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The One Where I Leave My Job After 9 Years

Being at a job and then leaving after so long is so hard. Here is the the one where I leave my job after 9 years.

Sometimes you just have to say thank you, and goodbye.

There is a very popular book by a Japanese author called The Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo. In her book (which I love) she talks about things that are hard to let go of but NEED to be released because you no longer need it—or it’s not sparking joy for you.

This is how I feel about leaving my current job.


The One Where I Leave My Job After 9 Years

I had an amazing time here. Here are just SOME of the things that happened while employed at this establishment (in order):

  • I met the person who would be my permanent best friend (see above)
  • I got Married
  • I got my Masters Degree
  • I moved into my first apartment
  • I had my first born
  • I bought a house
  • I had emergency gall bladder surgery
  • I started blogging
  • I had my second born
  • I completed my certificate in Project Management
  • I became a Zumba Instructor

Imagine completing all of these things with the same family of people that I spent 40 hours plus with every week. When my job became frustrating or even unstable the only thing that kept me there was the people. It was a family environment when I walked in, we celebrated each other, we had pot lucks for no reason at all but just to be together for our lunch breaks.

3d7d1fa221af9907a2953e9a2e7c11adThings change when management change. Unfortunately the family dynamic was no more. However, despite not being allowed to do fun things we remained close. New opportunities, layoffs, through it all we latched on to one another and held tightly.


I learned how to speak up in meetings, I learned how to train people on technical systems, I learned how to speak to a room full of people with confidence and poise. I learned so much about project management and being a great manager. I had none of these skills when I walked through the door at 23 years old, scared and quiet.


About a month ago things became slightly impossible. Details aren’t necessary but I started to get the feeling it was time. A few years ago I realized that after 4 internal promotions I had hit the wall—but blogging had started to take off quite a bit and I lost focus on progressing in my career. I could sit and complain about how bad the situation was or I could do something about it and explore opportunities.1937214_543405588843_6673594_n

The minute I put myself out there, I got such a great response from employers. I wondered how I could have stayed so long. I knew my skills, they knew my skills, but my family—my family was my heart. How could I not see them every day? It was a harder decision than I ever could imagine.155053_581629807203_5503167_n

My new position gives me a sense of calm. I know I can do the job, really well. The interview process was akin to a world wind romance, I interviewed with others but something about this one felt right. I am so excited to start, meet new people and learn a brand new industry.

Like with any job there will be things I don’t miss. That list is long. However, my people, my family that have celebrated high moments with me and wiped my tears when things got rough. Those are the people I will miss dearly.

For this job, I will use the Marie Kondo method. Thank you for everything you have given me and goodbye.

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What do you need to get rid of in order to move on? Have you ever let personal connections stop you from making a practical decision?


Saturday 25th of July 2015

I did the same a couple of months ago. So liberating! Very nice to meet you (ever so briefly) last weekend! Hope there is a chance for a longer meeting in the near future :)


Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

So happy for you love! congrats on this next journey of your life. I know it's going to be amazing. I wish you nothing but continued success.


Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

Congratulations and condolences to you Nellie. I know that it can be very difficult to leave a place where you've developed wonderful friendships. The important thing to remember is that the real friendships will continue past that employment. So glad to know you're heading to an exciting new opportunity, too. Aim high, friend!


Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Change is, while scary always a good thing! You're such an inspiration for believing in yourself and following what you believed was right for you.

Yum Yucky

Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Wishing you the best in your new journey. It takes guts to do what you did. Kudos to you for taking control of your destiny!