I quit my job abruptly after almost 2 years of being employed. I received a lot of questions from my friends about what I’d do next and why I didn’t have a more secure backup plan like another job lined up. They thought it was crazy to quit a job during a pandemic of all times. I searched and searched online for a job that I could like more than my current job and I couldn’t find any.
My mental health is more important than job security and income
I loved my organization and the mission of helping those in poverty. But I did not enjoy the toxic work environment and wanted to quickly resign as my mental health was significantly deteriorating. It got so bad that I wasn’t able to sleep and constantly complained about how much I hated my job to everyone around me. I knew I had to leave even though I didn’t have another 9 – 5 job lined up.
Every day I would wake up and feel burnt out, even taking a vacation did nothing to bring back some of the passion that I had for my job. I went against the status quo of placing job security higher than my mental health and I prioritized my mental health over everything.
I prayed to God asking him what I should do and he responded that I should quit my job and start my blog. I trusted him and did so. That same day I resigned, I got an interview offer from a job I was excited about. It was a 3-month process. I went through two interviews and submitted a work portfolio. But several months later they told me the position was on hold indefinitely. I was devastated. I thought it was a great place to work at and the job description was better than my last job.
I had also asked God if he didn’t want me working 9 – 5 anymore, then let me be rejected from that job. It happened and I decided to go on full entrepreneurship.
But the question I asked myself is, “What am I even good at?”
I had to find what I was good at to turn it into a business
A lot of people have talents that they turn into a business and all I had focused on was how to be a good worker, not a business owner. I had plans to start a business a few years later, but not during a pandemic. I couldn’t believe I was doing this either. I reflected on my last job as a Marketing Coordinator and what I loved to do. I love to do social media marketing and write, so I searched for jobs that related to that. I found blogging and looked more into it.
I thought of my niche and what I wanted the blog to be about. There were so many areas and I ultimately decided to write for people that are similar to me: young women between the ages of 18 – 29 years old looking to improve their lives in all areas. What would I call it? “The Glow Up Queen”.
The Glow Up Queen
My mom burst out laughing when I told her the title of my blog. It sounded a bit cheesy to her, but I wanted to keep it. I experienced a glow up in my own personal life for the past two years after graduating from college. I didn’t exactly improve my outer appearance, but I improved my inner self.
I learned to love myself, address my childhood traumas, completely transform, and become more confident in chasing after what I want in life. The only one holding me back was myself. I can’t just dream it, I have to take action or a dream will just stay a dream. I added the word ‘Queen’ because I wanted to add that extra confidence I had developed.
One of the things I was hesitant about was leaving the non-profit field to go into the for-profit field. I loved helping people even if that meant a lower amount of pay. But I couldn’t afford the standard of living in the expensive bay area off of that. I tried to find a way that I would help others still and blogging does just that. I can give advice to all of you about what I’ve learned over the course of my life and helping you become the best version of yourself.
Now is just the beginning
Oh, naive me. I read a bunch of Pinterest articles on how to start a blog and they made it sound so easy until I actually purchased my website. There was much more to what goes on behind the scenes of blogging than what the bloggers had said. Some of the skills you have to learn or things you have to do include:
- Learning HTML/CSS
- Developing your own WordPress website from start to finish
- Learning SEO
- Social Media Marketing (especially Pinterest)
- Email Marketing
It’s a lot of work, but if you take your time to learn each one by one, it really helps. I just did it even if I don’t have the skills. I learn as I go and will improve each step of the way. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have much confidence, but I look in the mirror and encourage myself every day. Because 5 years into the future I’ll be reflecting on my life and thanking myself for taking the initiative. I’ll be glad that I didn’t give up when most would.
Even if I fall, I have to get right back up and fight. That is the life of an entrepreneur. So if you have a big dream of doing something, go for it. The only thing holding you back is your mindset. If it’s a huge dream, find how you can take baby steps to get there. Anything is possible.
What’s Next in My Journey?
There’s so much to learn as an entrepreneur that you won’t realize until you actually get started. For one, I have to learn how to do self-employment taxes, legal things, affiliate marketing, working with sponsors in the future, and the direction I want my blog to grow in the long-term. There are so many possibilities and that’s why it’s so exciting to work for yourself! Subscribe to my newsletter to stay updated on where The Glow Up Queen will go and get advice on how to have your own glow up.