Why and how I was able to quit my corporate job and focus on writing and blogging

I admit it, I was a self confessed corporate work-addict

After school and study, I unknowingly set myself on a path towards serious burn out. I didn’t take any time off to travel or explore the world between high school and university like most of my friends did. I had my heart set on turning myself into a strong, independent career woman and wouldn’t let anything slow me down.

Day after day, night after night, I continually put myself out there, I networked with whoever I could, I worked my butt off and ramped up my corporate career as much as I possibly could. All in the name of success. And it worked.

I started to make waves in the digital marketing industry, I was shortlisted for awards, I won awards, I was being asked to speak at industry events, I was sent to New York for work twice and I made more money than I needed – I quickly became addicted to my career, climbing the corporate ladder in my early twenties.

So why didn’t I ever feel satisfied in my recent corporate job?

In my most recent job, I was in a senior role in a large in-house marketing team. The sad thing is that I was never overly excited to go to work. I was working long hours, often taking my work home with me and was exhausted. I often felt underappreciated even though I was doing some really great work that I was proud of.

For the last 5 years my job has overwhelmingly been one of the the biggest things in my life. My corporate job really wasn’t 9-5 either, I would arrive early, work late and often work weekends.

Most nights, I reflected on what I had accomplished for that day and would think to myself, “Is this really how I want to spend my working days?”.

It wasn’t. So a few months ago Dave and I put together a plan so that I would be able to quit my corporate job and still earn an income through doing something I really enjoyed.

Did you know that less than half of Aussies are actually happy with their jobs?

According to the survey conducted by Survey Sampling International on behalf of SEEK Learning, less than half of Aussies are actually happy with their jobs.

Not only were less than half of Aussie workers happy with their jobs, only a small percentage of those were actively looking to change their situation. Bit depressing isn’t it? I don’t want to be one of these people.

So I decided to quit…

We were going to take the usual next steps in life of buying a house, settling into careers and look at starting a family. We had a good think about this though and decided we’re not quite ready for that just yet.

I’ve decided that I want to explore more of the world and I that I am going to make it work working for myself.

Last month I quit my job and am now my own boss. 

Dave has recently quit his corporate job too and we are going to take some time off and also be a freelance team for the rest of this year. Dave’s been my editor and proof-reader for months now so I know he is going to be a great help.

Whats our plan?

We have planned some travel – because if we are doing this we can work from anywhere! We will be heading off in March. We have sold 70% our stuff.

We have packed one single bag each and have booked tickets to Fiji, then USA, United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and onward.

We’re also being sure to keep our plans as flexible and possible as to not restrict any unplanned adventures that come our way.

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Questions I’ve had: Hang on, how can you afford to do that? How are you actually going to make money?

Financial stability was the number one-concern for me, but luckily I’ve always loved planning, saving and budgeting.

I know it it takes a lot of money to travel. Not everyone has stacks of cash laying around, and saving enough money to travel isn’t easy. We spent more than a year actively saving and living on the cheap to be able to do this. I had spreadsheets upon spreadsheets with budgets and plans and I think Dave was sick of me saying “we can’t afford that today” or “remember our budget!”.

We’ve also sold a lot of our stuff, I sold my car, sold my clothes and nick-knacks at markets, I listed a tonne of stuff on Gumtree and I didn’t buy things that were not necessary. There were certain things we wanted to keep for when we return and set up our home and I’ve boxed them up and left them at my mums house (thanks mum for the free storage!).

I have also been taking on some content and marketing freelance projects, I’m lucky that the work I will be doing for brands and this blog allows me to work from anywhere in the world.

I have spent a lot of my free time building up this blog to enable me to earn an income and work with travel brands and partners (like accommodation spots and tourism companies). The most exciting partnership is one I have signed with Busabout, Dave and I will be travelling on their Europe network from May – October 2018 and will be sharing all our travel stories and photos with them through this community.

Here’s our rough travel plan for 2018:

Stay tuned for a post very soon that goes into more details on where we are planning to visit.

Most of the destinations will be our first visit, so if you’re familiar with any of these places we would love you to send recommendations or travel advice our way! Do you have a favourite place to stay? Favourite restaurant? Secret bar? Must-do experience? We’d love to hear from you!

Wish us luck…

I’m going to be ramping up posting here and seeing what I can make of this space. I’m hoping to share some of the things I discover about myself with you along the way as I make them.

I love sharing on this blog and I think it could open up a lot of insightful discussion. It’s also a great space to document all of our amazing adventures that lay ahead.

Are you willing to stick around with me to see what happens next? I have a feeling it will be entertaining and I promise you it will be honest.

If you haven’t already, follow along with The Wild Hideaway on Facebook and Instagram, I’ll be sharing the good, the bad and the ugly on here as well as there.

Here’s to a year filled with adventure, travel and learning… bring it on!

Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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  1. Julie Head
    February 2018 / 8:35 pm

    What an amazing blog. So looking forward to following your travels ♥️

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