It’s been two months since I quit my job, and I’m so happy that I did it. Being jobless for the past two months has been an eye-opener for me. I took the time to dig deep and learn about myself, and what I’ve learned so far truly pushed my desire to go after my dreams and goals while creating my success.
Funny how when I decided to quit my job, I would be part of this “Great Resignation” movement that I was completely unaware of until now. With a year that we had in 2020, I believe people’s point-of-views have shifted tremendously, especially when it comes to the workforce, valuing our own time, and effort.
Let me share a little on my backstory. I worked in retail banking for nearly five years. The company I worked for was not an organization that was up to date in technology, processing systems were beyond outdated, and their pay wage was very dissatisfying. I was one of the people considered as an “essential worker.” I was super grateful to have a job. I paid my bills and got rid of all my debts. However, I felt burnt out, overworked, unappreciated, and simply over it.
Let me be clear, I was over my job way before the pandemic happened. But the timing was always off, which I didn’t feel comfortable leaving just yet. With time moving forward in 2021, the company started to get aggressive with the branches. We had to reach our quarterly/yearly goals, pass audits, reach a certain number of accounts open, credit cards applications, life insurance referrals, youth accounts, and more. The daily constant pressure on the team to make goal was a negative environment to be affiliated with.
All this while maintaining exceptional customer service, constantly training new employees, managing large amounts of money daily, completing daily operations for the teller unit, completing customer transactions accurately, and proving the branch consistently. All this was just a taste of my daily activities working for this company. As my energy kept getting lower, my pay range was not matching the amount of work I was putting in.
I went on a trip to Texas in July, and this was my first vacation since working during the pandemic. I felt so at peace and clear-headed. My face started to clear up from the stress and anxiety I experienced from work. I felt revitalized with much-needed rest, meditation, hanging with friends, and having my attention to myself. With the remaining days left from my vacation, I made a rational decision to return to the office and hand in my two weeks resignation.
Based on my decision, I knew I couldn’t see myself growing with the company. Money was also a big part of my decision-making. I live in New York which money is one major factor surviving in the state. Once I gave in my two-week resignation letter, I felt pure freedom. I knew there was no going back which my best foot was to move forward.
Now in the present, I’m putting the pieces back together and allowing myself to start fresh. I’m rediscovering my passions, as well as getting necessary skill updates to building my career. I’m learning to market and strategize in growing my e-commerce store and finding creative ways to make extra income on the side using my talents.
So far, I’m learning great results take time. I’m utilizing my time to be intentional, strategic, and consistent. I put my willingness to have faith that my hard work will pay off, which I will attract everything I desire.
It was bold for me to quit without another job in place, and I knew it was crucial to do so because I had to re-evaluate myself. I lost myself for so long working for other companies that I pushed all my dreams and goals to the side without a second thought.
Leaving my job, I allowed myself to be reborn. I’m allowing myself to be open to new opportunities and not be stuck in complacency or what others deem to believe the box I should be in is well deserved without my participation. I now understand my purpose and my preferred working conditions. I’m also realizing that there’s no such thing as a “dream job.” You can be passionate about what you do and even that can sometimes take a toll on you. Thank goodness I’m debt-free to be able to take this much-needed time for myself. I can’t wait to see where I will be next year.