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!


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Wow! I love it – the fact that people are starting to stand up and say “woah is this really what its all about…because if it is – then count me out! I’m not sure if this comment is public so will keep it short just in cases! I did exactly the same thing this January – I was Head of a large department in one of Britain’s best known entertainment company’s – a great job, nothing quite like it, incredible for the cv and your career…..and death to sleeping, having fun and keeping friends! So I took a short sabbatical went to live in a monastary in southern Spain for 3 months, trained as a meditation teacher and the decision was easy. I choose life.

    We all know the line – “if I knew then what I know now” that’s often uttered when people know their time left is short. But the truth is most of us DO know. You know where in their life you are compromising, you know you only have one life but somehow we believe “there’s tomorrow” so we give away today. What I saw was I’d already given away far far too many todays. Whether it works out or not, that’s a lesson I can do something about….right now.

    Favourite quote “Faith is taking the first step when you cant see the whole staircase”.

  2. Hi Nic – thanks so much for this amazing comment (and yes it is public – I always think it’s good to share this stuff with as many people as possible!). I completely agree about giving away today. If you think of life as a continuum of time it seems arbitrary (and crazy!) to break it up into “weekdays” and “weekends” or “days I will enjoy living” and “days I must get through and survive”. I choose life too!

  3. Hey Michelle, we crossed paths briefly at the same law firm in London. I’m so happy to see what you’re up to now and it’s funny how many of us are on similar paths! I’m based in Dubai now and also doing my part to move out and move on. Good luck!

  4. I’ve really enjoyed following your journey. I’m a corporate lawyer and have been inspired by your website. I really hope everything is going for well. Will you be continuing with this website?

  5. Hi Michelle,

    You can’t imagine how happy I am to come across your blog. Reading this is like reading my own thoughts. I am in my late 20s and ready to move own out of the world or medicine. I feel like I got sucked into this black hole of the prestigious medical careers and was unable to find my out until I decided maybe it was time to venture out. I am rekindling with my love for the tech world and it is as if the sun is shining bright on me and I am feeling happy for the first time in a long time in the matters of work/career etc.
    I would love to stay in touch with you on your journey.

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