered a few weeks ago, and it was time to begin the next chapter of my life. While I’ve saved a pretty penny preparing for what’s next, I was unaware of just how fast the next chapter would get here, but I had to listen to what my mind and body was telling me. If you don’t take the time out to listen to your senses and ignore what your body is telling you, you will do a great deal of harm for your present and your future. Your mood will shift from positive to negative. Your life will suddenly become stagnant and you will feel as though you have no purpose.
Thankfuly, I listened to my body. I am none of those things.
Life moves on. Blissfuly.
While I look forward to the next chapter of my life, and still view it with a sense of uncertainty, I take pride in leaving my comfort zone behind. Within the comfort zone, we build walls. The walls we build keep us trapped from experiencing a life we were meant to truly enjoy!
The white elephant in the room.
I know by now there’s a white elephant in the room, and I wouldn’t be shocked to know that. By now, you’re asking yourself what I’ll do for an income while out of a 9–5 job.
While I’m not completely sure myself, I am confident in what lies ahead. It’s the first step of leaving your comfort zone. You must have confidence to and will power to just let go and be the person you were meant to become. Life does not stand still, and neither should you.
I’ve been hard at work on a number of projects in my life over the past few months, one of which is building up my own libations marketing and promotions company which specializes in wineries, breweries, distillieries, and restaurants. You can find more information about that at TheLocalLibationist.com and maybe we can even meet for a cocktail, or two!
I think we all too often forget that the world does not revolve around the dollar. The dollar revolves around us. Think about that for a moment. If you are doing what you love, you won’t even have to think about money. It will just come to you naturally. If you are not doing what you love, you’re CONSTANTLY thinking about money since it’s not coming as easily as you’d hope since you feel like you’re in such a rut.
Ruts are easy to get out of.
In studying the economy trends for the U.S. it should come as no surprise that our job market has shifted from a traditional mindset to one that is comprimised of gigs. In fact, the gig economy currently is the cosmetic makeup of 40% of the country as Americans continue to figure out we no longer need to be constricted by time rather by enjoyment and fulfillment in what we do as we continue to work on a work/life balance.
I’m excited for the next chapter of my life, truly. While I’m not sure where it will lead, I’m optomistic about the outcome because in life we can’t stand still.