Posts Tagged by passion

The Anxiety of Change

As an anxious person, doing something like quitting your job is completely unnerving. Yes I’m beyond excited to leave this job behind and to move on to bigger and better things, but as I enter this final week it is becoming clear that this is not an easy transition….for a few reasons. Anxiety

Giving Up Ownership

Having been in my role for over 5 years, I have a feeling of ownership over many areas of my job.  There are upcoming events that I have planned, partnerships formed and budgets in jeopardy.  I am working diligently to get a plan in place before I leave, but there is part of me that is having trouble giving it all up.  It’s hard to think of someone taking over all of the hard work you have spent years creating.  You don’t want to see it changed or fail.  I know I need to just let go and move on but I have pride in the work that I’ve done. Although you might not be able to tell my my desk at the moment…


Seeing How My Decision Affects Others

This has by far been the best decision for me, but it is hard to watch how something so good for me has such an impact on others.  First are my colleagues.  This has dropped a large amount of additional work on them and due to poor management (a large part of why I’m leaving) it looks like it will be awhile before my position will be filled to fill that void. It also has made a few people have to make tough decisions about their own positions that they wouldn’t have thought about otherwise.  

Second are our members and the community. I work for a non-profit, member based association.  All the work we do is for the benefit of our members whether it be through education, legislative efforts, business partnerships, group discounts, etc…  By benefiting the members, we provide service to the community at large.  I would hate to see things fall through the cracks and have a negative impact on that side.

Yes, I know this all sounds very egotistical.  Can my resignation REALLY have such a big impact?  Maybe it won’t, maybe it will actually be good for the organization to get some new blood and some new ideas in there.  Honestly, I really hope so! However seeing how this is all being handled, it’s making me concerned.

Stepping Into the Unknown

Oh I don’t deal well with the unknown.  I often times wish I was a risk taker.  Someone who could go whichever way the wind takes them and figure it all out along the way.  Nope.  I’m a planner.  I like organization (I know…it doesn’t look like it from the state of my desk!).  I like structure.  I like spreadsheets!  So this leap of faith is nerve-wracking!  

As I get closer to being out of my current position and finally on the road to doing something I love, I am getting SO MOTIVATED! Yes, I’m nervous.  Yes, I’m having frequent panic attacks.  But you know what?  I’m happy.  For the first time in a long time, I can say that I actually feel happy.  My family hears it in my voice over the phone.  I keep spitting out ideas at B (he probably wants to kill me by now!).  I see opportunity EVERYWHERE!  Oh man…I’m so ready to do this.

Change is terrifying. Whether it be a job, a move, a child, a relationship…it’s all scary and that fear is what stops so many of us from finding and doing what we love in life.  I know that it has stopped me for YEARS! No more.  I’m doing this and I’m going to be happy and healthy from now on.  I’m going to BE RAD!  I hope you will too. ūüôā

How are you going to BE RAD this year?!

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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.  ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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

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Introducing RAD Living!

Thanks for stopping by!  RAD Living was born out of my love for life and my desire to share what it has to offer with the world.  There are some pretty amazing things out there, but I never realized it until I actually started opening my eyes to it all.

You may know me from Running at Disney, which I started in January 2012 as I was training for my first half marathon.  runDisney was the catalyst that sent me on my current journey of living a balanced, healthy life and gave me the courage to put myself out there.  I have had so many amazing opportunities, met a ton of inspiring people and have since run 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon.  All things that I never thought I would do.  But there is so much more to me and my life than simply running and Disney.

I'm a Marathoner!

I’m a Marathoner!

My newest love is CrossFit. ¬†I started almost a year ago as a way to improve my running, but I have found a passion for the sport that was surprising to me. ¬†I had always hated weightlifting and toning exercises because I found them so¬†repetitive¬†and boring. ¬†Well CrossFit is just the opposite and it is extremely rewarding…who knew I could lift over 200 pounds?!? ¬†I want to share more about my experience in this crazy and exciting sport!

Chalk Monster!

Chalk Monster!

If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should be if you’re not!), you know I’m a huge foodie. ¬†I love to eat food, I love to cook food, I love to dine out…you name it! ¬†I have my Friday Feast series on Running at Disney, but I want to dive more into the world of food and drink locally here in Connecticut.



There are so many more things that I want to share and experience that don’t quite fit under the Running at Disney umbrella. ¬†I live in Connecticut and this area is full of hidden treasures. ¬†Since I spend 95% of my time in the Northeast, it makes sense to highlight all the wonderful things this area has to offer. ¬†I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

No worries,¬†Running at Disney¬†is still alive and well! ¬†I don’t think I will ever lose my¬†obsession¬†love for Disney or runDisney events and I will continue to cover all of that over there. ¬†RAD Living is just an expansion, a growth, a quest…and I hope you will follow along and join me on this RAD journey! ¬†Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram to get all the latest updates!

Oh and cats…there will obviously be cats!


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