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5 Tips for Leaving Corporate and Living Creative

Girl Boss: 5 Tips for Leaving Corporate and Living Creative

When I was a kid, I had a little pink diary that was filled with my hopes and dreams. Each night before going to bed, I wrote about my day and about the grand future I had planned. I took the little gold lock, slipped in through the latch, and locked it up tight. Not only did my diary have my hopes and dreams, but it also contained the secrets of a 10-year-old girl. I hid my book of dreams under my mattress until the next night.

Little Pink Diary for you and me

Those days were just the beginning of my writing journey. A journey God would take me on for the next thirty or so years. Looking back on the dreams I had then, I can tell you the reality I am in now is completely different that I imagined. Through puberty, marriages, kids, work, hardship, and blessings I have held on to one dream that never died—writing.

My husband, Patrick, asked me a few years ago what I wanted to do with my life? I was a little taken aback by his question. I mean, I had a very successful career in the mortgage industry at the time. We had a nice home, nice cars, and nice stress that went along with having the nice things.

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I woke from sleep each morning before the sun rose, readied myself for an hour-long commute to the office, and spent the day in the throws of a high-stress job. That was my career. That was how I intended to spend the rest of my life.

But, God.

He had other plans for my life. He used Patrick to plant the thought in my mind and from that moment it didn’t leave. Fast forward two years and I left my corporate job so I could finally pursue my dreams. I have not looked back since. Enter the fairy-tale soundtrack here, please.

Okay, I am going to get real. It was not easy for me to just walk into a job I held for 13 years and let them know I was walking away. I was walking away from the responsibility, the income, and the prestige as an upper management figure-head. It was a process to come to this decision. A process I would do again if the need arises in the future.

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Buckle up, I’m going to take you on my journey from corporate to creative!

1. Be Prayerful

Okay, here's the deal. It's important before making any life changing decision, you are prayerful about it. Not only that, though, you MUST listen to what God is saying. Maybe you had a brilliant idea for some fresh, new, creative business. That is awesome! But... what does God have to say? If God is saying "hold on just a minute" that is OKAY!

The last thing you want to do is prepare yourself to leave your corporate job and actually do it, but find out quickly that it wasn't really in God's timing. Don't force it. Have patience and make certain God is leading the way.

For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it testifies about the end and will not lie. Though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and not be late.

Habakkuk 2:3

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2. Save Your Pennies

Now you have been prayerful and that you that you God is leading you in the plan to escape the corporate world. It's time to begin your preparation. No, you are not going to decide one day to leave your job and the next day just do it. Not unless you've received a grand inheritance from an aunt you didn't know you had, that is.

You simply MUST save your pennies! Start now and save at least one year's worth of income. I know that sounds like a daunting task, but you really don't want to skip this. If you are married and your spouse can carry the household, then move on to the next one. Otherwise, heed my advice on this one!

The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.