A Design Journey. Chapter 2, The Resignation

It’s time to bust out the sweatbands because we’re in for a hot one! We’re holding our resignation letters as if they’re the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – it’s like we’re jumping out of a plane without a parachute. But hey, who needs a flimsy piece of fabric when you’ve got ambition and a dash of insanity?

As the morning of 20th July 2022 dawns, the butterflies are fluttering in our stomachs. This decision, perhaps the most significant one we’ve ever made, has left us feeling a mix of apprehension and determination. We know it’s time to take the plunge and hand in our notice, and we’re ready to rise to the challenge. The previous day’s temperature reached an annual high, peaking at 40.3 degrees Celsius, and we’re about to raise the temperature even higher with our bold move. Despite our jitters, we realise that feeling a bit uneasy is natural when making such a major life decision.

Mat has more responsibilities than I do. He has a wife, a daughter, and a proper family home with an equally proper mortgage.  In contrast, I have fewer commitments as I do not have any children and only own a flat. However, instead of being complacent, I am motivated to give 100% and the responsibility of this undertaking only serves to strengthen my resolve – failure is not an option.

And just like that, it’s done: our three-month notice has been agreed upon. Our manager was understanding and appreciative of our decision, providing us with a much-needed sense of relief. Although we have a lengthy notice period ahead, it feels like a countdown to our liberation. We can finally check off “resign from current job” from our ever-growing to-do list! As we made our way home along the Thames Path, our minds were spinning with a whirlwind of ideas and possibilities. Where will we be a year from now? Will we regret our decision and be begging for our old jobs back in just six months?

Don’t get us wrong, saying goodbye to the comfy and familiar world of our current jobs is bittersweet. We’ve worked for one main client in motorsport for a long time, and have enjoyed it immensely. 

Without a doubt, we will miss the social interactions we had with people, some of whom we had worked with for more than a decade and considered very good friends. We also worked as part of an incredible creative team – a big shout out to them! However, going forward, it will just be the two of us.

For the past year, we’ve been diligently squirrelling away our savings to ensure that we have a solid six-month runway in case we face any difficulty finding work in the big wide world. With the three-month notice period, we have a little extra time to save and take care of essential administrative tasks. This includes developing a business plan, setting up bank accounts and insurance, registering with Companies House, finding a suitable office space, and refining our offerings. And of course, we need to prioritise building our website!

Time flies when you’re having fun, and it goes even faster when you’re freefalling into the unknown. But here’s to taking a chance and chasing our dreams! Who knows what the future holds, but one thing’s for sure – we’re in this together, ready to take on whatever comes our way. 

To be continued…

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