2 1/2 months ago I made a decision to leave my job of 8 1/2 years to stay home with my kids, have more time to manage the house, start my blog design business and do what I was being led to do. Even though I actually left my job 2 1/2 months ago, I made the decision about 1 year ago. It took me that long to find the courage to do it. The idea of leaving my job had really been pressing on me for sometime.
There are many factors that motivated me to do it but I will speak of 2, otherwise, I could probably write a book:) One of the first things that really put things into perspective was the idea of my son running to the bus. I actually wrote a post about it. But just the simplest thing of him running to the bus every morning as a new kindergartener stuck out to me. I thought, wouldn't it be nice to want to go to work or "run" to work. I was at the point in my career as an underpaid social worker that I didn't want to run let alone walk to work. Not because of my co-workers or the people that I worked with but all the other factors that I am sure most experience. So, I set out to search myself and my heart to see what that ideal job would be for me.
The second, thing that really got me moving was this strong feeling came over me to "Step Outside of the Box" so that I can bless you. So, I am thinking to myself..Wow! That was serious. A couple days later a was sharing the story with my friend who I always discuss my life decisions with and she said her husband was just talking about stepping outside of your box the previous night. At this point, I have chills and say this is the confirmation I need to make that move. Because for me change is not easy for me.
So, after talking to my husband some more, who by the way was telling me I could leave about a year ago, I finally came up with a resignation date. Once I wrote my letter, for the first time in years, I ran into the office bubbling over with excitement. It was like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulder. So much so that an unknowing co-worker said Shawna what is up with you, you seem different..relaxed. I laughed to myself thinking if she only knew..and she did find out soon enough.
I knew that this decision would call for some major changes in our life. Like taking my son out of his daycare, which I loved, making major spending cuts and just overall life change. So, a week into my excitement I started to feel a little sad. I had been working there so long my co-workers were like family and my clients I had build some great relationships with. But I had to remember that this is where and how I was being led so I cannot turn back now.
So, as I thought, this is longer than I expected or wanted it to be but it is so much involved with such a serious decision. Next week I will pick up where I left off today, because things have turned out so much differently than I had expected because I listened to my heart and "Stepped Outside of The Box":)
Have a great week!