6 Months Jobless & Why I’m Loving It
It’s actually almost 7 months that I left my corporate job of 8 years for a #yolo lifestyle and I don’t regret a thing. I catch up with friends who wonder how I’m able to sustain a job-free existence and travel. That’s a whole other blog post but the summary is I planned, saved money and let go of my fears. The process was about 5 years or so since I told myself I needed to leave my job and see what else is out there.
I went through some pretty traumatic stuff at work and I realised that it was just pushing me onto better things. So after my last day, I headed on a 3-month trip that started out as a 4-week Dirty 30 bash, expanded my life experiences across 8 cities and met the love of my life in Hawaii.
Refreshed and back in Sydney sometime mid-November, I kicked back and hung out at the beach, caught up with friends and continued my decluttering obsession by posting my first items on eBay on 1 Dec.
Clothes, shoes, accessories, books, DVDs and so on – my goal was to sell 1000 things in one year. I had way too much stuff, and travelling with a 15kg suitcase for 3 months just confirmed that I had 1000x more items that I actually needed. I had never done a big clean before so this was an epic task that included my family’s things also.
I used to spend hours shopping online and that habit evolved into looking for things that I use and can get cheaper if I buy in bulk and sell the rest. So I added makeup items to my eBay store, one product at a time. I got the hang of the packaging and shipping and now I’m running a pretty successful eBay store, achieving PowerSeller in just 2 months and on my way to being a Top Seller in 3 months.
I realised that my background in digital and marketing meant that selling items online was a piece of cake for me. I work from home, I walk to the post office every day and get my daily quota of exercise, and have plenty of time to do other things, most of which involves talking to my boyfriend “Ryen the Hawaiian” or just “The Hawaiian” as I like to call him. I don’t really see the need to get a job now, maybe ever.
In about 3 weeks time, I’ll be heading to Hawaii for 6 months, spending time with my love and helping him with his business, selling things at the markets and generally exploring the island and writing about it.
The Hawaiian fascinates me with his life stories, his passion for the local culture and his randomness. I find myself wanting to share parts of our daily 3-5 hour conversations and our relationship in general. He reminds me of Mowgli from The Jungle Book, or Tarzan in his loin-cloth attire with his island-living ways.
I remind myself that if I hadn’t taken the risk to quit my job and extend my Hawaii trip from one week to five weeks, that I may never have met him and be in this constant state of bliss despite the long-distance relationship challenges we face time to time.
My spiritual journey has taken to a whole new level with my new obsession with Abraham Hicks for those who are aware of them, and it’s helped me keep a state of calm and focus on manifestation.
When I quit my job, I didn’t really have an idea of what was next. I was going to enjoy myself and do things I craved – exploring, creating, LIVING. And it’s worked out so well for me that I’ve become addicted to this lifestyle. #followyourbliss