How To Create Career Happiness FAQ

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"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!

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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.

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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. :)

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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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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

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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.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

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

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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…

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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?!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

yes she is!

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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..

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Oh Pinterest is addicting :)

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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!

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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! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

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

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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. :)

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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

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Wow that’s beautiful :)

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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…..

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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!

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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.

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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!!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Great points as always :) Thanks for your encouragement!

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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!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Goodluck with everything Courtney :)

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Mama Pea August 25, 2011

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

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

:) Thanks Sarah!

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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!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

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

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Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife August 25, 2011

Thank you so much for this post!

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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 :)

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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. :)

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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!

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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.

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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! :)
XX

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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. :)

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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!

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Sami August 26, 2011

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

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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:
isabella_allard@hotmail.com
We can skype too if you like ;)
I look forward to hearing from you!
Have a wonderful day!!!
XX :)

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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 :)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Exactly :)

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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 :)

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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 :)

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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!

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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.

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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 :)

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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.

http://www.owningpink.com/blogs/owning-pink/it-s-not-going-to-turn-out-the-way-you-thought

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

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 26, 2011

Thanks I will check it out!

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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…

Kristy

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 25, 2011

Thank you Kristy :) All the best

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Beach Bum Beauty August 26, 2011

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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