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I gave my two weeks notice

January 22nd, 2009 at 09:11 am

Yes, I know, I must be crazy. But is it ever a good time to realize you're doing something that makes you miserable and no amount of accolades or money is ever going to be worth it in the end?

October 2008
Get laid off from cushy, dream job.
Get hired back as an independent contractor and work from home full time.

December 2008
Get another full-time position, probably out of economical fear, without taking the time to think if this is what I really want. Start to loathe my work and get pretty depressed. Go through some heart-wrenching soul searching and decide on a new and different career path, which at least leverages all my previous experience. Go on honeymoon and relax!

January 2009
Make sure emergency fund is 2 years solid. Scale back all spending to almost nothing. Sell anything and everything on ebay and craiglist. Become total miser, but try to keep a semblance of a social life. Give my two weeks notice, work on two freelance projects, apply for more fitting full-time jobs. Feel free, excited, nervous, hopeful and happy!!

*The disclaimer here is that when DH and I got married in Oct, we made a budget which allowed us to live on one income and save the other. Anything I missed buying with my salary could not even compare to the freedom I felt knowing I could leave a job that made me miserable because of that decision. This month I really got to take advantage of that and I consider myself lucky!

11 Responses to “I gave my two weeks notice”

  1. mom-sense Says:

    I am glad you are at peace with your decision, and it sounds like you have a solid plan in place. Good luck finding a job that is a better fit for your time and talent!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds like if anyone is going to quit a job right now, you are the one to do it. You have the security to back the decision up. Nice job!

  3. Nika Says:

    Yes, money is not just for having stuff - it is for having options.

  4. MileHighGal Says:

    Thanks for the kind words guys! I know it won't be an easy road but at least I'm headed in the right direction.

  5. mooshocker Says:

    I must say. You and DH are doing very well meeting your lofty goals. Kudos to you both. Regarding happiness versus the dollar, God bless you and good for you.

  6. Analise Says:

    You have thought this through and I applaud you for having the courage to leave a job that makes you miserable. Life is too short to suffer when you don't have to. And, your situation reiterates the importance of having an EF, a budget, and being frugal... you have choices! Best wishes on your new adventure.

  7. LuxLiving Says:

    I'm wishing you only good things and a new job that suits just right!!

  8. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I am so glad that you have the ability to make choices. Congrats on being in a position of financial security to be able to make choices.

  9. Petunia Says:

    You are lucky, but you also made your own luck. In your shoes I would do the same. Good luck in your new adventures.

  10. MileHighGal Says:

    Thanks again to everyone for being supportive and for all your encouragement. You guys are the best!

  11. homebody Says:

    Yes life is too short! Good for you for not staying out of fear.

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