So, I’m just going to go ahead and get right to the point.
I quit my job.
Well, technically, I resigned, but you catch my drift. To fill you in: I was a Business Manager Assistant for a sales and marketing company. I specifically worked in the area of specialty cheese. I know more than anyone should ever know about cheese. Mmmmmmmm cheeeeeeeeese…
Anyway, where was I?… During the almost 4 years that I spent there, I matured, grew up, completed my Bachelor’s degree, started graduate school for my MBA (finishing in June!) and got married. So much has happened since I first stepped foot in that door and I would be lying if I said I’m not extremely sad. The people I worked with became my family and, though I know in my heart that I made the right decision, I still can’t help but feel like I left a piece of myself behind with them. But that’s life; every closed door is a new chance to find an open one.
The reactions that I’ve received from the people who know have been mixed. But I accept it because I made a break-from-tradition decision. Luckily, my nontraditional wedding prepared me for this. And the thoughts that I’m about to profess will probably bring more reactions and criticisms. Judge if you may, but I am wholeheartedly ready.
I feel like my entire life up to this point has led me to where I am right now. Tired of the 9 to 5 grind, I realized years ago that I am not meant to work in a “typical” job. I need freedom and control and passion. That’s why I went for my MBA; so that I could be ready and able to control my own career when the time came. Well, my fellow thrifties, the time is now!
I am so happy. I finally have time to breathe. I can’t begin to tell you how frustrating it is to have all of these ideas up in my head for different business ventures, blog posts and things to do to better myself and my family, but to have absolutely no time to make them happen. Well, I have time now and I love it! My husband and I recently decided to work on starting our own little business, handcrafting, repurposing and upcycling furniture. I’m so excited to have the chance (see also: time) to work on our first business venture as husband and wife!
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My posts have been few and far between in the past couple of months, as I prepared to leave my job and start a new chapter in my life. The truth is that the lure and appeal of something new was so exciting to me that I found it
difficult impossible to share my thoughts and ideas with you guys, without gushing over my new-found freedom. And I simply did not want to make my decision “public” until I had actually left my job.
It’s been a rollercoaster couple of months, that’s for sure. As can be expected when making a big life change, I’ve dealt with every emotion, from happiness to anger to despair, and everything in between. But I’ve learned a lot about myself, I’ve faced some fears head-on and I’ve matured a lot. But most importantly, I put myself first. Sorry not sorry. If you know me, you know I’m really, really, really bad at that…
So as I conclude this rambling post, I just want to thank everyone for your support and encouragement. It means the world to me. And I’m happy to say that you’ll be reading a lot more from me going forward!
“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.”
Have you ever made a break-from-tradition decision that scared you?