Switching from 9-5 to Self Employed

For the past decade, I have worked a 9-5 job. I gave it my all. In the beginning, it was easy. I was single, had very few responsibilities, and loved the work. But as time went on, things changed. I met my wonderful husband, I bought a few houses and cars, I had a daughter, and so much more. The carefree way of life seemed to disappear without me even realizing it. After more than ten years with the same company, I found myself in desperate need of a break.

But I didn’t know that; I drove myself into the ground; I suffered from severe burnout, which triggered a major depressive episode. Instead of taking a much-needed vacation, I was forced by my body and soul to take time off, which led to more than a year of recovery.

When I first left work, I felt so incredibly guilty. I didn’t understand what was happening to me or how I could have let things get so bad. But the truth was, I was broken. I couldn’t take another step without crumbling to the ground. I needed time off. I needed time to reset.

So, for more than a year, I focused on healing. I worked to find things that made me happy, things that sparked the joy of life in my soul. Writing was one of the biggest outcomes of my journey. Finding my ability to tell a story and make connections through the power of words was incredibly profound. I didn’t expect to find the kind of comfort that I did, and yet here I am. I have turned my passion into a career where I specifically help others unlock their potential and make the kinds of connections that I did.

I never did return to my 9-5 job. I realized that it wasn’t going to be healthy for me and made the very difficult decision to step away for good. It was liberating and terrifying. But I knew I was on the right path when I found myself eagerly waking up in the mornings and chomping at the bit to get to work. I hadn’t felt that in years.

As entrepreneurs, we know what it’s like to work for ourselves. We have to work for every connection. We pour ourselves into our businesses. We give it our all. While there are certainly some highs, there are also lows. Unlike my 9-5, I had to set the framework, the goals, and the direction for my company. Generally speaking, there was no one telling me what to do, which on one hand is nice, but on the other, it meant that everything fell to me.

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