Eliminating the Groundhog Day of Professional Life and Creating Professional Freedom

Running Errands on Groundhog Day because Tuesday is Like Saturday

On Groundhog Day, during my new life of professional freedom, I was driving, running an everyday errand, when I looked over at the car next to me while we waited at a red light.

There was a girl in the passenger seat, not a day over 16 in my estimation, crying. Tears slowly falling down her face. Her head was shaved. We were on Jolly Road in Lansing and there are several medical buildings. It jarred me.

In my mind and heart, I was praying she just got dumped by her first boyfriend, or her dad told her she couldn’t meet up with a group of friends, or her best friend was moving across the country, or a sad song was on the radio.

What I was really praying was that she did not have a terminal issue, or a health issue that terrified her.

In that moment, with the sun beating in the car window (rare for a winter day in Michigan) I just prayed for her, this stranger, and I thanked God (not a religious statement, but my personal feeling). For my life, which included the decision to pursue professional freedom and all the blessings that have come with it.

More time to be with the people I choose to be with, including my significant other.

More flexibility if I ever need it, including the ability to pick up and see my parents on a moment’s notice without permission for time off.

Less stress, which has led me to a healthier mind and body. (I typically sleep through the night now!)

Less time on repeat.

Tuesdays are like Saturdays: I can choose which days I “work” (I had to put that in quotation marks since it doesn’t feel like work!) and when to take breaks, when to get lost in a book or binge a new show and when to do, well most anything. And seeing that girl crying in the car next to me reinforced the value of every moment. In fact I got a message from my Wild and Honey Playlist pal Demelza last night then hauled out my post on Life, Death and Positivity Through Grunge this morning as a reminder.

Groundhog Day is Over

Authenticity is important to me, so I will say that my life wasn’t like that of Bill Murray’s experience in the movie. Truly I wasn’t do the exact same thing over and over, but the feeling was there. Same s@#% on a different day.

I looked forward to travel (which wasn’t part of the job once March 2020 hit) so I didn’t feel the feelings that came with being a part of the corporate life. Even though my daily tasks were ok, it was the bigger picture that was gnawing at me, what I wrote about in my first post. The idea of waking up, wondering what papa bear (the corporation) would throw at us, who was jostling for what, if there would or would not be budget for something, what we had to say or do… etc. etc. etc. Put on the shirt with the logo (literal or not) and represent.

Ever feel like that? Cubicle or corner office, if it’s starting to feel like Groundhog Day, I’m here to tell you, it is NOT ok. You have every right to enjoy as many moments as possible.

spilling your office tools to end it
Photo by Jess Bailey on Unsplash

It is a Proven Fact that Leaving Corporate Life for Professional Freedom is OK

I am consistently made aware that I am not alone in this pursuit of professional freedom and not the only one working on escaping the 9-5 for good. You can see 10 stories in a recent post, as well how guest author Marinella Yule went cold turkey quitting corporate.  And there will be more to come.

The goal of sharing all of this:

  • it is OK to want to quit corporate life
  • affirm it is possible to succeed with the skills you’ve built up (because you have many!)
  • share tools, resources, and learnings to assist you (posts like this one are throughout the blog and I have even put together a list of gifts you can get yourself to if blogging is in your thoughts!)

Stop the madness.

Do not be a hamster in a wheel. Do not be Bill Murray on Groundhog Day.

If you are feeling like changing it up at the job you are in (that’s ok too and the 4-Hour Workweek can help with that as well) or by starting your life by designing a lifestyle out of the 9-5, please make the change!

kicking your feet up, relax
Photo by Ales Maze on Unsplash

10 thoughts on “Eliminating the Groundhog Day of Professional Life and Creating Professional Freedom

  1. Great read. I do agree that there’s nothing more valuable than your time. The flexibility to work at your own pace and be available to the people in your life is the best feeling. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is so true. Even though I didn’t leave the corporate corner office… I left a 2nd-grade classroom. But, I feel so much more myself since I decided to work part-time in the office and start a blog. It has done wonders for my mental health. I discovered that I know how to do much more than I thought I did, and it feels great!

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    1. YES! We all have so many skills not in our “job descriptions” that we discover when we step away. (I just did a 3 minute video on the Free At 50 FB page on it!)

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  3. I never paid attention to groundhog day – though I am just hoping for a good year in general LOL. Being able to travel again would be NICE. It’s always OK to want to quit corporate life. It’s not made for everyone – there are people who are destined for more.

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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