It has been more than a year since I left “corporate life”. I won’t lie, it was a big decision to make – I have bills for fertility treatments, bonds, groceries, levies and utilities to pay. Then I realised that staying would mean selling my soul, aging prematurely and just be unhappy every single day.
I jumped. It felt like forever before my feet hit something solid and I didn’t have to dip into my savings anymore. Thank goodness that I am frugal and squirreled away money. Some days I barely touch ground as I’m that busy – and other days I can stop and take a breather. It’s a more balanced life with a whole lot less stress – seriously.
Another advantage is that I choose my work uniform – with no clause in my contract that excludes certain items of clothing… or dyeing my hair pink (I am doing it this year – you just watch). I now wear bootleg jeans with everything from sneakers to beautifully locally handmade shoes mixed in with jewellery that I collected over the years.
Recently I ventured out to a meeting with a potential client and wore this. It’s not always about what you wear – it’s about feeling comfortable and being confident. Clients trust people that they relate to – and they sign projects.
- Laptop bag and shoes from Tsonga (made in South Africa)
I don’t wear heels anymore as I have quite a bad knee injury, but the height on these are just perfect and I don’t have any pain at the end of the day.
- Bootleg jeans from Miladys
I never used to shop at Miladys but suddenly they have the most amazing jeans…
- Black T-shirt from Pick n Pay (made in South Africa)
I love these “not made in China” T’s that actually fit around my shoulders that has a little extra length to get down to my hips.