Growing up, my Dad worked a 9-5 job while my mom worked as an entrepreneur with her own hair salon. In my childhood, I was able to see the pros and cons of each work style. From the time I entered college until this year I had inconsistent short term internships/jobs but now I have transitioned to a full time job with 9-5 hours and I couldn’t be more happy.
There is this overwhelming narrative out there that every Millennial wants to quit their 9 to 5 to travel the world. Well here I am a true Millennial living my best life eating an apple
avocado and toast and I don’t want to quite my 9-5 to travel the world full-time.
A big reason is because I’ve already experienced my version of the nomadic life. From the time I was 18 to 26 years old I have moved for a variety of reasons: college, study abroad programs, and my time as Americorps VISTA. I lived in a new building every year in those times in cities from D.C. to Tampa to Houston. So much I wrote a blog post about moving and its ugly process. Often times the nomadic lifestyle is glamorized but the excitement wore off real quick for me.
When I moved to Minneapolis to pursue my masters degree, I stayed in the same apartment for two years. I was determined not to move until I completed my 2 year program. So we took our decision to move back to Tampa after graduation very seriously. Our moving has ended here which mean, if my calculations are right, I would have lasted only 7 years traveling full-time. That’s not a very long prosperous career.
Like most Millennials I dreaded the scary big monster that is the 9 to 5 job. I was focused on all the negative things that I forgot there are positive things too. For instance, a 9to 5 job provides financial stability. This financial stability can lead to less stress and less of a survival mode mindset. Not being in survival mode allows me more time to think and let myself explore opportunities and ideas.
I feel confident even to brainstorm ideas to encourage people to take on a zerowaste and minimalist lifestyle, develop digital products, and plan local sustainable fashion events. I have felt the most comfortable in growing my platforms for Fullbyles when I knew I had more financial security.
At least for me a 9 to 5 job makes me feel comfortable to be creative instead of feeling forced into creativity. I don’t want to quite my 9 to 5 because I am blessed to like my job and look forward to growing in my role.I love to travel exploring new places and people BUT that doesn’t mean I want to quit my job and travel all the time. For now, I just plan to create a lifestyle that can balance both a 9-5 job and traveling.
All that to say, I understand a 9 to 5 job isn’t for everyone but neither is a whole generation quitting their jobs to be become full-time travelers.
Outfit: Scarf- Thrifted | Black Blouse- Clothes Swap
What kind of person are you: 9-5 job or full-time traveler?