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Changing Direction In Your Twenties


I wanted to do something a little different today and write about what’s going on with me. Some of you may know that I recently moved back to Newcastle and completely walked away from the career I’ve had since I graduated from university nearly 3 years ago (wow that’s gone fast!). Let’s talk about why changing direction in your twenties or anytime in your adult life may not necessarily be a bad thing.

So let’s go way back to when I started my degree. I’ve never been sure about what I wanted from a career or life but I was one of those young people who was talked in to picking a degree and going to university anyway. I’m not going to dwell on my uni experience because it would be a very depressing blog post (I quit… twice) needless to say university wasn’t for me and I still wish I’d spent those years working. After I graduated like so many others, retail was always supposed to be a temporary choice for me. So as I approached 3 years working full time in the industry you can see why I started to worry.

OK my job wasn’t as boring as working on a till all day, I did all of the creative jobs around the store and gained more responsibility as time rolled on. And don’t get me wrong I’ve met some amazing people through my job. It just got to a point where all the bad things about working in retail felt amplified every day. So I decided to walk away and move back home. Obviously I didn’t just walk out one day and obviously I found myself an alternative job before giving it all up. I guess that’s not a necessity if you’re brave enough though!

I understand that some people might think that quitting and moving home is a step backwards. Could it not be seen as a new opportunity to try whatever you want? For me it feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and a new sense of freedom. I’m not 100% sure what I’d like to do now. I have a few ideas but I’d like to try them out before jumping into anything. My main plan is to spend some time saving for anything I might want to take on in the future. Travel plans? Moving elsewhere? Training for a career I’m sure of? It’s all possible.

I just want to encourage anybody who feels like a change of direction in their twenties or at any age for that matter to just take the chance. After all aren’t we likely to be a lot happier later in life if we try out a few different options first?

Sorry its been a long one but I’d love to know your thoughts?

Love Eleanor x

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  1. What a great post! I really needed this. Pressured into Uni this fall and I don’t know what I’m gonna do. I don’t wanna waste four years of my life on something that I’m not passionate about, you know? x

  2. I think what you did was not a bad idea. At the end of the day we only live once, and after spending three years in what was supposed to be a temporary job – I’d also do the exact same thing. I hope you look back on this in a year after accomplishing more of what you really want to do and realise it was a good decision after all. 🙂

  3. I enjoyed reading this, I’m glad you chose to change direction not everybody has the courage to do so. But I’m a firm believer in changing your situation if your not happy. We only have ourselves to blame if we are unhappy right? – nice post 🙂

  4. Hollie Monteleone Hollie Monteleone

    I am so happy for your Eleanor! Hope your well! I am pleased your back in Newcastle! Xxx

    • Eleanor Frances Eleanor Frances

      Thanks Hollie! I keep meaning to come down to the Olive Stone for some lunch.. hopefully in the next few weeks! Xxx

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