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In May this year I handed my notice in at my full time job. In the middle of June I stopped working full time and went down to 2 days a week in that job. I did this for 6 weeks until the end of July before leaving completely and putting all my time into this Travel Blog.
I was still living in London when I was working part time but when I finished, I moved out of London at the start of August and back in with my Mum because I had lots of Summer trips planned and didn’t want to be paying London rent when I would be away a lot of the time!
If you’re new to my blog and my life, I’m going travelling in September for the foreseeable future and I’m going to be blogging full time too (for a full update of how this all came about, have a look at my life update post).
I said in the life update post that I want to be completely honest and very open with the transition of quitting my job to be a full time blogger and traveller and I mean it, so I thought I would capture my lessons and thoughts from a Summer spent working on my blog.
1. My 1 hour commute to work each way was really good for social media posting and interacting! I mean, I knew it was and I made the most of it each day but now I don’t have a commute I don’t really want to spend 30 minutes on Instagram in the morning posting a photo and then having to be active otherwise the post doesn’t do well (you know the struggle!). Although I still go on Social Media a lot, dedicating an hour each day seems a bit wasteful and not enjoyable so I do kind-of miss those 2 hours, I just don’t miss being squashed against other people!
2. Up until June I spent a lot of this year getting up at 6:30ish to either work out or do work on my blog. I started off well once I quit my job but then I started slacking! I still wake up and get up at 7:00-7:30ish but I want to get up earlier than that, it’s just so much harder when you don’t technically need to be anywhere!
3. Talking of working out, I’d much rather spend an hour on my blog than working out! I know that’s probably common even for people who work full time and I know I used to sometimes not go to the gym and work for an hour instead, but when you know you have so much to do and it’s all on you, it’s hard to not want to do it and spend that hour else where! This is something I really need to work on going forward!
4. I’ve become completely addicted to working! I like it and it’s good, for now, but I know that in the future when I start travelling I’ll need to set some boundaries and learn to switch off a little bit because right now, I’m not!
5. Even if I get to the end of my to-do list, there’s still something else to do! I know it was like this before but again, it feels like there’s more pressure now that I’ve decided this is my job. If it’s my job, I have to finish the to-do list right?
6. I’m so glad I have savings in my bank account from working full time and earning money from my blog over the last 2 years. It has been such a stress reliever!
Maybe I’ve been sounding negative, and I promise it’s not all negative.
7. In the last few weeks I’ve started to feel so free! For example, I love that I can book an appointment at any time of day because I know I can do work around it, I can start working earlier or work until later on in the evening, I can spend my day how I please.
8. I love that I can do work anywhere (within reason), the other day I stopped in a service station for 2 hours to write a blog post, writing it was on my to-do list, I had time, so I stopped between my journey and did it. It wasn’t glamorous but felt really freeing! Update – after writing this point I got a letter in the post to say I had a fine for £35 because apparently I was in there longer than 2 hours and didn’t pay for parking! LOL
9. The world seems smaller and I think it’s going to seem smaller when I start travelling this time around too. I now have self-employed colleagues all over the world who I connect with online and will reach out to if we appear to be in the same place at the same time, some I haven’t even met yet or found online yet but I know I will because the world is a fairly small place and I know we’ll get on because we’re doing similar things. That’s a really nice feeling and thought.
10. It’s weird calling myself a travel blogger. I’ve never related to the term ‘imposter syndrome’ before and I don’t plan to but the feelings I’ve felt when I’ve actually called myself a travel blogger this summer are probably most relatable to that. I’ve also had to write my occupation down a few times on forms and I’ve not been sure what to write, so I’ve written Writer. That’s weird.
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11. Not paying rent and not having any costly overheads this summer has been a huge stress reliever too. Since I’ve been at home I’ve only been paying for living costs and my trips, although a lot of them have been press trips so I haven’t had to spend much and this has been so good and I’m really happy I have transitioned in this way.
12. I’m working for free a lot of the time. I’m putting in so much effort and most days what I’m working on isn’t anything that’s paid. Free yes sometimes, but paid mostly not (percentage wise). But I’ve come to realise that that’s how it works, because when I do a paid piece of work, it takes me just a few hours to do and I get paid a lot more per hour doing that than in my full time job, but then I work for free after that for a while. I want to say it’s all about balance, however it’s not balanced out yet just.
13. I couldn’t carry on doing this if I wasn’t about to go travelling full time. This has been quite a big realisation. I don’t think I would enjoy it and it’s not that fun. Money and wages aside, I haven’t enjoyed working on my own on the days when I’m at home, I mean I haven’t been really sad, I’ve been fine because I know its only temporary but it’s pretty boring, not stimulating and having just the stairs as a commute is actually really unhealthy because before I know it a full day and few days have passed and I haven’t even been outside! I wouldn’t enjoy working from home on my own in London or at my Mum’s full time or even long term between lots of short trips.
I guess I knew this, and I know that one of the reason’s is because I’m used to going into an office everyday and being around people (I really liked going into my old job everyday and loved the people there!), which is why I knew I would quit my job to blog full time only when I was ready to go travelling and I wouldn’t have done it with the intent of living in London, but it has been an eye opener and a good lesson to keep in mind for the future.
14. Paid Opportunities do come and I’ve had more this Summer than ever before in this time period. Firstly it’s nice being able to accept them knowing I have time to do them. Whereas when I was working full time I might be sent an email for a paid job, I’d still take it and do it but I’d worry about my limited time if it was a quick turnaround (I once took a day off sick just to work on a paid post because I didn’t have enough time to do it!). Secondly, it feels so good and so much better now! A few paid jobs of a few hundred pounds does add up and they make me think that I could make enough money to do this permanently full time.
15. I knew before this that I am an adaptable person, I do wonder if travel made me adaptable or if I travel so well because I am adaptable, I guess a bit of both. But the changes in my life this summer – going part time, going full time, leaving London, moving back in with my Mum, being on the road and working at the same time (I’m writing this from a cafe on the Coast of Wales) has reminded me how adaptable to change I am because honestly, it hasn’t felt weird. It’s felt very normal and right, I’ve transitioned really well and I’m proud of myself for that.
16. I’m glad that I worked so hard on this blog for a good 12-18 months before I quit my job, I’m glad I dedicated myself to it, that I spent many weekends and evenings working on it. I think it’s given me such a better platform to work from now and put me in a better position to earn money from it and be more confident. I knew this would be the case and when ever I thought ‘whats the point?’ between last Summer and this Summer I knew that this, what i’m doing now, was and is the point!
17. For awhile now I’ve been fairly ‘woo woo’ in my thinking and this Summer has shown and taught me even more powerfully than before to trust the Universe, that everything happens for a reason. That I can manifest what I want, and I will make what I want to happen, happen!
Related post: How to Manifest What You Want From Your Blog!
18. Making this change has made me realise I can do anything. In the last year and for years before that, I’ve had lots of ideas of how I want to make a living, things I want to do, businesses I want to start, places I want to live in, and now I’m not committed to anything and I am making money online (not that much right now but I know I have the potential to make more) I know I can do all of these things.
Now that I’ve taken the steps to quit my job, leave London and leave stability I know I can make my dreams a success and create and live the life I want, because right now, that’s what I’m doing.
I hope you’ve found this insightful! I’m aware that a few of the above points are negative and I definitely do not want to be one of those people who moans about blogging Full Time. I believe I slagged them off in this post! Ha!
And I’m aware that some of the lessons applied when I was working Full Time too. BUT I’m just being honest and real, and the conclusion to this post is:
I’m so glad I handed my notice in, that I decided to leave London, that I committed to travelling full time again and put so much time and effort into this blog for 2 years before this.
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below or by tweeting me @wandering_quinn!
I’m Ellie Quinn!
I’m a travel addict who has been travelling on and off since 2010. In the Summer of 2018 I quit my office job in London, left my flat and I now travel and blog full time! Yes, I’m living that dream!
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