A New Beginning

I mentioned here that the end of 2012 was a little rough on me. I had hoped that 2013 was going to be better, but unfortunately, it only got worse. In retrospect, there were a few factors that contributed to this, but it was primarily due to my job.

I used to enjoy my job for the most part. I like to think I was fairly good at it and I looked forward to going (almost) every day. Then, there was some turnover towards the end of my pregnancy and by the time I returned from maternity leave, everything had changed.

I don’t want to share too many details, this is the Internet after all, but long story short, I wasn’t treated very well and became really unhappy. Around April, I finally decided to start looking for a new job, but after sending out countless applications and getting a few interviews, nothing turned up.

By June, I felt as if I had hit rock bottom. I was crying every day, I lost my appetite, and I couldn’t sleep. Fortunately, this coincided with our family vacation, so while on the road for 16 hours with plenty of time to think, I made a huge decision.

I quit.

Deciding to leave my job without something else lined up is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.  Jared’s salary is good but mine made up almost 60% of our household income. In addition, it may be the first time in my life that I don’t have everything planned out. But despite this, it is also one of the best things I’ve ever done. I can now admit that somewhere during my time at this job I lost control of my life, and since that last day only two weeks ago, it’s as if I’ve gotten it back. We’ve reworked our budget, I’ve been hard at work completing my 30 During Thirty list, and I’ve even been helping Bug meet the world. I look forward to sharing it all with you here on the blog and I hope you’ll come along for the ride. Hold on!