Every New Beginning
I quit my job.
I don’t know if that comes as a surprise to you. As far as many of you knew, job-quitting was my thing for an entire year. But no, I quit my full-time job I’ve had since January. It was a great position, using the talents I’ve acquired over the 100 Jobs 1 Year project as a brand ambassador and event production assistant.
The full-time job paid well, with salary and benefits, allowed me a good deal of freedom in decision-making, let me use my skills, and was part of a new program in a huge company with the promise of promotions and raises in the near future. Why would anyone leave that kind of position?
I found that I was settling for the good in place of the best.
Many people can settle, and sometimes I envy them. I’m not one of those people.
I need risk. I need uncertainty. I need… adventure.
So on Wednesday I picked up a promotional gig as a team leader for brand ambassadors handing out NY Metro newspapers promoting the Gran Padano cheese ad. I’ve usually been a brand ambassador, but this time was put in a team leader position due to my experience as an event manager in the job I just quit!
On the far right in the picture is my friend Rosy. I haven’t seen her for six years. We first met while working together at a theme holiday party for News Corp in December 2007 under another promo company. We were dressed in chemical suits and handing out test tubes full of brightly-colored drinks to the guests. That was my first brand ambassador gig ever. Little did I know I’d have dozens more BA gigs and make a living off it years later. Since that first time we met, I didn’t see her until this gig— the first after quitting my full-time job to go into freelancing. A new beginning.
Then today I saw that my internet friend Megan Gebhart is rebooting her 52 Cups of Coffee project. She had an excellent project in which she interviewed a new person for life advice every week in a year, and earned herself some internet fame. Megan and I first met on Twitter when I started the 100 Jobs 1 Year project, and we’ve occasionally kept in touch to encourage each other ever since. Like me, Megan took a full-time job after her project and like me, still felt lacking in her fulfillment. So this same week in which I quit my job to pursue the creative life, Megan also announced that she’ll be doing another round of 52 Cups of Coffee. (It’s worth following for your own sake.) Another new beginning.
During my daily devotional time on Wednesday, I read a challenging statement Jesus made that I can’t get out of my head lately:
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
For me personally, not living this life of adventure would be living in fear. I’m not called to fear. I’m called to gospel-glorifying fullness, living a risk-filled life that shows the joy, love, grace, and freedom of the gospel.
I read the book Risk is Right by John Piper yesterday, and reading his Don’t Waste Your Life today. I want to show people that there is joy and freedom in the power of the gospel, and that we don’t have to be bound by fear in any area of our lives- finances, relationships, or even death.
Right now I’m friends with my favorite author and get to work on my favorite TV show. I’ve also worked on most of my favorite TV shows and met most of my heroes. Who would’ve dreamed! None of this would’ve happened if I didn’t take the risk, and I wouldn’t have risked if I gave into my fears. So, having recently left my job, I go again into the vast unknown, not knowing what lies ahead of me, but knowing that I’m guided every step of the way.
Here’s to a new beginning!