“Are you sure this is what you want?”
I had just revealed to my boss that I needed to make a change and I was planning to start looking for other jobs, but his question really caught me off guard.
Up until that moment, I had felt one hundred percent confident in my decision.
It had taken me several weeks to work up the courage to start that conversation, but it took mere seconds to tear my wall of bravery down.
My voice was trembling and I choked back the tears as I murmured, “I don't know.”
There was a brief moment where I changed my mind and desperately wished that I could take it all back – the phone call, the conversation, my desire to leave.
But this was what I needed, even if making the change terrified me.
How did I know?
For at least five years it was a fantastic job, a dream job, and right for me in many ways.
No matter how much you may love something, it's important to recognize when it's no longer right.
Additionally, I felt that I was moving in a different direction professionally. I wanted to pivot my focus toward digital marketing and technology, neither of which are a priority at my company.
It was truly the perfect storm of reasons to leave a job, even if the thought of leaving the company I had spent most of my twenties with scared me.
Approximately one week after telling my boss that I wanted to leave, I decided to give my two weeks notice.
I decided that what I truly needed was a break.
While I had already been offered another job, and had been in conversations with two other companies, I really needed some room to breathe.
I recently shared why job burnout no longer scares me.
I'd be lying if I said that thought of no longer having income after August 8th doesn't freak me out, but I know that this is the right decision.
I'm going to spend a week in Massachusetts with my family starting on Wednesday.
After that, I'm not entirely sure.
My priories are leaving on good terms with my co-workers, finishing as much as my work as possible, and finding a way to share the news with the hundreds of people I've done business with over the past seven years.
While I'm not expecting to stay unemployed for long, I'll be sharing my strategies for coping financially during this this transitional time in the coming weeks.
I'm confident that brighter times are ahead.
Readers: Have you ever been unemployed? How did you handle the transition between jobs?