I quit my job with nothing else to do

Posted in Personal
on March 4, 2018
I quit my job

So, I quit my job. It is both the most and the least adult thing I have done for a long time.

 

You may have already worked this out if you follow me on Twitter/Instagram, and you might be aware that I’m currently trotting about the ol’ globe like a recent graduate. Or, if you happen to snoop on mine & Claudia’s conversations, ‘cause she’s the only person I’ve told in actual words. On Twitter, ofc.

 

You may have seen some of the travel snaps on Insta and thought “ay up, she’s got some cushy job that allows her to travel” or maybe “she must have some holiday allowance”.

Ha, nope, unemployed life.

 

This is a weird thing for me to talk about, because I know that the world is kind of hateful towards unemployed people, especially the ones who choose to be.

If you want to catch up on my uni ‘journey’, you can read a little bit about how I felt post-graduation, here. But, for now, we’ll skip forward to the point where I took a temp job which ended up being several years long.

I worked there because I didn’t know what else to do, and it was a job, and I needed money for all my avo-on-toast and mochachocalatte-ya-ya.

Neither of which I buy, but FU millennial-bashers.

 

Over time, my job got progressively worse and more miserable and, regardless of what I did, nothing changed. Of course, there are two sides to every story, but every single person I knew and worked with agreed with me so….yeah.

 

 

If you saw my recent post on the signs you’re ready to leave your job, all of those were true for me.

I decided to put my health first, not allow myself to be taken advantage of, and I quit.

 

It was not a decision I took lightly, and I hate to quit on anything. I was back and forth on it for a really long time.

 

I’m aware of how fortunate I am to be in the position that I could leave. Not everyone has that. I won’t use the word lucky, because that implies that I haven’t worked hard, when I bloody well did. I do.

 

After about a month of unemployment, I made some pretty big decisions about what I wanted to do. It’s still kind of hazy in my mind but I’m getting there. All I can hope is that people will support me like I do them.

Around the same time, I decided to go travelling. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and tbh people were saying that’s what I was leaving to do, they kind of gave me the idea. So, I thought, why not? I’ve got no kids or anything so it’s kind of now or never.

 

 

Maybe it’s like in Friends, where Rachel has to quit to get ‘the fear’. I didn’t feel too afraid though. I’m grateful to have a wicked support network, and I will be working and travelling, so it hasn’t been the all-consuming, crushing lifestyle I thought it would be.

 

Oh, and if you’re a fellow blogger feeling a lil’ green-eyed because wouldn’t it be great to have all that time to work on the blog…..no need, my stats are still not where I’d like them to be, there is never enough time.


Could you do what I’ve done? I’d be interested in speaking to anyone in a similar position, though, maybe we can start a club or something ha. Leave me a comment and say hi. 

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26 Comments

  • Emma Le Teace

    Helloooo!! Cool post 🙂

    March 4, 2018 at 17:00 Reply
    • North

      Thank you, Emma. I appreciate you having a read and taking time to comment 🙂

      March 5, 2018 at 00:34 Reply
  • Gemma

    Congratulations! I quit my job six years ago with no plan but the niggling feeling that there had to be something better and more aligned for me. It wasn’t easy, it’s been a huge process but I can honestly say it’s the best decision I ever made. Not least for my mental health. Can’t wait to follow along with your journey! x

    March 4, 2018 at 20:35 Reply
    • North

      Oh Gemma, thank you so much for reading and commenting. I’m glad things have worked out well for you.

      You’ve described that feeling so well – that there must be something better and more aligned for me. I just felt that really strongly – that this was not the work for me and (morbid as it sounds) what would happen if I weren’t here next week? Do I want *this* to be my life’s work?

      I’ll be sure to post some updates as and when they happened. It’s a scary time and, as you say, not easy at all! But, hopefully I’ll get there! x

      March 5, 2018 at 00:36 Reply
  • Peta

    How exciting lovely!! Well done for taking control of your life and doing what feeds your soul! Happy travels.
    Peta x
    http://www.pe-ta.com

    March 5, 2018 at 12:17 Reply
    • North

      Thank you Peta, that’s exactly what it feels like! I think I’ve avoided scary things like this for a long time but I’ve suddenly realised that, just because something is scary, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it!
      Thank you for commenting x
      PS hope you’re doing well!

      March 5, 2018 at 23:13 Reply
  • Rachel Heslop

    Thanks for speaking out on this! It is so important to put your health and happiness first and that means it is totally ok to take a break! Enjoy travelling, i’m sure it’s a decision you’ll never regret. I quit work in 2015 and spent 4 months going around the world. It was an amazing time x

    March 5, 2018 at 20:08 Reply
    • North

      Thank you for your lovely comment Rachel. It’s not something that’s seen as positive by a lot of people. Certainly where I’m from, you just work any job even if you hate it, because “that’s life”. But, yeah, I just want people to know that work isn’t everything, especially if it’s beginning to damage your health, which mine was!
      Wow, 4 months around the world would be incredible! I’d love to know more about that 🙂 x

      March 5, 2018 at 23:15 Reply
  • Yasmin TELLS

    I love this post! We have many similarities. First of all major congrats for putting yourself and health first and leaving a situation you were not happy with, not everyone can do that. I also get that notion that the general public have been almost taught to think otherwise of people that have chosen another route different to the status 9-5 quo. I think you have done the right thing, like you said it is now or never! The best is yet to come! Great post xx

    Yasmin

    http://www.yasmintells.com

    March 6, 2018 at 21:01 Reply
    • North

      Thank you so much Yasmin, that is so kind of you to say!
      I would always advise people to put their health and happiness first, although I know it’s not always possible for people to up and leave their jobs like I did! I think you’re right about most people’s opinions of going against the status quo, I had a lot of reactions along the lines of “but it’s a steady job!” which is important these days but not everything! I think our generation is really good at finding creative ways around the typical 9-5 if it’s not what they really want to do.

      Thanks again for commenting 🙂 xx

      March 7, 2018 at 02:09 Reply
  • Lisa Autumn

    You are so brave girl! And to me it’s a very adult decision!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    March 11, 2018 at 09:28 Reply
    • North

      Thank you so much Lisa, for reading and commenting such a lovely thing. It means a lot to me, and it’s so lovely to have people’s support! xx

      March 12, 2018 at 00:43 Reply
  • Katie

    Aah congratulations! Well done for following your gut and taking the chance of quitting. You’re totally right that you health and happiness is the most important thing.
    I hope you have an amazing time travelling and find what is right for you.:) xx

    March 11, 2018 at 09:46 Reply
    • North

      Thanks so much Katie. I appreciate your words! It’s a scary thing, but it’s certainly something I would advise everyone to do – prioritise their health and happiness, and go where that takes them! xx

      March 12, 2018 at 00:44 Reply
  • Josie

    YES GIRL! I’m so proud of you for taking this massive step! Most people I think end up just stuck in their dead-end jobs that they hate, you taking this decision will make you so much stronger and more confident in your abilities, well done! I hope you’re enjoying travelling and I hope you find what you’re looking for out there (and if not just have a blooming great time!)

    I’m excited to read more about how you get on and what kind of things you get up to! This is really inspirational – I’ve been in a very similar position where temp jobs are just far too boring but since graduating I don’t know what else to do!

    Daughter of An Air Hostess // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    March 11, 2018 at 10:57 Reply
    • North

      Thank you Josie! So lovely of you to have a read and comment.
      I completely relate to anyone in that position, and I think it’s something a lot of people our age are struggling with! It can feel like you’re just completely lost and have no idea what your next step is. So I guess I just went with something a bit random to get me out of my comfort zone, I’ve heard that’s where good things can happen 🙂
      It’s weird isn’t it? You kinda feel like you had this idea of what life would be like after uni, and it’s not at all!!

      Just keep doing what you’re doing, though, you’re gonna do something awesome I know it 🙂 xx

      March 12, 2018 at 00:47 Reply
  • Beatrice N

    This is super inspiring! I’m a junior in high school right now and I’m planning on taking a travel gap year and honestly I could use allll of the inspiration I can find from people who are not going the traditional route of high school straight to college straight to career. You are brave and inspiring and I feel really motivated to stay firm in my desire to travel after high school. Have a great week!

    Beatrice | The Bliss Bean

    March 11, 2018 at 17:52 Reply
    • North

      Oh my goodness, yes! Do it! I wish I’d done it sooner. It’s just kind of drilled into you that the route is school – college – university – work. But, for so many people, it does not work out like that, and they don’t even get a chance to figure out if that’s what they want because they’re so pushed by everyone.
      I’m proud of you for planning a gap year – it will be incredible, and fun, and difficult, but you’ll learn so much!
      Hope school is going well, and feel free to get in touch if you want to talk travel, or careers, or anything for that matter! xx

      March 12, 2018 at 00:52 Reply
  • Laura

    Aghhh man. I wish I was this free! I mean I did quit my job and travel a couple years ago, but I wish I was that sure of it again. Man. So jealous. Enjoy it! xx

    March 14, 2018 at 21:28 Reply
    • North

      Thank you Laura! I bet you don’t feel super free with things as they are right now, but you will again! xx

      March 14, 2018 at 21:42 Reply
  • Aimee

    So brave! I hope you’re loving your travels 💛

    March 15, 2018 at 19:41 Reply
    • North

      Thanks Aimee. It’s a big adjustment but I’m getting there 🙂

      March 16, 2018 at 01:37 Reply
  • Gemma

    Wow you’re so brave! I hope you’re enjoying your freedom, I would so love to go travelling one day xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    March 17, 2018 at 13:21 Reply
    • North

      Thank you Gemma, much appreciated!
      You should definitely go travelling – doesn’t have to be for a really long time, and it’s not easy, but it’s definitely good if you want to shake things up a bit! xx

      March 18, 2018 at 00:46 Reply
  • Bravekahlua

    I just quit from my job a week ago and I feel so goooood about it tbh.

    April 29, 2018 at 16:39 Reply
    • North

      Yay! Well done! I’m so glad you’re feeling good about it. Such a freeing thing!

      April 30, 2018 at 01:56 Reply

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