If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I recently left the company where I’ve worked for the last 12 years. I like to compare it to the length of grade school since it’s the same number of years. It’s a long time, right? As I talked to various colleagues or friends about how I planned to take a year to work on my own projects, much of the reaction was “I’m jealous” or “I wish I could do that.”
I get it. You have bills to pay. You feel stuck. You don’t realistically think you can follow your “dreams.” You can’t possibly start over on a career at this age. Maybe that dream is to have your own business, to travel with your family for a year, or take a sabbatical. I have a tough truth for you. You make your own opportunity.
No one is going to hand it to you. You’ve got to get clear on your goals and get to work. I’ve talked before about how I’m the breadwinner of our family. I’ll let you do the math there. It took quite a bit of planning and effort to get to the point where I could have a year without a guaranteed income. Do I know what will happen in a year? Nope. It’s possible we may have to move so we don’t have such a big mortgage payment. It’s possible I will already be in another corporate job. It’s also possible that I’ll be doing some version of what I’m doing today – empowering women to be successful in their careers and personal lives.
The uncertainty of what may happen could paralyze me, but here’s what I know. I don’t want to regret the things I didn’t do. I don’t want you to either. If there’s something you have this inkling that you want to do, write it down today. Admit that it is there and then start working out how to make your own opportunity to do it.