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I Quit My Job With No Plan

9:38:00 AM

I pulled the ultimate Rachel Green. If you aren't quite sure what I'm talking about, go watch the Friends episode in season three, "The One Where Rachel Quits." I quit with no plan...and that my friends, is OKAY. I have been searching for approval for months, someone to tell me it will all be okay, just quit. While I have received support, most people haven't told me "you'll be okay," and I have always sensed their hesitation. 

You see, quitting your job with no plan is not the societal norm. It's not okay if you don't have something else lined up. It's not okay to be living off your savings. But is it okay to work in an environment where you are being completely taken advantage of? 
I was blessed with an incredibly hard work ethic. My entire family seems to center their lives around their career. We were raised to believe that whatever job you had, mattered and was important. You had to work hard and then work even harder. My mother worked her way up and is now in a very successful role, my father, has been with the same company for 10+ years and is one of the most valued employees.  My problem is that I have a hard time letting go of control and my perfectionist tendencies create a work environment that cultivates extreme dedication. I'm not one to sit by and say, "I'm only giving 50% today." I'm not wired like that. I care, I really care, and with that I end up sacrificing everything because no other employee really does care. I work myself to exhaustion, I cancel plans, I don't make time for relationships and I certainly don't take days off. This is great for a company - who wouldn't love an employee that gives 110% everyday? The problem with this is, everywhere I have worked has taken advantage of these skills and I've let them. 

The corporate politics, the rapid change, the poor customer service - all of these things make me not want to work for a corporate company ever again. If I could be my own boss and do things my way - why wouldn't I?! Ever since graduation, I have been trying to determine what I want to do with my life. I'm not the kind of gal that can just settle with a job that is mundane and passes the time. I live for something that brings out passion and happiness - somewhere or something to do that I'm excited about. So, I decided to quit and take time to find that. 

No more going to a job that I loathe at this point or feeling burdened by working off the clock so things get done. I'm doing this for me. Call it silly or stupid for not having a definite plan but when has a "life plan" actually worked as we planned? 

If you're struggling, here's the reassurance you're looking for. You will find something, you may hit rock bottom and this could be the best thing you ever did in your entire life. Take a chance, drink some coffee, and pull a Rachel Green. I think you'll be glad you did. 

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