Back to when it all began – my first ever blog post when I quit my job

Inspired by my 6 week journey doing the Ignition programme – Week #1

This week I want to take you back in time and share something with you: my first blog post ever, written just as I had quit my job in the 9 to 5 world of offices and bosses and stood on the threshold of a huge unknown.

I didn’t know what I was going to do, I didn’t know how I was supposed to figure it out, I didn’t know where this journey would take me nor how long it would take. But I had determination and I had faith. The faith was in it being possibleand in knowing that I wouldn’t give up, no matter what.

The beauty in looking back at that first blog post is that, while I felt totally lost and clueless as to what I could or would do, I was already doing it. I just didn’t know it yet…

Here it is:

20th June 2006,

Finding a career off the beaten track

My career as I know it is coming to an end.

2 weeks ago I handed in my notice. I have no idea where I’m headed, no idea what I’ll end up doing, I have a head full of ideas and a conviction that I’ll find my way, but other than that I’m leaping into the unknown.

For the past 2 years I’ve been working for the Ecologist magazine, first as the Marketing Manager and lately as the Online Manager. It’s been a great experience – it’s opened up countless opportunities and I’ve loved the team I’ve been working with. But suddenly, 2 weeks ago, I decided that was it. I just knew my time at the Ecologist was done, it was over, nothing was wrong, it was simply that the winds had changed and it was time to move on.

Family and friends are saying I’m mad and totally irresponsible to be chucking in a job with no idea of where I’m going next. Maybe I am mad, but it feels liberating, terrifying too, but I feel alive. I’m 26 years old, I have this one precious life and I intend to live it to the full, no more selling myself short just to play it safe.

The prescriptive routine of a 9 to 5, 5 day a week office-bound job just isn’t for me.

So what AM I going to do?

Well, that’s what I intend to explore over the next two months. I’ve worked out a way to gather enough money to take July and August off to give myself the time and head space to do a little soul searching, explore what’s out there, speak to people, ask for advice and guidance and make a plan that will take me in a whole new direction.

I’ll use this blog to track my progress, sharing what advice, inspiration and discoveries I make along the way. I want to prove that, though it can be scary and daunting at times, taking a leap of faith into the unknown and forming a career off the beaten track is possible – people have done it before me and I want to encourage others that they can do it too.

And so I did. Let this give you faith that you can do it too.

x Selina

Selina Barker