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Thursday, 28 May 2015

JUST SAY YES | LEAVING MY JOB & TRAVELLING AMERICA

JUST SAY YES | A BLOG POST ABOUT LEAVING MY JOB & TRAVELLING AMERICA
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Today I handed my notice in at the job I've worked at for over 5 years and in just over a month I'll be heading off on a trip of a lifetime to travel America.

Wow. Writing that down suddenly makes this all feel very real.

It's safe to say that 2014 and the beginning of 2015 have seen me face more challenges than I've ever had to before.
I was feeling defeated, insecure and completely worthless. For a long time it felt like I'd feel that way forever, that there was no coming out of the dark little pit I'd fallen head first into.

But I decided on March 4th that enough was enough. Breaking up with my long term boyfriend after 7 years and moving back in with my parents hit me with the sudden realisation that the rest of my future was purely in my hands. What did I want to do? Who did I want to be? I got so comfortable just 'being' that I'd forgotten I could do whatever I god damn wanted to. This whole situation gave me the kick up the ass that I so badly needed.

And well, what I want to do is blog. I want to share all the things I care about, with you. I want to make videos. I want to wake up every morning feeling passionate about what I get to do for a living.

So that's what I'm going to do.

I'm saying yes to myself. I'm leaving my 9-5 office job for the big, scary world of blogging.

It feels like the both the hardest and easiest decision I'll ever make. But boy do I feel ready.

'How the hell are you managing that girl!?' I imagine, is what is going through your head. Well, when I moved back in with my parents, it meant I no longer had a whole house to pay for, bills to cover and a weekly shop for two to buy. It meant that in the lead up to me handing my notice in at work, I could save my little tushy off, to ensure that I had a comfort blanket when the time came to go it alone.

I'm very fortunate that I have the most incredibly, wonderful, supportive family that don't mind me taking the rest of the year to 'just see'. That they're just as excited as I am fills me with hope, because they believe in me and that means more than anything.

It's the first time in forever that I've felt so truly passionate about something. My blog has opened up doors I couldn't ever have imagined existed. From working with some of my favourite fashion brands in the world to making some of the best friends I'll ever have. I feel like I'm actually good at something, like I sort of matter, a bit. And honestly, I don't feel you can put a price on that.

I wanted to share this with you for two reasons, one because I want to share all the happy things with you but mainly, two:

You can do whatever you want to do, too. 

This time last year I would've laughed in your face if you'd asked me if this would be possible for me. But I've worked hard, I've been brave and I've taken a chance. I know not everyone's circumstances are the same and everyone has their reasons for saying 'I can't do it' - but see the reality in that statement. What you're saying is you can't. Because it's you holding you back. Do what you have to, to make the life you want, because it's worth it and you are good enough.

I've spent so long living for the sake of making others happy. Working to pay the bills rather than embracing the journey I'm on. And now it's time for a little self-love, to experience some more of the world and see what happens.

Of course I still want to make people happy. But god knows I'll do a better job of it if I've got a smile on my face too.

For me, today is most certainly the right day to finally start living the life I've always wanted.

Next stop? America.
JUST SAY YES | A BLOG POST ABOUT LEAVING MY JOB & TRAVELLING AMERICA
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“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”
Thomas Jefferson

42 comments:

Jessica Jade said...

Omg how exciting!!!! :)
I can't wait to see where your blog takes you and your travels around America!xx

Ashleigh Roy said...

Absolutely love this post! Congratulations on making that big step - how exciting!!! Looking forward to following your journey that lies ahead! xx

Zoe said...

Congratulations!! Absolutely over the moon for you! So so so much love xx

Sophie said...

Wow what an amazing opportunity - America will be lucky to have you! Can't wait to read all about your adventures!
Sophie
x

Jessie-Ann Lewis said...

This is such exciting news and I cannot wait to follow you on your journey! : ) I wish you all the luck in the world. xxxx

Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

Chelsea Yates said...

ahhh Meg i'm so excited for you! I can't wait to see what you get up to HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on taking the full time blogging step & deciding to head over to America!!

Through Chelsea's Eyes

Naomi Mango said...

That's incredible! You go girl! ;) enjoy your chance of a lifetime xx

www.ohhellomango.co.uk

Fern said...

This is such exciting news. I feel like I've seen your blog grow so much over the past few years, and it's amazing to see how far you've come. Have the absolute best time with it all! xx

Rosie Adam said...

I first started reading your blog when you broke up with your boyfriend. The sadness & heartbreak really resonated with me and I knew that feeling all too well. With your words, I found comfort and you made me see there is hope and that I could use blogging as a creative outlet. I've seen you grow (along with your blog) and I honestly feel you deserve this opportunity and so much more.
Congratulations on coming so far and Good luck with the adventures that are yet to come!

DamzelInThisDress.com

Belle Splash said...

So exciting!! Congrats to you on making such a big decision and following it through! I hope you and your blog achieve so much success!
bellesplash.blogspot.co.uk

Sarah Clark said...

Reading this post makes me so happy! It is so easy to dream.. but incredibly hard to do things like this. I thing it's so important to fall in love with who we are.. and go on as many adventures as possible!

You are a wee inspiration!

Naomi said...

I'm sooo happy for you, this is an incredible place to be in your life!!!! I can't wait to see the places you visit when you explore my country!!! :D be sure to check out all of our natural wonders!! I'm soo happy for you and I wish you the absolute best of luck on your travels!!!!

xoxoxoxx, Naomi | http://bunnyandfawn.blogspot.com/

Maddy said...

Good luck on your incredible journey, I can't wait to see where it takes you!
Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

Sophie B said...

This is so exciting! What an adventure to go on! Good luck with everything xx Sophie/ www.prettyandpolished.co.uk

Lisa said...

Best of luck with it. Now go and chase your dreams!

Lisa | Not Quite Enough

Prompts By Dee said...

I'm so happy for you!! I've been stalking your blog for a while now and have loved everything you've decided to do and I am so proud that you are taking life by its non-existent balls and showing it who's boss!! I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us now that we have your undivided attention! ;) xxx

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Bridie Mia said...

You go girl! This post really warmed my heart and I actually felt just as excited as you sound. Your blog was one of the first blogs I read when I started out and it still continues to be one of my favourites. I've always been loitering around throughout every growth, development, great, beautiful and even sad moment and can't think of anyone else who deserves it as much as you do, especially after such a rubbish few months. I'm so glad you get to experience the key to your happiness deep down and I wish you the best of luck! I hope you have the time of your life on such a wonderful opportunity and I shall look forward to reading all about your adventures (and seeing all the lovely pictures!) xo

Bridie | Upon My Sleeve

Beth Lodge said...

Wowww wishing you all the luck! Such a brave decision to make but your blogs awesome so I see no reason why it won't pay off :)

Beth x
Bethany Georgina

Hannah Lucy said...

Well done megs you deserve it, can't wait to see what you have in store. America seems like the perfect beginning xx

www.ohjanuary.blogspot.co.uk

Bash Harry said...

Aww, this is such a beautiful post. Thank you so much for being so forward and honest with us. I think it's amazing you're taking chances and doing what you want to do. I don't think I could ever do that, and you are so amazing to. Go! Take America by storm, you will be freaking fantastic! <3

xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

Mimmi said...

Oh wow this is so exciting! Congratulations on taking such a big step and good luck with everything!

xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

Cat Crawford said...

That sounds amazing! I'd love to travel around America, the only thing that is putting me off is, well one I don't have any money at the moment haha and two, I'm terrified of flying :(

I bet you'll have an amazing time in the US and life is too short to not do whatever the hell you want to do :)

Cat x

Meg Siobhan said...

This sounds so fantastic!
I really need to get a job asap, now I'm basically done with uni. I want to be able to travel a little...I haven't been abroad for YEARS.

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Beckie Eschle said...

I'm so jealous! Congratulations - it'll be an experience of a lifetime! Good luck! x


www.becschle.blogspot.co.uk

Sandra TheBlackPearlBlog said...

I am sooooo happy for you lovely. Just enjoy yourself and make the most amazing memories!

amberraeanderson said...

I freaking LOVE this! Self care is the number one most important thing and I think we all forget that from time to time. Good luck in your travels + if you're ever in the Boston area I hope I bump into you! I live in the US and have seen so little of it, I am looking forward to living vicariously through you on your journey :)

Cheryl Wooodman said...

wow, just amazing! Good luck!!! Excited to hear about your travels :)!

www.beaucience.co.uk

Jennifer.P said...

Waou!! This is amazing! How brave of you! I think you're so courageous to leave your job and go to America. It's really exciting, I am really happy for you! I am looking forward to see all the blog posts and videos that you're going to do about this adventure!
xx
Jennifer | Pretty as Summer

Lauren Maria said...

Wow! Amazing I'm so jealous I wish I'd done something like that. Can't wait to here all about it
Lauren
livinginaboxx

Caroline said...

Brilliant! Such good news to hear and so happy and excited for you. :)
You do absolute right! One life, One Shot. You take everything you want girl! :p
Enjoy. Look forward to reading all about your journey/adventures. :)

Caroline.x
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Notwed Ordead said...

Amazing! Best descison you will ever make, I'm proof of that after a nasty breakup, quitting my job and travelling to places I never imagined I'd see with my own eyes. Enjoy every minute lovely!
Katy x

Antipodes Scientific Organic Beauty said...

Well done Megs. We will be watching as you enjoy your travels. If you happen to visit New Zealand, we would love to have you stay and show you around. #lovethearoha

 Melissa said...

Hi Megs! I just find you so inspiring. I can't wait to hear all about your new adventures. :)

Rhiannon Pulling said...

Congratulations Meg! This sounds like a wonderful opportunity and I can't wait to hear all about your travels :) x

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Katie Watson said...

this sounds amazing, it sounds like you're living my dream!! i want to travel so badly when i'm a little older, i'm only 17 at the minute but travelling is definitely on my to do list! i'm so happy for you and this has given me motivation and inspiration, enjoy your travels and keep us all updated! xx
http://katiemelissa-x.blogspot.co.uk/

Julia said...

Wow this is such an inspiration. I get that too, living your life in hopes of always keeping those around you happy instead of making sure that I'm happy. Maybe it's time for a change when it comes to that as well.

Julia

ExploresMore.com

Ella Riden said...

Absolutely amazing, Megs!
I am considerably new to the whole blogging world, yet it was your blog that originally inspired me and made me want to write and create online. To watch your journey has been incredible - And now look what you're doing!! You blimmin' powerhouse woman, you!

I, myself, have been debating between the job, flat and car life; or the backpacker explorer's world for a while now. You have great guts to know what you want for sure and to dive in head first.
All the best on your travels, lovely!
I can't wait to watch you fly free :) xxx

ella
http://www.elladoes.blogspot.co.uk

Emily Barnes said...

How exciting for you!! Congratulations on taking such a big step, you will have an incredible time!! Good luck!! x

www.erbarnes.blogspot.co.uk

Leah said...

Awesome! Good for you. Hope you live your dreams.

Nafisah Atcha said...

Meg, this post made me truly happy! I wish you all the best. You are truly one of the nicest people and I cannot imagine life has anything but wonderful things in store for you <3 xxxx

Saloni Sood said...

Good luck dear, may your journey be fruitful, and you get all the answers you're looking for. Live your dream and never be fearful, especially of what others would say. You've come so far, you'll do it, you're not alone, you have the world with you!

Kimberly Naylor said...

Your so inspirational and you've demonstrated that anyone can chase their dreams! Well done and I hope you get everything you want! :) - I've recently come back from Australia, my dad said I had to settle down now and get a job! I'm only 23 mind. I said no I'm going to travel and see the world!

Kim- www.sincerelykimberly.com

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