So I have to say, one of the scariest things I ever did was leave my ‘career’ I had established with Macy’s. I felt so much fear, so much uncertainty, and so much doubt over what would become of me. I sacrificed respect I had established over a period over almost 10 years, a generous salary, benefits, and amazing friendships I had gained. However, as amazing how those things may sound on paper, I was working relentlessly, I was stressed out, I was working a crazy schedule, and what I was working for was something I wasn’t any longer PASSIONATE about. I couldn’t bear to stand around with a group of corporate executives debating for 10 minutes over if the handbag table that we just spent 2 hours setting should be moved 2 feet to the left HAHA. Now I mean that with no offense and have much love and mad respect for my old retail fam, BUT it was just something that was no longer for me. My beliefs changed, and taking the step to leave was hard, but I also found courage within me to start being my true, authentic self. .
So the last year or so after leaving, I was scared of what was next for me. I took a basic sales job while I figured it out. FINALLY, I am finding my home again. I found a new full time job with a set schedule which allows me to focus on things I AM passionate about. I’m allowed to shift my focus on helping other people in both of my jobs. And also, both jobs have proven to be quite rewarding. There is RECOGNITION for hard work, there is SUPPORT from peers, managers, and coaches. You are provided with the right TOOLS to succeed. .
My whole point is that don’t underestimate what you can do. And change is hard. Also, it takes a lot of TIME and EFFORT to build a career. Success won’t be handed to you overnight and you won’t be making 6 figures over night. But you have to start somewhere and it’s never too late!