I have been wanting to get a little more personal on here for a while now. So why not start with something that will probably change my life for the rest of 2019. Drum roll
You maybe didn’t know this about me.
I don’t talk about it too often but blogging is actually not a full-time business for me. Not even close. It’s funny because quite often I get messages from people asking me how I can afford to travel so much and earn money with the blogging business on the side. Truth is, I am not! I do have a 40 hour fulltime job as marketing manager…oh no wait, I did have a job as marketing manager! The blog so far was just a ‘side business’ but in the last 2 years I have put so much heart and time into this venture, it would be an insult just to call it a ‘hobby’.
I did it.
It still feels weird even saying it out loud. So why did I quit a perfectly good job? Well, it wasn’t really perfect in the end. It did allow me to travel and work in an international environment which I am so grateful for. But in the last 2 years (so not a spontaneous decision at all), I didn’t feel challenged anymore. To put it the simple way: it didn’t fill my heart with excitement to go to work. I wanted to learn new skills and broaden my knowledge around blogging which I couldn’t do while working 40 hours plus.
In the back of my head, there was always that dream of traveling the world a bit more than my regular annual leave would allow. So here I am with a lot of time at my fingertips now to do exactly that. And the first trip to California has just been booked! Yikes!
Can I afford to quit my job?
That very much depends on the perspective, I guess. Talking money, I did save a bit and my lifestyle is pretty down to earth. I share a flat, own a bike instead of a car and I am not a big shopper. My biggest investments are travels, organic food and a piece of clothes here and there. In saying that, I am sure there will be days where I will be asking myself what the heck I was thinking. But in general, I feel confident that things will roll the way I want!
I am not asking for acceptance here for my decision. But it is so symbolic for our work-driven lives that there is a lot of acceptance for quitting jobs for more money or higher positions but no understanding for quitting your job to have a break. Still, when explained to people that I am taking a conscious break to do things like traveling, spending time with my family, visiting friends all over the world, or just take time for personal creative projects, most love the idea.
What am I doing now with all my time? Am I becoming a full-time blogger?
The honest answer is going to be no. But I am certainly no person that can sit still for even a day. I have so many ideas and projects floating around in my head that I will finally have time for. Firstly, I am really looking forward to invest more time into When Sweet Becomes Healthy.
Also, I am super happy to be part of a Leipzig based team of bloggers that write for The New Moon Club. To me, working with so many talented creative women keeps inspiring me every single day. S
Another project of mine will be helping my brother with a side business of his. He is bringing organic manuka honey from New Zealand into Germany and I will support him with a bit of marketing and social media advice. I really love the philosophy behind the Matapuna brand and I am honored to help out a bit.
And finally, traveling will fill a big part of my free time. I have booked my first trip to California for June. And there might be a Euro trip in the planning for the end of the year.
I don’t know where I’m going from here but
I promise it won’t be boring
Nothing is certain at this stage in my life. And you know what? I am enjoying the thought of the unknown. Unknown means new opportunities. It means taking risks that I would usually not take when a plan is in place. There will be days when I feel anxious about finances or the future in general. I am sure there will be a new job somewhere on the horizon. But I am not going to stress