Pretty Pastels in Mexico + Life Update

April 18, 2017

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I’ve been promising a life update to you guys for quite some time, but it seems every time I sit down to write it I either get distracted or don’t have the motivation to write, knowing it could be a very long post. I tend to only update you all on tid bits here and there about what is going on in my life behind the scenes of blogging. TBH, I’m not very good at sharing personal details, which is why you only tend to see the surface level of my life. Today, I’m going to take the time to fill you in on what’s been going on in my life lately.

This past December I took a leap of faith and left what I consider my “corporate job” (though, it wasn’t very corporate as you would imagine) to pursue a job in interior design, working for my cousin. Previously, I worked in marketing for a NASCAR team. It was truly my dream job, every thing I thought I wanted to do for the rest of my life. And then, all of a sudden it wasn’t. I found myself disinterested in my work, dreading work weeks, and above all unhappy. During this time, I had started growing Here’s The Skinny and found that to be what I looked forward to each day. Writing my post, connecting with my readers, creating content, that was my passion. It also allowed for my pursuit of creativity that I wasn’t getting each day in my “real” job.

I knew it was time for a change, but was terrified of taking the leap. What you all don’t know is that I had a strong tie to my corporate job not only because it was what I thought was my dream, but it was all I ever knew. I grew up in the sport since I was about 4 years old and my father had worked for this same company all my life. I never thought I could do anything else, much less would. When I explored the possibility of leaving and doing something else, I became discouraged by everyone around me because to them, it too seemed like the “perfect” job. How could I possibly want to leave? It made me think what I was feeling was crazy, absurd even. BUT, that didn’t change the perspective or level of my happiness.

With a lot of prayers and support from close family, I chose to make a change despite what everyone else had recommended. I put in my notice, and packed up my office. My feelings at that time were “Oh no, did I make a good decision?” “Am I going to regret this?” “What did I do?” All normal fears. Though I miss the people I used to work with deeply, I can honestly say, I haven’t looked back since making the change. I now wake up every day recharged, challenged, curious. All things I craved in my previous job. I’m truly excited to start my day every day. Isn’t that what life is about?

I share this with you because I know I’m not the only one who has felt this way before, and there’s a good chance many of you are feeling this way right. now. There are so many people out there terrified of change, so much so that they’re not afraid to take the risk that could ultimately lead to their happiness. I’ve been there, too. I’m here to tell you, if you find yourself in a stalemate of life, craving change and the possibility of happiness, then don’t be afraid to jump, move, take a risk. Anything is better than what you’re currently experiencing, and there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll end up happier on the other side. Ultimately, this is what I needed and wanted to hear while I was experiencing my internal battle. My hope is that sharing by sharing my experience, you feel motivated to make a change and take a risk and you end up happier in the end. After all, life is to short to be anything but happy.

That is my rant. Thank you for listening.

Bailey
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