I was walking home from the office one day in the dead of winter. I had just read 'Rich Dad Poor Dad.' I had a sense of futility about myself. I was working for the best company in my field: Oracle Corporation. Still I was unfulfilled.
I had no control over my life. I remember joining Oracle on a Wednesday. By Friday, I was on a plane to Toronto, for induction training. Then by the following Monday, I was on my way to my first project in California. For the next year and half, every Sunday afternoon, I flew to US. Every Friday, I left the office at 3, to catch a flight back to Edmonton, getting home past midnight. By Sunday, repeat the cycle all over again. There was no light at the end of the tunnel. Hey, I knew this going in. When you sign up for Oracle, or any consulting company for that matter, you sign up for 100% travel. It was fun at the beginning. But eventually, you start to schedule your life months in advance. Talk about killing time. Then I got married. That first year of marriage, we saw each other 24 times (twice a month). Some honeymoon period.
The flying became too time-consuming to come back every week, so I chose to come back every other weekend instead. Before I knew it, I had this alternate single life in California, and a married life in Edmonton. You can't build a sound future that way. Time is the most precious resource, and it is absolutely non-renewable.
Then I discovered a way to take control of my life again. I made the decision to leave consulting. For good. I was going to stay with my husband, teach fitness, and build a mom/baby wellness company. After all, who would want to hire a consultant who wanted to work on her own terms? I was scared.
Leap of Faith
How was I going to pay the mortgage? How were we going to live? I was still the main breadwinner, as my husband was still in design school. I had no plan, and no idea how I was going to make ends meet after my savings ran out. On my very last day, I sat with the CTO and just threw it out there. "Hey look, I want to build this wellness company, and I can't do it working full-time and travelling. So.. I'm leaving consulting. Do keep in touch though... if there is anything that I can help you with in the future, do please let me know."
In a matter of weeks of severing all ties from the consulting industry, that client called me, and asked if I could give them some support. Inside I was overjoyed! Calmly, I said I can't do it full time. I'm building my wellness company. I can't travel anymore, and I certainly didn't want to steal clients from Oracle. But after a little more back and forth, we agreed upon a part time arrangement.. remote from Canada. That was something I could never do as an employee for any company. The chinese have a saying "Leiu fan ying," meaning you're so eager that you spit out your rice mid-chew and nod excitedly. That was me. That was my first contract. For the next few years, I supported my client remotely from Edmonton, with occasional trips onsite, as required.
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