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How I Quit My Job

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Last month, I quit my job.

I thought this was it. I thought I was living my dreams. Until I woke up and realized what I had been experiencing was a slow, soul-draining nightmare. No, it wasn’t my marriage (praise God). No, it wasn’t my kids or my friends. It was the one thing I had major control over, my career. After going back to school to earn a Master’s degree and making a conscious decision that this was my way to impact the world, I realized that public education may not be my calling. All the certifications, degrees, awesome teacher friends, and great students couldn’t change my mind. God helped me realize that that was not where I was meant to be. 

So many of us are faced with this heavy reality at some point in our lives. Especially us “millennials” who have no problem jumping ship if something doesn’t quite feel right. So the questions are, how did I figure it out? How did I know it was time to go? It was not an easy decision (and still is not), but I am thankful I knew when it was time to go, knowing when it’s time to quit. 

Pray for guidance 

The first thing I began to do when the feeling crept in that this was not for me, was to Pray about the situation.  Before I allowed anyone else’s thoughts and feelings to cloud my decision making, I sought out God. It’s so important to build your relationship with God so that you are aware of his voice when he speaks. If I had to make this choice in y own strength, I likely would’ve continued the path of unhappiness for the sake of others. All of the “you could’ve just stuck it out” would’ve made me second guess myself had I not already consulted with God and made a decision for myself. Now my response is, “No, I couldn’t have” because I know through prayer that I had to quit my job. 

Count the Cost 

So you have to logical in your decisions, but especially when you are considering quitting your job.  I had to sit down and literally count the costs. How much money would I lose? How much money would I save? What will the effects of quitting do to my mental health? What will the effects of quitting do to my household? Going down the path of walking away from something that was a major financial contributor really forced me to look at my household budget and how it would be affected.  At the end of the day, you have to determine what is important to you and what things you can sacrifice.  Money wasn’t worth the level of stress and the amount of havoc being a full-time classroom teacher was causing in my home. So, I quit my job. 

Seek Advice 

Advice can come in many forms. I caution you here to be careful about who you allow to speak into your life. Seek out someone you trust, someone who doesn’t always agree with you just for the sake of agreeing with you, and someone who may have experience in the area in which you need advice.  For me, it was my husband. My husband is truly my friend and my sounding board. In all honesty, he is a lot more logical than I am and helped reinforce the decision to quit my job. I knew if he was on board that I was on to something here. 

Have a Plan 

Whenever you decide that your employer is not where you are meant to be, don’t get so excited to walk off of the job today. Make sure you have a plan that will sustain you. Don’t count on your business making millions the minute you launch your website and don’t think you’ll hit the lottery next week. Think carefully and practically about your exit plan and then do everything within your power to make it happen. For some, this may take a few weeks, for other a few years.  No matter the length, keep pressing towards your goals. 

My plan was online teaching. I am teaching online and loving it. I have the opportunity to continue to do what I love, without sacrificing myself or my family. There are so many options to choose from when considering an online teaching career. I work with several ESL companies as well as take on private online tutoring students. I am so blessed to do what I love from the comfort of my home. Figure out what you love, make a plan, and rock it!  

Quit: Exit stage left 

And finally, exit stage left! After all is said and done bow out as gracefully as you can. Don’t walk out cursing your supervisor or ruining everyone’s day.  Close up shop, say your goodbyes, and move on to the next stage in life. Make sure that part of your exit plan is talking to your boss about the situation (don’t burn bridges people). You never know when that person will come back into your life. 

All in all, if you feel that tug down in soul that your career choice is no longer lighting your fire, don’t be afraid to reevaluate and go for it! 

Keep doing (the best) you boo! 

xoxo Lani 

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20 thoughts on “How I Quit My Job

  1. Honey, this was a WORD! Sometimes the money just isn’t worth your sanity. I left my job over a year ago and I’m in such a better place. I’m happy and so are my kids! BEST. DECISION. EVER.

  2. Thank you for sharing your story! Taking that leap of faith can be difficult, but I’m so glad you trusted yourself and God. Maybe do a follow up in the 2nd quarter of the year telling us how its going?

  3. I love this! I have been contemplating quitting my job for quite some time. Not because I hate it, but because I want to pursue writing full time and make a career out of it! I’ve been praying on it and the thought is so scary, yet so exciting! Thank you for sharing this.

  4. “Advice can come in many forms. I caution you here to be careful about who you allow to speak into your life. Seek out someone you trust, someone who doesn’t always agree with you just for the sake of agreeing with you, and someone who may have experience in the area in which you need advice. ”

    That was my favorite part in your blog. Congrats on quitting your job and hopefully going after your dreams. I think that youre right we do have to find the people who push us to get out of our comfort zone but are extremely logical in their decison making. I am in a position where I really want to quit my job as it brings me to tears every morning thinking about having to sit for 8 hours. This was the motivation i needed thank you!

    1. Amen. I pray that you continue to build a strong foundation for your business and that you are able to quit when the timing is right!

  5. I am in an absolutely SOUL SUCKING job right now and I am SO miserable! It’s affecting all other areas of my life. I’m lashing out at my kids…so unhappy! I can’t wait to say I quit my job!

  6. A timely post for me! I’m on maternity leave and not wanting to go back to my teaching career anytime soon. My priorities have deeply changed now that I’m a mom, how do I possibly do it all?!

  7. This was a Great testimony! I very recently quit my job and you are right prayer and consulting with your spouse is the way to go.
    I am sleeping and no more headaches.
    I have an idea of my direction but I am excited about my future.
    Thank you for sharing and I wish you all the best in the future.

  8. love it! LTD <3 I completely agree on not burning bridges. Who knows, your supervisor might slightly envy your decision and hope that she can follow in your footsteps one day 🙂

  9. Great read. Its nice to see your thinking and what you did to take action and change something that you werent happy doing. Excellent!

  10. I love how you said that you prayed for guidance! I don’t think many ppl realizes how much prayer actually helps when making decisions like this!

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