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I quit my job.

I quit my job

I didn’t know when I woke up last Friday that I was going to quit my job.

And then, just after noon, I did. I asked my boss to go for a walk. We sat on a sunny bench in the park near our studio, and I told her:

I don’t want to do this anymore.

I don’t want to spend 80% of my time doing things that I hate doing, that sap my energy, that I’m not particularly good at, and only 20% (if I’m lucky) doing the things I love and am good at.

I didn’t go tens of thousands of dollars into debt getting my master’s degree to be a sad cliché who is miserable at work, who spends Sundays plagued by The Dread.

Don’t get me wrong — there are elements of my job that I love. There are moments, days — weeks even — when I feel great about what I do. And those are the moments that I want to stretch out and build into a career.

I spent (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend with a roomful of people who have done exactly that: built careers out of what they love doing. They were storytellers — not just people who have bought into the marketing buzz around storytelling, but people who have made a living telling stories. And I could — can — do that too.

So I quit my safe, secure, well-paying job. I’m giving up fortnightly pay cheques to venture into the terrifying, exciting unknown and make a go of it as a freelancer.

Wish me luck.

Stay tuned for more stories about this new adventure.

P.S. A couple of posts/articles that influenced my leap of faith: Here’s Why the Freelance Economy is on the Rise (Fast Company) | Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (Raptitude) | The Mobile Workspace (Micro-Documentaries Blog)

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16 Comments

  • Reply Theresa November 1, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    You’re brave, and it’s wonderful. Can’t wait to follow on your new journey!

    • Reply Chelsea Tells Stories November 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Thanks, T. I’ve been hearing a lot of ‘brave.’ Makes me think it’s a bigger leap than I thought! Haha.

      The bright side is, hopefully I will be seeing you Down Under in 2016! *fingers crossed emoji*

  • Reply Theresa November 1, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    You’re brave, and it’s wonderful. Can’t wait to follow on your new journey!

    • Reply Chelsea Tells Stories November 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Thanks, T. I’ve been hearing a lot of ‘brave.’ Makes me think it’s a bigger leap than I thought! Haha.

      The bright side is, hopefully I will be seeing you Down Under in 2016! *fingers crossed emoji*

  • Reply West Coast Blog Girl November 4, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Good luck!! Happiness is way more important than a comfy bank account.

    • Reply Chelsea Tells Stories November 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Thank you. I’ll tell the Student Loan collection people that when they call 😉

  • Reply West Coast Blog Girl November 4, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Good luck!! Happiness is way more important than a comfy bank account.

    • Reply Chelsea Tells Stories November 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Thank you. I’ll tell the Student Loan collection people that when they call 😉

  • Reply Tri Wahyu November 7, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Good luck for you. I hope you find your happiness out there.

  • Reply Tri Wahyu November 7, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Good luck for you. I hope you find your happiness out there.

  • Reply Taryn January 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I’m definitely excited to follow your journey. I’m from Toronto Canada and I have been considering quitting my job in March to travel to Thailand and Australia. I can’t help but feel like there is so much more I want to experience in life then sitting in front of a computer 5 days a week. I wish you all the best!

    • Reply Chelsea Tells Stories January 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Hey Taryn. Thanks so much. I obviously I don’t know about your precise circumstances, but I highly recommend forgoing the 9-to-5 grind for travel any time you can. And both those places are amazing and well worth sacrificing the steady pay cheque. Good luck!

  • Reply Taryn January 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I’m definitely excited to follow your journey. I’m from Toronto Canada and I have been considering quitting my job in March to travel to Thailand and Australia. I can’t help but feel like there is so much more I want to experience in life then sitting in front of a computer 5 days a week. I wish you all the best!

    • Reply Chelsea Tells Stories January 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Hey Taryn. Thanks so much. I obviously I don’t know about your precise circumstances, but I highly recommend forgoing the 9-to-5 grind for travel any time you can. And both those places are amazing and well worth sacrificing the steady pay cheque. Good luck!

  • Reply Ynah (@iamyns) March 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I just did the exact same thing early last month. It’s a terrifying thing to do knowing that I have a ton of bills to pay, but it’s exciting at the same time. I’m thinking about the possibility of doing some freelance as well for the moment, but I’m just keeping my options open. Good luck! 🙂

  • Reply Ynah (@iamyns) March 2, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I just did the exact same thing early last month. It’s a terrifying thing to do knowing that I have a ton of bills to pay, but it’s exciting at the same time. I’m thinking about the possibility of doing some freelance as well for the moment, but I’m just keeping my options open. Good luck! 🙂

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