Earlier this year, I found myself smack bang in the middle of an existential crisis. I was doing anything to give myself a burst of energy and renew my broken spirit.
This led me to picking up Glennon Doyle’s Untamed.
An amalgamation of a memoir and a self-help book, Doyle’s latest book struck a chord with me. She argues that we’re essentially snow globes, spending all our time trying to distract ourselves with the flurry of snowflakes in order to never really face the truth at our centre.
This truth is often earth-shattering, terrifying and life changing. But everyone’s truth is different.
And here was mine: after five years in my new career, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a teacher anymore.
It was an odd reality to face. After all, those years – while challenging – were filled with some of my favourite memories.
In hopes to prove the inner voice wrong, I tried everything to shake myself out of my funk — I took up new responsibilities at school; I started freelancing on the side, and I started flexible postgraduate study, like Victoria University's Block Model.
But no matter how hard I tried to distract myself with the flurries of snowflakes, I couldn’t ignore the truth at my centre.
Here are 3 things I wish I knew then about changing careers I'd want other women to know.
Allow yourself temporary fulfillment while you build the courage to make the change.
When the thought of quitting teaching was just a small rumbling in the back of my mind not yet fully formed, I started searching for other things to fulfill me without making the dramatic move of changing careers.