Hi, everyone! I feel like this blog post could be a little outside of my usual fashion and lifestyle interests. However, I want to write about my experiences since leaving university three years ago and finding myself in various jobs that after a certain period of time and for different reasons, I have wanted to leave. I guess the common denominator being that at the bottom line, my heart just wasn’t in it.
Back then, when I had made the decision to leave these different jobs it seemed to provoke a whole bunch of people to jump on me with a whole lot of negativity. ‘Don’t be a quitter’, ‘it’s very careless’ or my favorite ‘it will look bad on your CV if you leave now’. Why should I care what my CV looks like if I am unhappy? As for people telling me not to quit – I think leaving a situation that isn’t right for you is the wisest decision you can probably make for yourself. What’s more your C.V. is yours and yours alone, other people can’t possibly know what’s right for you. Since entering the workforce I guess I am not alone in weighing up the job satisfaction/pay cheque quandary. Everyone has to make that call but it certainly is not made any easier by having others being questioning and judgemental. I’d love to encourage you to believe that if you are unhappy with your job or with your career choice it is okay to leave and do something different. I remember clearly some years ago a friend asking me if I ‘liked’ my job and at the time answering ‘yeah it’s good’. She asserted that good wasn’t enough and I should be doing something instead that I absolutely loved. At the time I thought she was crazy, I, though ‘good’ was good enough. Some people I knew would say they hated their jobs so in my eyes ‘good’ seemed more than okay. Now, and I’ve done a bit of growing up of my own and I can see exactly where she was coming from. It is my belief that work wise we really should be doing or looking for something that we absolutely love and not just sometimes, but every single day.
Of course, finances are important but they can also be the biggest cop out (often starting something new, means starting from the bottom). Money is nice but at the expense of being unfulfilled and miserable for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week it just doesn’t equate. After realizing that being happy should be the number 1 priority, you can then start to find all sorts of ways to reduce the bills and costs that come with daily living. Sure you have to be a bit imaginative but if a man can walk on the moon I am sure you can find ways to make your finances work for you (un till you no longer have too..).
From someone who has spent a lot of time doing what I didn’t love, I can honestly say that doing what I do love has been such a better lifestyle choice.I didn’t write this blog post for you to go to work on Monday and hand in a resignation letter but more to give a little food for thought. Do you really love your job? Are you happy with those 8 hours in the day? Could you do something more ‘you’ with your time? Will you be happy if a year from now if you are still doing more of the same? Think about it! Love Ems x