How To Create Career Happiness FAQ


"The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life." -Jessica Hische

Aside from delicious vegan food, there isn’t a topic I enjoy discussing more than career happiness. It’s something I’m deeply passionate about and thrilled when I can throw ideas around with other people.

I could talk about it until I’m blue in the face. But, I guess that is pretty evident below.

Keep in mind, I really have no idea what I’m doing most days and I’m not here to give you advice on your unique academic or career situation. I can offer insight from my own experiences and lessons learned along the way. My goal for this post is to create a place for discussion so everyone can join in and offer their input, stories, and insight. That’s when the magic happens!


My story in short:

I graduated in October 2006 with a BAH degree in Psychology and minor in Family and Child Studies. In October 2008, I graduated with a Master’s Degree w/ Honours in Social Psychology. Prior to graduating, I interviewed for a full-time research position during Spring 2008. It was offered to me and I took it even though my gut told me that the timing wasn’t right. I was already a full-time grad student and part-time teaching assistant which kept me very busy.

But I took the job anyways even though every instinct I had was saying DON’T DO IT.

Lesson #1: Listen to your gut.

Eric and I were also planning our wedding to be held on Aug. 31, 2008. Stress was at an all-time high as I juggled courses, my thesis, a new demanding job, and wedding planning. My eating disorder got bad during this time and I often starved myself or over-exercised to deal with my emotions.

In October 2008, I was happy to be graduating, but I still wasn’t enjoying my career as a researcher like I thought I should be. While the money flowed, it didn’t matter.


On October 31, 2008 I started Oh She Glows as a hobby in an effort to add some joy back into my life.

Oh, and joy it brought!

This blog was in essence, ‘the work I did while I procrastinated’, as the opening quote mentions above. I blogged at breakfast, during my lunch break, and after dinner, for months. It was a lot of work, but looking back, it was the best positive escape I could’ve had to get me through that time.

This blog gave me the courage to pursue my passions full-time so I planned my actual escape and in early 2009, I quit.

It was the scariest, yet best thing I could have done.

Below are some of your career change questions that you posed on facebook last week.

How did you find your passion?

1. Get rid of life toxins

Until I was about 24-25 years old, my hobbies were calorie counting, the scale, and exercising. I didn’t have any real hobbies aside from playing sports throughout school and if you asked me what my passions were I would have stared at you blankly. To find my passions, I had to get rid of life toxins that weighed me down. Once I entered recovery for my eating disorder, I was able to add positivity back into my life such as finding new hobbies and activities. We need to get rid of things weighing us down to make room for inspiration, creativity, and authenticity.

2. Give yourself Me Time

It’s easy to say ‘I don’t have time right now’, but this is when it’s especially important to take time out for yourself. I gave myself permission to do things I enjoyed whether it be hanging out with friends, baking, reading, or spending time with Eric. Even if it was only 30 minutes a day, it was my time to do what I wanted and slowly discover activities that I enjoyed. ‘Me time’ allows us to figure out what it is that makes us happy.

3. Allow creativity to flow

Shortly after graduating, I started my blog which turned out to be the real gateway to discovering my passions. What better creative outlet than having a blank slate each day to write whatever inspires me? As a creative person, I consider my blog a virtual vision board.  I can write about whatever I want which was a stark contrast to my role as a researcher. Overtime, I discovered that I had tapped into a huge passion in my life. (Another creative outlet I love is Pinterest). If there’s a voice inside you that suggests you try something out, give it a shot because it could be your hidden passion!

4. Look to your childhood

Look back to your childhood and ask yourself what activities you enjoyed. The passions we have as children are clues to what we might enjoy as adults.

As a child I loved:

  • Playing house and school with all kinds of characters, names, and story-telling
  • Playing with Barbie’s & Lego and creating stories about the ‘people’
  • Polaroid, disposable, and film cameras !!!
  • Writing Fiction stories
  • Drawing, painting, crafting
  • Baking & easy-bake ovens
  • Playing with friends and animals
  • The outdoors, playing outside for hours, skipping, building snow forts
  • Track & Field, softball


My passions today seem to have the same underlying characteristics, albeit through different forms and expressions!

How did you know that your career was the right choice long-term?

Nothing in life is a sure bet, but my instincts told me I was on the right path. Sometimes hope, a good feeling, and a positive outlook are the only things we have. If I told myself I couldn’t do it, I would probably still be at my old job. Oh She Glows started out as a hobby while I did my ‘real work’. It turned out that I not only enjoyed blogging, but I fell in love with it. The blog and bakery brought together my passions like inspirational writing, healthy food, cooking/baking, fitness, and helping others.

When I couldn’t imagine myself not doing it, I knew I had found something special. It’s sort of like knowing you’ve met the person you want to spend your life with. I knew Eric was the one for me because I couldn’t imagine us apart. I felt the same way with my new career.

How did you deal with a severe pay cut?

Not getting a regular pay check in the bank every two weeks was difficult to deal with. I struggled with an identity-crisis (who was I now that I didn’t have a full-time job and steady income?) and insecurity (what would others think of me?). I had to make financial cutbacks in every aspect of my life. I only spent money on essentials like food and bills. I didn’t spend money on entertainment, eating out, clothing, or anything that I didn’t think was a necessity at the time. I got used to the cutbacks after a couple months and many of my money-saving habits stuck with me.

Do you think you would have taken that leap if it was just you taking care of you? I admire what you do and would give a kidney to be in your shoes, but just don’t feel that it’s possible for me. I’m not pessimistic–I am proud and satisfied with what I’ve done–but I’m realistic.

I would’ve left my research position eventually, but probably not as quickly had I been single. I saved consistently for almost a year before I left my research position so I could cover my share of the bills for the first while, but if I was single I probably would’ve stayed in the field for another 2-3 years so I could save up enough to feel stable financially. I knew in my heart that I wasn’t meant to be a researcher so I would’ve done what was necessary to change my career path even if it wasn’t as soon as I wanted. I’m a firm believer that planning and preparation is crucial if you are serious about making a career change. If you think it will never happen, you are probably right.

How did you take the leap with a career change?

Quitting my job was not an impulsive decision even though it may seem that way. It was a calculated decision that I planned for months before actually quitting. I flip flopped back and forth all the time, but ultimately, I knew in my heart that I had to go through with it. The day that I quit was not planned though. It just happened to be a really bad day that fueled my fire. :)

How do I know what my strengths are?

Growing up, I never really considered myself good at much. In my late teens, when I was trying to figure out what career I would enjoy, I asked Eric what I was good at because I had no clue. If you are lost about your own strengths, ask your family members or your partner. Most people can identify strengths in other people much easier than they can in themselves. Also, think about things that you do well. Are you an expert Sudoku player? Maybe you have a strength in problem solving. Are you great at knitting? Maybe you have a strong attention to detail and lots of patience. Do you love making lists and hosting parties? Maybe you have strengths in event planning. Do you love to bake? Maybe you have a sweet tooth like me. heheh…

Oddly enough, I went to see a Career Counselor during my first year of university because I was having doubts about my career path. After answering a battery of tests, I was told that I was suited for a creative field, such as teaching, writing, culinary arts, fashion design, or photography. A test could detect my strengths when I couldn’t detect them in myself. I highly recommend seeing a Career Counselor if you can.

I want to change careers, but my fear of other family members judging me is paralyzing. How did you get over worrying about what others thought?

This was my biggest hurdle of all. I think most of us care deeply about what our loved ones think, whether we like to admit it or not. I had so much anxiety to tell my friends and family that I quit. It almost kept me from quitting at all.

Ultimately, I realized that I couldn’t live my life for other people. We lost a friend suddenly to cancer in 2008 and it really made me change the way I live my life. I stopped beating myself up and worrying about what others thought. I don’t know how long my life will be, but I do know that I’m now living it authentically rather than putting off happiness for another day.

I would love to hear how it felt to walk away from a career you had invested so much time and money in!

The day I quit was a mix of negative and positive emotions. I felt shame, guilt, relief, anxiety, happiness, worry…you name it (see my I Quit post).

Do I regret the 7 years I spent in university? Not a chance. I now know what will make me happy in a career and what won’t. I may have figured it out the hard way, but I’m happy I did at all. An education is invaluable, even if not used in the traditional way that its intended (is it ever these days?). I still feel like I’m fulfilling my goal of helping other people (which is what drew me to psychology), but perhaps not in the way I initially imagined. The twists and turns of life are often the greatest.

How do you deal with isolation when making the change even though you know it’s an unhealthy career for you?

Losing contact with my coworkers was very isolating, especially during the first few months when I was feeling a gamut of negative emotions and questioning my path in life. In the workplace, coworkers are great for venting about problems, forming friendships, and leaning on when you need some support or advice. When I quit my job, I was on my own during workday hours. No one could figure it out but me and that was really scary.

Whether you are having a baby, moving, or taking on another big adjustment, surrounding yourself with supportive people helps so much. I talked to Eric, close family, friends, and on the blog. My mom always tells me that there is no greater joy than knowing your child is happy. If you can wake up each day and feel happy about where you’re going, you’re already a success.

“It isn’t necessary to know exactly how your ideal life will look; you only have to know what feels better and what feels worse…Begin making choices based on what makes you feel freer and happier, rather than on how you think an ideal life should look. It’s the process of feeling our way toward happiness, not the realization of the Platonic ideal, that creates our best lives.” ~Martha Beck

What she said. :)


For a recap of how I changed careers and my full story, check out my ‘A Year Can Change A Lot’ Series:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, and Part 10 (1 year later)

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1 Cait's Plate August 25, 2011

I LOVED this post and it could not have been more timely. I’m still trying to work this out for myself…but reading this gives me hope!


2 Amy August 25, 2011

Beautiful post, as always.



3 Lindsey August 25, 2011

Thank you so much for this post. I love how you wrote that no longer have a check to skip to the bank with lead to an identity crisis… I could never put into words haw i felt about no longer having a job, but that is totally it. A year ago we relocated and i left my job that I absolutely loved (I was a blaster….hehehe…FUN!) so that my husband could take a position as a nurse at a very prestigious hospital. I don’t regret the move but feel very lost as i no longer have family around nor do i bring in any income, which leads to feeling like I’m not contributing to our financial situation….which leads to another set of problems… It’s so easy to get into a downward spiral and not be able to pull one self out again. After reading the quote above, i realized all the things that I do “while procrastinating” that i could look into….. Thank you so much…While your recipes are amazing…this post could be a life changer.

I feel better now : )


4 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Thanks for sharing your story! Good luck with everything.


5 Tiff August 25, 2011


The same sort of thing happened for me. We moved across the country for my husband’s dream job 3 years ago. I am finishing up my graduate studies but not contributing financially. I know how you feel. Good luck to you!


6 Brittany @ Runwithbritt August 25, 2011

Beautiful post. As a college student, I know sometimes my friends and I struggle with career path that we are pursuing. I can’t wait to share this with my sister and my best friends. I feel like there is so much societal pressure for women to have more analytical and scientific jobs to compete with men. It’s really refreshing to read your story and know that sometimes taking a leap of faith is scary, but can lead to a better outcome. Thank you!


7 Kelsey @ My Search of Summer August 25, 2011

I really struggled once I graduated in May. I started my blog as an outlet and as something to do. After a month or so of searching for a job and coming up short, I really didn’t want to do anything that went along with my degree! Luckily, I found a great job that gives me a creative outlet there, as well as gives me time to keep up my own writing!


8 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 25, 2011

What a great post, thank you for sharing Angela.

I definitely agree with looking to your childhood passions – that’s how I chose my current career, which I love. It took me a while to get there but it’s all part of the journey.


9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 25, 2011

Ange, this is yet another one of my favourite posts! Like you, I could talk about careers for ages (probably close to as long as I could talk about food!)
“This blog was in essence, ‘the work I did while I procrastinated'” – this is me ENTIRELY! Even though I have a full time job, my blog is the work that I do when I’m not technically ‘working’. Yes, maintaining it is work, but it’s work I love to do. I loved your answers to these questions, and even though we’ve discussed this before, I still continue to learn tons from you. Thanks! :)


10 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission August 25, 2011

Beautiful post.
I’m a freelance writer right now while I’m in university and I honestly love it and want to pursue it further when I graduate, but I know that writers don’t make a huge income. I just want to do something that I’m passionate about or I won’t do it at all.
Your story is inspiring and it’s amazing that you didn’t settle for a career that didn’t make you feel happy & accomplished. I hope to be the same way!


11 Abby August 25, 2011

Thank you for addressing my question!
I have a hard time accepting that what I’m doing is what I’ll be doing years from now, but it’s just what you said–finding that passion and preparing to make a change. Because I’m not entirely sure what avenues are available to me–or what paths I can blaze myself–it’s best to simply keep at what I’m doing until I have a concrete plan.
And while I still don’t know if it’s possible for me (and would still give a kidney to be baking in your shoes,) your story is a great place for me to go when those moments of doubt creep back in.


12 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Good luck with everything. I know you’ll figure it out. :)


13 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) August 25, 2011

I LOVE this post!! I am in the process of deciding what I should do career-wise and I’m finding it hard!! Do I go with my passions or what is the ‘sensible’ thing to do?! I think this has given me the answer though :)


14 The Teenage Taste August 25, 2011

Great, great, GREAT post! I definitely think happiness is one of the most important things in life and I’m glad your job brings you happiness now! I’d LOVE to be a “professional food blogger.” :-D


15 Natalie August 25, 2011

Darn, I really thought this was going to end with “and my big news is…”.


16 Jodi August 25, 2011

LOVED the opening quote, if only I could find the courage to change careers. Scared to death!


17 Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 25, 2011

I love this post and completely identify with it. I too made the decision to leave a job that was draining me and making me unhappy for a job I love, even though it means that now I struggle with money and work 100 times harder than before. Your job is such a big part of your life- it’s what you spend the most hours in a week doing, so it HAS to make you happy. Finding what makes you happy is hard, sticking with it through the challenges is harder. But knowing you did what your heart wants makes it all worth it.


18 Faith @ For the Health of It August 25, 2011

I love your opening quote – that’s definitely how I feel about my blog, which is (indirectly) tired to my real job – writing is what I love to do whenever I get the chance, so I feel like I’m definitely in the right field! It’s such a relief to know that I’m doing what I want to be doing for the rest of my life…even if it took me five months of misery in a preschool slaving myself to death just to make ends meet! I’m so glad I took the risks to switch fields, and I can’t wait to see where writing takes me in the future :)


19 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 25, 2011

I’m really enjoying this series of posts.


20 Andrea B. @ Vegvacious August 25, 2011

This is a wonderful post Angela! I’ve been going through the pains of trying to figure out my passion. You’ve given me lots of food for thought with this post!!! Too many people just ‘go through the motions’ everyday, but I want to LOVE getting up every morning to do something I am truly passionate about!


21 thehealthyapron August 25, 2011

This is wonderful. I seriously awnt to quit my job and move. My husband is job hunting but I really wnt to start my own business. I have gotten supportive and unsupportive remarks from friends/family but I know I have to do what is best for me. I’m not happy working for other eople! I want to do what I want to do and I believe I can be successful at it (someday). Thanks for the inspiration this morning! Love the end quote…going on my FB status today :)


22 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life August 25, 2011

Girl, you are so inspirational. For real! I love this post. I am lucky enough to say I work in a career that I absolutely love, despite the fact that it’s stressful and demanding.

I wish I could knock this sense into my sister, who is going to a school she hates because it is cheaper than the one she previously attended (and loved!). It’s hard to see her sacrifice her happiness for monetary gain, because I know that’s not the way life should be lived. Despite all my and my mom’s coaxing, she is hard headed and apparently this is a lesson she has to learn herself.

I am so happy you made a long, hard decision that led to your life’s happiness! You rock!


23 Stormy @Maoomba August 25, 2011

Hi Angela, Thank you for sharing your path. I quit my job as a health care quality and IT professional last year to run a business that eventually died a good death. When it did, both my husband and I were jobless and trying to figure out the “what next”. We are in the process of pursuing our passions for food, travel, and social good, but I’ve got to say, it’s been a rough road with a lot of questioning, hope, frustration, excitement, and sheer will power. But, we’ve reached the point where the idea of going back to “what was” is more frightening than the challenge of pursuing what could be. Here’s to passion and perseverance!


24 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

‘what’s next’ really resonates with me. Instead of seeing something as not working out, it was an experience, and you are ready for your next one. and then another after that. I think that is really what life is all about! I love your spirit. :)


25 Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 25, 2011

Thank you so much for posting this, I’ll be saving it to read again! This is something I have recently started working on and you are truly an inspiration! All of the emotions you mentioned are the ones that I feel just thinking about pursuing something I love instead of the career I went to school for/makes money.


26 Eileen August 25, 2011

I love this post. I can really relate to your concerns about your research career. 3 years ago, after much back and forth, I decided not to continue with my PhD in biomedical engineering. I just didn’t see myself being happy going down the post-doc/professor research lab path. The problem was that I didn’t know what I wanted to do instead! I took a “fall back” job in 2 labs, doing more of the writing/management instead of research, while I continued searching and applying for jobs. I finally found a position at a small company that is still somewhat research based but with much more practical applications, and without the rigid academic hierarchy.

I still wonder sometimes if this is what I *really* want to do for the rest of my life, but I think that will just be a lifelong process! Right now my husband is trying to figure out his future career path, and you have some great advice here that I will pass along to him!


27 Jena August 25, 2011

Thanks for these great words of wisdom. Your blog has really been making me think about what makes me happy, what kind of career I would find fulfilling (even though I have what I thought was my ‘dream’ job)… These thoughts are often in the back of my mind, and after 6+ months, I think I’m finally starting to have an idea of what makes me happy. Crazy that I didn’t know earlier though.

I’d love to hear an update on your posts from earlier this summer about experiencing anxiety, and how you were dealing with it. I love your food posts, and I love that you add in these more personal touches that are real ‘food for thought’.

PS- You’re “crazy” if you think you’re not using your psychology degree ;)


28 MindyG August 25, 2011

I’m on the cusp of making that leap myself right now. You hit on a BUNCH of my questions, my issues, the things that had held me back…. Other things I had been kicking around but didn’t even want to say out loud.
I have a few friends that lately have been reminding me to take the leap and have faith my preparation will help me through, and that sometimes I have to make myself uncomfortable to achieve the end result.
Seeing someone who will just put it out there (the reality of changing your career), and has gone through it is invaluable… thank you.

I particularly like the part about disppointing those close to you. One of the biggest reasons I ended up in my current ill-fated career path is my mother steered me towards something “reliable” and “dependable”… even though it’s never fueled any of my soul.


29 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit August 25, 2011

Thanks for this post, I read each and every word twice over. You’re SO inspirational.
“it was the best positive escape I could’ve had to get me through that time” – I can really relate to this. I started my blog (on Oct 31 too!) to try and create a positive venue in my life. I started with a couple of posts a week but within month I was up to a post a day, I couldn’t get enough. My negative thoughts started turning positive and I could express myself in ways I hadn’t in years.

“If there’s a voice inside you that suggests you try something out, give it a shot because it could be your hidden passion!” SO true! It’s scary to listen to that voice at times; as you said, but it’s so valuable. A couple weeks ago that ‘voice’ told me to go to an ashram in BC. I’ve never been to an ashram, I don’t necessarily enjoy leaving home by myself, but I trusted it… and I’m leaving in an hour for a whole week.

“When I quit my job, I was on my own during workday hours. No one could figure it out but me and that was really scary” this has been the scariest for me. Not having anyone. I can deal with everything else that accompanies quitting your job to follow your passion, but having to deal with stuff on my own is the biggest hurdle, but it’ll be great when I accomplish it!

Thanks again for this :)


30 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Thanks for sharing Leanne and good luck on your trip!!


31 Amy @ The Whole Sweet Scoop August 25, 2011

I love this post. It makes me feel a little less alone and a little less insane. I started my blog very recently in hopes of using it as a tool to eventually change the path of my life to the direction I want to go. It is very hard – especially coming from a family of successful 9-5ers, it can feel very isolating to attempt to change your life path so drastically. Luckily, my new husband is very supportive and always pushes me to blaze my own trail and be happy. Reading things like this makes me realize that I am not crazy and I am not alone. Thank you!


32 katie@ KatieDid August 25, 2011

I have always loved these posts of yours Angela. As I go into my senior year in college, all of this is finally feeling real to me and scary somedays too. Ever since starting a blog though, I can sense myself making daily choices that make me feel more free and happy. My passions are coming through more clearly, and so many inspiring bloggers make me believe that following these passions can be a reality.


33 Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove August 25, 2011

What a wonderful post! It’s so nice seeing people doing what will make them happy. I’ll be getting married in October so started my blog so I could write all of my ideas down in one place (Pinterest helps, too!). I’ve had so much fun with it that I want to continue it for as long as possible, just shifting the focus onto other aspects of my life. It’s a nice little escape.

I’m hoping that I can be as brave as you were!


34 Lynne August 25, 2011

Thank you so much for this post, Angela. I am definitely going to go back and read it again. While I have gone through a bit of an identity crisis since leaving my job a couple of months ago, I am now feeling so much more positive about the future. :)


35 Nikki T August 25, 2011

Great post!! Very helpful and inspiring.


36 Kim August 25, 2011

Wow, this couldn’t have come at a better time!! I just put in my months notice at my steady job as a trainer to pursue my own nutritional consulting business!! I feel the exact way, Angela! It is very scary stepping into a new career field, but oh so worth the risk!
Thank you for sharing your story!


37 Holly @ The Runny Egg August 25, 2011

I love this post Angela — I’m so happy that you were able to get out of that unhappy situation and turn your life around. I’m still in the middle of “well what should/could I do if I were to leave my job?” — I enjoy my job but it doesn’t bring me enjoyment like I wish it would. And sometimes I think I am just not ever content — and I’m not sure if that is a good or bad thing!


38 Kim August 25, 2011

I completely understand and agree with you on this post. I gave up my Masters in Occupational Therapy because I knew the work just caused me too much sadness, but it was also the comfort of knowing that my fiance would stand by my decision that it gave me the courage to do it instead of waiting until after I graduated to switch careers.


39 Bethany August 25, 2011

Thank you so much for your thougthful insight. Your post couldn’t have come at a more important time for me as I ponder my own “I quit.” I’m dealing with a lot of the initial planning and angst that you describe, but I too know in my gut that I need to pursue what makes me happy, even if I am unsure of every last detail. Thankfully I have a year to save up even though I too am planning my wedding. I think it’s monumentally important, though, that you and others share these stories (and hopefully I can too when I’ve found my new path!). Without this kind of positive support, so many people will continue to listen to society’s unjust belief that life is tough and that we all don’t have the luxury of loving our jobs. I truly believe we each have the potential to do what we dream and love. We simply must find it in ourselves to unlock this, trust in it, and follow it through despite all the opinions outside and within us.


40 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Beautiful words :)


41 Natalcho August 25, 2011

Angela – thank you thank you for this post! I love the whole series! I wish I could be brave like you and just do what makes me happy but unfortunately I am too stuck in this corporate career of mine and I know that I will not get out for a while. However, I don’t feel hopeless anymore. I feel empowered since starting my own blog. I am back in touch with my creativity and I am loving it. And for now this part time hobby of mine is enough. But I can already feel it is becoming a bigger part of my life than I ever thought it will. And I do hope that one day I will have the guts to quit, move to a sunny country, open a vegan organic cafe and write. One step at a time … but I am very happy with my place in this journey now because I can feel I am going somewhere. I no longer feel stuck in my full time job. My life is full!

P.S. Can I get Glo Bars delivered in London or Zurich? I have been reading your blog for a while and I am dying to try them:))


42 Shanna, Like Banana August 25, 2011

Fabulous insight as always Angela — thank you!

Taking the leap is oh very hard..I am a bit in transition mode and even finding it hard to perhaps change my title from Engineer to Business Analyst…why am I so strung up on the title? Not so sure yet…


43 Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) August 25, 2011

I absolutely love this post Ang!

I plan on going part-time in a year and a half at my job (or finding a part-time job seperate from where I work now) because I really am not the kind of person who wants to climb the corporate ladder and make tons of money; it’s just not important to me. Luckily, my hubby completely supports this (I’ve told him this since we were dating) and we are just waiting until we are finacially secure enough for me to do this.

I don’t know exactly what I want to do… but I know I want more time at home. :)

I’m off to brainstorm about what “life toxins” I can get rid of. I’m thinking facebook for sure…. ;)


44 Caitlyn August 25, 2011

This is a very motivating and inspiring post. As an undergrad, I was very uncertain what I wanted to do and ended up choosing a major I don’t enjoying, although I didn’t know it until it was too late to change majors. It doesn’t let me utilize my creativity or allow me to do the things that make me happy. A few months ago I decided to go back to school to get my Master’s in a field completely unrelated to my bachelors, but in something that makes me really happy (a Master’s in Nutrition!). Reading your “A Year of Change” series made me more confident with the decision I’m making. Thanks for sharing your story, Angela! You have given me a boost of confidence!


45 Jesica August 25, 2011

I just finished reading this post and it corresponded in such lovely ways with a passage I *just* put on a notecard on my desk: “You can only ever be yourself. The more you try to be like someone else, the more you find yourself standing in the way.” (Salman to Lin, in David Gregory Roberts’s Shantaram, p. 834).

The characters in the book are less than savory (mafia bosses, hired assassins, etc.), but so much about it rings honest and true, particularly the part about US standing in our own way when we’re trying to prevent ourselves from being what we ought to be.

Thanks for your post. :)


46 Amanda M August 25, 2011

This post is great and I absolutely love the quote at the end. I’m currently gearing up to leave my full-time position to pursue my interests in health and nutrition and start my own blog (it’s been a long time coming!). Like you, I studied Psychology in college, but I now know that it was more out of a desire to help people than do research. I ended up taking a job in search engine marketing out of college – which is totally unrelated, but I needed a paycheck. I actually really enjoyed it for the first couple of years (my co-workers were amazing), but then I accepted an offer with another agency and I’ve spent the last 2 years feeling completely stagnant and unhappy career-wise. It’s been really tough because I felt like I was losing my identity. I’ve always been extremely hard-working and ambitious, and this job is not at all challenging, has little room for growth, and I have very little in common with my co-workers. I knew in my gut when I was interviewing that this wasn’t the place for me, but it was a very good salary and I told myself I would find a way to make it work. I won’t make that mistake again.

On the plus side, I now understand how important it is for me to take the leap and pursue my passions. I have no idea where life will take me, and that’s scary because I’m such a planner, but I know for sure that I will seriously regret not taking a chance to put myself out there and try something new. I’m 27 right now and I don’t want to let another year go by and think “What if?”.

Thank you so much for writing these posts and sharing your story.


47 Jen @ August 25, 2011

Great post! I can relate to this a lot. Thanks for the inspiration!


48 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 25, 2011

I love this post. It motivates me to remain open and keep telling people about my passions. One day the perfect opportunity will present itself and I hope to have the guts that you do to make a move and take advantage of open windows.


49 Heather @ Get Haalthy with Heather August 25, 2011

Taking that leap of faith is so scary… I hope to take it someday with the *right* planning in. Your story was great to read!


50 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 25, 2011

I am so glad I’m not alone in feeling the ways you felt when you left. Particularly “who are you” if you don’t have a “real” job in other people’s eyes. It’s scary to leave your job, I left mine of 12 years but in addition to the immense stress and hostile work environment it had become, I saw the writing on the wall. I knew the same time next year our branch wouldn’t exist. Some people followed me out and other waited for 6 months…when they fired them all.

Good for you for following your heart!


51 Maria August 25, 2011

Thank you so much, Angela, for taking the time to answer these questions. I am at a turning point right now in my career and while I haven’t planned well enough yet to quit, I know it might be in the horizon for me. When I was struggling, I spent an entire evening reading your career change posts and they inspired and uplifted me. Just when I thought that I had no one to relate to, there your posts were…words that felt like they could have come from me as well. I didn’t quit my job after reading them, but I did make a plan. I made a plan to save money, to find happiness in the little things each day instead of saying “Oh, I’ll be happy when I finally can quit”…and so far its working. I work my 8+ hour a day and then I put them behind me, finding other things that make me happy. I try to separate work and personal life and know that my job doesn’t define me, it’s those things I do after work and on the weekends that are truly me, so I’ve embraced those.

Again, thank you for your openness. It has helped me tremendously.


52 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

I’m so happy to hear that Maria :)


53 Ellie@fitforthesoul August 25, 2011

Yeahh it’s interesting to see how so so many people don’t realize that they have made their identity WHAT they do and what kind of career they have, etc. It’s so cool that money-saving bits have stuck with you! I need to learn more of that I think haha.


54 Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries August 25, 2011

What an encouraging post! I love your story, it’s so inspiring. I feel like it’s SO important to enjoy what you do over anything else. So many people stick with a job they don’t like because it’s making them good money or they think they’re just not “supposed” to enjoy their job. SO not true, and I’m so glad you confronted this. :)


55 Shelley @ MileHighHealthy August 25, 2011

You are very brave and inspiring! Not many people will really take the chance to do what they love, especially in these tough times. I admire your decision, I know it couldn’t have been easy, and I am grateful that you are here at Oh She Glows now!


56 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

I’m grateful for you Shelley :)


57 Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) August 25, 2011

This is such an inspirational post! I think it’s very sweet and brave at the same time that you post about this. I love that you did what felt best, even though it meant cutting back on things like clothes etc. It is nice and comforting to know that there ARE people who are doing what they want to do, and aren’t becoming poor of it ;)


58 Bethany M. August 25, 2011

Hey Ang! Thank you for this post!

I especially love this portion of Martha Beck’s quote: “It isn’t necessary to know exactly how your ideal life will look; you only have to know what feels better and what feels worse.”

I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve told myself that I don’t know where to start, or what the right path is for my life. But being able to say what feels better and what feels worse?- totally! Now that sounds like a starting place! I knew in my heart that my last job was sucking the life out of me, and even though I finally got out, it was hard to make that leap. Why don’t we trust our instincts more?! I had mornings when I’d wake up with finger nail dents on my palms (from clenching my fists in my sleep.) That’s not healthy. I was such an anxious ball of stress, and everyone that loved me knew I wasn’t happy. I think for a long time, I didn’t quit, because I didn’t know where to go. I interviewed for a few jobs, and they just felt wrong. I do think it is so important to pay attention to how we feel walking away from an interview. Did I like the people? Did I feel like there was positive energy in the air? Did I feel like people responded to me well, and would treat me with respect? If the answer is no, or if you have any nagging doubts, it’s probably not the right fit.

As we go through our career-finding journeys, I think it’s important to know that sometimes it doesn’t happen all at once. Sometimes you have to jump from cobblestone to cobblestone, each time taking a leap of faith, believing that it is going to get better. Maybe I don’t love my current cobblestone, but it sure as hell is a million times better than the one I just jumped off of! Finding the right job, the right fit, takes effort and time. I wish it would just take one big jump, but it takes a series of jumps. I hope that as long as I keep my happiness in sight, I’ll keep having the courage to leap. :)


59 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

That is such a great analogy Bethany! I love the idea of stepping stones. :) And also, not to see failures but ask ‘what’s next’ instead as a reader earlier mentioned.


60 Lauren August 25, 2011

This post is great! I really needed to read something like this before heading back to university this fall :) thanks, and I am glad you found your passion! It shows with ever post!


61 Ashley August 25, 2011

I love this post– and back in August of last year, I made a similar decision. I had just graduated from college and since I was a student employee, I lost my job since I wasn’t a student anymore, and hadn’t gotten into graduate school. So I took a job in one of the coffee shops on campus. During the training for that job, I began to feel my anxiety coming back full-force. I eventually called my dad one Sunday morning and he told me that I probably wasn’t on the right path for me, and that I should quit. I quit that day, and never looked back. A month later, I took a job at Walmart, and while working there, the job I have now I interviewed for and received. In November, I felt that I could make ends meet with just one job instead of two, and went forward with the job I have now, which has me working at home. It’s led to me discovering a passion for baking/blogging and writing, as well. I finally feel like I’m heading somewhere I need to be– that I finally found happiness with what I want to do. It was scarier than hell, but I did it– and I’ve never regretted it:)


62 Steph & lunges and lunch August 25, 2011

Yes, yes, yes on all accounts! :)
I know for sure that I’m in the career I want to be in, but I’ve definitely taken an unconventional route. I had a full-time job with benefits and it was in the right career….but the wrong agency. I was miserable, wishing every morning that I could call in sick. I left security and went to Kenya for several months where I volunteered at an orphanage, climbed Mt. Kenya, blew all my money and found my spirit again. I’m headed back to school this fall for my Masters in Social Work and I’m excited to see how I can marry my love of Africa, nutrition (did nutrition school this year too lol) and social work.

Thanks, Ang, for being honest not only about the joys of following your heart but also the struggles.



63 Kensy Balch August 25, 2011

I don’t usually comment but I just wanted to thank you for your inspirational and contemplative posts. You have really influenced and shifted the way I see the world in following your blog the past three years. You are a wonderful, strong woman. I’m so happy you have found your passions and what you love.


64 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Thank you so much Kensy, that means so much to me. =) All the best!


65 Stephanie August 25, 2011

This post is so inspirational. I feel as though I am at a turning point in my career, and this was just what I needed to read. Thank you!


66 Jennifer August 25, 2011

Great post. You have seem really lovely thoughts on life. Thanks for sharing them.


67 veganlisa August 25, 2011

Following your journey has given me the encouragement I needed to reexamine my path. I requested a six month leave of absence and have a big adventure planned. I don’t know what will happen when the six months are up but I now feel like I have permission to dream big.



68 Heather August 25, 2011

Amazing post!

I have just quit my job of three years to pursue a Master’s in Counselling Psychology. A very big change!

Like you my decision seemed spontaneous to outsiders but has been very well calculated.

Thanks for the inspiration!


69 girl in the pink August 25, 2011

This post was so inspirational for me!

Last year my husband and I quit our full time jobs, moved to another state and started new careers! Financially, it was a scary move – we were really broke for awhile and still kind of are! BUT, you are so right – you get used to the cutbacks and I actually think I have learned a lot of about what I really do need and what I don’t.

It took me awhile to get in the swing of things, but everything is starting to fall into place and I am so glad we made the move! It’s so important to follow your passion!


70 AGS August 25, 2011

Angela — thank you for continuing to write about this topic of finding your passion. . . following your dream. . . dealing with career choices. I am intrigued by the concept of “following your gut” — something most of us are discouraged from doing, because we aren’t being sufficiently objective. Discernment isn’t something most of us are really trained in growing up. I’ve gotten better over time, but still find it hard to understand what I’m feeling/why I’m feeling it “deep down” at my core — and then how to act on that. Throw in major life changes, and it gets harder. But this is so encouraging to read. To remember that you can still follow your instincts and dreams EVEN IF it’s hard!


71 Moni'sMeals August 25, 2011

You are so amazing, how many times have I said that by the way!
You are a hero and lets just give you your own show right about now! :)


I love what I do too and feel blessed everyday. Dreams can come true!


72 Ashley August 25, 2011

Great post! I just quit my full time job in the corporate world to return to school and pursue my passion in nutrition. At the same time, we moved from Kansas City to Portland. Needless to say, this time in my life has been a little scary, not knowing exactly what the future will hold for me, but I’m excited!


73 lynn @ the actor's diet August 25, 2011

love this post! i am all about doing what you love – i’ve spent an entire life dealing with the negativity that comes with being an actress, but the outcome is well worth it.


74 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 25, 2011

I admire you so much for following your heart, Angela. I was pressured into putting all of my energy into the legal field, although I knew deep down that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. Today, I’ve backed out of it– and I’m enjoying life more than ever :D

You and your blog have been such an inspiration to me, as a college student in the midst of making major life decisions. I probably wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for your story.

Thank you for sharing with us :)


75 Andrea August 25, 2011

wow what a timely post for me and I see for many of your followers. I love your question about what we liked as children. 2 things popped in to my mind immediately when I read that and those two things were related to some choices I have been considering for my future. Thanks so much for posting this! You just confirmed what I had been thinking.


76 tuula August 25, 2011

A great book on this is “Finding Your Own North Star” by Martha Beck.


77 Tracy @ Commit To Fit August 25, 2011

Great post, so inspiring!


78 Irina @ Perfect Paradox World August 25, 2011

Wow these are all fantastic suggestions! I’m in a transitional phase of life right now (just graduated from college) and it’s been extraordinarily difficult to adjust to this new chapter.

The suggestion that resonated most with me is actually one that I have used throughout college- look back at who you were in childhood! Childhood is an unadulterated version of who we are deep inside :)

Great post!


79 Dutchgirl Sam August 25, 2011

Love this post, thank you for sharing.


80 Melanie August 25, 2011

Loved this post! Thanks for sharing!

I let go of a job that I had had for 18 years two years ago. It was a very tough decision to make, partly because I was worried about the money I was letting go and partly I was worried about letting go of my identity. I think the latter was the hardest part. I was making the career change to work with my husband in our business, but when you’ve been identified as doing a certain type of work so long, it’s hard to let that go. I think a huge part of making a career change is letting go of that part of yourself that says “I am ___________ and this is what I do”. So many times in social situations, people don’t want to know who you are–just what you do. Maybe society has to change how we view people. Anyway, I think the key is to come to terms with the fact that you are going to be doing something that you love/enjoy and that it doesn’t matter what others are thinking or going to think of you because of it.


81 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Wow I can imagine that must have been so tough on you. Congrats for having the courage to try something new. A reader earlier mentioned, ‘what’s next’ and I think it sounds so much better than ‘well that didnt work out’.


82 Living, Learning, Eating August 25, 2011

Good for you!

I have to admit…I’m worried about whether medicine is really the right career for me, or if I’m just doing it because I’m *supposed* to. My hobbies (fiction writing, reading, acting, traveling, being outside, discussing international affairs and culture, fashion, and baking) are all not exactly great foundations for a secure future.

And, since my dad was unemployed for 5 years and is still unhappily underemployed, I put a lot of emphasis on career security…


83 Jenny @ Simply August 25, 2011

I feel like I have been in school my whole life – degrees, diploma’s, certificates, etc. and am just now figuring out “what I want to be when I grow-up.” I have had many jobs but no career, and honestly the best jobs I have had are the ones that don’t require me to sit in an office all day. Variety is the spice of life and I think that is why blogging is so attractive and rewarding for many of us. We get to try on many hats and decide what works for us and makes us who we are.

My current job requires me to sit in front a computer and “look busy” all day. I am unfulfilled and many of my talents are wasted and unrecognized, but I know this is not where I will work for the rest of my life. It’s all part of the master plan. This job allows me to work on my blog, connect with other bloggers and hone my photoshop/illustrator/InDesign skills – and I still get all my work done!

I am slowly taking the steps to make the necessary changes beginning with a reduced work week starting in September. This will allow me to spend more time at home with my son, and will also reduce the financial aspect of daycare. And I don’t lose any of my mat leave time I have saved up in anticipation of baby #2 we are planning for in the next year or so.

The best part of the Master Plan? When my husband and I talk about our future careers we are both on the exact same page :)


84 cathy August 25, 2011

i love when you talk about your university education, career choices, tough decisions…your story is one with which i can identify, but i also think you are such a positive example of how to take charge of your life.
i left teaching for retail at the running store…yup, family members still don’t get it, i have a tiny clothing/entertainment budget…but i dance in to work every day with a smile, and that is what counts the most.
thanks so much for this post, angela!


85 Dorota August 25, 2011

Thanks for a beautiful and inspiring post. I’m particularly impressed by how well you planned and prepared for your career move.

I’d actually love to know more about what you do today and how you run your bakery. Is your bakery at home or somewhere else? Do you still feel isolated since you have no co-workers? What is your typical day like at the bakery? How do you like growing and owning a business as opposed to being a regular employee. I’d love for you to write a post on it!


86 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Hey Dorata,
Thanks for your comment :) Great questions too. I have some info on my bakery on my FAQ page that may answer some of your questions.
As for the isolation, yes working from home is isolating at times, especially in the Winter. I have gotten used to it for the most part, and because of my blog I don’t really ever feel ‘alone’ if that makes sense. When I do get lonely I usually go to a coffee shop or have a friend over for lunch to help break up the day.


87 Dorota August 30, 2011

Thanks for the answer Angela! I work from home as well, which is why I ask :) Having someone over for lunch is a good idea!


88 Corinne August 25, 2011

Thank you! I’m at a fork right now, my contract of over 3 yrs is ending (and I started it as I was finishing my M.Sc. too). I don’t know where I’ll be next week and it has me feeling anxious, embarrassed, stressed. I am liberated because it is not my dream job, just was a good fit and transition, but I worry a lot about what family will think as I am out of work and ‘unproductive.’ I know I have to press on and wait for my ideal job/career to present itself.


89 Cindy Robinson August 25, 2011

Thank you, thank you, Angela! I feel like this post was shouting at me. I have finally found my passion in life. And although I’m not sure exactly where to go with it, I have decided the field I’m in, is not for me. All of those fears above reflect how I’m feeling. I even started a blog because I feel it helps to write (I’ve used alot of your tips on how to beat negative thinking), and I think it will help my creativity (even though I only have one post! Ha Ha!). You’re a beautiful inspiration on the inside, as well as out ;)
Cindy Robinson


90 Melissa August 25, 2011

Wow, what a wonderful post! I just just graduated with a degree in exercise physiology with a minor in nutrition, and I have no Idea what I should be doing! Positions in my field are all over the place and not so clear cut as other degrees. My passion is really nutrition and thats what I am going for! Wether it takes more school or not, it is what I truly want :) Thank you!


91 Lauren August 25, 2011

Thank you for this post. I always leave your blog feeling uplifted and inspired. :) One of the most important things for me since starting college (I’ll be a junior in a few weeks) is realizing that no matter what I’m doing, if I’m happy, I’m doing it right.


92 Amber K August 25, 2011

I have the hardest time with this. I’m trying to determine what sort of job I would like, if I should go back to school, if I do go back to school what I should take, etc. And I can never use the advice of what you loved to do as a kid and/or what you do to procrastinate because I just don’t see how I can turn them into jobs. As a child as now I listen to music, read a book, or watch TV. That’s about it, when I have free time I do one of those three things. And when I was younger I did one (or a combo) of those things for hours at a time. And when I hung out with friends we would go to the movies, listen to music, or watch TV.

Now if someone could just pay me to read a book or watch TV I’d be set! Especially since I’m not really a fan of rehashing what I’ve read or watched. I just like to absorb. It’s when I have to spit back out what I have “learned” that I lose interest. Which is why I always hated reading for school. I might have actually liked the book, but if I have to discuss it in depth and overanalyze the thing to death I just get bored.

All I have wanted for the past few years is to be a mom, but even after five years of trying I’m just not having any luck! And being a stay-at-home mom wouldn’t pay me anything either…I wouldn’t want the amount of money to affect my decision. But something would be nice!


93 Julie (A Case of the Runs) August 25, 2011

Can I take this opportunity to vent?

First of all, we’re “major” twins! My undergraduate degree was in Psychology. I went on to get an MS and PhD in a business type psychology. Currently work in Human Resources in talent management (finding and developing successors to people’s positions), which is rather fun at times, even if it’s data-analysis intensive (I actually like that aspect).

I would say I’m doing what I want now… always wanted to “help people,” but there are LOTS of ways to “help people.” I didn’t want to be a researcher (did that) or clinician, so business psychology was my way to help others in something they do a lot (which is work… you spend more waking time at work than with your own family — true!).

BUT, with times like these, it has been VERY hard to nail down something, and it is very painful to think that all those years in school and planning has not quite worked out. I’m remaining hopeful, but I admit to blitzing resumes to anyplace I think I might qualify and have received a poor response. It seems like my education is now working against me when it comes to choosing people for professional-level jobs.

I thought about starting my own business, but I’m honestly not ready for that right now. I just want to find some corporate gig and then start a family in a few years. A career would be somewhat secondary, but I just want some stability (ie, not moving from job to job every year). I often feel so trapped. Kudos to those who are smart and daring enough to carve their own paths!


94 Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood August 25, 2011

You’re really amazing, you know that? Thank you so much for this post, as I too have been struggling and trying to find the right career path for me. I still haven’t found it yet, and at times I feel kind of helpless and wonder what others would think of me if I just up and left my current job position and did something crazy or irrational for once in my life. Thank you again so, so much for letting me know that I’m not the only one in the world who feels this way!<3


95 Kiah August 25, 2011

I can’t tell you how inspirational this was to read. I just wrote a post about my (somewhat) similar experience, and a lot of what you said really resonated…I was just talking with a friend about the experience of “slowing down” and how, in fact, it can propel us forward :-) THANK YOU for sharing! I’m off to check out your A Year Can Change A Lot” series.


96 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Thank you Kiah, I’m happy you enjoyed it!


97 Tiff August 25, 2011

I am in the process of writing my master’s thesis and I’m already feeling like I need a career change as well. I’m grateful for my education, but not certain that my chosen field is what will make me happy. We’ll see what happens but it’s good to know that I’m not alone…


98 Wendy Irene August 25, 2011

This was an awesome post! Needs to be shared! Truly inspirational and I LOVE, LOVE that Martha Beck quote. Isn’t she great?!


99 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

yes she is!


100 Vicky August 25, 2011

Love reading all of your posts Angela. Read all of your “parts” too…
I need a tutorial on Pinterest. Off to youtube it..


101 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Oh Pinterest is addicting :)


102 Justine August 25, 2011

love this. I was more or less forced to leave my last job, am about to take a new one I’m unsure about, and have a new baby daughter 6 months old… I need to take Martha’s advice!


103 Shayla @ The Good Life August 25, 2011

I can’t even put into words how much I love this post and how inspiring you are to me. I continue to learn from your posts and thank you so much for sharing all this with us…your words have a way of putting things in a better perspective for me and that’s why I’ll always continue to read your blog…for these kinds of posts and of course, your delicious recipes! :)


104 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

That means so much to me, thank you Shayla :)


105 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun August 25, 2011

One of the best posts EVER! You are so inspiring Angela. I love how you go for it and share about it so openly to motivate others to do the same. :)


106 Seema August 25, 2011

Angela, this is an amazing post! I have been reading your blog since the beginning and it has always inspired and motivated me. I really hope that when you do write a book that you include your stories…everyone needs to hear them.

This post resonated with a quote I just read “Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up…This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.” – Terence McKenna

It’s true isn’t it? We just need to make the commitment and have faith…everything else will fall into place. <3


107 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Wow that’s beautiful :)


108 Kelli Adams August 25, 2011

Thank you so much for this post! Exactly what I needed today! I’ll let you know where it takes me…..


109 Bonnie August 25, 2011

What an incredible post! …would you mind if I used it as inspiration to write a similar post sometime next week, citing you of course? It got my brain rolling on so many things as I’m currently between jobs and noticing that I spend time blogging and working out (subsequently, I’m a personal trainer and LOVE to motivate others towards living better lives through fitness!)… just made me really thoughtful. Thanks – so well written and expressed!


110 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Oh by all means go ahead and write your heart out :) I’m touched that you’re inspired by it.


111 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 25, 2011

Thank you, thank you for this post, Ange!!!!!!!!!

“I didn’t spend money on entertainment, eating out, clothing, or anything that I didn’t think was a necessity at the time. I got used to the cutbacks after a couple months and many of my money-saving habits stuck with me. “–
Amen!!! I have so been there and that’s why I am the way I am today, too. I do spend money on things now and joke about it a bit on my blog but at the core..I am el cheapo b/c of my past and making sacrifices along the way. It stuck with me.

“Ultimately, I realized that I couldn’t live my life for other people.”-
And that is huge!!!! Not living your life for others and not doing things or refraining from doing things b/c of what others will think, do, say, or how they will react I think keeps tons of people in a state of unhappiness, limbo, or paralyzes them from living the life they truly want to be living.

Letting go of that “what will they think of me” mentality is soooo hard. Many people NEVER get out of it. I feel in most aspects of my life I am out of it, but of course, what people think does still matter to some degree, but it’s only a select few people now, i.e. my husband and child, not the whole world :)

SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! and I love this post!!!!


112 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Great points as always :) Thanks for your encouragement!


113 Courtney August 25, 2011

Wow, the timing on this post was so perfect for me. My story starts out so similarly to yours (landing a “great” full time job that I hated, while still finishing college and in the midst of planning my wedding)! Sadly, 5 years later, I am still in that job. I spend my free time at work thinking up recipes, reading food blogs (like right now!), and dreaming home and fashion designs. Not exactly in line with the things I do in my IT job. This week, I have spent a LOT of time thinking how to change these hobbies into a career. Your post was exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you so much!


114 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Goodluck with everything Courtney :)


115 Mama Pea August 25, 2011

I love this series. You are so brave to share.


116 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

:) Thanks Sarah!


117 Tracy @ Tracy's Treats August 25, 2011

I love how you touched on the subject of judgement from others. This is something I think women struggle with every day, and not just with our careers – with our personal relationships, body image, and financial decisions we make. I think many women get competitive with each other….playing the “Whose life is better?” Game.

But you’re right – you can’t live your life for other people or make choices based on the fear of being judged. Life is not a race or a competition. No matter where you are in life or what you choose to do, you should make decisions that are informed, healthy, and ultimately make YOU happy!


118 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Those are great points…I agree that it’s so easy to fall into that trap.


119 Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife August 25, 2011

Thank you so much for this post!


120 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 25, 2011

You are so brave to talk about all this stuff so openly! I have had a very similar thought process and lots of change (in terms of career goals and figuring out my aspirations/passions) over the past year, and I am still at that point you described, where you’re going back and forth, back and forth. I get very scared to move forward, because my path now is so much less certain and financially more unstable (and I have honestly, been very worried about being seen as “successful”- in a traditional sense to my friends and family), but I try to remind myself of the type of things you outlined–that those things won’t matter in the long run, being happy on a day to day basis is really all that matters. I might send you an email about this to get your advice! Hope thats ok :)


121 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

O fcourse :)
I know what you mean about wanting to be seen as successful. I think that was one of the main reasons I even went to grad school (dumb reason, right?) I thought in order to be successful that’s what I had to do. Silly me. :)


122 Addy August 25, 2011

Thank you so much, Angela, for this blog post!
As a recent graduate at the crossroads of so many decisions, its so encouraging to hear your positive perspective on the difficult but joyful path of self-employment. I think it takes a lot of courage to make the 180 degree turn that you did. Thank you for sharing that courage with others!


123 Christine (The Raw Project) August 25, 2011

Very inspirational post, thanks. It’s something I’ve been thinking about about lately dealing with the stress of my job while juggling blogging, family life, and hobbies.


124 Isabella Allard August 25, 2011

Hey Angela!

I absolutely love your post :) In fact all of them radiate your wonderful glow*
So thank you for shining your light and inspiring us to bring out our own :)

I especially love how you emphasize the importance of following your gut.
It really is your best guide. It just shows you (and us, for that matter ;) that even when you felt insecure, you still had the confidence to follow your instincts. That is something to be remarkably proud of :) Well done! Your urge must have been so strong, you had no option but to follow it! Unfortunately, so many of us fear our own intuition. We lack the courage to go with our gut and try to suppress what we feel because we think it’s not good enough. It is this internal battle which manifests in the form of all kinds of digestive disorders.
I used to suffer from horrible Irritable Bowel Syndrome and was severely gluten and lactose intolerant. I got so sensitive to all kinds of foods and combinations that I feared eating anything at all.
I knew I couldn’t be intolerant to EVERYTHING, so I had no choice but to awaken to what was really going on. The pain I felt had nothing to do with the food I was eating but all to do with me not following my gut. The minute I opened up, gave value to my emotions and acted on my urges, all dis-ease, dis-comfort and pain, dissolved* True bliss :) And now I experience optimum digestion because I went from being ‘intolerant’ to my emotions to being happily ‘tolerant’ to them. And this is just one of the wonderful benefits you experience when you follow your gut :)
You’re AWESOME Angela and it’s fantastic to see you are now doing exactly what you love* All that hard work surely paid off ;) You are definitely applying that principle to your blog with all your impressive posts and deliciously, creative recipes! Thank YOU! And thank you for showing us it’s all very possible! XOXOX

Just by being yourself, you help others. That’s all YOU have to do! :)


125 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Isabella, this is such a beautiful comment! I agree that so many of our physical problems show up due to holding back who we are. I suffer from IBS and I notice when it flares up- it’s usually when I’m anxious, upset, or fearing something in my life. The body really does tell us things every single day and like you found, it’s important to listen! Good for you for figuring all of this out. :)


126 Isabella Allard August 26, 2011

Thank you for your heart felt reply Angela. I really appreciate it :)
I see such similarities between us and it is so wonderful to share our insights and realize we draw the same conclusion :) It’s so wonderful to meet people like yourself who just get it and do all they can to live life to the fullest!
Keep shining*
I can’t wait to read today’s post! :) XOXO
Wishing you a FANTASTIC day!


127 Sami August 26, 2011

Hi Isabella, this really resonates with me. Do you have a contact address? Open to talking? Thks!


128 Isabella Allard August 26, 2011

Hey Sami!!!
Thanks for reaching out! It’s so good to hear you resonate with this :)
I would LOVE to help you out, so feel free to contact me:
We can skype too if you like ;)
I look forward to hearing from you!
Have a wonderful day!!!
XX :)


129 Keri August 25, 2011

I think it’s wonderful that you are able to do what you love, Angela! I know how it is to be miserable in a career field… in 2008 I started veterinary school, which by the way is really hard to get into. Everyone said how ‘lucky’ I was to be there (actually, I worked pretty hard for it, thank you very much) but as soon as I unpacked my bags I knew deep down that I did NOT want to be there. I ended up dropping out of school after only a month… the shortest career in University of Tennessee vet school history. It was the right decision for me, I was so unhappy I couldn’t stay there another minute.

Now, 3 years later, I’m one semester away from finishing nursing school. I discovered I love labor and delivery nursing. What could possibly be more rewarding than helping to bring a baby into this world? L&D jobs are hard to find, because lots of nurses want them, but I think my obvious passion for the work will help me land the job :)


130 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Wow what a great story! So cool that you were able to get out earlier rather than later too.


131 Jenn August 25, 2011

I’m have a similar story that is still ongoing. I got my PhD in chemistry last year and I’m now doing a postdoc in the same field. Jobs are non-existent, and if I did find one I would have to live in or near a big city. I’m looking for something to do so I can live somewhere quite with abundant outdoor activities! If I leave my discipline that is NINE YEARS of schooling gone. I think I’ll just stick out the postdoc and see where it takes me.

Le sigh.


132 Olya August 25, 2011

What a great post Angela! I blessed to have a choice in my life to do what I want to do. And it is very important to have a support of the loved ones. And it is true that having a supportive partner makes life much easier when it comes to making hard choices rather than when you’re on your own.


133 Jeni August 25, 2011

This post could not have come at a better time. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It is so, so easy to get caught up in the “should” of a situation that we often forget to ask ourselves what we really want. This is our only shot at life. Today. Right now. Thank you for the reminder.


134 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Exactly :)


135 Lizzie August 25, 2011

Hi Angela:

Loved this post and reading the responses – so many passionate, talented ladies out there who have a lot to offer! 6 years ago I was sitting in a job that I was not happy with and to afraid to leave. It took my husband (fed up with my oft long face) to convince me we wouldn’t sink if I left and that I could always temp until something came up. As it turned out, the day I handed my notice in, the family I babysat for were looking for a more part time for their newborn and combined with temping, was enough for 6 months. Then the father of the newborn offered me a P/T position at his (small) video editing company and that’s where I ended up, gradually learning as I went and now I’m an editor. Happy ending, right?

Well, sort of. While I do like my job (there are definitely issues within the company that are a stress for me), I am finding myself at that point again where I know what I want to do, but lack the confidence to just go for it. Even though it seems lately that everything I read is from a megaphone into my ear – make it happen!!! Plus I am into the baby stage, so need to consider that too. My feeling is it will all end up being happy insanity, if I just take a leap :)


136 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Thanks for sharing your story Lizzie. I know everything will work out because you seem dedicated to finding it :)


137 Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite August 25, 2011

Hi Angela! I love this post! Will probably be reading this anytime I feel any doubts towards my decisions. You pretty much hit all the points that have seriously been stressing me out the past year. You are truly inspirational!

I love your very first quote on this post. Long story short, I was the definition of a “job hopper” before the recession. I held all kinds of administrative jobs from in the finance, insurance, and all kinds of industries. I hated it. When I got laid off in 2008, I decided to follow my dream of attending culinary school. It was the best time of my life. It was awesome to be around people that love everything about food. I went to work in a restaurant after graduation and realized I hated it, the hours, the meager wages, working the weekends. I was miserable. I quit. Found a short stint working in the office of a restaurant and that didn’t work out either.

I realized that I really loved baking, I wasn’t great at it since I went to school for culinary and not pastry. Found a part-time job, and fully want to pursue my own cupcake/desserts business and help my BF startup his fitness bootcamp business. I feel the most happiest baking, training hard and helping him put together his fitness classes. But there are those times where I doubt myself. It’s hard when we’re both financially unstable and just starting out. Today was one of those days where I felt a bit depressed about my money situation and just doubts all around. So thank you Angela for your lovely and inspiring post!


138 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Oh Jess I can really relate to your worries! I’ve been through so many financial worries over the past 2-3 years. I think to some degree they will always be there as long as I’m self employed, but it does get easier. The start up phase is so tough. Not sure if you are aware of this, but the Canadian government offers small business grants if you apply. If you are in the US it’s worth looking into as well.


139 Char August 25, 2011

I love this…I’m where you were years ago, planning & taking the steps. It’s scary, but I know it’s what I want, I know it’ll make me happy, & I know I can do it :)


140 Kaitlyn August 25, 2011

LOVE this story, especially since I’m in the process of questioning EVERYTHING right now. How do I merge all of my passions into one career? Its scary.

However, I found this great article that I think is so helpful to anyone questioning their careers, their relationships, and their lives in general. Angela – the last part is SO true for you.

Thank you for being such an inspiration and beacon of hope for so many of us!


141 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Thanks I will check it out!


142 Kristy August 25, 2011

Hello Angela

Don’t think I have posted on your blog before, but follow regularly :)

This post was just what I needed to read today. I have been thinking about a career change for years and I finally know what path to go down, but don’t know how to get there… I am working on that, but thanks for sharing what worked for you…



143 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Thank you Kristy :) All the best


144 Stephenie Zamora August 25, 2011

I love this post, thank you for sharing your story. I’m a big fan of sharing your journey with others, it really does help them move forward in their own lives! xo


145 Cassie August 25, 2011

Hi Angela, this post is just what I needed today. The quote at the beginning of the post spoke to me and it replayed in my mind all day. Thank you for sharing your experience!


146 suzanne August 25, 2011

It is amazing and inspiring that you have been able to make a career out of your passion – thanks for sharing so generously about your process. I have been contemplating a shift for myself – I am a therapist and love working with people but see myself working in different ways with people and in my own practice. It does mean some more training in different areas, not being able to bill insurances as I can now, and losing the steady paycheck while incurring expenses. I have three young boys so am just being patient, knowing things will evolve as they need to and doing some trainings as I am able to now. I have also wanted to start a blog for awhile. I did one while we lived in another country and found it to be incredibly cathartic – letting my creative side out a bit and just opening up another side of me. Kind of like journaling (which I have done since I was 9) but different somehow.There are so many blogs though – I am not sure what my niche would be and know my goal would have to be to do it for me – not for anyone else ( it would be a bonus if others read it!). It was so time consuming though – not sure I need one more thing on my plate…. Thanks for all you do!


147 Ariel August 25, 2011

I’m glad I found my passion and developed my goals for the future in high school. My sophomore year I started reading books and browsing the web on holistic treatments for acne; overtime this lead to information on nutrition (eating healthy makes you feel and look good!) and all things regarding health and well-being. The broad topic of health just fascinates me. Now I’m a sophomore in college, majoring in nutritional science and plan to become a registered dietitian. The great thing about becoming an R.D. is that there are so many career possibilities out there. I definitely would not want a desk job, but something more interactive, fun and rewarding. I’d like to teach people how they can improve their well-being and lead healthy lifestyles. Start a health blog and open my own practice. Write a book. Ah, the possibilities!


148 Jackie @ That Deep Breath August 25, 2011

This is awesome. As someone about to go into a career field, I’m in different shoes, but it’s great to see another perspective. I think the biggest piece of advice is to follow your heart and do what you love. If you love what your doing, it won’t feel like work. There’s no reason to stay in a job you don’t absolutely love and want to stick with for a while…I think if you imagine yourself leaving the career later on, it’s best to rethink the decision early-on. I’m almost positive I want to be a Kindergarten teacher, I’ve wanted to be one literally all my life…but there are SOOOOO many other things I want to do too.


149 Kerry August 26, 2011

You’re always honest Angela, and I love that about this blog! It sounds so romantic to pursue your dreams, but there’s a lot behind the scenes that many don’t realize.

I had a 2 year plan prior to quitting my job to go back to grad school – saving every penny so that I could do it. It has been isolating in many ways as well. I have met wonderful people, but many are in a different life stage so it’s not quite the same. The financial and social impact has been anxiety provoking at times, but deep down I know I am doing the right thing for me right now. That’s all I can ask of myself. You gave some great advice in this post!


150 Beach Bum Beauty August 26, 2011

Perfect timing for this post for me and as I read it I kept nodding my head in agreement. I’m at that crossroads now and it’s a battle between my head and my heart. It’s horrible having such a mixed bag of emotions and I feel as though I am arguing with myself constantly. This post has cemented what my heart wants and now I’m going to start planning… Thanks Angela.


151 Laura-Ashley August 26, 2011

“I feel as though I am arguing with myself constantly.” You hit the nail on the head!! I feel the same way most days and it can be absolutely exhausting.


152 Beach Bum Beauty August 26, 2011

Soooo exhausting and at the end of the day, I still never know which side won.


153 Laura-Ashley August 26, 2011

Thank you so much for writing this post!! I have been struggling with similar career issues for about 3 years now and am constantly running through different options in my head of what to do with my life. You are truly and inspiration and I stayed up late to read your entire “A Year Can Change A Lot” series. You’ve helped provide me with motivation and assurance that I’m not alone and I can take control of my life & happiness :) Love your blog!


154 Carissa August 26, 2011

You are so brave! I read the whole story and I really admire how you took control of your life and now have something great to show for it! I’m always so scared to make huge changes and your story is inspirational.


155 Meredith August 26, 2011

I can REALLY relate to this post. it’s almost funny. I, too, wanted to help people, so I obtained a BA in psychology and an MA in counseling. I worked for two years as a counselor, and was unhappy the whole time. It just didn’t fit. I tried to make it, and so did my boss, but it wasn’t right for me. I quit that job, after thinking about it for a looong time, without a new job in place, but with a determination to follow my dreams. Now I’m going back for another Master’s (in nonprofit administration) and a goal of turning my volunteer work in animal rescue and adoption into a career. I find it inspiring to read someone’s account of having gone through the same experiences and coming out for the better on the other side. I hope to be there soon, too. Thank you for the positive words.


156 Pure2raw Twins August 26, 2011

Angela we love reading about your story, thank you for sharing! You constantly inspire us to be better, to work harder, all while staying true to who we are. We are both so happy to have found your blog because it is one place we can come for hope, inspiration, and self-care, so we thank you for that. We question our career choice all the time, is it right for us, are we making a difference….it is scary, but we do love it, and only hope we can help others like you do.

best wishes!
lori and michelle


157 Lacey August 26, 2011

Wow!! Thank you so much! I’m currently struggling with what my path will be. I am 2.5 months away from graduating with my Masters in Business Administration. I work for a large corporation in the finance industry, and every day wonder “why am I doing what I know I don’t love?” The first quote on this post really struck a chord with me since lately I’ve wanted to pursue my passions as a career, but can’t seem to remember what those are. This post is an inspiration to all of us out here doing what we think we “should” be doing for fear of what “could” happen if we don’t.

Again, THANK YOU!!


158 Brooke August 26, 2011

Hi, Angela! I recently discovered your website and I am so happy I did! I gained a lot of weight due to a medication I am taking and have felt depressed and almost hopeless about getting back in shape. For the past 3 years I have neglected myself. I was not kind to me. But things are changing! You are inspiring and uplifting and I am learning so much from you. For the first time in a long time I feel excited about being healthy and I have hope again. Thank you for sharing all that you do and for being a part of my getting motivated. :)


159 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Hi Brooke, Thanks so much for your kind words. All the best with your changes!!


160 Kelly August 26, 2011

Thank you :) I needed some inspiration today and this was fantastic!


161 Burnt out tax accountant August 26, 2011

Thanks, Angela! This post was so timely for me. I work for a very large and prestigious public accounting firm and, honestly, I can’t stand it. I just decided on Sunday that after my husband and I take our planned vacation in a few months, I’m quitting. Since I still like the work, I’m going to go to a small, local firm in the more rural area my husband and I grew up in. Then, we’ll make the move from the big city to a house near our hometown. A lot of people see it as giving up, but I see it as a major opportunity for a happier and more fulfilling life! I’m the happiest I’ve been in two years, and I haven’t even left yet! :)


162 Christine August 26, 2011

Awesome, best of luck!!!!


163 Christine August 26, 2011

Thank you so much for this post Angela! You are really so uplifting. I’m actually trying to roll myself into a career change right now so your timing was impeccable. My direction is still a bit foggy, but my days are already becoming brighter just knowing I won’t be in the dead-end job much longer. You’ve inspired me to start journalling my transition! This is my first post
Thank you!!!


164 Katie August 26, 2011

THANK YOU for this! As a senior in college, I’m still struggling with my future career choice. I want to integrate my passions for health, wellness, a vegan lifestyle, fitness and helping others into my future career. Your positive advice is inspiring and leaves me hopeful, so thank you again!


165 mariko August 26, 2011

Amazing. Thank you so much for this post. I quit my job in May to start my own company and had been in a serious funk the last couple of weeks, second guessing myself. It’s so nice to know that fearing what other people think is part of the process. I’ve struggle with my self-esteem my whole life, although to most people that is surprising. Putting yourself out there on a new career path is scary, thanks for sharing what you’ve learned.


166 Leah August 26, 2011

Great post Angela!

I’m wondering if you could speak (type) about ways to cope with being stuck in a job that makes you really unhappy. You mentioned that if you were single, you would have to stay at your previous job 2-3 years longer than you would have liked to be finacially stable. That’s my predicament right now–I keep sending out cover letters and resumes to potential employers but in this awful job economy, I haven’t gotten any interviews.
I know I’m lucky to have a job right now and it looks like I’ll be here longer than I planned–so now I’m trying to figure out how to make it livable and not go crazy.

Thanks so much for your blog and ideas!


167 Willow August 26, 2011

What a fantastic post! It reminded me a lot of Chris Guillebeau’s book “The Art of Non-Conformity” – he has a blog himself, and a lot of it is about how to follow what you really want out of life, even if it means going against the grain. In the book he talks a lot about other people’s judgments, and friends and family members who will tell you what you’re doing is impractical or unrealistic, and how to deal with them.
I like to think I’ve lived a pretty unconventional life so far, but I’m still trying to figure out what my passion is. I love that quote at the bottom, about just feeling our way to happiness via what feels ‘better’ vs. what feels ‘worse’.

Anyway, sorry to ramble, but thank you so much for this post, I loved reading it!


168 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Thanks for your comment. I will certainly check out that blog!


169 With Style and Grace August 26, 2011

Such a beautiful, honest post! I found myself nodding, having shared a similar experience and beliefs. Thank you. Wishing you a beautiful weekend!


170 jeanine August 26, 2011

I am very happy you went down the path you did and started this blog. Your recipes have been really helpful to me since I recently had to go almost vegan due to a possible strange food allergy. So, thank you!!!

I love my career and many days can’t believe I am paid to do what I love, but started blogging when the recession hit and the only job I could find was one where I did mindless non-creative work in my field. It helped me remember why I love what I do and gave me the creative outlet I was missing.


171 KatieG. @ Just Roll With It August 26, 2011

GREAT post! Love the quote at the beginning! This was so just wonderful to read! So happy for you that you took the plunge and things have worked out marvelously! I can’t even imagine the great/scary feeling you had when you finally quit!


172 Christena August 26, 2011

I LOVE your career advice posts. Love them!! I used to hate my job, then I got promoted and now I like it. I don’t love everything, but there are enough things to be passionate about. You are so inspiring!


173 Hilary August 27, 2011

This is a great post, and really inspiring…thank-you! I am struggling with “what to do with my life” right now, so anything like this is super-helpful!


174 Rebecca August 27, 2011

hi :) im applying to college now and am rly unsure of what i want to do. I say im going into biochemistry/neuroscience but idk. I want to do everything!!! Im rly good in school, and rly smart (im not bragging) so it stops me from seeing myself in the arts which i rly love and am also rly good at. I guess i will have to enjoy the journey of life instead of stressing. The only goal i have in the future is that i have enough money to travel. Ultimately, i would love to start my own business after i make some money, like you did


175 Monique Moore August 27, 2011

thanks angela for everything you do!! im currently trying to find my path. i am trying to decide to keep working a job i love, save some money and open my dream. OR goto college and go into debt, and then start my dreams? i dont know! but i know, being good to myself and following my gut will lead me too the right place! i dont visit your blog everyday, but it seems when i do, it hits right at home. i love that, it keeps me coming back. keep following your dreams. your amazing.


176 ATD August 28, 2011

So inspiring! Thanks for posting! I have that battle with myself every day when I commute to work..


177 jassy @ Healthy Egg August 29, 2011

you’re lucky you’re doing what you love to do :) yeah it does take a lot of planning to quit being an employee. as for me, someday i really think that i’ll have my own business :)


178 Michelle S August 29, 2011

You’re an inspiration to us all. I’m walking the line between leaving my nicely paid, stable job to move into a position that I have dreamed about for a long time…it’s not easy to make the jump. I’m glad to see other people that have made the jump and succeeded.


179 Deborah August 29, 2011

Congrats on having the guts to do what was best for you!!


180 Niki August 29, 2011

It’s funny that your passion drove you away from Psychology, while mine drives me toward it! I’ve always had an interest in it, but after my brother died by suicide almost 7 years ago, and I got involved with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I became driven to do more with that interest. I’m now in school to get my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, which I will combine with my personal and yoga training certifications, and an upcoming Masters in Nutrition to start my own practice of teaching people how to care for their whole bodies (including their mind). I’m glad you stuck to your passion too – it really shows through!!


181 Desina August 30, 2011

This was an interesting read. Thank you.

My passion is writing, especially fiction. I enjoy writing articles and essays, as well. It’s a writing life for me, if ever I can afford it full-time. However, because I am single, I can’t count on it right now. I am struggling to figure out what I can do for pay, though. I’ve had to cut down to part-time at my job because of physical limitations, and over the past couple of weeks have been making lists of what I physically cannot do (which unfortunately clashes with where all my experience lies), what skills I have, interests. Of course, finding there’s what you love, and finding someone to hire you without the experience.


182 Fran {The Flavorful Fork} August 30, 2011

I have been following your blog for a number of months now. While I love all the posts you do, this one I felt personally connected to. I, too, have a masters degree in Social Psychology. I, too, made a decision (just a year ago) to leave my cushy corporate job behind and start a new business. It has been a rollercoaster ride to say the least. It is very inspirational to me to watch your progress over the past year and see your blog, business and confidence grow. Thank you for sharing your journey!


183 Sarah (Saturday Sequins) September 1, 2011


Like a lot of people who have commented, I can relate to your situation! I grew up thinking I had to do something practical with my life. That there were too many people to compete with in the fields I was interested in, like writing and jewelry making, so I should stop thinking about those things and find something safer. Something practical.

I continued to think this way until my Big Wakeup Call. I got injured. Big time. I couldn’t do the things I loved at all — for almost a year! I realized how precious they were and that life was too short to be safe and practical. I assumed I had no idea how to go after my dreams after denying myself for so long, so I started my own blog, and with it, a series of posts giving myself advice on how to be a professional artist and writer. It turns out, I know a lot more than I thought I did.

Would never have thought of trying had I not started surround myself with role models like you who show me it’s possible to enjoy a fun and fulfilling career. Thanks!


184 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2011

Hi Sarah, Im sorry I missed this comment. Thanks for your nice comment! I’m happy to hear that you are now seeing things in a different way. The other day I read, ‘you don’t have to be THE expert, just an expert’ and I think that makes so much sense. So many people are afraid to call themselves good at what they do or afraid they don’t have enough experience. But if we simply looked at ourselves and talent in a different, more positive light then maybe we’d get much further in our careers. Goodluck to you!


185 Colleen ~ April 25, 2012

Oh man….do I EVER know what you’re talking about!!! 5 yrs ago I started my graduate program in a PhD Neuroscience program, primarily because I was fresh out of undergrad, didn’t know what I wanted to do, and an academic advisor told me this was the “best course of action”. It became immediately evident to me that I was unhappy doing research day in and day out, but I gave myself a year to try it and make sure it wasn’t just grad-school jitters. A year later, I watched an older grad student and friend lamenting about how she hated research but had been in the program for so many years and was so close to getting her PhD that it wasn’t really worth leaving and she was too burnt out to try anything else. I realized if I stayed on this course, this was where I was going to wind up. I informed the program the next week of my decision to take a terminal masters degree. Now I’m in a grad program for speech pathology (graduating in a month!) and couldn’t be happier :)…I feel so fulfilled, and realize that the risk was worth it…taking the time to listen to yourself, and not being afraid to admit when you’re unhappy with something. Looking back I KNEW I was unhappy in neuro research…i hated going to work and i loved leaving, and i never got GENUINELY excited about my work. My true self already knew I was in the wrong place, but I kept trying to talk myself into staying. Actually ACKNOWLEDGING my unhappiness was one of the most life-turning points….it gave me the courage to walk away from something that didn’t fit right to make room for something better, something that fit like a glove.
You are so right….life is too short to spend time being consistently unhappy. I’m so happy you found your happy place!!! :)


186 Krista January 27, 2013

I’ve been following your blog for just under a year now as I’ve made the transition to being completely vegan. I absolutely love your recipes and cannot wait for your book to come out. This is the first time I’ve read this post about your career transition and I want to thank you for how honest, candid and inspirational it was. I’m currently trying to find an alternative to my current career situation and started a blog with a friend this fall as a creative outlet. I can really relate to the last quote you included by Martha Beck as I’m obsessed with planning everything to the last detail and so not having a plan for my life is a constant struggle. I’ve bookmarked this page as it will be a great reference for when my moments of doubt creep in. Congratulations on all of the success you’ve experienced and I look forward to future posts and your book being released.


187 Angel Manlapaz March 30, 2013

Hi! Angela I was reading your previous post on how you made a transition in your career and it just resonated to me. I was in a career that didn’t really reflect my true self. For quite a time I was trying to please my parents and people around me. I I was able to get three professional licenses but it didn’t really matter to me. Still I felt unfulfilled and seem that I wasn’t flowing with the rythm of life. I am 44 I felt that I wasted so much time not living out my dreams and my passion in life. I am a Licensed Dentist,a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Real Estate Broker but still I feel I’m not really living out my life purpose. I recently enrolled at the INSTITUTE OF INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION and found a new career as a Health Coach. I feel that I am now living a more authentic life. This career in Health Coaching reflects who I really am. I feel more grounded. I’m glad that I found my true calling. It feels so good to be aligned with what you really are passionate about. Just like you I love cooking and baking. I really enjoy reading your posts and have a passion for cooking healthy food. I plan to try out some of your recipes. It took a while for me to find courage to make a stand and be who I really am. Sometimes we tend to live up to other people’s expectations and forget about ourselves. Wow! It feels so good to express yourself fully and passionately. I realized that each one of us have our special God- given talents and gifts that we must share to the world. Thanks Angela I happen to drop by your site and your message truly resonated to me.
Let me give this message to your followers we only pass this way once so, FIND YOUR LIFE PURPOSE , LIVE YOUR LIFE FULLY, LOVE OPENLY AND PASSIONATELY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD.



188 Leslie May 16, 2013

Wow, reading this post is exactly what I needed right now. I am going into my senior year of undergrad studying psychology, and I’m struggling with “what I want to be when I grow up”. The traditional careers in psychology (therapist/counselor, researcher, teacher) don’t appeal to me. I know I love psychology and I love helping people. I also love (healthy) food :) So thank you for this. Although I still don’t know what I want to “be”, I know that following my gut is the most important thing, and enjoy what I do in life, whether I’m making money at it or not. Thank you!


189 Sarah November 15, 2013

Thanks so much for this. These were some words I really needed to hear right now. I am going through something very similar right now. My full time teaching position ended (which I hated), moved to a new city, and am wedding planning all in a matter of months. It’s been a lot of change and I am trying to figure how I make my passions into a career. I have been having a really hard time to bring myself out of the downward spiral I was on. My life felt so out of balance. I am finally regaining that balance after a lot of soul searching. This is just further inspiration to know I am on the right track and that I can do what I love. Change is always scary, but I know in my heart it’s what I need to do. If it wasn’t for a horrible year of teaching and a move, I wouldn’t be pursuing my dreams right now. Sometimes it takes you at your worst to find out your best.


190 Kristina Lewis February 18, 2014

Your story has been inspirational to me for a few years. I am still on a mission to find what it is I love doing, and make it my career. This post has helped me brainstorm! I have so many questions and “what -ifs,” but I think that’s a good sign.


191 C L April 3, 2014

All of the questions I’d been wanting to ask you, summarized here! Thank you for this page!


192 Julie Talbot April 28, 2014

Thank you so much for sharing this, it is so inspiring. I am a huge fan of your blog and I am so happy for you that your dreams have come true. Keep it up!!


193 Rei On September 25, 2014

I’m so glad I stumbled upon your website! I was just looking for vegan recipes, but here I found something priceless! Hearing your story gives me hope and the passion you submit into the things you do and love really gave me an authentic sense of what can be achieved. Like many, I have dreams to figure out what I love to do and make a living off of that, and so much more. This bit of inspiration you have given me will be remembered with every new dish I try, and goal accomplished. Thank you so much!


194 Owen Staples May 14, 2015

Great post. At some point, I think everyone needs to hear tips from someone who has been there, done that in leaving behind the toxic things that no longer work for them and choosing to do, and be what they love. That is, being their creative, authentic self, and exercising the patience and due diligence necessary toward being able to make some income as they do! As a veg and one who is also working toward a similar goal, I can relate to what you say. Oh, I can SO relate. :) This post not only gave me hope but resurfaced everything about these very things that I know, but seem to have recently forgotten. So, thank you for the reminder. :) A coworker told me about your blog and I’m glad she did! I’m loving it!


195 Nadja Novotny May 19, 2015

Hi Angela,
I want to start a blog of my own, but am at a total loss as to which host I want to start it on (ghost, wordpress, bluehost, etc). Which do you use for your blog and do you have any tips on how to get started?
Thank you so much!


196 Julie August 10, 2015

This post was the most real, and authentic I’ve read about career changes and how to truly find your passion, that I’ve ever read… and I read a lot! I’ve been on the verge of this for a long time but keep doubting my decisions for “security.” Thank you for sharing your experience… its truly magic to read!


197 michelle September 12, 2015

hi! all that you have pointed to angela about finding the career that leads to fulfillment is bang on. the part about looking at what you did you in your childhood and what hobbies and activities you do now point to aspects of what make you…you…is a great place to begin. then ask yourself what is important about those activities and ways of being. what values are those. uncovering your values gives you clarity as to who you are and what you must have/must not have in your career (and even in your life). sometimes the path is not as obvious as it would seem and you have to try a few till it feels right. there will be roadblocks and ways of thinking that might get in the way along the path, but they can be overcome. the help of a coach (or support crew, friend, spouse) can push you through those roadblocks and keep you motivated and accountable along the way! cheers!


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