Katherine is here today to share how she made The Escape from a life as a TV producer to build her business as a life coach.
Tell us about yourself, what you did pre-escape, and what you do now
I used to work in television, in an assortment of roles, making my way up the ladder to becoming a television producer. I had been chasing that dream since I was 15 and realised one day that, not only was it no longer what I wanted from life, but that I had lost who I was and what I really wanted along the way while I was following those who had already done it. I remember chasing The Hoff around Circular Quay in Sydney one day and stopping for a second and thinking, ‘What the heck am I doing?’
Since then, I left TV, did a life coaching course and now I help women to reconnect with themselves, work out what they want from their lives, and believe that everything they want is real, valid, and completely possible. And then working on the strategies to make it happen.
How long ago did you make the escape?
I made the escape from television about six months ago. I got through a particularly arduous contract at the end of 2013 and then realised that I had to take the leap or I would never do it.
What roadblocks did you face when preparing to leave your job?
Money. That’s obviously the first thing that comes up when making life changing decisions and choosing to forfeit the security of a stable income to do something completely opposite.
Then a whole bunch of ‘identity’ stuff came up when I realised how emotionally connected I had become to my television career dream and the people I associated that with. It was an interesting process to unwind myself from that and realise that it wasn’t the end of the world to step away from something I’d wanted for a long time and that I was going to be okay.
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How did you know you were ready?
I didn’t. And I still don’t sometimes. But what I did know was that I needed to do something dramatic to make a change because I’d gotten to the point where things couldn’t stay the same any more.
There’s that popular saying, ‘start before you’re ready’, and I think most people aren’t ready to take a leap to leave their job, but it gets to a point where they can’t stay any more and once the desire to follow your dreams outweighs the discomfort of leaving everything you know, then you’ve just gotta go.
What is the best part of being your own boss?
The best part about being my own boss is that everything starts and stops with me. If I don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn (I never do), then I don’t. I go to yoga in the mid-morning, meet friends for lunch, go and sit in the sun with my laptop and a coffee, just do whatever I want really. It’s a lifestyle choice and, yes, I work more than I did when I worked for someone else, but I get to do stuff that I love and be in control of what it is I do on a day-to-day basis that ties in with the life I want.
What challenges have come up?
Even though I have clients, a lot of my time is spent on my own. I’m a bit of a one-woman-band and I miss the social part of working sometimes and the getting up and having to be somewhere part. It’s weird the things I miss actually!
Self-motivating and not procrastinating have been some interesting challenges and just readjusting to an unconventional work/life balance. It’s amazing how conditioned we are from school and then the workforce to follow schedules and specific times for coffee and lunch breaks and ‘home time’ and weekends. None of that really exists when you work for yourself (unless you decided to work within a similar structure).
What are your work days like now?
I get up in the morning, do emails and planning or have clients. Then I go to yoga or meet friends for lunch. Then I get into some writing in the afternoon for my blog, guest posts, or a project I’m working on. Then I coach in the afternoon/early evening, make dinner, and chill out with my man in the evening.
I try not to follow a rigorous schedule and remember to get outside and plan fun things, even during the week because I like the idea of working for myself as a lifestyle choice, not just replicating the traditional work format.
Any advice for those working to make the escape as well?
Know your why. There is a massive safety net around having a job that you don’t really realise until it’s gone. There are so many new challenges that come with starting your own business, even if you have the money stuff sorted. There will be days you’ll wake up and you’ll bounce out of bed, excited to work in your business and other days you’ll want to pull the covers over your head and hide from the world.
Knowing WHY you want this so badly will serve as a constant reminder to get up, even when you don’t want to, because your why is a game changer. It will serve you when you feel lost and alone, it will be there when you celebrate your wins, and it will be the thing that keeps you going when you don’t know if you have the energy to keep going.