12.17.2010

The best gift is...



No, none of you have guessed what I got myself for my birthday! :) Drumrolls please............ FREEDOM! I QUIT MY JOB!!!!! It's been coming for a long time. I was working in a very meaningful and serious position in a very meaningful and serious company and quite frankly I hated it for some time now. The company was great with me, they allowed me to work part time, they allowed me to work from home, but when parttime becomes full time plus loads of overtime (for part time salary) I loose the most important thing, which is freedom. I have missed so many classes in photography school that I was on the edge of being dismissed, I did not have time to really advance, I was editing my pictures in the middle of the night, no sleep, no food, no gym, no time for blogging.... you get the point. So I've decided that even without an alternative I quit my job and give myself the chance to learn and become what I want to be... a photographer. I have one year to prove myself that I can do it and if it doesn't work out... well I can't say I've never tried and I'll search for a new boring job! Wish me luck babes! I'm frightened and excited and soooo hopeful for the future... :) I'm gonna be unemployed and totally broke but hopefully on the way to make my dreams come true!

And as my "friend" George Micheal said.... :)
I'll hold on to my freedom
May not be what you want from me
Just the way it's got to be
Lose the face now
I've got to live 


Have a dreamy weekend!




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43 comments:

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

congrats, girl!! wow that is huge but so exciting, friend. :)

Casey said...

Wowwwwwwwwww! Congratulations!!!! This is HUGE!!!!!!!!

Good luck on making it happen- I KNOW that you can!!!!!

xo,
Casey
www.blondebargainbabe.com

Mari said...

Pretty scary decision to make, but I believe at the end of day there's nothing like having your own freedom - Well done! Wish you all the best and you enjoy every minute of it.
I am also quitting my job end of this month. My husband and I are expecting a baby as well so I figured this has to be the best time to take this huge step. While I'm home all day being a stay at home wife & mother, I'll be working on my life goals and hopefully I can start earning some money but on my own terms.

Lizette said...

Best of luck to you! You´ve already succeeded by taking the first first!

Kisses from Madrid!
Lizette

Miyan said...

i am very happy that you have your freedom, what is life without meaning? you long to be a photographer full time then go for it! its what you love and are great at, go for it. im so happy for you. congrats!

Miyan

www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

Tucker said...

Congrats! I couldn't be happier for your decision!! smart girl (:

tanvii.com said...

I know the feeling. Don't you feel liberated. Hope you find your path soon ... but for now enjoy the Holidays! :)

Styles 'n Cream said...

Congratulations on getting your Freedom back. I am sure this wasn't an easy decision for you to make but I truly believe that if it makes you happy, than it is the right one. You have nothing to loose, just to gain (well maybe just money but you can always adjust to life with less means).Good luck with your future endeavors!

xoxo

Marta said...

Congrats! ¡El mundo es de los valientes! Marta

Stephanie said...

Wow, congratulations!! You are a much braver lady than I. ;-)

A La Mode et Plus! said...

congrats girl!! I think that is very brave of you. Now you can pursue happy things :)

vicky h. said...

totally happy for you!! your photographs are amazing and I know you'll make your way this next year! considering how much you've achieved just this past year...shouldn't be a problem at all for you!!

xox Vicky
Bikinis & Passports

Ivânia Santos (Diamond) said...

Beautiful pics!!!


love it <33

gabrielle said...

omg im so jealous. what an amazing feeling. we have a whole lot on common, other than our names, ages and zodiac sign (? capricorn?), i too am on the verge of creating some more freedom for myself. but what to do about finances?!

www.paperplanesandmaryjanes.blogspot.com

Chapstick Fanatic said...

congratulations and good luck!! i am sure it will all work out!
lachapstickfanatique

Kristyn said...

Gabby, you are so talented and you are following your heart! Definitely the right decision! Best of luck, chica!

Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

wow what exciting news, good luck and congrats!!

Ana Degenaar said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! That sounds amazing Gabby!!!!!
I'm so happy for you!!!
xx

Sandra said...

You go girl! :D

I wish you lots of luck with your photography and your life. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. :)

www.sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com

misshannie said...

Wow how exciting! Good for you, how thoroughly brave and inspirational!

Good luck with it all :)

Much love,
Hannie - Tea and Biscuits
xxxx

evip said...

Congrats!!!

I also quited my job last year for the same reasons...
Now I am more than happy with my husband and with our two dogs!!!!

ag. said...

Wow, that is super exciting! I wish you so much luck...and have no doubt you'll succeed! Yay!

ag. said...

and PS Happy Birthday! :)

Kc said...

Good on ya!! :) Most important for you to be happy!!

Kc

http://a-sparkley-silver-lining.blogspot.com/

diana kang said...

thats really amazing and brave. i think you made the right choice and if there is a will, there is a way! so im sure you will do fantastic things with what you love! xx

Heather said...

I admire you! Congrats!!

hunkate said...

congrats! when a job truly becomes a chore it's time to re-evaluate! all the best to you!

Emy said...

Congratulations and good luck!! I hope 2011 will bring you wonderful things/moments/opportunities!
xx

Emy

http://sweetpromises.tumblr.com/

Katy said...

Congratulations! I have absolutely no doubt that you'll make it happen -- so exciting!

Abigail said...

such a fabulous blog!! how did i just find this?? following :) xo

www.lovelywanderlust.com

Erin said...

Congrats! I am so jealous of your confidence. I too would like to quit my boring 9-5er(even though that whole 'working 9 to 5...what a way to make a liiiving' is a misconception because I work 8-5...they don't pay me to eat lunch.) But I think I need a little more time to figure out exactly what I want so I can pursue it.

Anyway, congrats and I can't wait to see what becomes of Gypsy Diaries with your new found FREEDOM!! <3

www.bishella.blogspot.com

kay*(from india.with love) said...

congratulations!

we are in very similar situations except i was laid off (and didn't quit...though i was thinking about it) but now i feel like i'm on the right path to doing what i really want to do...

in the new year i'm heading to india for 1 year to work/volunteer at a non-profit in a communications/pr role (my background) while there i'll also pursue my love of photography in the hopes that i'll end up building a portfolio and becoming a photographer.

good luck to us both during this next year!

FancyTreehouse said...

Do it! They always grow back eventually! :)

Brooke said...

oh my goodness! Congratulations :) It's always great to follow your dreams! So excited for you.

Miss Woody said...

wonderful pictures !

ESFManu said...

Hey! just stumbled upon your blog...I'm really enjoying it..Also, congratulations on your decision, went thru a similar experience when I quit my 'serious' job this summer, now I'm doing all the things I never had time to follow up with...takes courage! enjoy your time and will def keep an eye on your blog! xo from Milan

South Beach Mom said...

Good for you!!! So happy to see someone take a chance and follow through with their feelings. The only things you can regret are those you never did. Best wishes!!!!

Lisa Griffin said...

wow girlie congrats i did the same thing! took a pay cut for a new job that i am really excited and passionate about, here's to chasing dreams and happy birthday!
www.indramaticfashion.com

amwtang said...

congratulations hihi^^ love your blog! xoxo

Carly said...

What an inspirational post!
Wishing you the best in your journey to become a professional photographer!
Sometimes you just have to "go for it" in life:)
C

Nori said...

SUPER!!!!!!!!!!!GO FOR IT :))))))))))

Marie said...

Yes!!! I just did the same thing - loved my job to death but I was over-worked and under-paid. Now I'm making even less, but it was the best decision I ever made. Cheers to freedom! xox Marie

shopgirl said...

Good luck sweetie! You can definitely do it!

Merry Christmas!

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