Hello lovelies, it’s been a whole month since we’ve spoken! How are you? Is your world still spinning, are you well and happy? I owe you the biggest of catch ups.
Life has been a big old whirlwind, in the way it always is when you most want it to slow down.
I’ve been working hard for literally three quarters of the time I’ve been away, the other quarter reserved only for sleep. I feel like I’ve told you things on the off-hand and not actually explained anything to you and I would really like to! So, in the best way I can put it into words, here is what’s been going on in my life.
I quit my job
I don’t ever do anything by halves so when I became fed up with my situation, I went and changed my life.
As most of you know, I have been working as PR manager in an events company for the last 10 months. I absolutely loved it. I got to blog about really cool pop ups and eateries and events every single day, sometimes even going to them myself. I had free reign to change what I wanted to and create what I wanted, just so long as I kept creating. It was great.
But, since a recruiter mix up promised a wage higher than the one I received, I had to work on the side to keep afloat. I sold the same skill set for more money from my home.
Three months ago, I realised that I could take on more and was receiving clients faster than I thought possible. Two months ago, I was matching my salary but still looking to do both jobs for as long as I saw a future there but, ultimately, with no possibility of a raise in future, I had to quit. The best thing was that I took those brands with me as well, so I didn’t really have to say goodbye, I just now manage my old boss as a client!
Two weeks ago, I became officially self-employed and organised all that comes with it.
Getting to grips with being self-employed was kind of crazy. I worked two full-time jobs at the same time for two months, completely wearing myself out but putting me in a good financial position to go out on my own. Then, after my last pay check, I registered with the government and became my own boss.
It’s probably one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done. I lived in turmoil for at least a month, wondering if I was doing the right thing. Sure, I could exceed my salary and keep climbing, but how long could I keep it up? Would I have the energy and willpower to get stuff done? How do I pay taxes? It’s all been a journey but now, whatever the future holds, I’m completely confident I can weather the storm.
I still work a 9-6 day. I’m a regular person who still works really hard all day long. I just earn more, save money on travel and can work my hours in a flexible manner that suits all of my clients – even the ones on the other side of the world! I’m getting to grips with learning when to stop work and enjoy free time but I’m sure, when everything is less crazy, I’ll manage it.
I actually have a separate work phone now so that definitely helps. My personal phone doesn’t get bombarded with calls, texts, emails and other people’s Instagram photos, making it easier for me to actually have a personal social media experience, instead of just always managing everybody else’s!
I do have plans to register a business. I’m planning on re-opening my online shop in time for Christmas shopping. I also want to finish my second novel and pursue a career in writing so, for now, I’m taking care of me, and letting the world choose where I end up. For now, I’m just happy to be doing my own thing, running my own time and trying to make it work in a way that gives me enough free time.
More blog posts are coming, and, hopefully, we can keep Hannah’s Happy up and running consistently again, as I find more time to write.
Let me know if there are any topics you’d like me to cover on here and I will definitely get them up for you!
All my love,