As many of my readers and followers know by now, I recently left my corporate job…. My very comfy corporate job. I say, “very comfy” because the salary was fantastic, I had a company car, a home office, great benefits, and the ability to earn an amazing annual bonus. So, why did I leave? Many people call me crazy; maybe I am; but I want to explain my reasoning behind giving this all up.
- The job limited personal growth and development. I am never going to be the type of person that settles. I am constantly striving to do more and am always game for taking on new challenges. Truly, I am not saying this lightly…. Sometimes I wish I could settle and be content, but I am just not that person. In my corporate job, I was feeling extremely limited and restricted in my own growth as a dietitian and as a person.
- I am in love with my private practice. As you all know, my private practice focuses on athletes, sports teams, active individuals, and those struggling with eating disorders – this is my true passion. My corporate job was not sports nutrition or wellness related. Some weeks, I was working 70+ hours, which left little time for my true passion. I literally cannot think about giving this up after how far I have come and all the people I have helped. If you are passionate about something, go after it! I am not telling you to quit your job, but find ways to incorporate what you love into your everyday life.
- I am motivated to be my own boss. Let’s be honest, the corporate world is hard. There can be so much BS that it becomes hard to focus on anything else. Of no less importance, is the fact that we have all struggled with difficult bosses. Without saying too much about my former boss; let’s just say it was no cake walk. I did not leave because of my boss; however, the decision was made easier because of her. Some of the most imperative things I learned over the last couple years include how to NOT manage, how to NOT treat employees, and I left with experiences that will help me be more successful down the road. For that, I am grateful.
- Staying was scarier than leaving. When I looked around me at the people I worked with I realized there were characteristics I did not want to embrace, like extreme stress, constant negativity, and every day feelings of fear and shame. I also talked to several coworkers who said they were “stuck” in a position they didn’t want to be in. I was not willing to give up my upbeat personality, my genuine drive to help others, or my health and wellbeing for a yearly bonus that I would stress about anyways.
- If not now, when? I have always wanted to do my own thing. My best friend (also an RD) and I have talked about it for years… and I have been badgering my husband about it for the last 4 (he is also self-employed). There is never a good time to rip off the Band-Aid and take these huge risks. Thankfully, many things just kind of fell into place – I got a contract position over the summer with CCM Hockey, I am working with a couple local club teams on a more consistent basis, and I have another amazing opportunity to help individuals struggling with eating disorders. When the stars start to align, you know it is a sign to get moving.
Moving is what I am doing…. I am moving away from the corporate grind and into a life and career where I am allowed to carve my own path. The risks are great and I know for certain that my husband and I have tough roads ahead. The fact is, I am not willing to risk everything to continue going through the motions in a job I am not passionate about. By moving now, I am building momentum. We all know that momentum breeds momentum.