What It's Really Like to Quit a Corporate Career to Start Your Own Business

Sophie Miura

You spent your 20s working toward building your dream career, but now that you’re in your 30s, what do you do when you’ve, well, changed your mind? Or maybe you never quite figured it out, and you’re now ready to commit to something you’re passionate about, whether it’s a job, a city, or just a new way of life. To celebrate the career changes that can come at any age, we’re debuting a new series, Second LifeEach week, we’ll hear from women who got over their doubts and fears and made the biggest changes of their lives.

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Peony Swimwear

Logic and reason tend to dominate when it comes to making a life-altering decision, like whether to quit your job. Yet for Becky Morton, a business and law graduate working as a trainee lawyer, there was a third more important cue that helped her make the career decision. "I felt a fire in my belly for something more," she tells MyDomaine, and contrary to the rational pros and cons, Morton left her stable legal career to do something completely unknown: start a swimwear label. 

Though this might sound like a risky move, Morton was right to trust her gut. It has been six years since she made that difficult decision, and now, Peony Swimwear has gained cult status in the Australian market, launched in the U.S. via Revolve, and is poised to debut on Net-a-Porter this month.

Known for its whimsical prints and flattering cuts, the label also takes a strong stance on sustainability. "The fashion industry is the second biggest contributor to global pollution—[It's] a sad reality and something we should all be working to improve," she says. To take the first step, Peony Swimwear's latest collection features fabrics made from discarded nylon materials. such as fishing nets recovered from the bottom of the ocean. 

Ahead, Morton talks to us about why sustainability should be at the core of every business and what it's really like to quit a stable career and leap into the unknown. 

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