Why I Quit My Job

It took me the better part of a year to figure out that I don’t need to do things that I don’t want to do.

Okay, I still need to pay my cell phone bill. And do the dishes. And wear clothes that could potentially double as “pajamas” in public (ugh). But I learned that I don’t need to invest tons of time in things that will not ultimately make me happy.

I’ll give you the SparkNotes. I was working in a high-stress, mentally draining job in advertising. While there were some great things about it, there were many more not-so-great things. I was working late nights and weekends, exercising less, sleeping less, eating more, complaining more… been there? Then you know it’s not pretty. Shit hit the fan when I learned my health was seriously in jeopardy, and between you and me, I’m a little pissed it took so long to realize I needed a change.

So as I mentioned, I checked outta there, and haven’t looked back. I started doing things for myself, like eating salad and going to yoga. I decided to move out of Manhattan. I got a puppy for chrissake!

And so while it’s a gradual process, I’m on my way to feeling good again, and the plan is to simplify it down. Figure out what I really need to be happy.

We’re all busy, that’s a reality. But we do get to decide, for the most part, how we spend our time.

Can you relate? Go ahead and tell me below.

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8 Comments

  1. Hey Amanda, great point and very valid question! We all need to make a living, there’s no doubt about that. What I’m advocating for is to find a way to make money that you enjoy and doesn’t make you miserable everyday. When I realized how unhappy/unhealthy I had become, I decided to make a change and lined up a new job, which made it possible to quit my high-stress, draining job. Now I work better hours, with content I enjoy, and have the flexibility to work on other creative projects. Sometimes it’s not possible to quit a job depending on the circumstances, but what we can do is figure out what’s important to us, and find ways to put those values first, whether than means applying for new jobs or saving money to take some time off and figure it out. I’d be happy to discuss further or answer any questions you may have about this, email me anytime at bridget@croptopsandkale.com!

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