Nope, that wasn’t click bait. I really have quit my job. Lol lol lol.
Cue nervous giggling and lots of explaining.
Last Monday, I handed in my notice after 7 months of working in London. It was dead scary, like the riskiest thing I’ve ever, ever done. I then proceeded to skip out the door and practically dance to Bruno Mars’s ‘That’s What I Like’ the whole length of my commute home.
This single decision has given me the biggest sense of relief that I have ever known. And fear, obvs. But like, good fear. The type of fear that propels you to do great things.
Can I just state for the record; I’m not having a midlife crisis (because HECK I’m too flippin’ youthful for starters) and no, I’m not failing at life. I’m winning right now. This is the winning decision for me. Here’s why:
1.I’m a bit miserable RN. I know, I know – I spam your social feeds with adorbs photos of kittens and dogs day in/day out. It looks like I’m giddy with happiness. And I am, when I’m hanging out with the animals at work. But the moment I hit that desk it’s like hitting a brick wall.
Putting it quite frankly and simply; I’m no longer doing a job role that I love.
And you know ‘Sunday Blues’ on a Sunday? Where you get all sad and mopey about heading back into work the next day. Yeah well this weird thing has started happening recently where I get them on a Friday. Like I leave work and feel that rush of euphoria for all of about two seconds and then all I can think about is: SH*T only two more days and then the grind starts again.
And that’s when I knew. I just knew.
2.I am in search of a different lifestyle. Okay so first up I work really flippin’ hard. I’m the team player that makes things happen. But I don’t think I need to work rigid hours to do this. And I’ve decided that I’m looking for work that offers far more flexibility than being chained to a desk all day. I’m all about efficiency; I would rather work solidly and productively for 4 hours and leave early, than work mediocre with 2738 coffee breaks for 7 hours.
I don’t want to be stuck in an office just because.
Do you get where I’m coming from?
The 9-5 is an outdated concept. And I’m looking to move away from it, for the time being anyway.
3.My well-being (physical & mental) is far more important than clinging onto a job that I don’t love. Everyone has things that keep them feeling well balanced. Like running or shopping or curling up with a big fat chinese on a Saturday night watching back to back Gossip Girl, y’know? For me, it’s eating well, sleeping well, exercising and spending time with my nearest & dearest. And being challenged in a work environment (good challenged, may I add). But lately this has all been jeopardized far too much.
I no longer have time to hit the gym.
I’m stress eating (oh hello all the snacks and sugar)
I’m certainly not seeing enough of the ones I love the most. And when I do, I’m like a little stress gremlin that talks about work. Sometimes I wanna tell myself to bore off.
Um so the solution is simple right? Gotta look out for number 1.
4. HASHTAG I’m not living my best life. Memes aside, I’m not really doing what I want to do and I know I am capable of so much more. I am a gal with big ideas, big plans & a big future and this job is currently getting in the way.
#LivingMyBestLife would involve a mix of dogs, doughnuts & taking on exciting projects that I’m super passionate about where I can really make a difference. Hey, where you at? Come at me, hun.
5.Don’t wanna BS you, but here goes: life is too f*king short. If you’re not happy in your current situation, then change it. Boom.
Most people I have shared this decision with have been like ‘WOW GO YOU. THAT’S SUPER. IF ANYONE CAN MAKE THIS WORK IT’S GONNA BE YOU‘. Like uber rooting for me. I am so grateful for their whole hearted support and kind words of positivity. You da best.
And then there are the people that really, really want to be happy for me, but just cannot see past the fact that I don’t have a job lined up and this isn’t a conventional career route. That’s okay, I get it. It does all sound a bit off whack.
Which category do you fall into? Hope it’s the former.
And you’re wondering what I’m gonna go and do right? Well I’m currently on the look out for freelance work (project management, event management, social media management or content & copy writing work – hit me up people). Oh and I’ll be looking after dogs. More about that in another post though.
So that’s all for now. I hope you guys, being the wonderful people that you are, will be the first to pat a girl on the back and support.
Time to get my big girl pants on and make this thing work.