What I Learned from Quitting My 9-5 Without a Plan B

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

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Over the past decade, I’ve resigned from corporate several times. Sometimes, it was on impulse and without a Plan B. When I first resigned from my office job the first time, I thought I was going to run my blog full-time and teach yoga a few times a week.

At my previous 9-5 job, my boss and I were not seeing eye to eye on various work-related issues. After a tense argument that got personal, I knew it was time to leave.

I have been wanting to leave that career for a long time. So the next day, I walked in and said I'd like to resign.

Despite having over 20 years on my mortgage, I was so sure this was the right step based on all the work I’ve done prior to resigning. Although I didn’t have a solid Plan B, I knew I would somehow be ok.

Being a business owner suited my independent and adventure seeking personality. After all, it was a natural progression given I was raised in a family of entrepreneurs.

After running my blog biz full-time for a month, I realized I needed more funding to market the business among other typical operational expenses. So I agreed to manage a local yoga studio where I also taught yoga.

But by the second month, something felt off.

Fast forward two months later, I found myself back in the 9-5 rat race. But this time around, I decided to run my blog as a side hustle and go part-time at corporate.

That schedule lasted a little over a year before I called it quits. Corporate just wasn’t for me. When I submitted my resignation paperwork, it felt like a great career move.

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I felt burned out from conducting numerous strategy sessions and clarity calls over the phone. I realized I enjoyed running a blog as a hobby.

I love blogging and helping other women through my journey of setbacks and comebacks. What I didn’t enjoy was putting financial pressure on my creative work to pay the mortgage and groceries.

In addition, the management role at the yoga studio opened my eyes to the not-so-great side of running a studio. It’s true what they say, difficult personalities exist everywhere. There was a lot of office drama going on between yoga teachers and the studio owners.

Getting caught up in the middle was inevitable. But hey, with that much experience under my belt, I eventually learned how to emotionally detach from the office drama.

Either way, I was at a loss. A few months in and I already wanted out. What I really needed to be focusing on was healing my soul. I felt so out of alignment and I thought I was so sure I knew my soul purpose!

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There was a number of thoughts coming from my good ol’ ego. I wondered what were my friends and family going to think after they had just literally celebrated a new chapter in my life?

What are my former colleagues going to say? Should I tell people business is running successfully and I loved being a full-time entrepreneur...but then secretly have a 9-5 job?

Feel it to heal it.

I took a step back to feel my feelings. What was my negative emotions surrounding running my business and a yoga studio telling me? Why did I see going back to corporate a “failure”? Why did I stay up at night worried about what other people thought (especially thoughts of people that I didn’t even care for!)

My goal was to release the negative energy and clear the blocks getting in my way. Most importantly, get out of my own way by taking care of myself first.

My mistake was jumping from being burned out at my 9-5 from saying “yes” to everyone. Then I went straight to saying “yes” to clients, yogis and pretty much everyone else all over again. I didn’t take time to say “yes” to myself.

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And so the eat, pray and love journey began.

Through journaling, spending time in nature, traveling, practicing yoga, and eating healthier, I started to raise my vibrations. Raising my vibrational frequency helped me to attract positive energy flow.

Before I knew it, I was in the frequency of joy.

The two month “break” from the corporate life was much needed to spring forward in my professional life. As with many sobriety roadblocks, I needed to hit pause on life. Otherwise I would be either hurting myself or others along my journey to financial freedom.

Similar to watching a YouTube video. By hitting the pause button, sometimes the video will load even faster. And through eating, praying and loving myself back to health, I was “loading” up my fuel tank.

Intuition versus fear.

At first I thought my intuition led me astray because I was 110% sure it was time to leave the 9-5 career path. After much thought, I realized my intuition was spot on.

I truly believe my intuition led me to the next step, only I assumed it was the ultimate solution to my career breakthrough. In many ways, I was well on my way to that next chapter, but it wasn’t what I imagined life would be like.

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Universe doesn't lead us to the ultimate solution, but rather the next step.

I worked hard to raise my vibrations and attract what I was ready for in order for the Universe to respond accordingly. With this new perspective, I was filling up my tank more and more each day.

Some may say I was emotional and acted irrationally by resigning before thinking things through. However, I know better than to let such judgments get to me. Through that experience, I learned how to set energetic boundaries with others.

Ultimately, I listened to my intuition and did what I need to do for myself. Many years later, I still have no regrets over removing myself from an unpleasant work environment, having that work life balance, and doing what I love!

Align your career to your ideal lifestyle.

In the past, I quit my corporate job several times without a Plan B. Things worked out each time but it was definitely scary times.

Quitting without another job lined up is not recommended. Ever.

However, you know yourself best. You know when you've had enough.

Ready to quit the 9-5 lifestyle?

I hear ya. The corporate lifestyle is just not for everyone.

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Get FIRE’d up about financial freedom.

There are a endless ways to create side hustle income and reach FIRE. Investing in stocks, owning rental property, creating your own online biz, and so forth.

But it doesn’t mean you need to do it all. Just pick 1 or 2 that gets you excited.

Everyone's financial situation and personal interests is unique. It’s important to try out different side hustles to see what works best for you.

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