I Quite My 9 to 5… Now What?

The moment that I sent my resignation letter, I knew that there was no turning back.

Landing a corporate job a few months after graduating college would be a dream come true for most people. For me, it was a nightmare. Sitting at a desk glued to a computer, confined to a room with no windows was not my idea of success.

No fancy title would ever take away from the fact that I am still making minimum wage and struggling to pay my rent.

I know most of you may be wondering right now, why did I leave. When I left I wondered the same thing at times. Why would I leave a job with benefit, paid holidays and soapy holiday parties that made you feel like you were on an episode of the Office or something to work at a restaurant.

Yes, I said it. I left the bank to work at a restaurant.

Well, the answer is simple. I got to damn comfortable. I got to comfortable not chasing my dreams. I got comfortable sitting at a fancy desk in a fancy suit acting like I was important when I was as broke as I could be.

I got tired of talking to people everyday who didn’t want more out of life than to make enough to get buy and feel important just to sit at a desk. I just got tired of it.

I reached my breaking point when my supervisor issued me a warning. Within the past year, I was able to move into my own place and start my life as a self made independent black woman and I was not going to let that job take everything away so I had to leave.

Within my first week of leaving, I celebrated, I panicked, I cried and I accepted the fact that I made another life changing decision in my life.

To make a long story short, even though I’ve questioned my decision numerous times and beat myself up about it at times, I have more time to focus on my dreams now.

I start my new internship next week with my more flexible schedule and I am still managing to pay my bills. To top things off, I get paid the same amount to do way less work then what I did before.

Things aren’t perfect, but I am a step closer to were I need to be and that is all that matters.

To all of the people out there that are scared to take that leap of faith, close your eyes and jump. With God you can do all things and don’t ever forget that.

 

14 Comments

  1. That’s a really inspiring story. I’m about to do something similar myself, though I don’t know what I’m quitting to do yet… but I do know it’s coming! I feel like I read this at the right time!

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