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Why I quit my full time job

chloe- why i quit my full time job

I have quit my full time job!

Quitting my full time job for a freelancer life did not cross my mind several years back. But, i’ve decided to take the leap of faith. This post has been in my draft folder for the longest of time but I’ve finally decided to post it up. If you are curious why I quit my full time job, and what i’ve been up to since then, read on 🙂

It has been 10 months, nearly a year since I’ve left my full time job. Time flies gosh! Till this point, you might ask me..

Do you have any regrets? Any things or anyone that you miss?

At this point, my answer is still no. I do not have any regrets making this decision. It was not made in a whim of fancy. It was done after much thoughts were given to it.

Yes, I do miss my colleagues, I miss meeting up with the different external stakeholders, learning about the overall hotel and tourism landscape, developing soft skills and learning so much everyday. I miss the standard payday and all the staff benefits like team bonding sessions and all. I miss being able to have financial stability. I miss the times where I could easily spend on an extravagant meal or simply go on a shopping spree.

But apart from these, I’m a much happier person now than I was nearly one year ago. My stressed out skin condition has improved drastically (with help from my aesthetic clinic too but I shall further elaborate this in my beauty post).

Why I quit my full time job

Well, one of the main reasons why I’ve quit my full time job would be due to the lack of sense of fulfilment and more importantly, I wanted to try out doing things that I enjoy. I was going through a lot of stress in my full time job which i’m sure many of you can relate to! It got to the point where I was working during the wee hours and weekends, it got too overwhelming and I could not manage my stress well. There were many days where I went home feeling like shit, with all my pent up emotions and I will just start crying out of nowhere. This happened several times, numerous episodes where i broke down. After which, I will reconcile with the emotions and get back to work again. Over time, I started to question myself, is this the kind of life I will want to continue leading? Am I really happy?

Well…it was a big fat no. And so i embarked on this road less travelled.

So, you might also be curious..

What have I been up to ever since I’ve quit my full time job?

To be honest, I do not have a fixed answer for you.

From taking up a part time job at Terminal 4 working at the photo booth, to making calls from home, producing beauty and travel content, modelling, or even other ad hoc events, I’ve done them all within the span of 10 months. I guess this is what the freelancing life is all about right?:)

The pay isn’t high, does not match up to what I use to get monthly but at least there’s sufficient to go around to pay my bills and I’m not in debt. But yeah, stability is a main issue that I will have to deal with. So, if anyone is hiring for part time flexi roles, please let me know! I would love to apply for such a role 🙂 #Adultingwoes

becauseweventure-japan

Apart from the above jobs I’ve done, I have also embarked on two business ventures which I’m very happy to share with all of you!

SayChiizu 313 and Bugis Plus

 We have opened the franchise outlets of SayChiizu at both 313 and Bugis Plus. Operating a F&B business is indeed a rather challenging one, thankful for our team of partners whom I can learn from. Our Bugis Plus outlet features the first Say Chiizu cafe in Singapore where you can get a cheese drink, toast and snacks and chill out with your friends. Whereas our 313 outlet will focus on take out concept! 🙂 Do come down and support us at our outlets! We will be ramping up more exciting activities in the next few months to come!

Do hashtag #saychiizusomerset313 and #saychiizubugisplus and geo tag us when you visit our stores!

Studiopetitesg

 Another business venture which i’ve embarked on would be in the area of photography! Together with two partners whom I can always count on, we have started Studio Petite Singapore. If you have not already followed our Instagram page @studiopetitesg, go follow us now! 🙂 Personally, I really enjoy the moments being behind the lens to capture special moments for families, kids, couples and corporate projects.

Please contact us (email or DM us) if you would like us to capture your special moments! We would love to hear from you! 

#BECAUSEWEVENTUREJAPAN

 Apart from these, I have also finally managed to embark on the 2 month travel journey with B. We have finally checked Japan off our list of places to explore and we can’t wait to share with you more! Constantly planning our next wanderlust destination! Sincerely hoping that we have more opportunities to work on creating travel content and new adventures. Do email us or comment below if you have new ideas we should work on or any collaboration opportunities! 🙂

Follow us on our adventures via @becauseweventure!

To be honest, i am still learning, still struggling to make things work. I do not feel that i’m successful enough to share tips and tricks to ace the freelancer life. But before I end off this post, here’s some food for thought for you if you are also considering to take the leap of faith:

{Food for thought}

  • Are you struggling to cope with the stress at work?
  • Is your health suffering as a result of your hectic job?
  • Do you dislike what you are currently doing?
  • Do you have enough savings to buffer for the career switch?
  • Do you have other interests in life that you would like to pursue?
  • Do you have any regrets in life?
  • Are you ready to make changes in your current lifestyle?
  • Are you ready to make sacrifices (be it time, money etc) in life?
  • Are you ready for constant changes?

 

If you have answered YES to most of the above questions, you might want to give a serious thought about making some changes in your life 🙂 Ultimately, it’s your life and you only live once.

Hope that you will find the above content useful!

Last but not least, before i end off this post, I would like to thank my biggest supporter of all time – B for all the endless support he has been giving me, time and dedication to make things work for us. Let’s continue working hard towards our dreams!

because we venture-Nusa Lembongan, couple

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XOXO,

Love, Chloe

1 Comment

  1. Chua
    3 years ago

    Hi Chloe,

    This is a really interesting and inspiring read! I too left my full-time (and very stable) job about a year ago, and all I wanted was to have a break. I ended up with a great opportunity to travel and write – a dream job, many say. However, life is not a bed of roses (or is it, filled with thorns?), the pay is low, day-to-day is extremely tiring, and problems or any sort can arise no matter how prepared we believe we are. This road is not gonna be easy but I’m sure you’ll find joy along the way 🙂 Enjoy every moment & all the best!

    <3 Chua, the baikah.