I quit my full-time job!

Yikes! I know! It’s crazy! But since starting my 9-5 about half a year ago, I’ve managed to work myself into a burn-out. Juggling 40 hours at a small company, the commute, a social life, going to the gym, all that fun adult stuff on top of trying to work on my blog is A LOT.

A bit too much.

Photo taken by Krystan-Grace

I hate to admit that I’m no super woman. I can’t do everything, all the time, without any breaks. And I’ve learned that the hard way. When coming home from work, I kept feeling exhausted and so drained of energy that I didn’t want to do anything but sleep. My eye was twitching, my nights sleepless and my usual Sunday consisted of feeling the dread of having to go back to work the next day.

I’ve started to neglect my blog (as you might have noticed, weekly blog posts turned into monthly blog posts….), my social life (sorry friends!) and my health. It made me miserable.

When I got headhunted for this job, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me. Work a day-time job to make a salary (and learn a thing or two about digital marketing) and then come home to work on the blog in the evenings. When I start to make an income from my blog, I would quit. That was the plan – but like many plans in life, that didn’t quite work out…

Yes, I was stressed out! But did I want to admit that? Nope… I didn’t think it was too bad. I was managing, right? Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I visited my doctor about these reoccurring headaches I’ve been having since February. After blood tests, prescription glasses and some more general check ups, she asked if it could be stress. Before I knew it, I was crying in her office and everything that I’d been trying to hold in for the last few months, burst out.

When I came home from the doctor with a sick note for 2 weeks due to stress-related problems, I decided to quit my job. I’m young and I don’t have many financial obligations at the moment. Even if this blog and the freelance life fail miserably, I have tons of time to bounce back from it. It’s scary, and I don’t have a waterproof plan, but I feel like this the perfect moment to take the leap.

Photo taken by Krystan-Grace

Who knows, in a years time I might look back and think how silly I was for thinking this would work out. But maybe, I’ll look back and think about how this is the best decision I’ve ever made. Only time will tell. And I’ve made crazy decisions before that worked out for the best (uhm… hello? Moving to England to do an English&Creative Writing degree in my second language wasn’t something a lot of people thought would happen. Yet, here I am!)

If you want to support me in this journey, I’d really appreciate it if you could subscribe to my mailing list, continue to read my articles, share them on your social media and book any holidays/flights/rail passes through the affiliate links on my blog. All little bits help. But I also want to make sure that I’m providing you all with the best quality content. Tell me what you want me to write about in the comments or send me a message on my socials! What destinations do you want to see next? More budget travel posts? Solo travel tips? Expat in the UK stuff? Your wish is my command 😉

I will have my last day at my job on May 31st. After that, I’ll be self-employed. I’m very scared, but also incredibly excited to give this a go and take you guys along with me on this journey. Thank you for reading, understanding and giving me the support that I need <3

14 Comments on Hello, full-time blogger life!

  1. Oh my gosh, I’m happy for you! I want to continue with your journey! I want to quit mine and go full time blogger, but I’m not making any money… Yet from my blog! It will come for you and I!

  2. What a great step, I’m sure you’ll smash it and do amazing things with your blog. Can’t wait to see how you flourish! X

  3. That’s so great that your going out in your own! Sometimes it can be the best thing for you to try and it could turn out to be great. I hope everything works out for you! X

  4. Congratulations! I know it’s scary but we’ll done on making a decision and sticking with it! I know how hard and stressful a full time job is, so well done for doing something to improve your mental health and quality of life 😊 giving you all the support, good luck! X

  5. I wish you all the best! Life is too short to be stuck in a job that only causes you stress! It’s really motivating to see people achieve their dreams because blogging/writing full time is something I’d like to do too. I’m looking forward to seeing where your blog goes from here!😄

  6. I really hope it all works out for you. It’s definitely not good being in a job that causes so much stress that it impacts your health. Sometimes you just have to dive in the deep end! 😀

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

  7. This is really exciting Nele, I wish you all the success and hope it works out for you! I agree, life is way too short to be stuck in a job that makes you stressed and unhappy, you should always put your mental and physical health first 🙂 I’m looking forward to following your journey and can’t wait to see what exciting adventures are in store for you and your blog! Good luck! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  8. Wow, that’s amazing. I hope you will do great, and I really admire you for taking the leap and going for your dreams
    Go you!

  9. Wow! I am so sorry about all the stress but excited to watch your success as a full-time blogger and freelancer. I just found your blog yesterday via Pinterest and I am so impressed! I’d love to collaborate with you, or even just email from time to time. I am impressed by your layout, graphics, logo, and photos. Your writing is also clear and typo-free (not an easy feat!).

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