After many years climbing the corporate ladder in-house in both London and Sydney, I woke up one day and thought ‘there must be more to life!’ My mum was just 61 when I lost her to cancer 6 years ago and it made me realise that you only get one shot at doing what you really want in life. It is up to you to make a life that works for you – no one else is going to do it for you. I suddenly was able to admit to myself that I didn’t want to carry on climbing up the greasy pole of corporate life and become a General Counsel . But that that was ok; it wasn’t ‘failing’, it was taking back control!
As fate would have it, shortly after my ‘revelation’ I happened to attend a seminar and found myself sitting next to (now) fellow LOD lawyer Elizabeth Weir. We got chatting about LOD and how it worked and by the time I left the seminar, I was thoroughly inspired by Liz and knew this was the path for me.
The rest, as they say, is history. I resigned from my very stressful job in a financial services company, went to LA for a few weeks – drank my weight in Margaritas, ate fish tacos until they were coming out my ears and shopped till I dropped. I was then launched straight into my first assignment – my feet literally didn’t touch the ground! Nine months into the assignment and I haven’t looked back. The support from LOD made the transition from ladder climbing to freelancing really easy.
Freelancing in house is really liberating. Through LOD I am given access to great quality work; am able to work in organisations and industries I might never of considered venturing into previously and I am constantly learning and being challenged. Working this way brings out the best in me professionally as I don’t feel drawn into the organisational idiosyncrasies that I found impacted me when I was in permanent employment.
My new found freelancing freedom means I have finally achieved my dream of running a holiday lettings business. We’re starting small, but our first property ‘on the beach at Broadstairs’ is doing well. The apartment is in a lovely spot on the south coast – and it really is right on the beach! It is perfect for families with young children – the kids love the ‘secret gate’ that leads straight from the gardens to the beach – and parents can relax knowing that they are only a stone’s throw from the apartment. For more information checkout the apartments facebook page LOD lawyers receive a 10% discount if booking direct.