Friday, December 9, 2011

There Is Life After Corporate America

Yes, yes, there really is….

Approximately three years ago I left Corporate America after thirty years with the same company. I was tired, frustrated, and even angry at times. And did I mention I was tired?

When I left I wasn’t sure what path I would follow, but I knew I wanted to write. I started this blog soon after – mostly as an experiment – and could have never predicted that it would have the audience it does, or that Forbes would be interested in running my articles.

But somehow I needed to turn my penchant for writing into more than just a blog, I wanted to write a book. A book about life in Corporate America, perhaps? I thought about it, even started writing it, but set it aside because I found myself getting tied up in knots as I wrote. That book is clearly not ready to be birthed.

So I combined with knowledge of food allergies and love of baking to write my first book – and I learned quite a bit about photography along the way. For a long time I haven’t said much about this – I didn’t gush about getting an agent or a book deal because I wasn’t sure what to expect, and afraid that I might somehow jinx it.

It was when I saw the cover for me book that it really started to sink in – this is real. Here it is:


Did I mention that I really love that cover?

And then, when I saw my book listed on amazon" (and Barnes and Noble and other places) for pre-order, I decided I couldn’t not talk about it anymore. The book is really coming! In April 2012!

So yes, there is indeed life after Corporate America. Am I making any money? Not really, but I consider this phase an investment. Am I working my butt off? You betcha, but I don’t set my alarm clock. Am I happy? Yes, and helping others at the same time.

If you want to keep up with the latest scoop on my upcoming book be sure to visit me at Learning to Eat Allergy-Free.

So, what about you? What’s your story about life after Corporate America? And are you happy?

12 comments:

Andree Santini said...

3 years later, after 20 years in corporate new product development, I am teaching yoga, doing art, and blogging. I've never been happier, enjoy helping others create joyful well-being, and hope with time and focused energy that my passions will pay enough to sustain me.

Steve in POK said...

You have discovered, as I have, that there was another very talented and interesting person inside you that was previously entombed within a corporation's confining walls. I am delighted for you and wish you continued success. Got it grooved, girl!

Colette Martin said...

Thank you! So much to do now. When did we have time to go to work?

One Womans Eye said...

I am with you Colette! Our paths have been so parallel these last three years. It is a joy to witness yet another person proving that life after corporate America is indeed possible!

Liz Fichera said...

Congratulations!! That is a beautiful book cover. Go, you!

SUEB0B said...

I'm still in corporate America, but I worry about being laid off every single day. I'm glad to hear there is life beyond.

Colette Martin said...

SUESB0B, I know it's hard to imagine now, but yes, there really is.

Ana Lucia Divins said...

I truly enjoy finding a community of intentional people who decided to pursue a fulfilling path. I left Corporate America a little over a year. Today, I am singing, run my own company, spend the summers with my children and do work in my community.

It's not an easy path but I am also happier. I love to read about stories like yours. Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration!

Sonya said...

I am MISERABLE in corporate America. I am TIRED of katoring to such selfish people - it's like a cult that I feel is so sad. I'm surrounded by people who constantly think the 'extra' work we do...(which by the way is 60+ hours a week and I'm a contractor and they don't pay overtime...) is for our 'development'. I'm so sick of it - why do people feel SO PRIVILEGED to be working in these companies? I must be the really selfish one, but I just can't believe how much I've given to the companies I worked for. More than most people that's for sure. I'd love to read your book on a lighter note. Loved the cover as well. THanks for setting up this blog. Sincerely, CEO - STBBB Incorporated (i.e., 'soon to be beach bum')

Colette Martin said...

Sonya, welcome to this site! It gets better on the other side.

kenny said...


Colette, I just read your posting and it gave me a lot of hope. I just started a book myself about the Supreme Court and the Constitution and I can certainly empathize with your initial feelings of fear. It's wonderfully inspiring to hear there's life out there for those of us who don't fit in cubicles. Thank you for sharing your new life!

gmarroqueen said...

Colette this is such a breath of fresh air. I am on the verge of leaving corporate America in a couple of weeks and I has been such an emotional roller coaster. When I started calling off work more and more I knew something was wrong. I came home upset because of a decision that was being made regarding a product we were going to implement. My husband usually has good advice for me and he did not have nothing to say. The next morning as I was at work he called and said, "Just quit so you can focus on finding another job" but I am not sure if that is what I actually want to do. Its really nice that there are people who feel the same way.