My Wealthy Affiliate leap of faith for 2018 - I quit my day job

Last Update: February 11, 2018

What are you here for?

  • To make some extra money?
  • To make a full time living?
  • To make new friends?
  • Or to fulfill our creative passions?

For most of us I suspect, the answer to the above question will be a mixture of all 4 answers and I'm sure there are many other reasons out there as well.

To me, joining Wealthy Affiliate back at the end of September 2017 was the end of a long search to find out what I really wanted to do. I have done many things in my life and I have always enjoyed them - and when that is no longer the case, I have taken the action necessary to change things.

I have always wanted to be a writer, in fact I spent almost 15 years of my life as a professional writer creating content for medical and commercial multimedia programs and websites, but I never really considered myself a 'writer' since I was always writing in a particular style, about a particular subject - never really about what I wanted to write about or in my own style.

Until now...

Since joining, I have truly found my vocation and I absolutely love it. I can't wait to get to my computer whenever I have time and I am here well into the wee small hours writing and communicating - it makes me feel alive in a way I haven't for quite a while. I'm passionate about my niche site and find that there are just not enough hours in the day to get all my ideas out.

Many of you know that I'm also a teacher in a secondary school, and I also run my own part-time performing arts school.

Unfortunately, recently the stress has cranked up at the secondary school due to a new headmaster and poor Ofsted report (not for my subject I hasten to add), and I have found myself finding it harder and harder to justify my time and effort there. So on Friday, I handed in my resignation and as of March 31st I will no longer be a teacher in the school. I spoke face-to-face with the headteacher and found a great sense of relief and calm as I knew this was the right thing to do, not because I'm making a full time income here at WA, I'm not. But my sense of calm, I believe, came from the realisation that I was not being true to the person I am now becoming, and that inconsistency was making me unhappy.

If you've followed any of my blogs or my niche website, which is all about the law of attraction and how to attract the things you truly want into your life by following your dreams, you will see that in order to stay authentic to myself, I had to take action and hence my leap of faith.

I firmly believe that I will be alright - that amazing new opportunities are, even as I write, making their way to me. And by focusing on the things that make me happy, I will manifest them into my life. What I needed to do, was to 'put my money where my mouth is' and set about creating my own life in the way I know I can, using all my knowledge, skills, trust and belief.

There will be doubters yes; my mother I'm sure, will be horrified, as will my sister, my colleagues and almost everyone else who knows me..............except when I told the students in my own performing arts school the news, they cheered. As did my own children who said "at least you'll be happy now mummy!"

I know I have many skills and options for earning money - Wealthy Affiliate is only one of them but I am now focused on my work here with such intensity that I can feel my excitement bubbling over.

Thank you all for your wonderful support - Wealthy Affiliate is truly a place to be yourself and I intend to make 2018 the best year ever in the life of Gail Lowe.

Life is for living, not for existing and I for one, intend to live by that mantra and reach out and grab it!

Watch this space......

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davehayes Premium
WOW!... What a great, brave and very WISE decision, I read your post with interest, because 9 years ago, this coming February 18th ( which also happens to be my birthday, not punting or anything : ) ) I did exactly the same thing

I left a very secure JOB to pursue my passion of becoming a sucessful direct response marketing specialist

The day I quit, absolutely NOT one of my work colleagues could understand WHY 9 I wasn't bothered what they thought by the way) several members of my then extended family, made life difficult... BUT this was over ridden by the

Support of my now late mum, and my incredible belief that I was going to achieve success... I DID

I had absolutely no safety net, nor a mentor as such, but had aligned myself with a couple of excellent business education and marketing systems and the SUCCESS came

No I'm not a millionaire, but I make a very nice living doing what I do and watch others, suffer in the rat race of life, because they are "stuck on the Wheel"

So, I say to you Gail

EXCELLENT choice, enjoy the ride and the freedom it brings, along with the hurdles, but hurdles can be written about

Good luck and I shall follow your journey
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phoeby123 Premium
Happy early Birthday!
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks Dave. I really appreciate your words of support and well done to you too for following your dream all those years ago. It's so good to know that others do it and succeed.
In the words of one on my greatest mentors ever, YODA:
"Do or do not, there is not try!"
Love it.
Thank you.
Gail
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davehayes Premium
Absolutely, you have taken the best decision ever, believe me, I'm really excited for you
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VeronicasLuv Premium
That is truly incredible, Gail!!!

I'm actually in the process of going back to school to earn my Bachelor's Degree, something that has been on my heart for well over 25 years! I wanted to apply over a year ago, but I allowed self-doubt to get in my way. I just applied last week Thursday!

I've been seeing you around the platform for quite some time, now...I think I need to start following you to take advantage of the wisdom you've been sharing!

So excited to hear about the new adventure you're embarking on, Gail.
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davehayes Premium
Its a journey and a hafl, but a great one
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GailLowe Premium
Hi Veronica. Thanks for your kind comments and good for you going back to get your degree. Who says we have to do things in a particular order? We can do it in whatever way we want - we are the ones in control! I hope you get the place you want and the main thing is to do what makes you happy - that's the key to everything, really.
Not sure about my 'wisdom' but if I can help in anyway, I'll be happy. Take care. Gail
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Yes indeed, Dave!
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PaulBoudreau Premium
Great stuff, Gail.
It is a gigantic leap.
I would have probably said, "don't quit your day job", lol, ... but you've beaten me to it.
I can see the wings growing on your shoulders as you glide through the skies, your magic wand in hand, creating content to populate your website ...
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GailLowe Premium
Haha - hi Paul. Too late to not quit now but I'm good with that. I do have my magic wand in had and am uncurling my wings as I write. To infinity and beyond........:) Gail
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TJSchlenker Premium
Awesome, Gail. Let me encourage you to finish up the training. There's some really good stuff there in the 5th level for you.

Also, I started around the same time as you, in October 2017. I recently posted my 50th article and I'm seeing my stats rising finally, even tho' I haven't changed what I'm doing. Maybe 50 is some magic number for Google juice, I don't know. All that to say, get to 50 posts as fast as you can and maybe this will happen to you too.

Btw, I've been a professional musician and screen actor for years, so sounds like we have a lot in common.

And I know how you feel about the writing thing too. I talked about it here: Lemme know if I can help in any way. Now that you quit your day job, let's ROCK this thing and get money coming in to you ASAP.

TJ
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GailLowe Premium
Hi TJ. Thanks for your comments and yes, looks like we have a lot in common. Thanks for the link to your blog too - it's great to write, I absolutely love it. Good to know that you've got to 50 posts on your site - I'm going to take a look and strive to get to that magic number too. I've noticed that my early articles are now being indexed in Google so maybe there's a time thing going on too.
Just looking forward to making it work, like you say.
Rock on!! :)
Gail
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DBlanchard Premium
I truly believe that you have made the right choice. The "law of attraction" works with people who believes that the universe will in fact provide whatever they need, whenever needed.

You have just proven that you are a believer, and it's just a matter of time now before you can really appreciate the fact that you made the right decision.

Namaste :)
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GailLowe Premium
Thank you Denis. I just had to follow what I teach really to stay authentic to me. Thank you for your faith in me. I will keep you posted on my progress. All the best to you today. Gail
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BrittaneyS Premium
Don't let any nay-sayers get to you! As a secondary teacher myself I can absolutely relate to where you're coming from and despite not teaching in the UK, I considered it at a time so I am familiar with Ofsted. Those reports can definitely make things unbearably stressful for teachers, so I for one, am proud of you for being true to yourself here.

I wish you speedy and consistent success here as you dedicate more of your energy to WA :)
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GailLowe Premium
Thank you Brittaney for your supportive and kind words. Teaching I love, but the admin and all the 'box-ticking', I don't. Still, I can now teach in my own way. Thanks, Gail
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Stella2 Premium
Hi Gail;

Sometimes we just have to do what feels right and believe that what we need will show up. The trust is everything, isn't it.

I wish you every success, and I'm pretty sure that if effort and consistency have anything to do with it, you will be fine.

All the best! :-)
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks Stella. I agree that sometimes the course of action you need to take lights up like a freeway! All the best, Gail
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arielharris7 Premium
OH WOW Gail! I have goosebumps! You so inspire me.. And you listened to your heart..and knew this was your time! I see that happy dance thing going on! I am thrilled for you..beyond words..and here is my super duper huge hug.. ready? did you get it? YOU ROCK! and I have no doubt you have already attracted all that you need.. so take it on in... its yours!
in peace and gratitude, ariel
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GailLowe Premium
HI Ariel. Good to hear from you and thank you for your 'happy dance'. I know we understand where this comes from! All the best to you today and thanks for your faith and support. Gail
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N33 Premium
Congratulations, Gail, great action of yours.

The calm you felt is the best answer to the rightness of your resolution.
I have gone to a equivalent situation 22 years ago, and inside of me felt the same thing. Outside dwelled an absolute ununderstanding, but it came out great.
I can't wait taking you in my arms in one year!
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GailLowe Premium
Ah, thank you Anne. Me too. All the best and thank you for your insight and understanding. Glad to know it worked out for you. All the best, Gail
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Gordon3 Premium
Gail, A very long time ago I quit my job at a psych treatment center, sold all my mutuals and took off for a Tibetan Buddhist retreat carrying with me a copy of Seth's book The Nature of Personal Reality vowing to discover the details of the phrase "you create your own reality". I can remember cold sweats at night realizing I didn't have a job! It wasn't until 2005 and married with kids, that I found Abraham (and I know you know who that is). lol.

I would say it's all OK as long as you have enough cash to keep you going 'downstream' until this WA thing gets up and running. I'm not totally sure I do at the moment. I suspect, though, you do and are much more responsible than I was lol.

I cannot find your website on your profile. If you want, PM me your sites and keep in touch. I am doing a bit of it on my site but I have a hard time thinking of how to monetize something like LOA but recently thought I might do an ebook. The blog I recently recovered has over 200 posts I made from the days I didn't know and didn't care if I monetize a blog. Anyway.
I would say you are good to go. And I wished I had your energy and enthusiasm. Gotta move up the emotional guidance scale:)
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GailLowe Premium
Hi Gordon. Thanks for your message. I don't have loads of money saved, no but I do have other ways to earn money that I'm confident in, but they relate to writing too. I am really just following my heart and the advice of Abraham which is to follow your happiness and trusting that the rest will follow. I'll PM you my sites and would appreciate any feedback you have on them, even if you just tell me what you think about my take on the LOA!
All the best and thank you for commenting.
Gail.
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Gordon3 Premium
Awesome. Thx Talk soon
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TLo419 Premium
Congratulations Gail on finding that confidence and taking the next step. That sense of calm.... I understand the feeling. That feeling when you just know that something good, something very big is coming. The law of attraction only works for those who truly believe, and I know you will achieve your goal.

I wish you luck and look forward to watching you succeed. Your success will be my inspiration to keep going until I find that sense of calm and follow my dream. :)

All the blessings in life,
Tom
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks for your lovely comments Tom and for your faith in me. I hope I can live up to your expectation and inspire you some more. Have a great day. Gail
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JBond1 Premium
I love your posts Gail, you're so inspirational!

I really need to practise positive thinking as my site is almost 6 months old and I've worked hard on it but I'm not yet getting traffic or making money : (

I wonder if I'm somehow not attracting visitors or wealth because I'm not thinking positively? (although I think I am but maybe I'm not?) I don't know.

Anyway, thank you for posting this, I have saved it to read as often as I can : )
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GailLowe Premium
Ah thank you Jennie for your kind words. I hope you do start practising your positive thinking - I'm going to PM you later with some ideas about the law of attraction which I hope will help. All the best and thank you for your faith in me. Gail
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ArieOrtiz903 Premium
That is awesome to hear that you decided to go for you true desire! I hope it goes well for you.

I am still working at a regular job, which I am not a fan of at all, but all the work I am doing through here is aimed at that end result of me walking out of there and living on my own terms!
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KayWinkler Premium
Cool stuff Gail Lowe! Law of Attraction is in action right now obviously. I totally can relate to the situation, that no one around You, except for Your children and Your students even tries to understand what You are saying. Life is NOT just serving others, it is for living and becoming Your best version.

Good luck!
Kay
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amexrn Premium
Congratulations Gail, I believe that was one of the best decisions you've made in your life right now. I was there before as well, when I resigned on my job in the nursing home in December 2016 and went solo as an entrepreneur in my own small company. You will do great for sure. I wish you continued success in all your undertakings.

Cheers,
Arline :)
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GailLowe Premium
Ah, great words Arline, thank you. Good to hear from someone who has taken the leap and not looked back. I'm really looking forward now and have a new energy and vision that I'm sure will lead me into some good places. Thank you for taking the time to comment too - I appreciate it. Gail
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WHearn Premium
Gail! So glad to hear that you are getting of the hamster wheel. My wife and I are also teachers, my wife a professor at a local university, and I can tell you that it isn't just the university you teach at with problems. It is systemic across the country. The good news is that you can now continue to "teach" your own things without having to worry about pleasing a headmaster or a committee.

Whew!!

My wife and I are doing the same thing this year!

Feels good!

Congratulations!
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GailLowe Premium
Hi William. Thanks for your kind and encouraging words. Always good to hear from you. I agree about the education system. It seems to just be turning into something that I could no longer fully support even though I'm a teacher at heart. There has to be a better way and I believe that we are in a transition period whereby new things are emerging that will mean the powers that be will have to take a long hard look at what we've been doing. Unfortunately in the UK, in my opinion, they seem to have taken us back to the 1950s rather than forward into the 21st century! Oh well, as you say, now I don't have to try to fit all those round pegs into square holes!
All the best with your own journey too and thank you again for your support. Gail
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Fitlife7483 Premium
WOW Gail!! I can't wait to say the same thing. But I have to go back to work next week to a new job, but my goal is to only "HAVE" to do it for a year. Way to go, I admire you, most of your posts are saved in my inspiration folder.
Good Luck, Pam
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GailLowe Premium
Hi Pam. What a lovely thing to hear that you have saved some of my posts - that's made my day. Thank you, truly. I'm sure you will achieve all your goals and dreams too and you never know what is around the corner. I read your post about the new job so congratulations to you too. All things happen for a reason and there will be wonderful things for you in that scenario I'm sure of it. Best of luck. Gail
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DELJAR Premium
Congratulations, Gail. Quitting your full-time permanent job in order to pursue your ultimate passion in life Is a courageous act to do. I believe you will succeed in your online business because you are determined and fully committed to it. I admire your tenacity and as part of your WA network, I’m celebrating with you.
Cheers and wish you all the best in your online business!

Adel :)
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GailLowe Premium
Thank you Adel. I appreciate your faith in me and support. I'm just following my heart and I have to go where it leads! ;)
Have a wonderful day. Gail
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TeamIceCream Premium
WHOOO-HOOOO! Who cares what others think? As long as you know it is the right decision for you, that is all that counts! In the end, it is you that have to look yourself in the mirror every day, and that is by far the toughest person to please and the only person's values that really matters in the end. ;-) I'm very happy for you! Wishing you much success (and ice cream)! ;-) LOL!
Sharlee
@TeamIceCream
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GailLowe Premium
Thank you Sharlee - there can never be enough ice cream! I really appreciate your kind words of encouragement and totally agree about looking at yourself in the mirror - although I try to avoid that one too much! :) But I can't avoid the ME in my HEAD!
Take care, Gail
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MiaL Premium
Oh wow Gail, that's huge!!!!

This is always a conversation at our place, but I can't quit yet. My husband had a huge job up until the middle of last year when he did what you did - just handed in his resignation and said 'no more' and he has been building his tech business from home ever since.

And then I found WA in late November last year, and I know it's what I want to do but I can't quit my job yet as we still haven't built up my husband's business enough yet. And I'm not making anything via my website yet. But I can dream. Like you, I feel I'm no longer being true to myself doing the job that I'm doing.

Sorry that turned into all about me when I'm meant to be congratulating you!! I think what you did is truly courageous and I commend you for doing it. Well done to you!! You must be feeling great. x
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks Melissa - I really appreciate your support and confidence in me. I will have to take one day at a time but I can do that, no problem. I'm so fired-up with my writing now, I can't tell you....Yeeehar! :)
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PeterNwosu Premium
A big congratulations Gail. You definitely did the right thing giving the circumstances. Life is not about the inconvenience, after all, we all have a short life to live.
Therefore live it at your best. I believe you can be more successful here at WA. I started Dec 26, 2017, and today I'm already earning income enough to be paying my subscription here at least.
If with my part-time job I have this, then you could much more now.
Cheers
peter
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks Peter, that's good to know that you are creating your own income too. I'm just following my heart and what makes me happy and trusting that the rest will follow - it's what I teach on my site so I really have to live it myself to be authentic. Thank you for taking the time to read and reply. All the best to you. Gail
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wendyg53 Premium
Congratulations! My teaching job wears me out too, but I'm close to the finish line with three years left to go. I'm not willing to sacrifice a full pension and health benefits. Luckily I get a decent amount of vacation time and summers of to work on my niche sites. Good for you taking the plunge. It's inspirational to the rest of us.
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks for your kind words of support. I'm sure I'll make it work. I still love teaching but just not in a Secondary school - I much prefer my own performing arts school so that will also become more of a focus for me too. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate it. All the best to you today. Gail
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DNicholas Premium
Hello, Gail. Congratulations on your decision. Coming to that decision must have taken a load off your mind. I've wanted to do the same thing. I'm just not ready yet. I have 23 months left to reach my goal of retirement. I'm a little bit envious. I would love to be able to do this full time, I just don't have enough faith in myself to do it yet. I'm still learning and understanding what it is I'm actually doing, but I'll get there.

I've been following you, I'm confident you're going to do well. You're a natural. Now get out there and show us how it's done.
Wishing you all the best.

Don
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GailLowe Premium
Ah thank you Don. I really appreciate your kind words and your faith in me. Everyone has to follow their own path and I know you have commented a lot of my posts, always kindly and always with great support. I hope I can justify that faith. I will certainly try. I wish you a brilliant day. Gail
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Loes Premium
Good for you! I hope to write a post like this too, one day. I can not right now, not that I earn too little online, but I feel obligated to take care of my boys, they are part of our household, the eldest came when he was 2 years, and he's now 11, I can not throw away 9 years of daycare, he's here 5 days a week.
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks Loes. I understand the issue with caring for children too and one of the reasons I quit is that it was taking a toll on my children as well. All the best and I'm sure things will work out for both of us. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Gail
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Avecita Premium
Wow! A very brave decision and one that I'm certain will work out well for you. Quite frankly, I don't know how you managed all of that together anyway, and the one thing that really puts me off being a teacher is the sheer amount of out-of-hours work, lesson planning, marking, reports etc etc. Good for you!!
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks Heather. I'm certain I won't be sitting back on my laurels as that's just not me so I'll probably put just as much stress on myself, but at least it will be of my own making! Thanks for your kind words. Gail
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