QUITTIN’ TIME, OR: 3 REASONS TO QUIT YOUR JOB AND PURSUE SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.

IMAGE // Via Alexandra Valenti

Lately, I’ve felt like a lot of my posts here have been about things I’ve felt obligated to write about, even though I genuinely do enjoy them. I had another post idea like this on my “to-do” list for today, something I’ve been meaning to post about, something I should post about, but I can’t force myself to do it.

Today, I can’t be clever. Today, I just need to be real with you guys.

I quit my day job.

***

My last day is October 31. It’s not my first time to quit a job, and I am not leaving this one bitterly — at all. That was the weird thing about putting in my notice. I wasn’t all pissed off when I wrote my two weeks’ letter, and I didn’t pop a champagne bottle at home. I was sitting next to my husband when I pressed “send,” and I gasped when I did it.

“Oh my God! I can’t believe I just did that!” I said to Ross. “What if I’ve made a huge mistake?”

Ross then took my hand, and kindly reminded me of the following:

A) I’ve been talking about quitting,

B) I’ve been talking about quitting WITH some ideas for other stuff I want to do,

C) I’ve lined up gigs for that stuff,

D) I’ve put away savings,

E) It was all going to be OK,

F) Maybe I really should go drink some champagne. Or at the very least take a walk.  To calm myself down.

I bet you’re wondering what job I quit.

If you know me in real life maybe you know already, but I was a book publicist. Before the company I’m at now, I was a book publicist at another firm. I have been in this line of work for a total of five years.

Five years was nothing for our parents. But it’s very different for people in my generation, where jobs and career aspirations are so very fluid. When you ask a young person now what they want to be when they grow up, they are less likely to give you one firm answer, more likely to tell you a collection of interests they have and possible ventures they’d like to purse with them. They are a graphic designer who likes typography, so they are starting a handmade paper business, for now. They are a coder who likes novels, so they are working on narrative video games, for now. They are a videographer who likes cuisine, so they are shooting food documentaries, for now. “For now” being the key phrase.

When I first moved back to Austin in 2007 and became a book publicist, I wasn’t thinking “for now.” I remember calling my mom just a few weeks on the job, and telling her,

“My work day just FLIES BY! I get to the end of the day and cannot BELIEVE it’s 6:00!”

It was true. It was my first big girl job after grad school, and though I hadn’t studied PR in college, I was utterly engaged in this field. I wrote!  I read!  I talked on the phone!  I gossiped at the water cooler, I went to holiday parties, and I even won some awards. I became a good publicist. A great publicist. You would have liked to have had me as your publicist.

Here’s the other baffling part. At both companies, I had bosses who were very good to me. Bosses I got along with. On top of clients who kicked ass. Ok, not all of them kicked ass. Some were genuinely crazy, but most were awesome. I liked becoming their friends, and I loved calling them up and telling them what media I had landed for them. I texted with a simple: “NPR!!!!” and waited for their thrilled phone call to come in. Those were the high moments. I didn’t keep my big hits a secret either; I was always showing off. But even when a campaign was going just OK, I could usually count on my client and I still being buddies by the end of it. Some of us still keep in touch. Some, like this fabulous woman, are my genuine friends and happy hour companions now.

So what happened?

At some point, maybe around last year, I started to feel that although I was good at being a publicist, I wasn’t meant to be a publicist. I know I know, very First World Problem of me. Very Child of the Self Esteem Movement. But that nagging voice soon crystalized into three specific realizations, and those realizations started shouting at me. They were saying, listen Tolly:

A) You sit too damn much. (More on that in a minute.)

B) You have A Dream. Not a Martin Luther King dream; just a dream about something I could eventually do professionally that felt more like “me.” This is very different from the dream of, “I don’t want to be working here anymore.” It’s a dream of positive consequence, not negative; a dream of running toward something, not running away from something.

I think it’s OK if your dream eventually morphs into something else. But all you need is one dream to start moving in the direction of being an authentic person, and not a counterfeit person.

Being a book publicist is a dream job for a lot of people. It’s creative and it’s (usually) stimulating and you get to read books! But the more I did it while fantasizing about My Dream the more I felt like a phony. And when that starts happening, you lose your emotional center of gravity and start doing all kinds of weird things to make yourself feel better, things to reassure you that you’re not fake, just confused. Mine was going to Starbucks every single day and waiting at the stupid drive through for 25 minutes to get a $4 cup of coffee I could have easily made myself. I did it because I just needed some time to think in that long line. Time to hear my own thoughts and incubate My Dream. When other people are in this position, some start drinking, or smoking, or whatever little vice. You know why they do that? Because it’s soothing. Feeling fake is stressful, low-grade stressful, and eventually those tiny treats become shopping binges then lavish trips then whatever else because you’re trying to cheer yourself up from subtle, day-to-day inauthenticity. Enough.

C) People will pay you for your hobbies. Hobbies are usually good indicators of things you actually like to spend your time on, and my hobbies grew in opposite directions. On the one hand, I was a blogger/writer/media person, first for kicks, then for little checks here and there. Eventually those checks got bigger. I’m not rich, but, I learned what it was like to get paid for the things you liked so much you would do them for free.

On the other hand, in response to all that computer time levied by my day job and #1 hobby, I went radically offline and started doing more yoga. I took up aerial silks. I hope maybe someday that stuff will pay too.

***

My Dream was hatched by a conversation I had with my husband one night last year. August 2011. I’ve told this story lots of times before so skip ahead if you’ve heard it, but it goes something like this:

We were on date night in a cute restaurant, and he asked me how my work day went. I started crying.

“Wait — what?  What did I say?” he asked.

“NOTHING!” I wailed. “You said nothing. I’m just not…happy.” Sniffling, soft sobbing.

I recounted to him the small dramas of my day, how I was trying and trying for hits for my clients, but nobody cared, media was ignoring me and I was becoming despondent. Frustrated. Would this be how it always was? Why did I always feel so ineffective?

“Well, what would do you instead? If you could do anything in the world?” Ross asked. I realized he was talking about a job.

I thought about it for a minute. “I want to have a little show about Austin,” I said in a small voice.

“Well, then, go do it,” Ross said. “Call Los.” (Los is Carlos Funes, our filmmaker/director buddy).

So, I did. And Los and I started making AETV, purely for kicks. And I LOOOOOVVVVVEEED it. I felt like, I was right! I would like to have a show about Austin! That wasn’t just something I said in a restaurant! Then this company saw AETV, then this other company saw it, and then both companies hired me to co-host this thing and even if this gig is just temporary, even if my goofy face never graces a screen again, I have had a fucking blast doing just these tiny little episodes and I know what it’s like now to want something and then go get it. Sorry if that sounds self-congratulatory, I’m just still trying to wrap my head around it. Before I thought stuff like that was too laughably Law of Attraction at best, irresponsible at worst. Why make a silly puppet video with your friends when you could be earning a steady paycheck? I have always played it safe career-wise and I am happily appalled that you can take risks and sometimes they work out.

Ok, so, that was the first thing. I think that whole explication covers points B) and C) above. Once I realized I could make enough money doing media stuff — writing, videos, etc. — I started thinking about putting in my notice.

That leaves us with A) You sit too damn much.

Some people with 9-to-5 jobs are really good about standing desks, walking meetings, getting up to stretch once every hour, etc. I am not. I would rather just have a more active job.

Before going to grad school, I taught kids yoga when I was 22. I never got my certification, but I always wanted to. I just didn’t have the money back then.

So now that I’m quitting my job, I’m using my savings to go do it. My teacher certification training starts in January and ends March 31 at Dharma Yoga, my favorite studio, my home studio, and I am downright giddy. There’s still so much I have to learn!  There’s lots of poses I still can’t get. Sanskrit terms that go right over my head. But I’m hungry for all that knowledge, to build on my regular yoga practice and then share it with other people. I have this dream (I’m full of dreams today) of specifically targeting the large population of Austin that is wired to gadgets all day with yoga, because I have been one of those people. Gadgets are great, but, they can make your brain behave a little funny, and they also cause you to sit more. I strongly believe that sitting is a huge American problem. Not exclusively American. But American enough to seem like having a “normal,” grownup job is one that requires you to sit in front of a computer all day long. That doesn’t immediately make you unhealthy (see: standing desks, walking meetings, getting up to stretch once every hour), but it is a relatively new condition for us as a species. And I’d like to help people figure out how to unplug.

***

So this is where I stand: I’m quitting my job. I’m freelance writing to support myself. I’m getting my yoga certification.

Ross and I have put aside money to remodel our carport into a small, private yoga studio, where I can eventually take clients. My future existence may be half media, half yoga, or 80% media, 20% yoga, or 15% media and 85% yoga. I guess we’ll just see!

Do I have any guarantees of any of this working out? NO. Do I feel like I’m playing Russian Roulette with my career? YES. Ross is a working artist, a musician and children’s music teacher, so I need to pull my weight money-wise. I’m also very, very, very lucky to be in a partnership where I’ve watched someone else leave a more traditional job, start their own thing, and have it work out for them. Like Ross did.

As for me? I have no idea if any of this stuff is going to work out. Scratch that. I have NO FUCKING IDEA if any of this stuff is going to work out. But mixed in with the uncertainty is excitement, and invigoration. I believe in these two things, media and yoga. I feel a little silly coming out with this public proclamation about my hopes and dreams — especially since there are about a billion other writers and yoga teachers in this town, ha! — but whatever. This blog is directly related to all those things I said before, about being an authentic person vs. a fake person in your career, so I guess I feel OK sharing this with the whole wide world on my tiny corner of the Internet. This blog helped me build a little sailboat to chart the waters of career experimentation, and now I’m out at sea.

I guess the only thing that remains now is a question: Do you need a writer or a yoga teacher?

Because this girl is for hire.

  • http://twitter.com/corrinrenee Corrin Foster

    Good for you! And if you still want to work with authors, I know we could use some writers for blog posts, endorsement outreach, and other stuff. Feel free to email me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.howell.100 Heather Howell

    I may have to take up yoga……

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      DO IT, Heather!

  • hipstercrite

    Congrats, Tolly! Such an inspiring post. I’m so happy for you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/birdflygood Jennifer King

    You’re amazing, Tolly!!!!!!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Thanks Jen :)

  • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

    Congrats!!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Thank you, sweet Linda!

  • Rocky

    That is so great, how you were able to recognize what you wanted to do and make it manifest. Taking a risk seems so much more of a gamble than in previous years. I am currently trying to figure out which job I have now, to another I was just offered. Both have potential but one involves media (television) which I have a lot more interest and drive for.

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Television, @41431bf6f5fc4fc8fb3fe6c3c2e49169:disqus? Very cool. Is the job/project something you can give us a little hint about, or is it still under wraps?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.p.basham Nicole Panagopoulos Basham

    You go, girl!

  • CJ

    That’s fabulous. Now if we could all have the courage to pursue the work, we were meant to do, how we could set the world on fire!

  • Madbetty

    As someone who also used to work in publishing and quit to freelance, I totally get it. Congrats!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.stovall.94 Amanda Stovall

    Congratulations Tolly! You’re going to be fabulous, zero doubts here!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikolschiller Nikol Schiller

    CONGRATULATIONS, Tolly! Good things happen to good people and you, my friend, are a great person. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see where your new career(s) lead you!

  • Katie Andrews Drummond

    Go Tolly Go! I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to see where your adventures take you! :) Loved this bit: “But it’s very different for people in my generation, where jobs and
    career aspirations are so very fluid. When you ask a young person now
    what they want to be when they grow up, they are less likely to give you
    one firm answer…” So, so true! And I know it sounds crazy for someone that’s half-way through law school to be saying this, but, I think it’s kind of exciting that you never know for sure where life will take you.

    best of luck! -Katie :)

  • Bonnie

    Congrats Tolly! I will definitely hire you when I can and pass along your name to others. :)

  • Linda

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! I am 52 and have so much behind me and still so much in front…..I completely relate to where you are “coming from”…the whole time I was reading it, I felt an immense amount of pride in you and I don’t even know you! I’m moving to Austin in the spring and I’ll look you up for yoga…count on it

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      @f6e729b68268cc5ea2340a5b2504dec4:disqus! That is amazing to hear! Both your upcoming move to Austin, and your “so much behind me, still so much in front” words, too. I would love to have you as a yoga student when you arrive.

  • Tiffanie

    I’m SO SO happy for you! I love you and support you and think this is absolutely the right thing! I’m currently scurrying to take on every creative project I can find in hopes that my work life can slowly include much less cancer talk and way more music and video editing and music making and illustration and _______! You’re an inspiration, Tolly! I hope to see you soon so we can cheers to the wonderful new path you’re taking. XO

  • kiah

    Of COURSE all of this stuff will work out Tolly! Everything you do works out! You believe in yourself and have an amazing community of friends, family and supporters. Bravo! Congratulations!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Sweet @kiah_lee:disqus. Thank you. Austin is so full of working artists (like you) and entrepreneurs, and one gave me some terrific advice last night: He said, “there will be an 18-month ‘trial’ period when you’re on your own, and in that time you’ll experience some dips. BUT you’ll recover and then gain the confidence that comes from recovery, and greet dips as mere annoyances, rather than panic-inducing crises.” That made me feel really good, because I know I secretly fail all the time…I just don’t tell the Internet. ;) This is all to say that I’d love to take you out to lunch someday and chat about the same topic, how you weather ups and downs as a one-woman show. I’ve got LOTS of free time now!

  • Linsey

    Congrats – I just left my job after 6 years and am having a blast trying something new. Best of luck in all you do, keep your head up and your heart close, friend!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      @c834f5fade6bb0fef22413f125fb3477:disqus! I’d love to hear more about that transition. What’s the new thing you are trying now?

  • http://www.freefuninaustin.com Heidi

    Congratulations! That’s exciting business. But I still need you to be my publicist when I write that book. You know, when I grow up.

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      @FlightyHeidi:disqus, that’s an exception I am 100% willing to make. Rock on, pro blogger.

  • http://twitter.com/BAMworksorg BA Mansfield

    AWE-SOME.

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Thanks @twitter-515999974:disqus! I owe you an email! (You know what about … ;)

  • ChelleLynn

    I have to say, I am literally beaming after reading this news. I want to say all sorts of sassy, you-go-girl encouraging things (Is it weird to be proud of someone you barely know?), but really, I just feel relieved that there is someone else out there with these big, vague, happy dreams. I know that there is some way for every person to be joyful and healthy, it’s just about finding a way that also allows you to eat, and I am beyond stoked that you are going for it.

    GOOD LUCK!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      THANK YOU, @ChelleLynn:disqus! (And dude -we know each other in real life yo!!)

      Anyway, yeah, I think the key to chasing big, vague, happy dreams is honestly honing in on a monetizable skill — writing, graphic design, coding/programming, tutoring, teaching music, legal help, etc. — that you can do on your own time, still allows you free moments in the day to dream and scheme, and blends into your ultimate aspiration. You’re so talented/intelligent/charismatic Chelle that I wouldn’t be surprised to read this same blog post on your site someday.

      <3 <3 <3

  • http://genieinablog.com. Leigh Ann

    Congrats! I SO get this, and I think it’s a very common thing among the creative types. I struggled and searched for something for years in my 20s, waiting for that thing I wanted to do/be to jump out at me or trying to force it. For the longest time even my husband didn’t even get why I would give up working for a steady paycheck at something I was good at. Then I had preemie twins, quit my job, started a blog, and here I am, writing all over the internet and loving it (for now!). Looking forward to reading about where your dream is taking you.

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Thank you, @latorres:disqus! Ever since I made the decision, I have good days and bad days. The bad days feel like: “fuck, I’m being really irresponsible, aren’t I?” and the good days (like today) feel like: “I’m brave and calm and happy and I know everything is going to work out.” These (good) days are usually the same ones where I do yoga…go figure. ;)

  • sisseloh!

    so..does that mean your publishing place is hiring…cuz i’m lookin to quit my job and find a new career :P haha :) congrats girl!!!! you are an inspiration to me! i’m going through something very similar at work and have NO CLUE what my next chapter is and i find it just too too scary sometimes…guess we’ll see how it all shakes out… love you mama!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      We will be toasting your soon-to-be-transition tonight!!!!! ;) Ok so who knows what will happen after today, BUT, the important thing is that you are planting little seeds of possibility into the universe. (God I sound so Rhonda Byrne.) Seriously though, it’s the first step, and I believe in you. You’re hatching a vision and that’s the key first step.

  • Piper

    this is great on so many levels. I truly believe you have to follow your intuition/heart/mind when you’re tugged this way – even if it means walking blindly through some parts. Humbly speaking for all those that read your blog and know you – your talents are far and wide reaching. If you’re moved in and out of careers or areas of life…you are meant to be in those new areas. The really cool part is that we get to watch it happen!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Piper! Like others on this thread, you are one of those women who got me dreaming. I think the toughest part about the transition is having a day job that you’re good at, pays well, etc. — and then, you discover a passion and are like, “well, now what? Do I walk away from stability, OR walk away from this thing that lights me up inside?” You did the latter and look at Kohana Now!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and saying what you did. <3 <3 <3 Hope to hug you in person soon.

  • Allison Hoffman

    Amazing post, Tolly! So so happy for you! Hobbies as careers and careers as hobbies ftw!! ;)

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      GIRL, you know you’re my personal poster child for hobbies-as-careers! This reminds me, I’m not sure I’ve fully communicated to the Internet how integral you were, literally, in my making the career switch … let’s fix that.

      Internet, if you’re listening, THIS GIRL CREATED MY MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY PUPPET! https://vimeo.com/37825111

      She makes all kinds of celebrity puppets and is amazing. Allison, we salute you: http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com/

  • Breanna

    Sweet T, you know how I feel about all this. I’m so excited for you! This is going to be one grand adventure. Let’s have a ladies’ lunch soooooooooon!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      And I am excited for YOU. We did it, B.

  • Juliet

    So proud of you! Congrats!! I also took the leap to quit a series of not-quite-fulfilling day jobs and am now getting paid for hobbies and other odd jobs where I can totally be in charge of my schedule, and my life (oh and getting paid MORE than before?)… so freeing. And I will totes be one of your yoga clients :)

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      WOW!! I’d love, love to hear more about that process for you, Juliet. Whenever you have a moment, would you mind coming back and sketching that out more specifically for readers here in the comment section? I’m actually speaking at the Texas Conference for Women next week on this topic (“How to Make Money Doing What You Love”) and would like to share your story. (If it’s cool with you.)

  • Mandy

    Amen. I’ve been feeling the same way for so long. I really do like my job but I need a change. Thank you for the inspiration to finally take the plunge. It’s scary!!!
    Fellow Austinite,
    Mandy
    http://nestledinnostalgia.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Hey Mandy! I know, it’s tough when your job isn’t the hellish horror story you hear other people talking about. I felt selfish for a while, wanting to make a professional change, especially when there are so many people in search of work right now. I mean, I got to travel, read books, work from HOME! Lots of perks there. But if you are feeling that itch, I think it’s worth envisioning what a change might look like. For me, it was all about honing in on a skill (writing) I could do on the side. Once you figure that out, it’s easier to make the leap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7935636 Michelle Filips

    Congrats!!! I aspire to be more like you. (In the least creepy way possible!)

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      I don’t find that creepy at all! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/kjsouthernbelle Katie

    Woman, you speak my language. Congrats! Duh, keep me posted on the Yoga thing. I’ll take your class. I’m glad I’m not the only one that wants to do 2-3 things for income. The current 9-5 ain’t doin’ it for me anymore. Good Luck!!!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Thank you, Katie! You know I’ll keep you posted, girl. It’s weird; ever since I made the decision, I’ve been meeting all kinds of folks who quit their jobs and started their own things (successfully). Not to demonize ALL jobs here — mine was actually pretty cool — but I think it’s worthwhile for your relationships/health/larger contribution to the world to figure out what it is that fulfills you and then go do that thing. I’m pulling for you.

      (Oh and let’s yoga it up sometime. I’ll call you when the studio is reeeeaaaaddy!)

  • http://twitter.com/sarahnats Natsumi

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you! I think you’re totally normal (in austin anyways) to turn whatever random passion you have as a way to survive. I’m still working full time but my dream is also to go off on my own and pursue my random creative passions. You’ll be fine! :)

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Yay @twitter-14127532:disqus! Would love to hear more about your “random creative passions” as they turn into income for you. And I think you are right — Austin is a land of freelancers and contractors, so taking this step here doesn’t feel as scary as it would in other communities.

  • Lindsay

    So exciting! I can totally relate – except I had one of those hellish must-leave-my-job-now stories that pushed me out of the steady job nest maybe a bit earlier than I was prepared to jump. But even if you like your job, growth can be stunted by comfort. I’ve grown so much since leaving, both as a professional person and in my skills.

    I gotta say, though, the grass is always greener on the other side – I fantasize about a direct deposit paycheck from time to time, and cruise job postings just to know that there’s a net to land in. Just keep yourself on track during the low moments and know that you are pursuing the DREAM and a steady paycheck is not the only benefit of a job.

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      @48123d2578c6765d0c375675fd779a68:disqus, you are so correct. (About “the grass is always greener.”) I’ve been a college composition teacher with a flexible schedule, a 9-to-5er book publicist, and a work-from-home book publicist. Every time I’ve fantasized about different work circumstances, and I’ve been lucky to experience a variety. :-)

      Anyway, you are also right that “growth can be stunted by comfort.” In addition to writing, I’ve got one business concept (in the yoga field) that I SO believe in, but because I’ve always worked for someone else, I don’t know Quickbooks, or setting up an LLC, or making quarterly revenue goals. That’s about to chaaaaange!

  • http://twitter.com/jennifersinski Jennifer Sinski

    Congrats! I’ve always admired you for adventurous spirit & ability take on rad projects while creating a unique career path — this just furthers my admiration & can’t wait to see what this change brings. Also, sign me up for yoga classes!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Oh Jennifer, you know you’re the same way: Always involved in the coolest shit. Thanks so much for the LOVE! xx

  • Rocky

    Hi Tolly, sure. One involves a social media firm, another a start-up television show. BOTH small now (but growing) and BOTH based right here in ATX.

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Very cool, @f5164c92454b80cfcd53be217a08811e:disqus. Keep me posted on the start-up TV show as it grows, will ya?

  • Raquel

    Girl, you give me hope! The uncertainty is what gets me every time. One day I will take this leap and know that everything will work out in the end!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      It’s all about identifying one skill you can monetize, then doing it over and over again for different clients, increasing your rate each time. Mine is writing, but since posting this I’ve talked to event planners, programmers/coders, videographers, independent radio producers, and sewing pattern designers who hatched their biz while working their FT job: They just took on clients as their schedule allowed!

  • Vivian Lee

    Tolly, I just want to give you a shoutout – this post has been wildly inspirational to me. I’m also a gal working in PR – I love my job, but at the same time I can’t wait until I can have the type of control over my working day that comes with being a freelancer. So many acquaintances have also told me, “Don’t become a freelancer publicist! Work is so difficult to get with ‘fluffy’ jobs like writing, photography, publicity, marketing, etc. Only freelance if you do something in high demand like web development!” But seeing the level of success and happiness you’ve gained from going freelance, I’m truly inspired.

  • http://re.vu/nkucharski Nicole Kucharski

    Finally, something that gives me an inkling of hope that, one day, I will do what I love. As of August, it has been two years since graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, I’m a Paralegal at an immigration law firm, in the big Windy City, on this 20th floor with a view, which seemingly has a nice ring to it. “20th floor- how nice, how metropolitan.” Immigration Law was one of those things I fell into. Picture this: You’re walking aimlessly through a crowded city in the pouring rain outside and all you want to do is get out of the damn rain, maybe get a nice hot cup of coffee. Then you look up, see a dimly lit coffee shop, shrug, and think, “Well, this works.” Living paycheck to paycheck was my life for a while, and that coffee shop – that was my firm. Now, don’t get me wrong, the work is fairly straightforward and the pay is good for a college grad, but the creativity aspect is just…not there. Which leads me to my endless pursuit of landing a job in the Advertising/Marketing field. So far, the LinkedIn, the networking, the digital resumes, have all yielded limited results. Yet, I still
    apply, I still network, and I still put myself out there so that maybe one day I land my dream job in Account Planning, at an advertising firm, which also happens to be located in my favorite city: Austin, TX. Too specific, narrow,
    idealistic? Maybe. But I am nowhere near done giving up on my pursuit of professional happiness.

    Thanks for the article and best of luck to you in your future endeavors!

    -Nikki

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