I Quit My Corporate Job for Yoga Pants

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Four years ago I quit my corporate job for yoga pants. Okay, so I didn’t actually quit my job FOR yoga pants, but I did trade in my uniform for yoga pants and long days working from home. Here’s the truth: I thought that the corporate life was for me, I dreamt of power suits and high heels. (Now I dream of yoga pants and sports bras.) I studied marketing and communication in college and quickly secured a job at one of the nation’s leading retailers. In everyone else’s eyes I had “made it.” In all honesty, I wasn’t happy. I worked long hours, nights and weekends, spent holidays away from my family, and felt so depleted at the end of every day. I knew I needed to make a change.

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If this sounds like you, I want you to listen up: follow your bliss. Seriously, listen to that gut of yours. It’s never too late to start pursuing your dream job, you need to design the life you want to live. Now here’s what I’m not telling you: I’m not telling you to quit your job today to stay home in your yoga pants, but I am telling you to start dreaming a little harder. I believe in chasing your dreams, but doing it in a smart way, here are the steps I took to leave my corporate job for a life working from home (most days in bed.)

Figure out what you are passionate about. (Hint: it should be something you can’t imagine not doing.) When you are passionate about something, you will do what it takes to be amazing at it. Find your passion and dive in head first. Learn, educate yourself, become an expert in your field, and refine your craft.

Don’t make rash decisions. When I knew I wanted to leave my job, I first set myself up for success. I reached out to every connection I could, I advertised, built a brand and I booked enough clients to match my salary (25 weddings my first year to be exact) and I worked up until my wedding season started. I saved every penny I could and never, ever went into debt for my business.

If you have a job, don’t think it is holding you back, use it to help fund your dreams! Before you quit, make sure you are legit._ Take the time to register your business, make it legal, and get the word out. Marketing yourself in this phase is critical in gaining enough clientele to make the leap (and know the net will appear.) Having a job can help fund your endeavors when you are just starting out and ensure that you setting yourself up for a successful entrepreneurial future.                                                                                        

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Photo by Cassie Rosch

Three years ago, at the age of 23, I left my windowless corporate office to be a full-time entrepreneur in an industry I was entirely self-taught in. My passion drove me to learn, grow, and refine my brand. I can’t imagine still being in the corporate world, I can’t imagine working for a boss, I can’t imagine doing anything other than what I am doing today (and part of that is teaching you!) If you are stuck in a stuffy cubical, know that I was there. It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be really hard but something tells me you can do it! Start making waves, friends. Get out and make this one life you are living count.

The world needs more people who have come fully alive, it just so happens that I am fully alive in yoga pants! Tell me, what are your greatest gaps in chasing your dreams, what is holding you back.

Jenna Kutcher

Most days you can find me in yoga pants, working on the couch with a smile on my face and rescue pups in my lap. I am a wife to my beloved and a devoted puppy mom. I am a wedding photographer, a blogger, a fashion fanatic, a watercolor artist, a teacher, and a woman who seeks adventure. We only have one life, I believe in making it count, having fun, and showing off my terrible dance moves. I love rescuing dogs, eating macaroni and cheese every Monday, and taking daily naps. At the age of 23, I took a chance and left my corporate job to pursue full time entrepreneurship. It was a risk but one I was willing to take, that leap of faith paid off in so many ways. I love serving other creative entrepreneurs and teaching them how to build profitable, sustainable, authentic businesses that offer balance. I believe in authenticity, I keep it real. I have a passion for business and want to share the strategies I have used to launch a multifaceted business built on authenticity. Seeing people succeed while doing what they love fires me up. We only have one life to live, I believe in making it count and in chasing happiness with reckless abandon.

3 comments

  1. Inspiring! Totally in this place right now and going back and forth on what to do. Thanks for sharing your story!

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  2. Amazing story! Really gets lights the creative fire within one’s self.
    Holding me back: Company provided healthcare, the thought of failing while helping my husband support and raise our son, being the other half of income for our family. Leaving a lifeless job in a stuffy office, but pays the bills – to something that might not work out. So many variables.
    Thank you for the wonderful personal story. Really puts things in perspective!

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  3. I can’t wait for the day I get to quit. I’ve only been in my field for three years yet I already know in my heart I can’t see myself doing this for the rest of my life. I worked hard to get here too for a comfy job: good pay, benefits, environment, 25 days PTO plus a week off during Christmas yet crazy enough I’m not happy.

    I’m using it as a security net although with any job it isn’t 100% because of lay offs. I am debating whether or not I should become an esthetician… I have always been interested in skin but afraid to pursue it and waste my time and money.

    If I do it, I hope to gain experience and open a spa one day or even start a skin care line (esp towards lightening dark areas). I would only quit if I knew I was stable…. But working a full time job and going to school and working part time would be so difficult… But maybe worth it in the end…

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