ANDREA McLean worried she'd have to sell her house and 'never earn a penny' when quitting Loose Women.
The 51-year-old shocked viewers in November last year when she revealed she would be leaving the ITV show after 13 years to pursue other projects.
Andrea's last show was on December 16 and she is now focusing on her website, This Girl Is On Fire, and her best-selling writing career.
On the next instalment of her The Capsule in Conversation with Andrea McLean podcast, Andrea opened up about her fears stepping away from the show.
She said: "I knew I had to take a deep breath and just be brave.
"So [husband] Nick and I sat down and we worked out, very logically, leaving a job that you’ve done for two decades and it's all you’ve ever known really, to absolutely turn right and do something very different, is a very emotional experience as well as a very practical one.
"We sat down and said ‘what’s the worst thing that can happen? Right I never earn a penny. We’ll have to sell the house. We may have to sell the children, maybe the dog!"
She continued: "We went through the list and once I knew I had coping strategies in place for every worst case scenario, I’d already looked them in the eye and said, ‘yep, I can live with that’ and ‘I can live with that as well’.
"I knew I could do it, so let’s do it, so I just jumped and it is the most euphoric and terrifying experience at the same time.
"You jump, but what if I fall and face plant? But what if I fly. It's one of my favourite quotes."
She added: "And now I proudly hold my hand up and say I am a female entrepreneur and the head of a gym for the mind.
"We show women how to retrain their thoughts so they don’t feel trapped and scared, I kind of feel like I’m at the front saying ‘follow me guys’."
The Capsule in Conversation with Andrea McLean can be found by visiting www.thecapsule.co.uk.
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