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That Day I Quit My Job

There are things that you just don’t do in life and quitting a good job is definitely one of them.  Well today I did just that.  I quit my job.  

I have always envied those people who had the guts to take a risk and follow their dreams. Those people who seem to be happy to get up and do whatever it is they do.  Those who feel fulfillment in a job well done or even smile over a simple cup of coffee.  It has been a LONG time since I have felt any of these emotions and it was time for that to change.  

I have never talked much about my “real job” on my blogs because basically I’ve been unhappy for quite some time.  I have been working for a small, non-profit association for 5 1/2 years and the second half of my career there as been less than inspiring.  There have been some great moments and experiences, but overall I have been stuck in a rut with nowhere to grow.


So I today I took that leap of faith and left my comfort zone.  I am both excited and terrified…but more excited.  I have SO many plans and so many goals for where I want to go with my future.  I feel like this is the time where I have the opportunity to follow my dreams, pursue my passion and really make a difference.  But most of all I am looking forward to being happy and to smiling every day.  We all deserve to smile every day.  🙂

I gave four weeks notice to properly transition my position and not leave my company in a lurch.  I have put in too much time and care too much about the association to just up and leave.  But as you can imagine, there is part of me that just wants to be done.  I’ve made this decision and I just want to move forward…I can’t wait to explore my passions and share my dreams with the world.  

I think it was only fitting that I saw this poem from franki elliot today that expressed exactly how I’ve been feeling…

it’s easy (almost cowardly)
to be a grump.  to complain
about everything and be negative.

it’s harder (and much more admirable)
to wear a smile all the time, 
to be happy and laughing constantly,
to find grace and tiny bits of joy
in any situation…

and it is those who laugh & smile
all the time that are most
worth being around.  never stopsmiling.

*franki elliot

I never want to stop smiling…I hope you don’t either 🙂

Have you ever made a BIG life change?  Have you ever quit your job?

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34 Responses to That Day I Quit My Job

  1. Congrats! Quitting is definitely a scary feeling, but sometimes you just have to do it! Best of luck on your future adventures. May they be very fulfilling! 🙂
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  2. Congratulations, though leaps of faith can be terrifying they are usually much needed.
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  3. I’m a firm believer that when a door closes, a window opens.
    Good luck and follow your dreams!
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  4. Sarah, The answer is Yes and Yes to your questions about Big life changes: moved overseas with 3 young children – scary, exciting and fantastic all at once. (And later)
    Back in the USA, I quit a corporate job and started a family business – although I admit to some sleepless nights I’d do it all over again in a heart beat. Now starting a new charter, my new travel directory and blog should be going live in two weeks. Quitting your job is a big step yet so exciting. Here’s wishing you much success.

    Although my website/blog isn’t live yet – you can find me on Twitter, Pinterst and on FB at


    • Wow…those are HUGE changes and it sounds like it was all worth it. Looking forward to following your new adventure!

  5. Congrats! I quit my job last August and it was great to have the time off to really figure out where I wanted to go in life!
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  6. Congrats!! That’s definitely a big leap of faith, but doing what makes you happy is so important. I believe that when you make a big change like that to follow your dreams, so many doors and opportunities start opening up. Everything will work out 🙂

  7. Congrats! Big moves mean big opportunities. Best of luck in whatever comes next!

  8. I am trying to make that decision now. Last week I was told I was going to be refused leave without pay for 30 days to do my dissertation research….it’s terrifying to think about not working, financially it will tax our family. But my PhD is important and if a university is not going to support staff finishing their educations I cannot support the school. Tough choice.
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    • It really is a tough choice and not one I made lightly. I did consider my options for a few months and this was definitely the right decision for me at this point in my life.
      I’m sure you will make the right call…good luck with your dissertation!

  9. Sarah, first off, congratulations! And good for you! Secondly, thank you so much for posting that poem today! I am in desperate need of an attitude adjustment, but just can’t seem to snap out of it! You continue to inspire me. Thank you!!

  10. Congratulations Sarah! I’m sure that was a tough call. I’ve certainly been there, but never had the guts enough to do it without a backup plan. This actually might be your answer for a lot of things going on in your life right now. I wish you we’ll and hope you are doing good health wise also.

  11. Congratulations! This is super inspiring and I love the poem- here’s to new beginnings and bigger and better things!
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  12. So happy for you! Can’t wait to read about your new adventures and endeavors!

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  14. Sarah, I am so happy & excited for you! I’ve often thought about this, alas, I cant, it wont financially work for me, but I look forward to living vicariously through you!

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  16. I have quit a job, but I would say the hardest was while being in the same company and transitioning from one position to another. Like you I worked for a non-profit, and at the time was involved with a lot of families and young adults. So trying to change my position I wanted to make sure that when I left that the families would be ok and so would the adults in the program.
    I hope things work out for you and the stress comes to an end.
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    • Thanks Stephanie 🙂
      The hardest part really is seeing how it will effect our members. I hope things get covered quickly!

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  18. Congrats! Having quit a (terrible, horrible, very bad) job 3 years ago I can tell you that it’s very liberating to know that the world is now YOUR oyster and you can follow your dreams. If you can’t say every single day that you’re happy with your job, then it isn’t worth it. Life is too short to be unhappy. 🙂 Best of luck chasing your dreams!
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    • Thank you so much for that Traci! I remember when you did that and I was so in awe. I’m glad I finally took that leap to just be HAPPY!
      Thanks for a strong inspiration in my life and for your encouragement.

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