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You read that right. I Quit My Job.
It feels strange to say…I quit my job!
The feeling is both super exciting as well as extremely scary.
When you make a bold move like this, you need to have a plan. I would never suggest you just quit a job without weighing all your options.
Knowing that life is a journey, it’s time to see where it leads.
Here is a quick recap of the last few years.
It took many years of working hard to have the career I always wanted. The best part was I felt I was in a good place, and my life was great.
Then, everything changed.
I went through a lot of stress with work, a divorce, and feeling like life was troubling away.
It took a while to get back on the correct path. Starting with realizing I wasn’t happy with all the changes in my life. There was only one person who could fix it, me.
It’s never an easy choice when you are standing at a crossroads. Looking back over the last year, I know my decisions were the right ones for me.
Changing The Path You’re On
I’ve never been one to go with the flow. That’s been both a blessing and a curse.
Remember, I left a good job a few years back. But the choice of what to do next was up to me.
I sat down and started a plan for the last year.
At the top of the plan, I wrote, “What makes me happy?”
Keeping this in mind, I realized a few things. The biggest was my new job has never been challenging.
I’m sure you can relate if you have seen the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.
There is one benefit to this type of work. It’s not as stressful as working in law enforcement. But, with lower stress (in this case) also comes lower pay.
My solution was simple. I spent the last year building my own business!
One of the most significant changes this year is starting today.
I work for myself!
Where will this journey lead? I don’t know. I have hopes, dreams, and a few backup (and contingency) plans. After all, I always have a plan.
You Are Where You Should Be
I read another blog, and they mentioned you are right where you should be.
We all have past experiences filled with amazing and terrible moments. All those experiences have led you to this point, right now, reading the words I’m writing.
It’s time to stop living in the past and dreaming about the future. Today starts a new way of thinking.
It is being happy and grateful for what you have.
Quitting Your Job: A Few Tips
Again, you should always have a plan. Make sure you weigh your choices, make a pro and con list, or do anything you need to do to get all your thoughts on paper.
I have always had a backup plan for pretty much everything. You never know what will happen, such as the world shutting down (with the global pandemic).
If you’re thinking about quitting your job, there are a few things you should do first.
First, talk to your boss and explain why you aren’t happy. It might be an excellent way to learn something new, or you could take some time off.
Second, make sure you have a good plan for finding another job. I generally create a list of pros and cons for each idea I have.
Third, create a timeline of when you would like to leave and be prepared to stick to it.
Lastly, assess whether you’re happy with the job and your chosen career path. If not, consider whether it’s time to make a change.
Sometimes, if you need more time to decide, you can negotiate a severance package or take unpaid leave. If you’re just not happy with your current job, you can search for new opportunities or look into online job postings.
Quitting your job can be a liberating experience, but it’s important to take time to plan your next steps.
Don’t rush into anything, and make sure you have a solid plan before making significant decisions. Take a walk in nature and start to picture what you want in life.
The decision to quit my job was not easy, but it was the right one. I’m now working on a few different freelance projects, and it feels great!
I’m looking forward to the freedom of working on my schedule and not having to worry about company politics or meetings!
Have you started working on your own, or are you thinking about quitting your job?
I’d love to hear about it. Share your story or any questions below!