So I quit my job…now what?
1st January 2018
Happy 2018 everyone!
As I’ve mentioned before, 2017 was a strange year for me, and it ended in a rather unexpected way.
I handed my notice in and quit my job.
It all happened rather quick to be honest. I made my decision on the Monday and I handed my notice in on the Tuesday. And just over a week later I finished my final day.
Although my final decision to quit was made rather swiftly, I’d actually been considering it for quite some time. I’m talking the last 6 months to a year.
I won’t go into the details of why I decided to quit but really it was a combination of issues, and ultimately I wasn’t happy there anymore. And that makes me sad because when I first started there, I really did love it.
It was a difficult choice to make, but fortunately I had a lot of support from my friends and family.
So, what do I do next?
I don’t have another job lined up, but I am looking for one. However, I’m prepared to wait to find the right job for me and I’m sure I’ll enjoy a break from going to work. In the meantime I have some freelance work to keep me busy, and I have loads of passion projects that I’m looking forward to working on.
Anyone who knows me well knows that quitting my job is completely out of character for me. I’m usually the sensible one; the one with a plan. I’ve always played by the rules. I left school, went to college, then university, got myself a degree and then a good job.
Now, I don’t know what I’m doing, or where life is going to take me, and I’m actually feeling really excited about it.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I’m bricking it! This is completely out of my comfort zone and I’m worried about how I’m going to feel as time goes on. I know that it won’t be plain sailing, but I know this is the right decision for me in the long run.
The thing is, I love web development, and I want to continue with my career as a web developer. But I want more. I want to be better. I want more challenges, and more fun, and a chance to be more creative.
Web development isn’t just my career. It’s my passion. It’s my hobby. And I want to do incredible things with it. But in order to move forward I feel like I need to take a step sideways (Not a step back! I definitely don’t see this as a step backwards!)
It’s a cliché to say “new year, new me”, but that’s how I feel this January. 2018 truly is a fresh start for me. It’s a chance to do something different. A chance to take on new challenges. A chance to progress in my career. A chance to focus on my health. A chance to live the life I want to live. A chance to feel happy again.
I’m excited for what’s to come, and I have no doubt that I will share each step of my journey here on the blog. You guys have always been so supportive of my decisions, and you’re always full of words of wisdom. I can’t explain how grateful I am for that.
Here’s to the future!