follow your dreams

i'm free

It’s taken me some time for this to actually sink in, but two weeks ago I quit my full-time job of nearly ten years and (eek!) I don’t have a new job to go to. I completely ignored the old you shouldn’t quit your job until you’ve got a new one lined up.

I have never been this irresponsible. I have always had a job, I even worked for free when I was just starting out in PR. I have always had a place to be. Not anymore!

You know what? It feels so good. I have also never been this excited, scared, nervous, and clear-headed.

Since I can remember my dream has been to do my own thing. Anyone close to me knows that. My brain is always churning with creative endeavours. In January 2013 I had this insanely strong urge to follow my dream and make it happen. No more talking, just acting and I haphazardly launched my online fabric shop while working full-time and pregnant with LJ to boot. I was tired of chugging along and ignoring my dreams.

Now lets get real for a minute people. I wouldn’t have been able to do a lot of what I’ve done without all the experiences I had from work. I am very grateful for the time I spent working in PR land and the relationships I made were fantastic. It’s also not all butterflies and roses right now. Fortunately the Hubs is SUPER supportive (I wouldn’t have been able to do this without him) and I’ve got a one-day a week teaching gig (god love multiple sources of income!). The best part of it all is that I get to spend oodles of time with my little men, L’il E and LJ. It’s surreal not having the 9-5 commitment anymore.

So, now when people ask me what I do I can proudly say that I’m following my dreams. I’m a PR professional turned entrepreneur, fabric curator, college instructor, blogger. Who knows what will be next for me. I’m still brimming with ideas.

Anyone else out there done something so reckless!? In case you’re thinking about it I found these 11 reason why it’s important to follow your dreams.

Happy dreaming!





Alanna Banks

3 thoughts on “follow your dreams

  1. Congratulations! When I quit my job, also without a safety net (and unlike you, no creative aspirations to dive into) it was the scariest thing I ever did but the best decision I ever made. So happy for you 🙂

  2. Back in 2012 I quit too, after 9+ years (and another 14.5 years elsewhere). I certainly DO NOT miss the crazy Toronto commute. Eventually I’ll have to find something else, but it has been decidedly free-ing to not have that set schedule and other people’s expectations.

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