The time to put away my underwriting pen, short-rate cancellation calculator, and all expenses paid trips to Montreal and Vancouver has finally come. I am breaking up with my insurance career.
I decided to break this post up into three parts, because, well, it’s a pretty big frigging deal.
I’m not just leaving my job, i’m leaving a company and a career that I have been with since I graduated from University. I’m leaving friends that I work with. A steady income stream. Benefits, an RRSP, a pension plan and an employee stock option plan. For me, this is a huge deal.
Here is how I am going to break these 3 posts down:
Part I: Why I Quit & My Future Plans
Part III: 5 Steps to Take Before Quitting Your Career
I’ve been mulling over quitting my job for a while now (and by a while, I mean a year), but it was only in the last month or so that I decided to actually take the plunge. I held back for ages, because I managed to balance both careers at the same time, AND I enjoyed my job as an underwriter. There was nothing pushing me to leave.
(Also having two incomes was a huge bonus, and I started to enjoy the feeling of being able treat myself, or indulge in small luxuries that I may not have in the past).
So, What Next?
A New Product (!!)
Recently, Adam and I were talking about coming out with a new product. I came out with The Sweat Series a little while ago, but we wanted to create something even bigger and better, that could help women become their BEST selves.
After we had come up with our plan and the product, it was clear that I would have to put a lot of hours into making this work. Hours that would have to be during the daylight, when it wasn’t busy, and when I would have the energy and time. Basically: during work hours.
This was one of the things that really prompted me to quit, because not only did I believe that it could be a success, but so did Adam. Having Adam completely on board with this really strengthened my confidence and belief in myself (also because he is smart and creative AF).
I’ll be putting a lot of hours and effort into creating this new ‘program,’ and that’s what I plan to spend most of my time working on. I already have an estimated release date for early December, so keep your eyes peeled!!
In addition to that, I have also been teaching group workout classes this summer and I was seriously LOVING running them. Meeting new people, having a core group that came out every single week, and coming up with new ways to make people sweat – that is my BREAD AND BUTTER.
Lululemon on Queen St. recently reached out to me and offered to let me use their gym as a place to hold workout classes. It’s a beautiful space with equipment, lots of room, air conditioning, change rooms AND right downtown – the perfect spot. Starting in November, I’ll be running group classes there 3 times a week. If you’re not already part of the Facebook group, you can join it here.
Finally, i’ll be opening up my schedule and offering personal training sessions! This is something I haven’t really been able to fully commit to because of time constraints, but i’m looking forward to this new challenge.
If you’re interested in working with me one on one, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can go through details. I’ll only be taking clients on a minimum 3 month basis, so that we can really work together and reach their goals.
I’ll also be modelling and doing Instagram/blog collaborations as they come, and hopefully that will be enough to keep some bread on the table 😉
People keep asking me, “what is the eventual goal that I want to reach?” That’s really tough for me, because I’ve never been one to set goals for myself. I like to have ideas of what I want to achieve, and then I just go for it. But if I had to narrow it down, I would say I’d like to reach that point where I can consistently create and sell new workout programs online, run massive fun workout classes all over the globe, and travel while working with brands that I love.
It’s not one simple thing, but it’s a bunch of things that I’ve slowly figured out that I love doing. And if I can somehow make a living off of it, then why not try?