A while back (read: almost 8 months ago) I wrote a silly little post called A selection of things I’ve considered since quitting my job. Truth be told, I actually knew what I was planning on doing at the time, but wasn’t in the position to actually share it yet – so I figured I should kickstart my blogging again with an updated version.
So – here we go. A selection of things I’ve actually done since quitting my job. Turns out things weren’t as adventurous as I’d planned…and no, I didn’t get a tattoo!
- Started my own company. Yep. I did that.
- Lost about a stone and a half
- Signed up for an Odeon Limitless card
- Joined an orchestra
- Moved into a new flat with an old friend…but only a short distance from home
- Made a heck of a lot of new friends
- …and said goodbye to a couple of those friends as they moved back to their home countries
- Actually practiced my violin…and enjoyed it
- Found a better orchestra and joined that instead
- Started to seriously consider writing music again
- Met Rachel McAdams (but failed to get a selfie)
- Saved up enough Boots advantage card points to get a fitbit
- Joined the local library
- Occasionally remembered I have this blog
- …and not written a single word for it since July. Oops?
If quitting my job has provided me with anything, it’s thinking space. And if thinking space has provided me with anything, it’s a list of things that I’ve considered since quitting my job – from the ones that are quite likely to happen (Odeon card, ear piercing) to those that are…slightly less likely (Brighton, Birmingham).
So, here you go. 15 things that I have considered since I’ve quit my job. No reasons, no explanations You’re welcome.
- Going on a long, long holiday
- Getting a tattoo
- Signing up for an Odeon Limitless card
- Re-starting singing lessons
- Getting my ears triple pierced
- Going to the gym more
- Doing a PhD (no, really)
- Re-starting piano lessons
- Moving to Brighton
- Training for a 10k
- Moving back to Birmingham
- Taking up improv comedy classes
- Re-starting violin lessons
- …blogging more. Ah.
Please do send me your encouragement/discouragement for the above. Maybe apart from number 2. My parents would not be amused…
Almost exactly two months ago, I handed in my notice at work, taking something of a leap of faith.
Taking risks has never been my strength, but my time at my former job was bookended by just that. I was initially rejected for the job, but took the risk of calling and telling them they were wrong not to hire me (a risk that clearly paid off!). When I handed in my notice, it was a risk again – I was leaving with a plan to start up my own company, which will also hopefully pay off soon. The safe, easy option would have been to stay, despite the fact I wasn’t 100% satisfied, and just trundle along.
Exactly a month since I walked out of the office on my last day, and I’m already feeling much more fulfilled.
I’m seeing friends more. I’ve made new friends, been to the cinema far too much (more in the last month than I have in the last year!).
I have a new found love for brunch. I’m still undecided about Bloody Marys (…or should that be Maries?)
I’ve rediscovered my love for sitting in a coffee shop and getting my work done, whilst watching the world go by.
The point of this ramble? To remind myself to take more risks. So far, some of the happiest times I’ve had have come from the biggest risks – and my biggest regrets have come from not taking the risk that I knew in my gut I needed to take.
Until next time,
Creativity is hard.
There are so many things to get caught up on, to trip yourself up with and to use as an excuse to just hide behind Netflix and ignore the bit of your brain that’s trying desperately to kick into gear. I know this because it’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past 2 and a half years.
I left university (well, music college) with an undergraduate degree in 2012 after 4 years studying composition – that is writing and creating music. Rewind to 2007 and I was a fresh-faced, enthusiastic 18 year old starting off on what I thought was going to be a journey towards writing film music and eventually seeing my name on The Big Screen. But skip forwards again to 2012, and I’d become somewhat dissolutioned with the idea.
I’ve spent the last two years essentially fighting with my own thoughts, with what seems like one half of my head saying “go on, do something creative, you know you want to….” whilst the other half sits there asking “Why? Who’s going to care?”. And so, before this turns into some great sob story, to the present. I’ve decided to say a big, resounding “f*** it!!” to the reasons why not to start being creative again, because what better answer is there to “why” than “why not?!”
I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the most amazingly creative and motivated people I’ve ever met in the last year or so, and as far as I can tell they all upload, blog and post because…well, why not?
Creativity is hard. But if it was easy it wouldn’t be anything special, would it?