This blog is about what to do when your job has become your life and change is the only option.
My name is Michelle Meagher and until November 2013 I was a workerbee. By dint of a series of seemingly innocuous and ostensibly sensible choices I had wound up almost 30 and with very little to show for it. Yes, I had a well-paying and prestigious job at a big corporate law firm (although, if I’m honest, it felt neither well-paid nor prestigious when I was at my desk at three in the morning). Yes, I had degrees — from the best universities in the world no less — coming out of my eyebrows. Yes, but…
The reality of my daily doings didn’t match my dreams about what my life could and would be like. But we can’t all expect to love our work, right? You’ve got to pay the bills. You’ve got to earn your dues, before you get to do the good stuff. I had, without realising it, accepted implicitly the premise that waking up in the morning and being excited about what you were going to do that day was a fantasy reserved for some later stage in life. Work hard now, and it will come.
But it wasn’t coming, because this purposeful existence, the one where I was thrumming through life with enthusiasm, would not descend like manna from heaven. I had to make it happen. Not tomorrow, but today. I had to make it happen, NOW.
At some point along the way, how I live my life and how I make my money had become welded together. My job dictated everything, it was all consuming. I needed to decouple the one from the other so that I could put them back together in a happier balance. I tried gradual, I tried adjusting, but it wasn’t enough. It called for something extreme.
So, I quit. I tapped out. I stepped off the conveyor belt. I pushed my seat back from the table and I walked right out of that room. I was done with law.
There, not so hard after all.
This blog is about how I decided to change careers and the challenges I will inevitably face as I take a chance at flying free. I’ll be writing about my search for more meaningful work and a more fulfilling life, and the fun I’m going to have along the way. I’ll be reporting on my experiences of trying to work for myself and starting a business. I’ll also be getting all political and academic as I attempt to put my decision into the wider context of the changing economic landscape and the global forces shaping the way we work and how we live our lives. Serious stuff!
Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join me for the ride!