Leaving my 9-5 Job to Pursue My Passions

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Hello Loves!

Today’s post is all about pursuing my passions head on. I have never been afraid to make the first move, especially when it came to creating a path that I hope one day will lead to my ultimate career goal. My love for content creation started during my study abroad trip. After two years of trial and error, and working a job I had no passion for; I decided to take a leap of faith by quitting my 9-5 job.

My love for content creation continues to grow from the brainstorming process to capturing the perfect photo. I have found amazing success not only with the fun projects I had the privilege to be a part of, but also developing a sense of self-love and confidence I never knew I had for myself.

I felt the urge to take a risk towards a career I have always yearned for. At first I made sure it was a career I wanted, which is why I tested the waters for 2 years as a hobby on the side. When I started to receive offers for paid sponsorships and brand trips; I realized how content creation was more than just a pretty photo, but more about the story and conversation behind a photo.

Being honest with my parents was hard. I was afraid to start from scratch when my entire college years were prepare for the HR world. Even though I am a go-getter, I am still afraid of failure and the unknown. It wasn’t until I took a trip to New York for my 25th birthday that I realized how much I disliked my HR job. Don’t get me wrong, my team was amazing, and the work load was do-able. At the end of the day, I felt creatively limited.

My entire life, I prepared myself for a life that wasn’t my own. This lead to a mental breakdown. I have never felt such a sadness in what I was doing. I finally had the strength to open up to my mom, which was the best decision for my mental health. The honest conversation lead to a back-up plan and opening up to my dad. Through it all, my parents supported my decision to quit my job and pursue a digital and social media career.

Even though I’m financially unstable at the moment; I have this overwhelming good-feeling that something amazing will come out of it. The most important thing I learned from this experience is to always be honest with yourself and the people who love you most. If I was honest from the beginning, I really believe I would have not pursued a career I dreaded.

fashion blogger styling purple turtleneck sweater with white dress pants
fashion blogger styling purple turtleneck sweater with white dress pants
leaving my 9-5 job for my passion
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Thank you for reading! Have a Wonderful Day!

love, gaonou

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