Meet Rachel Harvey, owner of The PaintBox who has recently celebrated ten whole years running the Cleethorpes-based pottery studio.

Rachel Harvey - The Paintbox

The Paintbox owner, Rachel and I have a number of things in common – we are a similar age, we are both mothers, we live in the same town but the commonality that interests me the most is that we both resigned from a very secure profession to follow our dreams – we started our own businesses without any proper business knowledge, just a passion and a dig-your-heels-in determination to be successful. During Episode 1 of the ‘Ellie Asks’ podcast, we talk about what made us make the leap to change our careers.

So what’s stopping you from following your dreams and switching careers? Don’t know what to do instead of your current job? Take some time to think about the things that you love, what lights you up and gets you excited? What jobs are linked to that? Do you have any talents/hobbies that you could monetise? Perhaps alongside your current job to begin with. Another good way is to think of the type of job you definitely don’t want to do and unpick what it is that makes you dislike it.

Next statement or excuse (if you want to look at it that way) that I hear from my coaching clients is “I can’t afford to give up my job” – I would throw it in can you afford not to? I am guessing that when people talk about ‘affording’ they are talking about it from a money perspective which would be understandable as we are bombarded on social media and in the press that money and material things make us happy.

However, I want you to think about what really makes you happy, is it the new pair of shoes you bought in the sale last week or your iPhone or the many number of material things you own?

I would suspect it’s a no. Do you have time to do the things you really want to do with the people you love? Also when you are on your deathbed (a bit morbid I know but stick with me) what will you wished you’d done more of and what will you wished you’d done less of? Again, I would suspect it wouldn’t be buying more shoes, watch more TV or spend less time with family and friends. So yes, you’re probably right, if you changed your job for a less well-paid job (that you loved) you probably wouldn’t be able to have the same lifestyle you have now BUT deep down is it the life you want anyway? Really?

So can you afford not to? I mean this less from a monetary perspective more from a happiness and mental health perspective. Think about what is you dislike about your current role. What impact is that having on you on a daily basis at work but also at home?

I don’t know about you but I used to suffer terribly with Sunday Night Blues (actually more like Sunday All Day Blues as I would do my planning for the week on a Sunday) which would affect my mood with my husband and my children.

It was turning me into a wife and mother that I didn’t want to be. I didn’t want my children to look back on their childhood and remember mummy being a misery every Sunday because of work or rushing their bedtime stories so I could get downstairs quicker to open my laptop – I knew I had to change something. Do you?

Interested in working with me? Send me a message and let’s talk!