Why am I telling you this?
Because it showed me life is too short not to do something you love.
Six months later, I threw my backpack on and headed to Europe, where I traveled for three months. This was the perfect antidote to what I’d been through during the previous six months. I landed back in London with the intention of getting a job and saving some money so that I could continue travelling. It didn’t quite happen. In fact, when I got that job I got stuck in the corporate world for 11 years, despite always knowing that I never wanted to work in an office, let alone in a large corporation. After a few years, all I knew is that I was desperately unhappy, but I couldn’t work out why I was feeling that way. I took three separate career sabbaticals including a year in South America, as well as three months each in Africa and Europe, to try to work out what I wanted to do with my life. On each of those three occasions, I ended up being lured back to the corporate world with a nice, fat salary. But ultimately, I knew I couldn’t do this forever – the memory of that car accident and the need to seize the day was never far from my mind.
In 2014, I was in a job that I hated and my physical health really began suffer. I knew there was a better way to live. I knew that I deserved better.
I knew the time was right and all I could think was that life is too short to be miserable everyday, so I quit and with all my savings started on my own entrepreneurial journey. I have 12 years experience in corporate marketing. You will have found me working for one of those management or accountancy firms you’ve heard of. Honestly, I was really good at running global marketing campaigns and travelling to a new country at a moment’s notice.
I don’t regret my time in corporate Britain, as it taught me so many of my key skills, but I do wish I’d had the tools and mindset to make the change much earlier. I spent many months reading blogs and personal development book, and it hit me: I could still use all my marketing skills, but I could apply them to people, not brands.
Today, I’m a qualified coach, and I’m en route to adding a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) certification.