The AHA Moments That Inspired Us To Quit Our Jobs.

Before we get in to the AHA Moments that inspired us to quit our jobs. Let’s talk pre-merrymakers. Em worked in Events and Carla worked in Communication. We had ‘good jobs’: they paid well, the people were nice and we were comfortable.

We knew how much money we’d get at the end of the fortnight and where it was coming from, then we’d spend it (usually on clothes and other things).

We lived for the weekend. Wished every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday would hurry along and scream T.G.I.F when Friday would finally roll around. Then we’d do it all over again. 

Merrymakers was and still is very organic. When we hit publish on our very first blog post never in our wildest dreams did we think we could turn this in to a fulfilling career. It wasn’t until our catalyst moment in 2013 which is AHA moment no.1 when we realised… this wellbeing and online blogging thing is what we want to do.

It was a ‘when we grow up, we want to be merrymakers’ kind of realisation.

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Since then, we’ve been working full time regular desk jobs and merrymaking full time, trying to keep up with emails, social media, creating eBooks, attending events, reviewing restaurants and sending you all the message to follow your bliss...

We set our goal to quit our regular corporate world desk jobs by the end of 2014 so we could embark on project: full time merrymakers.

We didn’t want to set it earlier than that because that was a bit risky, yeah… what if we failed? What if we couldn’t pay our mortgage? What if something bad happened? Yes! What if something bad happened?! End of 2014 would be the perfect time to quit our regular corporate desk jobs, even if they were literally sucking the souls right out of us. 

For the whole first half of 2014 we kept telling ourselves this would be the last (insert what ever date it was that day) we’ll ever be here. We told ourselves “it’s a stepping stone” and “it’s paying the bills”. 

A day spent there and not merrymaking felt wasted. We’d found our bliss… but we weren’t following it.

Why? We’d made all of these excuses as to why we couldn’t quit earlier. They were all based around fear. All based on events that actually hadn’t even happened yet.

Are you ready for AHA moment no. 2? FEAR = False. Evidence. Appearing. Real. What you’re most afraid of is made up. It’s fake. It hasn’t happened.  It’s all in your head. 

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How did we know we were going to fail? How did we know we weren’t going to be able to pay the bills? Well, we didn’t. It was this false evidence that had been planted in our heads.

This self doubt that we couldn’t achieve our dreams. We hadn’t even tried to merrymake full time and we were telling ourselves it was impossible.

“The only thing keeping me from getting what I want is the story I keep telling myself about why it can’t happen.”

That one, is thanks to Oprah’s Life Class

It was just a month ago when we sat down to watch a YouTube video by one of our favourite new wellbeing inspirations Infinite Waters.  He spoke about bliss. The thing that you love to do. The fire in your belly. The thing you know you were born to do.

And then he said 5 words that officially take the title of AHA moment no. 3:

“What you focus on grows.”

Ahhhhh-HA! What you focus on grows! Imagine if we had all day every day to merrymake. To think of new ideas. Of ways we can work with businesses. Ways we can collaborate. Ways we can spread the healthy, happy message further.

If we had more time and space in our lives to focus on merrymakers then it would grow! Flourish even! In to our super exciting full time careers! We’d be able to live our dream.


And that, merrymaker friends, was the AHA moment we needed to take the leap. To walk the walk… actually jump in and follow the heck out of our bliss. On 30 July 2014 at 11.55am, we both hit send on our resignation emails. Nothing ever felt so right. 

There is still the unknown and the what ifs but we’ll tackle those when they become the nows. We feel so blessed to have found our bliss and just so super excited and grateful that we’ll be waking up every morning happy, healthy and excited to do what we love (no matter what day of the week). 

We know it’s not going to be easy but we know it’s going to be worth it. We’d love to know more about your bliss, your passion. Let’s follow them together! Leave us a comment!

Always merrymaking,

Emma + Carla

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  1. Ladies, I just have to tell you again how amazing you are! I can’t believe TMS has grown so much since we worked together last year and I wish you every bit of happiness I can possibly give you!! x

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    Hi lovely Kelly! EEEK! Thank you thank you thank you! That means the world to us πŸ™‚ We are so excited! Sending love and happiness right back to ya! e + c

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  4. Amazing! What an inspiring thing to do! While I’m still trying to work out what my bliss is (I’ve got a pretty good idea but I’m a typical Aquarian and am notorious for picking a project then finding something else to do a few weeks later!!) I really admire what you girls have done. I always did wonder how you found the time to Merrymake AND work full time!

    Bravo and I can’t wait to keep spreading the Merrymaker love! x

  5. Woo hoo! Go forth and make merry. Another inspirational, build a business, follow your dreams site you may like (if you don’t know about her already, that is):

    I am biting the bullet and going paleo. My family and I started eating ‘clean’ or following a Nourishing Traditions style of eating in 2012. But I could never find time to properly soak my legumes/ grains, or make sure my dairy was raw or fermented, and whilst it certainly helped my health and well being in a lot of ways, it was not enough. Due to smartening up my eating act, I don’t eat huge amounts of grains/ dairy/ sugar anyway, and do consume lots of good fats, organic foods and less processed crap, but I must be doing something wrong. Recently I lost just over 7kg on the 12WBT, and since I finished a couple of months ago, I have been stuck, in many ways (including hard to lose more kgs and now feeling devoid of energy). I am working out, eating (fairly) healthily, working on my well being, BUT still feeling awful… all those typical pre-paleo symptoms I’ve been reading about. That’s me! So, NOW is the time to do it, to dump grains/ legumes/ dairy and change my mindset. I am very grateful to have a resource like yours, as when I first heard about Paleo eating a few years ago, there was barely anything out there, let alone a well put together, joyous and accessible site like yours. So, in a long winded, me-me-me kind of way, I am saying thank you, and keep up the great work!

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    Hi Bec! Wow, thank you for your gorgeous comment. Not at all long-winded – we enjoyed reading every sentence! We’re really grateful we can provide this resource and that we can help others find fun, easy ways to live a healthier lifestyle. We look forward to reading more of your comments and keeping up to date with your progress! e + c

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    Hello lovely Danni! One of our favourite merrymaker friends πŸ™‚ Thank you for your beautiful comment! We can’t wait to hear all about your bliss and follow it together! <3 We've all got this! e + c p.s thank you for always sharing the merrymaker love, it never goes un-noticed xxx

  8. Amazing and inspiring article girls! You really nailed it with the definition of fear and the distinction between what-ifs and nows!

    My wife and I have transformed our lives by going paleo and are looking to follow your path of quitting our jobs and starting a website that inspires others to transform their lives!

    You’ve been a real inspiration to us and are so excited that you can be full-time merry makers!!

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  10. Love this post! So inspiring that you were brave enough to risk it all for your dreams. I see huge things for you girls, xx

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  14. You gals are such an inspiration!
    Yay to just getting out there and living the life that you are meant to.
    Enjoy the many more exciting times ahead πŸ™‚

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  16. LOL. My resignation email was sent at Monday, 30 June 2014 10:34 AM.
    I hated that job. It was taking a huge toll on my mental and emotional health. I had known that for a long time but never had the guts to quit. Finally I just thought, this isn’t worth it.
    So now I’m free, and suddenly I’ve realised that I don’t want a job that’s just about the money. I want to do something I’m passionate about (so my aha moment actually came after I quit my job).
    I adopted paleo several years ago, but that wasn’t quite enough for me. I’ve suffered through adrenal fatigue, which destroyed my guts and resulted in a plethora of GI issues and food intolerances. I would like to help others out there in a similar situation as I was frustrated by the lack of awareness and support of these issues. I am exploring options in functional medicine and integrative nutrition, as its an area I find absolutely fascinating and has also been the key to my health and wellbeing.
    And for anyone else that’s considering what I’ve (we’ve) done.. Ask yourself – is it worth it?

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    Hi Brooke!

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! This seriously makes us smile SO SO SO big! We’re so happy for you!

    We can’t wait to hear more about what you end up doing! Keep us informed as we’re sure there’s ways we can collaborate down the track! Good on you! e + c

  18. Love this message – it’s coming at just the right time for me. Am so looking forward to hearing more about your merrymaking adventures and following along the way, inspired!

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  21. I’ve only just discovered your gorgeous site and I LOVE it. This is the perfect blog post for me right now, I’m feeling very inspired and am reminded about why I quit my soul-sapping job last year (I just need to remember that the $$$ are not always worth the pain) thank-you!!

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    Hi Rachel! Thank you for your beautiful comment! We’re so glad that we’ve reminded you of the reasons you left your job! Follow your bliss all the way! πŸ™‚ e + c

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  28. I have found my bliss but not sure how to make money from it. So exciting that you are both following your dreams

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    Hi Cate! Finding it is the first step πŸ™‚ Now it’s all about trying new ways to make it work πŸ™‚ We’re so excited for you! e + c

  31. Hi ladies, thanks for the inspiration. Love it. I messaged you on Instagram the other day and you told me to read this post. I’ve been saying I need to leave my job for almost 2 years now and I keep on with my fear. The problem is that I can’t do everything for the business with this full time job, I actually feel so busy in my head that I feel I’m not doing anything at 100%, but I still just haven’t left yet. I’m actually on holidays now and have been planning to leave when I get back. But I’m already hearing new fears of cash flow starting to come into my head. I know I just have to do it. I’ll keep you posted x

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    Hi Bridge! Thanks for coming over and reading the post! We know exactly how you feel! We were there! But as you said, they are fears… they haven’t happened yet! You will find a way to make it happen… we know it! Please keep us posted for sure <3 xxx

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  34. I know this is an old post, but I still feel drawn to comment. I just “discovered” the two of you a few days ago on MDA, and the timing was perfect. This post was exactly what I needed to hear today. I have been a stay at home mom who is passionate about health for 18 years. I finish up at IIN in September, I know what I want to do, know my target market, but FEAR has been holding me back. Fear of putting myself out there and being judged…not by the world but by the people closest to me. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    We are so glad you commented Elizabeth! πŸ™‚ AND we are so excited for you! Fear really is a funny thing. We just had a conversation yesterday about this… and the way we get over this fear is we say out loud “we are not what people think about us, we are not what people say about us”. This really seems to help us. ALSO we keep this in mind when people say amazing things about us too… this keeps us grounded and makes us focus on what GOOD we are putting out to the world. You are amazing for being a health advocate, the world needs you and you have MAGIC to share! xx So glad you clicked over from MDA xx

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