We Did It: You Can Too!

Some­times it feels like you can’t turn things around ca­reer-wise, but these women did just that

Look (UK) - - LOOK LIFE - Sarah Ak­wi­sombe, 31, from Croy­don, tells us why be­ing sacked was the best thing that’s ever hap­pened to her

I’ve al­ways loved the idea of work­ing for my­self, but when I was of­fered a job as head of con­tent for a com­pany that helped en­trepreneurs it seemed ideal. Plus with a young daugh­ter, a fixed job seemed like a good idea.

Quickly I re­alised that I didn’t fit into the of­fice en­vi­ron­ment. The hours and pol­i­tics just didn’t suit me. I’d of­ten leave work in tears as I felt un­der so much pres­sure.

On the first day of my an­nual leave, I was asked to meet my boss in a cof­fee shop and she dropped the bomb­shell, that I’d been ‘let go’. I was shocked and im­me­di­ately con­tacted my hus­band. As the bread­win­ner I was mainly wor­ried about money and how we’d cope. We had a mort­gage, a baby and bills to pay.

In the 30 days’ no­tice pe­riod, which I was work­ing from home, I started an in­te­ri­ors blog (sara­hak­wi­sombe.com) as a bit of a re­lease. Af­ter my month of stress­ing, I wrote a post about how I felt and sud­denly sup­port started pour­ing in.

It was like a light­bulb go­ing off in my head. I re­alised that I could do some­thing, so I found a temp ad­min job and cut down on out­go­ings as much as I could (child­care went out the win­dow). I went to loads of net­work­ing events and be­gan blog­ging as much as I could.

That was two years ago and it’s been a crazy jour­ney. Now I’m do­ing it full time and I’ve even started a busi­ness where I teach peo­ple how to start their own blog. Plus I’m work­ing free­lance as an in­te­rior stylist, re­cently cre­at­ing an in­stal­la­tion for Habi­tat. I’m mak­ing way more money than I ever did be­fore and I love ev­ery minute.

It’s taught me that even in the most test­ing of times there’s so much pos­i­tive to come out of a neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tion. You can’t see it at the time but it’s al­ways the way. Have faith and let things play out.

I Was Fired BUT now I do a JOB I Love

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