“Where do you want to be in five years time?”
Um.. In Italy grape stomping while learning traditional wine making methods from a Nona… Sailing the seas of Croatia… twisting and curving through a white powdered forest in Japan on a snowboard… sampling truffles in Belgium…
The click of the door opening as another hurried colleague storms into the office, phone to ear as they quoted data from a spreadsheet in their other hand brings me back to reality.
My gaze lingers on my boss’s boss’s face as they peered at me, expectantly awaiting my response.
I knew the answer they wanted. I did well on meeting my KPIs, MORs, SHAREs and whatever other evaluation system they had used to painstakingly quantify my performance in order to better compare me to others.
Straight out of university I did the expected thing any respectable young woman of my age who wants a future would do. I got a good paying, full time job with the opportunity to climb the corporate ladder.
Six months in and I already hated it. The responses I got from friends and family who I felt safe discussing this with all looked at me with shocked, incredulous expressions.
“You’re so lucky!”, “Do you know how many people would kill for a job like yours?”, “You earn so much money, why would you quit?”, “Stick it out and in 5 years time….”
“The trouble is, you think you have time…” – The Buddha
This was all true. Not many people graduate university and get six figures their first year. Not many people get the benefits, the security, the workplace conditions, blah de blah… You get it. It was a great gig.
But I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t fulfilled. I wasn’t living the life I had envisioned for myself. Yes I had all those things, but what was I sacrificing for all that?
I was working 80+ hours a week, on the weekends, living on site away from home. I saw my loved ones once a week if I was lucky and even then I was too tired to care.
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.” – Ellen Goodman
The thing is, I didn’t want any of that. I wanted time and freedom. Not money. So a radical plan was hatched. One where I was going to do the unthinkable.
It was time to quit my day job. And I did.
But that’s enough about me. More importantly, what does all this mean for you guys?
Well, one of the many things that make me happy is my love of food! My love for animals! My love for veganism! But most importantly, my love for sharing my knowledge with you guys.
Not having a day job gives me more time and freedom to…
- Write weekly blog posts.
- Create delicious vegan meals for everyone.
- Answer any and all questions regarding a vegan lifestyle.
- Become more involved with a community that helps each other.
- Provide personalised information to empower people to achieve their goals.
So stick around for the adventure because things are seriously about to ramp up!
I also want to leave on this quote which was another one that repeatedly ran through my head during this volatile time in my life.
“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like” – Dave Ramsay
Until next time my fellow vegans!
P.S. A podcast that I found really helpful and inspiring to make these big changes in my life were The Minimalists. Check them out here http://www.theminimalists.com/
Are you an inspiring minimalist or vegan? Let me know!