This is a post that I’m so excited to write!
I have been in HR for basically my entire adult life, I started working in an office when I was 18 and I haven’t left that environment since, not even for a break. I’m almost 34 so that’s a long time! For the past 3-4 years I have been incredibly anxious to the point of feeling depressed, I haven’t been sleeping or eating well, and I haven’t been taking care of myself; physically, emotionally or mentally.
I have been doing some serious soul searching for the past couple of years and one thing that really stands out to me is my career. My life is great, but my career makes me unhappy every single day. Maybe getting an hour of sleep, crying on my way to work, feeling deflated as I walk through the office door. It’s basically been slapping me in the face that HR is just not for me. I have no passion in it, no interest, and I feel as though I have to be someone I’m not every day at work and it’s been really dragging me down.
A few months ago I made the decision that this year will be the year that I do something about it and I realized just how badly I needed to make a change, so I quit my job! I have been on this break now for 2.5 weeks and I already feel so much better, I feel like an entirely new person! I have been catching up on sleep (I can’t believe I used to sleep 2 hours a night every night! How did I function?!), getting things done around the house, reading, spending time with my dog, going to yoga, working on my Instagram. I’ve even found my appetite again. It’s been so great!
In case you can’t tell from my blog so far, I love shopping and trying new products, which I kind of need a job for! So I have secured a one year contract starting mid-April. It means my work break isn’t quite as long as I would have liked it to be, but it’s a great contract and it’s only for one year, which means I can take a break a year from now if I wanted to. I see it as my first step towards something different and hopefully, the first step out of something that doesn’t make me happy.
And, I’m even more excited to share that I have already taken the second step! It’s a small step and I’m not sure exactly where it will take me but all I’m hoping is that it will just inspire me to keep changing further. I signed up for a certified makeup artist course! Eek! I feel as though my heart has always been in beauty, makeup and fashion and I feel like I’m finally starting to do something about it.
I feel like I finally have a chance to get out of this dark hole that I have been in for way too long. It feels like my chance to finally be myself and I couldn’t be happier about it!
I’m so thankful to have you guys come with me on this journey, and I will keep you updated with my progress in the course and my hopeful career transition! Wish me luck!
Has anyone else been through anything similar, a major career transition or even a move into the beauty industry? If so, I would love to hear about it!