We Did It: You Can Too!
Sometimes it feels like you can’t turn things around career-wise, but these women did just that
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