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Quitting.



If you quit your job tomorrow, what would you do? Like... if you could do anything?

And... tell me a story about quitting. When have you quit something? What was it? Were you glad? Did you regret it?

[Photo by Juli Bulla... like Alex Prager but still affordable. You can buy her stuff HERE.]

5 comments

CarolAnne - camdesign said...

ok I was laid off... twice from jet fuel jobs I held at the airport...at that point it is the same as quitting in quebec back in the 90's... if you do not speak french you are in trouble... on the last day, a friday, thought to myself... what am I doing working the afternoon, my boss was not working... reading the paper and enjoying a coffee...
so I did the same, what could she do to me? Right? reading the paper that afternoon I spotted an ad for an Interior Design School... you could go to school for that? I did not know that, I called and set up an appointment for the next Monday morning... that Monday I signed up for 4 years of design school, had my hubby come and get me with our van to pick up all the supplies that were on the list including a drafting table and chair (which is why we needed the van) and the next day, Tuesday started school and that morning was in my first drafting class... now that was in 1995... finished with a % of 86.5 and moved from Montreal to Calgary (all English province) in 1999, I love my job every day (not all the clients) but my job everyday, lol...

Elspeth said...

25 years ago in my mid-20s I quit life in NYC and work at the 3rd generation family business to move across the country to marry a farmer and live in the country. To say my parents were not happy with me torpedoing the succession plan (none of my siblings was interested in coming to work with them) is an understatement. To this day they still think a) I lost my mind and b) one of these I'll come to my senses and return to NYC.

No regrets. It's the best decision I ever made.

Decorno said...

I love both of these stories. It's so good to see people make a big leap and never look back.

hswell said...

Also eagerly awaiting tales of quitting. I'm coming up on the 20 year anniversary of my career in marketing and I'm tempted to do something totally different, but at the same time terrified that I'm not qualified to do anything else. This Onion article articulates what I'm pretty sure would happen...

"Man Leaves Position he'd kill for 3 years From Now to Pursue Dream Job"
NEW YORK—Eager to begin the exciting next chapter in his life, Polaris Market Solutions associate Chris Wardentine left the job he would kill to have back three years from now to pursue his dream of documentary filmmaking, sources confirmed Thursday. “I really do enjoy working here, but sometimes you just have to step out of your comfort zone if you want to achieve all your goals,” said Wardentine, who will be desperate for the reliable salary and other benefits of the job he is boldly exiting once his first project leaves him $40,000 in debt. “Let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger. So if I don’t give it a shot now, then when?” At press time, Wardentine was bidding a fond farewell to the coworkers he will be emailing three years from now about potential openings in any department at the company.

NB said...

I'm about to put my notice in - on Monday!! - so I can go to school full time for interior design next year. I've taken a handful of classes already and I've been very nervous about leaving my fairly successful left brain job, though my husband is very supportive. I'm glad to ready CaroleAnne's comments! I am dying to do something creative that can be a job, other than making art on the side.

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