I recently quit my day job. *gasp* Why quitting is a good thing and what that means for you. Let’s embrace the power of positive thinking.
I started working at the young age of 15. I was a freshman in high school, young, energetic, and ready to feel “all grown up”. I did not have to get a job, in fact, my parents were indifferent. They supported my decision, but were not forcing me to go to work.
It was summer time, a time when most teenagers were out goofing off, going swimming, going to the movies, etc. But not me. Oh no, I just HAD to get a job. My first job was at Morrow’s Nut House in the mall. It was the cutest little candy kiosk ever. I clearly remember ending my first shift, getting into my brown Datsun B-210, burning the back of my thighs on the scorching hot seat, and ecstatically driving downtown to grab lunch at Wendy’s.
You know, like a professional grown-up! I felt so important. Haha!
And so my working career began just like that. I wanted to be able to shop for new clothes at the mall, purchase shoes galore, and have money to spend on the weekends.
I went on to get married at the young age of 22 while still attending college. My husband had a real grown-up job. So in addition to working, going to school, and studying, I had to take care of my husband. I was busy, but that’s just how it was.
Once I graduated from college with my shiny new Accounting degree, I got myself a real job. I worked for quite some time and then decided to have baby #1.
A typical day started with dropping off my daughter at daycare before 8am, working until 5, picking up daughter and making it home by 5:30 to cook supper and take care of hubby + baby. It was during this time that I felt like I lost my own identity due to being so wrapped up in taking care of work stuff, hubby, and my beautiful daughter.
I eventually moved on to become a 1st grade teacher and have baby #2. A bouncing baby boy this time!
My days changed a little bit here. Now I had to get baby #2 to daycare, while getting myself and my 1st born to school by 7:30am. Days ended between 3:30 and 4:30, then home to cook supper and take care of the household.
Any good teacher knows that your classroom students become like your own babies pretty quickly. After all, you spend the majority of your day, 8 hours to be precise, with your students. So being a teacher is kind of like adding more children to your household to take care of, it’s just that these guys live at school instead. You worry about them, you love them, and you want the best for them. Add their parents to the mix, and you have more people you think about in your life. (Just a tiny fact about me-I’m a worry wart, so I internalize everything.)
I’ve been teaching for 12 years now and while I love my job, several things happened that made me begin to reflect on the past.
The 1st was my baby girl graduating from high school in May of 2014.
That was a hard year for me. I couldn’t believe how fast time moved. We had a ton of great memories, milestones, and happiness along the way. But I quickly realized that I had worked through all of those many, many days. I didn’t want her to graduate, I wanted to keep her as my little baby girl. An unrealistic option, but one we mothers often think about.
I had always dreamed of being a stay-at-home mom for her, but that time was gone.
Coming in to 2016, I would pick a word of the year as I always do. This year I picked the word Courageous. And it sparked more reflection and some pretty cool actions within myself.
The biggest being, “What if I quit my day job?”
My son is now 11 and it’s not too late for me to be a stay-at-home mom for him…I could eat lunch with him at school. I could attend mass with him each week (my kids both attend/attended parochial schools). I can make jewelry all day, which is my passion, while he is at school. Oh my gosh, I can be fully present of mind, not just body, in the evenings. I just might cook healthy meals, rather than grabbing fast food as we so often do.
Holy s*%t, I can take better care of myself. I haven’t been FIRST in FOREVER!
So I leaped off the high dive into the deepest part of the pool. I nearly threw up a million, gazillion times, but I did it. I quit my teaching job. I am free as of May 27th.“Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure…” ~Maya Angelou Click To Tweet
I am free to take care of myself, free to take care of my family with a smile on my face, and free to create more beautiful jewelry for you. Free to have exciting adventures!
I could have chosen a different path-let’s say a negative one. I could have plodded along, changing nothing, and feeling regret. That would stink, wouldn’t it? Instead, I chose the positive path. The path that is scary, yes, but a path that will not only make me feel happy, but my family as well.
What courageous things do you need to do for you? Is there something in your life you need to quit? I’d love to hear about them and support you in the comments below.
Be Courageous. Embrace your dreams. Put yourself FIRST.
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