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Thursday, 16 July 2009

Thin Enough to Give Up my Job?

Why would I reach my mid forties and contemplate giving up a highly successful, highly paid professional position in a world famous organization [and an office with harbour views]?

Because I don't LOVE it. I want to do what I love - and why the hell not?

I have taken almost 5 years to completely change my life through the transformation of my body. But I am feeling like staying fit and lean is no longer the primary focus of my life. I have learned enough for most of this stuff to have become second nature.

So where do I direct my energy now? What is my goal and my passion? Why do I get out of bed in the morning?

I have thought about this long and hard, and I have concluded that I want to be able to create something that will enrich other peoples lives. I want to teach, entertain, and inspire you. I would like to make my mark on the world.

So I have decided that on 1 January 2010, exactly 5 years after I started this weight loss journey, that I will leave my job and support myself through blogging, coaching and writing. It is completely scaring me to death but in my usual fashion, I have a plan.

In the next six months I will start putting into place the habits and discipline that will give me the very best start to my new career as an author . There is money to be saved, articles to be written and work to be done.

If any of you have had experience in supporting yourself through paid blog posts or online magazine submissions I would love your help and advice.

I am thinking of starting another blog to document this new journey, but I kind of don't want to separate my life into two halves and feel torn down the middle. After all, if it wasn't for this weight loss thing, this blog and you guys, I never would have the courage to do this.

What do you think? Am I completely crazy? Am I deluded? Will you soon see me at a homeless shelter near you?


  1. Do it! I have no idea how to make it work financially, but I think you'd be great at it. Your posts are always inspiring, you've learnt alot and you should get paid for sharing that knowledge. I say go for it!

  2. Go for it Katie - as for the magazine stuff, give me a ring or an email and I'll share my experiences in that regard...

    You write really well, looking forward to seeing what eventuates.

  3. Of course you're crazy.... but when has that ever stopped people achieving great things?


  4. I think it sounds fantastic and crazy, but give it a shot...

  5. Anonymous9:48 am

    You'll never know unless you give it a shot. Plus if you really HATE what you're doing and this doesn't support you there are other jobs to be had :)

  6. I SAY GO FOR IT!!

    You'll never know if you never give it a go.

    If it doesn't work out and you have no money to live you can always come and live with me and be my live-in housekeeper, cook, and babysitter (yes you can look after my kids LOL).

  7. YEP...Go for it (I know that's been said...couldn't think of anything unique!)....why've proven that you know what to do and you love it!
    And I don't think it's crazy at all-it's human! Do what makes you happy-life's too short to waste tiem and energy on things we don't love!

  8. I love your blog and think you are a very talented writer, I say do it! Now thats a dream job! Weee! I am so excited for you!

  9. I've never commented before, but I read every of your posts, and I've learned so much that I know you'll be successful in this new step of your life!

    Even I, that have been in a weight loss journey for over a year and a half, and that like my job, have thought of quitting it to teach fitness classes or something.

    With your experience and knowledge, that decision will be the right decision!

    Go for it, and good luck! ;)

  10. Mate you can only give it your best and see how it goes. There is nothing satisfying in staying in a job you don't love.. hope it goes well.

  11. Thank you everyone for your kind words of encouragement and support.

    A special welcome to JustAGirl for commenting for the first time.

    And Chris H - it has been a while - thanks for the good wishes.

    Em, Liz, Kerryn, Kristy, Redhead, Shelley, Raechelle, Tearose, and everyone who reads this blog - you all continue to inspire me every single day x

  12. I have someone I could put you in contact with,email me.

  13. @Trixie - I can't find your email address - mine is
    Thanks darling

  14. Everyone should follow their heart and do what they love.

    Yes it's bloody scary. But what a goal.

    I wish you all the best and will keep following you on your new journey!