I Quit My Corporate Job…. Now What?
First off, you likely need the backstory. Just two weeks ago, I proclaimed to the world that I had quit my corporate job. After 5 1/2 years working in the tourism industry (one of the best industries to work in, in my opinion) I decided to take a leap of faith. While we were exploring Europe back in September of this year, I got two amazing trip opportunities. One was the recent trip just up to Scottsdale with PCA Skin. Another is coming up. I decided while traveling in Europe that this would be a good decision to pursue this full-time and make it happen. I didn't want to keep declining trips and opportunities because that will only set me back long-term. After talking to Aaron about the logistics, it just made sense to make the decision because a) I had no more PTO left and I did not want to decline anymore trips and b) I just needed to focus on ONE job and not multiple and c) I really do want to sleep again sometime this century.
For some time, I was thinking of starting another entrepreneurial adventure. I realized then that I was the person who always wanted to be entertained and busy. There would never be a dull day, but that got old quick. So then I didn't post on YouTube, I didn't post multiple times on Instagram, I didn't go to happy hours or tend to friendships, etc. I was writing blog posts at midnight, and sending client emails at 5 in the morning. I didn't have balance which as we've learned over the years, is key to overall happiness.
Anyway, brands typically want influencers who can travel, and it's important to make those connections in person in order to create long-term partnerships and relationships that will last a career. I have rambled on too much already, in regards to the back story, so I wanted to share a piece of my announcement message below. It was hard to write, bu even harder was telling my clients.
So with my recent announcement, I realized I needed to get things in order. I recently got the most amazing PR package from Erin Condren. If you're not familiar, she is the creator of the infamous and incredible life planner and as soon as I opened my package, I knew I was going to use it to plan my new schedule. There's so many fun ways to put reminders in your planner, whether it's a birthday, an event, a deadline and so forth. Lots of fun stickers and bookmarks and you know we all love our fun add-ons. I mean part of the fun of working out is rocking a fun pair of workout clothes! Same thing with organization. Most of the fun is a cute planner you can write notes to yourself! They're colorful, bright and they make us feel some kind of way about planning. It just reminds me of that Mary Kate and Ashley movie based in New York City. One sister is carefree and loves to have fun, and the other lives and breathes based on her planner. What was that movie even called? New York Minute? I can't remember for sure, but that was my favorite movie for the longest time, and it made me want to have a planner with me 100% of the time.
So now that I have some freed up time, it's important for me to time block and ensure I am getting to everything in a timely manner. I don't leave emails hanging for days (one of my biggest pet peeves) and I have to get content written, new campaigns scheduled, meetings with the team and so forth. The other thing I'm really focused on moving forward is responding to comments and messages on Instagram AND my blog. I don't want to leave people hanging, because what's the point of that? That's not having a true conversation online, and really is making it seem like people don't get responses from me. This planner is going to help organize all of these projects all at once. It's going to be a New York Minute moment all over again, but this time in Ada fashion. Do you use a planner? Or is your phone your planner? My phone has my calendar, but I am not good at putting reminders and to do lists in there.
One of the biggest things I am working on at the moment is finalizing the team that will be working with me in this new venture. Everyone has their talents and passions, and I need that talent to help alongside the work I'll be doing over the coming months.
I will admit I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for the help I've gotten over the past few years. It's amazing what's possible when you have multiple people helping with photography, videography, development, design, emails, comments and so forth.
Now that I don't have restrictions, I can really plan ahead with travel, campaigns, doctors appointments, and really my life. For so long, I've been running around not really knowing where I'm supposed to be or what call I'm jumping on, so it'll be nice to clear my mind and just focus in to just the blogging and the social media. It's been hard for me to keep a schedule, remember my appointments, and some days I didn't even know I was going to be on a call until I walked into the office. At some point, it's just too much and you're setting yourself back in ways you don't realize until you've been doing it for so long. I was never much of a planner, but that's because everything was really fly by the seat of my pants. I know some days it still will be, but the majority of my life will be more planned.
When it comes down to it, the biggest thing that has always held me back before, is replaying and always trusting the past as sacred. Sure it taught me a lot. "When I was 18, this was what I did" and so forth. I want to let go of all of that, because in the long run, it will hold me back. Some advice is good to follow, but if you followed the rules and did everything just so, you would lose all creativity.