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I'd lost my spark but a total life reset helped me find it again

 After a breakup, Justy Chlopecka overhauled her whole life. Here's what happened

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When I was 29, I decided to quit my job and leave my flat and life in London to start again. I had a successful career in a tech start-up, but it wasn't fulfilling me. Something was missing and I knew there was something out there that suited my passion, personality and fire inside of me.

Working for a tech start-up was a big deal so I felt privileged at the time. But I was surrounded by tech bosses and I didn't fit in and it just wasn't for me.

My gut and heart were pulling me away and I wanted my spark back. Around the same time, my relationship was also breaking down. I split with my boyfriend and we emptied our flat. I decided to return to my parents' home in Poland for a reset. I packed up and I didn't know what my next move would be. It was a real turning point

Starting again from scratch with no flat and no work, I wondered, 'What on earth am I going to do?'

I was lucky that my parents were so supportive. I knew after quitting my job and leaving London I could spend time with my family, rediscovering myself and that I'd have time to focus and research on what I wanted to do career-wise.

My family is a great mental support and I would always suggest talking to your nearest and dearest whenever you are in a cross-road life situation.

I was in such a life-changing moment, I knew I needed to make sure my next move was the right one and the real deal for my career goals.

What next?

Travel had always been a big part of my life and fuelled my fire. I love learning new cultures, but never in my wildest dreams did I think there would be a job where I could travel the world, whilst using my creative marketing skills. But there was! Enter WeRoad, a small group adventure travel brand.

I saw a marketing post for WeRoad whilst casually browsing a job website and I thought to myself: 'What if I can be paid for doing something I like to do the most (travelling) within the career space that's my biggest passion (marketing)?"

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Justy Chlopecka found her dream role

I wondered if it was possible, and it turned out it was! The rest was history, I found my dream job.

Ignoring imposter syndrome

I had always thought the travel industry was too competitive and I lacked experience in big corporate travel companies, but I had the passion and experience within travel enthusiasm, so I ignored my imposter syndrome and went for it.

Once I was trained up in WeRoad's HQ in Milan, I moved back to London to start my role in February 2021, working from the WeRoad office in Soho.

I feel better mentally and physically in my new transformed life in London and have a balanced and healthy work/life relationship. Being happy and humble keeps me motivated and helps me find the drive to excel at work. Now I am so grateful to get up and go to a job that I am hugely passionate about and where I am respected as an individual.

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Justy Chlopecka is her happiest self in her new role

Taking a few months out and not knowing if I'd return to London felt terrifying at the time, but when I see how it all worked out I so am proud I took that leap of confidence for my future and I encourage more people to do this.

If you're considering making a big change, I'd like to reassure you that you will make it. You just need to take that first step.

For more information on WeRoad and to search for your next adventure visit weroad.co.uk

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