Why I Chose Happiness Over a Stable Paycheck

At the beginning of last week, one of my good friends from elementary school passed away. Granted, it had probably been well over 10 years since I saw her last, but, I couldn’t shake the unsettling feeling that I had over her passing. She was only 22 years old, a few months younger than me (I remember this being very important in elementary school), and she was always the happiest person I knew. It also made me think that if I were to die today (I swear, the morbid aspect of this post is almost over), what would I leave behind? How have I made the world a better place than it was before I came? Have I lived my life fully and with no regrets? What will my legacy be?

Legacy. What is a Legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.

That quote, from Broadway’s Hamilton (my current musical obsession), resonated with me.  This, along with guidance from a few of my mentors, prompted me to turn in my letter of resignation today, yes, today. The reason was plain and simple: I wasn’t happy, and I needed to do what was best for me in that moment. And, resigning was the first step to figuring out who I want to be and who I should be. 

I realized, after sending many, many resumes to companies looking for a social media manager and various PR/marketing firms, that I would always hit the same road block: I need to hustle in order to get motivated. I need to hustle like I need to breathe. The only way to motivate myself to become the type of person I want to be: a self-starting, entrepreneurial #GirlBoss — is to make my hustle the means of my survival.

I realized, too, that my job was sucking the energy out of me. All of my motivation and focus was spent from 9am – 5pm (who decided that people are only productive during this time anyway?) each day, that when I got home, I didn’t want to do anything besides watch Netflix or go to sleep. It was taking my energy away from doing the things I like the most (notice how this is my first post in 3 months?). It was then that I made this realization that my paycheck < my happiness. The answer: quit my job and become a freelancer.

Along with my trusty sidekick, Tommy Pickles (pictured left), I set up my website and got to work cultivating my personal brand. The plan? Use my skills: social media marketing, content marketing, and blogging to make a new life for myself. One that I can do wherever the wind takes me.

If you’re interested in these services, to either kickstart your own brand or to elevate your small business, contact me or schedule a meeting. Also, please visit my website, www.anjsocialconsulting.com.  Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!


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