A week ago, I mentioned that I’d recently made a big decision about my future. I’ve been putting off writing about it, but it’s time to bite the bullet. Big deep breath in. Here goes…
I’m quitting my job.
I can’t believe how hard my heart was thudding as I typed those words! It seems so official now it’s in black and white!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on how much my life has changed since I took a sabbatical from my paid job. The change has been so extensive that I feel like I’ve transformed into a different person!
Pre-sabbatical, I was running a successful research consultancy but basically had no time for anything but work. I spent very little time with Lil’ L. I had no time to exercise and had no interest whatsoever in cooking. To me, cooking was simply an inconvenient interruption to my work.
Wow, haven’t I changed?
It’s not just my lifestyle that’s changed, but my values and priorities. I haven’t worked out exactly what I’m going to do yet, but I do know that I want my life to reflect the advice given by Gandhi
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”
I haven’t got the power to change the world, but I do have the power to change myself, so that’s where I’m going to start!
I haven’t worked out how I’m going to manage financially yet, and I definitely don’t want to have to rely on M for money but, for now, I’m cutting back on my spending as much as I possibly can.
I’ve got a few ideas of projects that I’d like to embark on, however I’m going to make sure that I focus on one project at a time. Better to emark on one project and get it finished, then start five and finish none (you can tell I’m talking from experience here 😉 )
I’ve read a lot of great books that have inspired me on making this change in my life. One such book is:
“Be the Change
Action and reflection from people transforming our world”
Based on interviews conducted by Trenna Cormack, this book is a collection of first hand accounts of 28 amazing people who have made positive changes at global, national, local and grassroots levels. The book is filled with passion. It’s thought-provoking, uplifting and, above all, inspiring.
Would you like a chance to read it yourselves? I don’t want my copy to sit on a bookshelf gathering dust. It deserves more than that. So, to commemorate the start of a new chapter in my life, I’m going to give away my copy to one of you lovely people 🙂
There are two ways to enter the giveaway:
1. Leave me a comment below
2. Tweet the giveaway, and leave a comment below to let me know that you did so.
A winner will be chosen at random next Friday, 4th May at 5pm GMT. The giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where you live.
Good luck everyone! x
10 thoughts on “Be the Change (Book Giveaway)”
That’s marvellous! 🙂
You’ll be a success I’m sure, in whatever project you choose.
When I stopped being employed I tried selling my body, but instead people wanted me to pay cash to have it carted away and dumped. LOL 🙂
Wow! Congratulations on such a big change for you! I wish you the very best with your decision–it sounds like you are on your way to even greater things. I would absolutely love to read this book–the timing couldn’t be better.
Wow Sharon that’s fantastic news. There must be something about this time of year as this week we decided we were going to sell our place and move to the coast. Valuations were yesterday and it went on the market today!!! We are calling it our LIFE changing move and we are sooooo excited to be moving although I’ll be sad to leave our little patch of London. Would love to read this book as the move for me is very much be about discovering what I want to do when I grow up. look forward to seeing you soon. Nx
Wow! You too???! Good luck to you guys with the house sale! Have you seen anything you like?? Speak soon, xxx
Hey Sharon! Congratulations on your big change. Can’t wait to catch up with you soon and find out a bit more about your plans. Really excited for you. Speak soon, xxxxx
You’re a true inspiration. My only concern is that the book will have the same effect on me!
Good for you! I think it takes so much courage to follow your heart. I’m trying to do that right now and I love that saying of ‘Be that change’ I’d love to win the book!
great that you decided to do such a big step in a different direction and quit your job. It takes a lot of courage and strength for sure! I would absolutely love to read that book, it has a wonderful title!
I tweeted the giveaway and now lets hope that I win 😉