Andrea began her career in journalism, after being told that her real passion at the time, photography, wasn’t a practical choice. Andrea later returned to photography both as a stock photo editor and a business owner, before deciding to return to the world of writing within a small digital marketing firm. She shares with us how she worked with adrenal fatigue, when she realized she needed to leave the 9-5 job, and how she structures her days now as a novelist.
Andrea and I talk about how our priorities shifted when we left the corporate world. We’ve both found purpose outside of our work, and surprised ourselves at how useful we can be outside our professional wheelhouses. As Andrea learned to embrace the journey outside the corporate box, she’s realized that she’s ok with not knowing what’s around the corner and she’s happier than she’s ever been pursuing her purpose as a writer.
TOPICS EXPLORED IN THIS EPISODE:
Going back to what you really wanted in the first place [ 3:16 ]
Andrea realized she didn’t have the entrepreneurial bug [ 4:11 ]
Working with adrenal fatigue [ 5:15 ]
How the idea for the book came about [ 7:13 ]
The exact moment that Andrea knew she was done with her 9-5 [ 7:50 ]
The unexpected opportunities to travel that appeared in the first year [ 9:50 ]
Why the side hustle model as a writer didn’t work for Andrea [ 12:00 ]
How to find purpose outside the corporate box [ 14:24 ]
How releasing a title led to understanding priorities better [ 18:01 ]
The power of diversified skillsets for flexible work [ 26:00 ]
Focus and clarity came when Andrea found what she wanted to do [ 29:06 ]
Where Andrea found inspiration to get her manuscript done [ 32:35 ]
The oxymoron of getting to where you want to be quickly [ 33:55 ]
Friendships while making big change [ 35:50 ]
Andrea’s purpose in writing her book [ 42:30 ]
Don’t lose sight of your “someday” dreams.
I was an otherwise intelligent woman, except for the fact that I listened to other people’s opinions too much.
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