I’m a Quitter… and I’m Okay With That

When I decided to quit Fashion Bomb Daily, I had no idea what was in store for me.  All I knew was that the time had come for me to move on.  My trip to South Africa made me realize that I wanted to commit myself to more than just fashion.  With all the turmoil going on in the world, I wanted to be a voice for other communities.  I wanted to discuss mental health, body shaming, homelessness, empowerment and so much more.  I couldn’t do all of that if I limited myself to one genre.  So I quit.  I walked away from one of the fastest growing multicultural online magazines to pursue a career as a freelance journalist.

I had no idea what I was doing.  I didn’t know if I could do it.  Why would people be interested in what I have to say?  Still, I’d spend my days emailing publications my pitches, eagerly awaiting their response.  I emailed ALL of my friends in media and asked them to contact their friends and associates who worked for magazines.  I wanted in and I wasn’t going to take no for an answer.  Through networking, I was able to meet some interesting people.  I emailed them all.  I’d be lying if I told you my inbox was flooded.  It was DRY AF.  I was so sad!  I decided to enroll in a Professional Studies course at NYU about creating the perfect pitch.  To my surprise, I learned that I was on the right track when it came to pitching articles.  So why wasn’t anyone responding to me?  Nothing happens before its time.  Within two months I was published to Blavity and Huffington Post.

The good Lord taught me a thing or two about being patient.  If I had stayed in my comfort zone, I would have never challenged myself to see what else I am capable of.  Magic, growth and happiness happens outside of your comfort zone.  Don’t be afraid to quit what no longer serves you to pursue the unknown.  Don’t be afraid to quit something that keeps you in your comfort zone.  Get uncomfortable!  Challenge yourself!

*Editors Note- Writing about fashion was my comfort zone, NOT the specified publication.  That said, my freelance work will include a wide spectrum of articles that may include fashion from time to time.  I am shifting my focus.

My ensemble was custom made in South Africa

Accessories were purchased in South Africa

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20 Comments
  • Andrea
    Posted at 11:44h, 23 August Reply

    This post brought tears to my eyes. I am so proud of you for being so brave and being transparent! Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s so inspiring! Love you Marsha!

    • marshbarscloset
      Posted at 12:05h, 23 August Reply

      I love you too! Thank you, Andrea <3

  • Samjah Iman
    Posted at 11:56h, 23 August Reply

    Go Marsh! Step outside of your comfort zone and live!! Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

    • marshbarscloset
      Posted at 12:05h, 23 August Reply

      Thank you, Sam! We have the power to write our own story! Why not make it great?

  • Janine
    Posted at 12:35h, 23 August Reply

    SOOOOOOOOO proud of you, Marsha! You are an inspiration and I love watching you conquer your dreams one by one!

    Keep shinning my friend! Keep shinning.

    Ps. This article mad me cry. Happy tears of course! Hugs!!!!

    • marshbarscloset
      Posted at 13:01h, 23 August Reply

      Ya’ll are just gonna give me all the feels! Love you!

  • Tamara Johnson
    Posted at 15:00h, 23 August Reply

    I love everything about this. It is amazing. I appreciate your raw honesty. It made me quiet my thoughts down so much. Such a great and on time article. So in awe of you Marsha!

    • marshbarscloset
      Posted at 15:14h, 23 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Tamara! Thank you for your continued support! <3

  • Natasha
    Posted at 21:22h, 23 August Reply

    Very cool!!! Continued success to you!!

    • marshbarscloset
      Posted at 11:47h, 24 August Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Joey
    Posted at 00:25h, 24 August Reply

    Congratulations! This is definitely what I needed to read this evening. Keep being amazing! I definitely love to watch you flourish daily.

    • marshbarscloset
      Posted at 11:48h, 24 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Joey! I appreciate your support!

  • Keyaira N. Boone
    Posted at 14:31h, 24 August Reply

    I think it’s awesome that you’re going after what you want! Your work is amazing! Sometimes the dream shifts and that’s okay. It’s about doing your best work and if doing that means how you accomplish that doesn’t look like what you or others thought it would who cares?

    • marshbarscloset
      Posted at 18:18h, 24 August Reply

      Thank you, Keyaira!<3 I appreciate you!

  • Roxanne Jessamy
    Posted at 19:33h, 24 August Reply

    Congrats and continue success in everything you do the sky is the limit

    • marshbarscloset
      Posted at 19:40h, 24 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Roxanne! <3

  • Morenike Oshin
    Posted at 14:34h, 25 August Reply

    I soo needed this! I am at a crossroads with my current job and just needed a push on whether or not to leave my comfort zone and then I read this post. Thank you for sharing and I cannot wait to see what is in store for you!

  • Dave Tony
    Posted at 12:38h, 26 August Reply

    This is awesome Marsha…. Proud of you.. Keep pushing forward!!!!!

  • Myisha Quinn
    Posted at 00:19h, 27 August Reply

    Amen!!! So proud of you and I support whatever choice you make in life .

  • Stephanie Omens
    Posted at 06:29h, 29 August Reply

    Great read hun! Wishing you all the best!

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